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Valentines Ideas, Sweet Treats for all ages Honey Bee My Valentine, Easy DIY Valentines desserts

Honey Bee… Mine Valentine, DIY Sweet Treats

Oh my word these are adorable right… almost too cute to eat. Tell that to my kids, they would gobble them up in no time but enjoy every bite for sure. They are a great DIY Valentines Sweet Treat Idea. They do take a few steps but easy to get an adorable end project!

What you need to make these:

  •  Hostess Twinkies Snack Cakes
  • Wilton candy eyeballs
  • White and Milk Chocolate chips to make modeling
  •  Black frosting
  •  Frosting (or use Nutella, peanut butter)

 

Honey Bee My Valentine CakesDirections:

Begin by preparing your modeling chocolate (recipe below). While the chocolate is cooling unwrap your Twinkies
Once chocolate is cooled you have a nice chocolate clay to work with.
Roll out black and white modeling chocolate to about 1/16? thickness. Use a knife or pastry wheel to cut 1/2? wide by 5?-6? long strips from the brown. Gently shape these around your bee to make the stripes of the bee aspictured, cut off excess at the bottoms as needed.
Using a sharp knife gently cut the wings from your white modeling chocolate, once cut to desired shape place them into the fridge for about 10 minutes to allow them to harden.
Cut off about 1 1/2? pieces, rolling them with your hands to make thin logs and curl up one end to make antennae. Once you have reached your desired shape place them into the fridge for about 10 minutes to allow them to harden.
To finish decorating your bees, Use a dab of frosting to attach the wings and eyes. Use a toothpick to poke two holes in between the eyes and the first stripe. Then stick an antennae in each hole. Paint on a black frosting smile.
Enjoy!

How to Make Modeling Chocolate
Ingredients:
16 ounces chocolate
1/3 cup light corn syrup (add more if needed)
Directions:

Melt chocolate in small saucepan or in the microwave using 30 second intervals.
Allow the chocolate to cool to about 91 degrees, stirring often. If you don’t have a thermometer, test the temperature of the melted chocolate by putting a drop on your finger. It should feel cool. If it’s hot, let it cool longer.
Pour in corn syrup.
Stir slowly until well mixed. This chocolate mixture will become thick very quickly, so be sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to incorporate all of the melted chocolate.
Pour mixture out onto a flat surface, using powdered sugar if needed to help shape the dough
Knead until glossy and smooth. If your hands are warm us a plastic dough scraper to knead the modeling chocolate.
Wrap the modeling chocolate in plastic wrap and place in a zip top bag or airtight container.

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Heart Shapped Carrots, How to make heart shapped carrots, fun Valenintes snack ideas that are Healthy

 

Heart Shaped Carrots healthy snack ideas for kids!

When you make food FUN, little fingers and little mouths are excited to eat it.  I was trying to come up with healthy snacks to send with my kids for lunch and I made these heart shaped carrots.  They were a HUGE hit, my kids we all smiles and ate every last one.  These would be prefect to surprise your kids for Valentines Day, a healthy Valentines snack idea.

Heart Shapped Carrots, How to make heart shapped carrots, fun Valenintes snack ideas that are Healthy

Start out by making a v shaped cut out of the top of the carrot with a sharp kitchen knife.

Heart Shapped Carrots, How to make heart shapped carrots, fun Valenintes snack ideas that are Healthy

Next use a vegetable peeler  to make a v shape on the bottom of the carrot to form to bottom of the heart.  You might need to round off the side a bit too. If  you stand the carrot on end, and look DOWN the carrot it is easier to see the shape you are making.

Heart Shapped Carrots, How to make heart shapped carrots, fun Valenintes snack ideas that are Healthy Next chop the carrot into slices and you have a bunch of FUN heart shaped carrots.  You can eat them as is,  or put them in salads or soups.

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How to make Butter – Homemade Butter in a Jar

How to make butter

It’s Matt. I made Butter in a Jar back when I was a kid at a youth activity. Making butter at home was very easy and just took some time. So the other day at the store I grabbed some Heavy Whipping Cream and planned a night with the kids to make show them how to make homemade butter. It is really easy and will provide some tasty and easily homemade butter!

How to make butter

home made butter in jar

Ingredients:

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt – 1/2 teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar – with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with

home made butter heavy whipping creamDirections:

Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then 3/4 the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.

It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
home made butter foam

 

As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream.  It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking. It will look like this:

 

home made butter cream

Keep shaking and don’t stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don’t think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don’t worry if you don’t think the foam is “churning” or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
home made butter buttermilk
At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the 1/2 teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter!  Enjoy your work!
home made butter bowl
As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.
home made butter
DIY - Homemade butter in a jar
 
Recipe type: Condiments
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • Heavy Whipping Cream - any amount 6 cups makes about 1 pound of butter
  • Salt - ½ teaspoon per pound of butter- optional, used for preserving butter
  • Jar - with lid, any size, baby food jars are great for kids to make it with
  • home made butter heavy whipping cream
Instructions
  1. Pour Heavy Whipping Cream into jars no more then ¾ the way full. It is best to leave room for the shaking and turning action. Next begin shaking! And Shake and Shake. Some music to shake too makes it fun for the kids and helps pass time. Something with a fun and quick beat. The best way I figured to shake the jar was to hold it length wise in my hands with the lid in my palms and the base of the jar wedge in my forearms.
  2. It takes about 5 minutes before you notice a thickening forming in the jar. This heaviness is the beginning of the fat changing and sticking together. At this point you really just have a thick whip cream in the jar. Keep shaking. At this point the jar edges will look like:
  3. home made butter foam
  4. As another 5-10 minutes pass you will notice the jar filling with the foamy cream. It feels as if there is no room in the jar as the thick Heavy Cream is aerated even more with the shaking, but keep shaking.
  5. Keep shaking and don't stop you are almost done when it gets thick. I have heard some add a large marble to the thick foam. But I don't think it really matters. Just the pressure of the shaking will continue the fat to congeal together. Don't worry if you don't think the foam is "churning" or rotating in the jar, gravity and pressure is still working to form the butter.
  6. Before you know it you will see the foam separate and a thin liquid forms in the jar. That thin liquid is buttermilk! The butter is in the last few moments of shaking. Keep shaking until the butter or mass inside is a consistent size.
  7. home made butter buttermilk
  8. At this point you can separate the buttermilk out and save it for biscuits or pancakes and other fun recipes. Then you can add the ½ teaspoon salt which is optional. Some say the taste is different, but the main reason is to preserve the butter. Now with the remaining butter you can place it in a small container for refrigeration and easy of using it. So congrats you just made you own butter! Enjoy your work!
  9. home made butter bowl
  10. As the butter sets you may see drips of buttermilk on the butter. Just let it drip off and drain.

If you enjoyed making your own butter, then you will enjoy making your own cheese!

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