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The Alphabet of Our Love Book

I made a book for my husband for Valentine’s Day.  Luckily he doesn’t read this blog.  🙂

I started out with this idea I found on Pinterest.


I decided to make it in a photo book format even though I wasn’t going to use many photos.  I made one on Shutterfly.  If you’d like to see it, please do!


Click here to view this photo book larger

Cute Valentine’s Craft Idea


Check out this cute idea from Erica at Caught on a Whim.  Love it!


Um… Yum!

Source: jotpress.com via Carissa on Pinterest


Now that Christmas is over, it’s all about Valentine’s Day in the grocery store and on Pinterest.  I think I will bake these for my husband and give them to him in a red cardboard box.  They are called Boyfriend Brownies and they are:

1 scoop brownie batter + 1 scoop chocolate chip cookie dough.

My husband is my husband not my boyfriend.  But he’s my boyfriend too.  This reminds me of a joke my husband tells:

“Do you have a girlfriend?”

“No, my wife won’t let me.”



Make Up Your Mantel for Thanksgiving!

Source: 52mantels.com via Karyl on Pinterest


I’ve always been enamored with holidays.  And holiday decorations. My favorite new thing to do is to decorate the mantel.  There’s even a blog called 52 Mantels!  We don’t actually have a mantel so I decorate our buffet.  I like how it makes my decorating efforts compact and concentrated.  That way you don’t need to have, or store, tons of stuff!

A few tips for decorating your mantel:

1) Use what you have. You probably already have a supply of holiday decorations.  This is a good starting point.  I have always decorated for Halloween but not for Thanksgiving. Although the jack-o-lanterns didn’t seem right, the paper mache pumpkin my son made in Kindergarten was perfect.  So was the scarecrow.  Also, look for thing that are just lying around.  I went searching for things that were orange and brown and found two soup bowls in the kitchen cabinet in those colors hat even had turkeys on them.  Who knew!

2) Add seasonal flowers or plants.  For Christmas there are poinsettias, pine wreaths, and holly. For Valentine’s Day, roses.  I also choose plants and flowers for their colors.  For example, red roses are great for Valentine’s Day but they could work for Christmas and the 4th of July.  I plan to use the pumpkin on the porch and fill it with flowers for our Thanksgiving centerpiece.  Nice idea from Inspiring Pretty.


3) Use free printables.  I love free printables!  They are free!  I found the idea and free template for my Give Thanks Banner from At Second Street. Speaking of giving thanks, thanks Kalleen At Second Street!

4) Subway art. These are those cute prints that you can just frame for instant decoration.  Simple Crafter has some great ones.  They are also all over Pinterest.


5) Make it your own.  Decorate in your own style.  Add family pictures.  You can get ideas from other people but always own it!

6) Keep it fresh.  You don’t have to use every single item every single time.  Change it up and don’t over do it.

Happy decorating!

Obama Cookies for Valentine’s Bake Sale

A few weeks ago my church had a Valentine’s bake sale.  I started not to volunteer because I was short on time.  It was Superbowl weekend and I was making lots of yummy snacks.  But I really like baking and who can resist a Valentine’s sale.  I thought about some pretty heart-shaped cookies with pink or red sprinkles but thought that was too much trouble.  You know, rolling out the dough and cookie cutters…  Instead, I opted for a cookie I could make in my sleep: chocolate chip cookies.  You can’t go wrong with them.  They are easy-schmeasy.  Plus, everyone likes them.

The problem was that they are not very pink or Valentine-ish.  I thought about trying to make them heart-shaped.  I also thought about adding red or pink sprinkles, but I decided that would detract from the taste. So I went ahead with regular chocolate chip cookies.

I keep cookie staples on hand.  You never know when you want to bake cookies, need to bake cookies, or need a cookie fix.  I probably shouldn’t with mu sugar addiction but that’s for another post.  I had everything I needed for three or four dozen except I was running low on semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Luckily I had a bunch of white chocolate chips.  I decided to use 1/2 of each.  I also added extra vanilla.  I knew these cookies would have an extra sweet taste with the white chocolate and extra vanilla.  But hey, you can’t be too sweet for Valentine’s day, right?

To make he cookies Valentine’s Day cute, it was going to be all about the packaging.  I had some little clear plastic bags from Michael’s.  I also had some pretty pink ribbon.  I bought some conversation hearts stickers.  Voila, I was ready.

I put 3 cookies in each bag, tied it with a silver twistie tie, then covered that with the pink ribbon ties.  I added a sticker and I was good to go.

The mixed chocolate chips reminded me of mixed race so I ended up calling the cookies Obamas.  The cookies were a hit in our house.  I gave a few to my husband and son.  I had to hide the ones for the bake sale!

A day or two later my son asked me “Are there any more Obamas left?”  There weren’t.  Guess I’ll have to make some more.