Valentine’s Day Ideas for the ones you love!

Valentine’s Day is just a week away and it’s time to start planning some special valentine treats and share the love!  Your valentines may come in all shapes and sizes and they may like different types of treats, so we have selected a broad variety of recipes to feature this Valentine’s Day.   We have something for everyone and some great ideas for food gifts.

Here’s a line up of great ideas for your Valentine’s Day gift giving:

Heart shaped Sugar Cookies (check out this week’s blog about decorating); I’m dedicating an entire blog to these gorgeous cut-outs!  Check back in tomorrow for lots of great decorating ideas – but make the cookies now so you’re ready to decorate them!Red Velvet Cupcakes that can be gift bagged easily. This recipe is moist and delicious and the presentation makes it a real treat!Heart-shaped Strawberry Cake, this is a beautiful cake for the ones you love and loaded with strawberries!  My daughter, Liz, was born on Valentine’s Day so over the years I have purchased heart-shaped baking pans, cupcake pans, cookie cutters, jello molds, etc.  They are nice to have for weddings, engagements, or just to say I love you for no occasion at all.Next in our line up is a Fresh Strawberry Pie; this pie is a proven winner with large whole fresh strawberries (on sale this week – just for Valentine’s Day).  This pie is not finished but I wanted you to see the inside.  We will finish it off with homemade whipping cream – piping it on adds to the presentation.Strawberry Shortcake is a quick and easy dessert for busy families that may not have time to plan ahead.  In as little as 30 minutes you can serve up this tasty dessert.Linzer Heart Cookies are so elegant but not really difficult, I like the chocolate drizzle that finished them off.  This cookie is filled with strawberry or raspberry jam and absolutely delicious!Nothing says, I love you like a kiss and a chocolate kiss is even better – Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies. These cookies are so easy to make and so good!Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies are a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat – loaded with chocolate for your special chocolate lovers.This isn’t a great picture, but it is a great cake!  Tiramisu Cake, uses a boxed cake mix and includes lots of coffee flavor and Kahlua…then you top it off with a wonderful Marscapone and whipped cream frosting and sprinkle with cocoa powder for a great presentation.  This is a delicious cake no matter what the occasion.

Nothing says, “I love you” like a breakfast of Belgium Waffles with fresh fruit.  Children and adults alike will enjoy this one.  This recipe picture includes a cream cheese, whipped topping and peaches (you may want to use strawberries or raspberries for Valentine’s Day) – sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

I hope that this gives you some great ideas for this Valentine’s Day!  Remember to add the love!

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