Sweets for my Sweethearts

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Valentines is easy for me because I have a house full of boys!  All they want for Valentines is something sweet to eat!  Lucky for me I know just what to get this year.  I went to my favorite sweet shop in town…

Sweet Necessities

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I love this place and so does my hubby and kiddos.

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They have the best chocolate covered salted caramels and for Valentine’s Day they shaped them into hearts.

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One of my hubby’s favorites are the chocolate peanut butter cups so I had to get some of those.  They package them up so cute.  I had to add the heart cut out on top for a little something extra.

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While I was there I saw the cutest candy kabobs and chocolate football sucker

 I couldn’t resist I know my kids would love them. What do you guys get for your sweethearts?  I’d love to hear your ideas?

Happy Valentine’s Day,

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Sugar Cookies

This is it, right here. The VERY LAST SUGAR COOKIE RECIPE you will even need.  We had so much fun laughing at ourselves creating our first baking blog!  (Insert crazy girls giggling here)

 

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 This book was my mom’s. Published in 1963, yep it’s an oldie.  The best part of this book for me is there is a little of mom’s life in here.  Where she scribbled down her instructions, a smudge of the shortening she used, worn pages well loved.  Even in this old book my mom’s memory lives on. One recipe that was a standby for her was Ethel’s sugar cookies and they still rock, even by today’s standards.  Here is what you will need:

 

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Ethel’s Sugar Cookies~ Betty Crocker’s cookie cookbook 1963

3/4 c butter

1 cup sugar. Mix until fluffy.

 

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2 eggs

1tsp. vanilla. Mix some more…

add 2&1/2 cups flour

1tsp. baking soda

1tsp salt….it should look like this….

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Chill at least one hour.

Get your cookie cutters and rolling pin ready, they are going to do some work here!!! This is also a good time to whip up that frosting. Because you know when those cookies pop out of the oven you will want one. Immediately. With frosting.  Duh.

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Heat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll dough about 1/4-1/2″ thick on slightly floured board.  Cut with cookie cutters, bake 6-8 minutes. Watch closely not to brown them.  You just want them a light tan color .

Frost with cream cheese frosting….

1/4 cup butter

4 oz. cream cheese

1 tsp vanilla

2&1/2 cups powdered sugar

Mix together until creamy.  Now taste it.  Does it need more vanilla?  Taste it again and again and again.  (This is a very important part!  Besides it’s a good excuse to have more!!!) Mmmm. It’s a little slice of heaven, right?  My mama could bake cookies like no other.  She taught me well.

Now go fill those pastry bags, grab your kids and get creative! Don’t forget to add some love to ’em, just like my mom did.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

We have been having fun decorating for Valentine’s Day.  Maybe we can inspire you to create something this weekend!

*** items used for the crafts above: bakers twine, gold paint pen,  craft store die-cuts, pages from an old book, scrabble tiles, craft twine, yarn Pom-Pom garland (easy directions found on sproutz.com )

Check back for more Valentine crafts this weekend .