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a little love & chocolate fondue

Olivia cutting out little cookie dough hearts.

That’s Nina, even though the apron says, “Hannah.”

Some Valentines we made with lollipops.

Nina’s special Valentine she made for her teacher, Mrs. Jackson.

A little project I started last year, and finally finished this year. Tiny felt hearts with button flowers and embroidered stems. I stitched on a loop of ribbon for hanging on dresser drawers or doorknobs, just to spread a little love.

How was your Valentine’s Day? Ours was simple and fun. Nina and Olivia helped me make our traditional heart-shaped sugar cookies a few days early, and we packed them for our weekend with friends at the cabin. At the cabin we decorated them with pink frosting, candy hearts and red hots {my favorite on sugar cookies!}. Over the weekend we also had our usual Valentine’s breakfast of heart-shaped waffles with strawberries and cream.
The Valentines we made were super easy, super cute, and super inexpensive. I saw some other cute ideas here and here, but we’ll just save those for another year.
It wouldn’t be Valentine’s Day without a little chocolate fondue, would it? Some ideas for dipping are strawberries, bananas, oranges, kiwi, pieces of good french bread, pretzels, marshmallows, graham crackers, Oreos, coconut macaroons, and cinnamon hearts. Here’s my favorite {and easy!} recipe.
Chocolate Fondue
1 cup half and half {or cream}
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a small pot, warm the half and half over medium heat until it begins to simmer. Add the chocolate chips and whisk until the chocolate is smooth and fully incorporated. Mmmm….start dipping!

Chocolate Freak Out!

Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love laughing at these pictures!  Nina’s little friend Wyatt was playing at our house, and I let them lick the spatulas and bowl after I mixed up this cookie dough.  Here’s the recipe if you want to have a little chocolate freak out of your own!

Totally Chocolate Cookies (Nigella Lawson’s recipe, I just doubled it here.  Makes about 4 dozen.)

8 oz. semisweet chocolate

2 c. flour

1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa, sifted

2 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 c. soft butter

1 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. granulated sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

4 c. semisweet chocolate chips (mint chips are so good too, you have to try it sometime!)


  1. Preheat oven to 325.  Melt the 8 oz. chocolate

  2. Measure the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt into a bowl

  3. Cream the butter and sugars in another bowl.  Add the melted chocolate and mix together.

  4. Beat in the vanilla and egg, then mix in the dry ingredients.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

  5. Scoop out tablespoon-sized mounds and place on lined baking sheet about 2 1/2 inches apart.  Do not flatten them.

  6. Bake for 12 min, or until cracked on top and mostly set. 

  7. Leave to cool on baking sheet 4-5 min, then transfer to a cooling rack to harden as they cool.