Valentines Day – Acts of Love

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1 cute pinterestWhat a fun surprise for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day!
Add a special love note and some other yummy sides,
and bring a smile to your; child, husband, or even yourself in the middle of the day. 
2 ingredientsSupplies needed:
Heart shape cutter
A slice of Wheat and a slice of White Bread
Peanut Butter
Jelly
Knife

Cut the 2 hearts out of each piece of bread.  Remove cut-out part of the white bread and put it in the cut-out of the wheat bread.  Carefully put peanut butter on one side and jelly on the other side.  Put the two pieces of breads together.
You are done!
3 lastMy 91 year old Grandma (GG) loved hers.  She giggled when she ate it.

Suggestions for alternatives:
Any kind of inners for a sandwich work

Such as:

Cheese
Tuna Fish
Waldorf chicken sandwich
We love to grill our peanut butter sandwiches

Cookie Cutters:
Teddy Bear
Flower
Fish

You can find lots of HEART SHAPED COOKIE CUTTERS online, shipped right to your door.

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Valentine’s Socks~Thrifty Gift Ideas

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to show someone you love them this Valentine’s day?  This “punny” gift will knock their socks off!

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My husband and I are cheap, “thrifty” and don’t usually spend much on Valentine’s day.  I usually make his favorite meal and we may exchange cards, but it isn’t a big holiday at our house.  Our anniversary is the same week and we tend to focus on that instead.  I still like to do a little something for my kids though.  This gift is perfect for kids, or, really anyone you want to give a little Valentine to.

All you need is a pair of new socks, some ribbon and a tag.  You don’t have to get fancy with the tag, write it out on a sticky note or get some tags from the dollar store.  (I tried to create the tag as a printable, but my program wouldn’t cooperate.  I ended up having to use my Silhouette software, which doesn’t allow me to share as a printable file.  If you happen to have the Silhouette software and want the file, I would be happy to share, just give us your email address and I will send it to you!)

I have 2 boys that I don’t think would quite appreciate the cute socks the way my daughter does, so they are just getting white.  Practical, but still makes a fun gift when you add the little note. Just roll them up and tie the tag on with some ribbon or put in a cute little gift bag.  In case you can’t read them, the note on the white socks says “We make a perfect pair, Valentine!” and the one with the colorful pair says “Valentine, You knock my socks off!”  Valentine’s day seems to bring out the cheesy puns in all of us, doesn’t it?  So there you have it!  A practical, cute, thrifty, Valentine’s day gift!

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  I love Fudge!  It should be made all year round.  This recipe is super easy to make and delicious to eat.

Supplies Needed:
Big Metal Bowl
*  2 – 8 ounce Hershey candy bars. (The large one is only 7.5 ounces, so I buy the packet with 6 candy bars that are 1.5 ounces a piece)
*  1 bag of milk chocolate chips
*  ½ pound of mini marshmallows (The bag I buy is 16 ounces, so I guess-timate how much is half the bag)

Put all the ingredients in a large Metal Bowl.  Break up the chocolate bars into small pieces.  Set aside.

In a Heavy Sauce Pan:
*  4½ cups of cane sugar
*  1 cube of butter (½ cup)
*  1 can of evaporated milk (15 ounces)
*  Dash of Salt

Melt butter in a heavy sauce pan.  Next add milk, sugar and evaporated milk.  Stir constantly with a wooden spoon.  Once it begins to boil, stop stirring for 7 minutes.  This is why the pan needs to be heavy or it will scorch.  Once you have finished boiling the sugar mixture for 7 minutes.  Check is it is a soft ball stage, if it is, than pour the sugar mixture on top of the chocolate and marshmallows.

Add:
*   1 teaspoon of Vanilla
*   2-3 cups of walnuts (if you desire)

Stir the mixture all together until smooth.  Pour into a large buttered and wax paper pan and smooth out with a spatula.  Let cool.  Once cooled take a Heart Shaped cookie cutter and cut out mini-hearts.  I sprinkled pink sprinkles on top to add a bit of fun!

(When making candy,  Cane Sugar is the best to use.  The heat added to the sugar breaks it down to be smoother- My great-grandma only uses can.  However, you can use whatever you like.)
ingredients
Ingredients: 
Sugar
Butter
Milk chocolate chips
Candy bars
Evaporated milk
Salt
Vanilla
Walnuts
marshmallows and chocolateBreak up the candy bars.  Pour the marshmallows and the chocolate chips in a metal bowl.
butter and sugarThe sugar, milk, salt, and butter mixture.
carmel in the waterSoft ball stage.  Drop sugar mixture from the spoon into a cup of cold water.  I do this two or three times during the 7 minutes.

carmel out of waterOnce the sugar mixture has been dropped into the cup.  Pinch it together.  It should be like soft taffy.
carmel and chocolate pouringPour sugar mixture into the large metal bowl.
mixing 1stAdd the vanilla and nuts at this time.
fudge in the bowlStir quickly.  It will begin to harden. 
the panPour into buttered wax paper.
fudge in panSmooth the fudge out and let cool.
cut out fudgeCut out the fudge pieces.
fudgeYou can leave plain.  or
fudge with sprinklesAdd sprinkles….

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Candy In a Can~Thrifty Gift Idea

Here is a fun, unusual gift idea for Valentine’s day, or anytime really!  It is thrifty, original and cute!

You will need

A can of fruit Must have the pull tab on top

Small candy

A smooth edge can opener like this one or this one

Super glue (not pictured) with a small hole for dispensing

Scrapbook paper or duct tape to decorate the can

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Begin by cutting your can open with the smooth top can opener.  A regular can opener will not work for this!  You may have a hard time when you get to the area with the pop top. Be gentle but try your best to get it around there.  If you can’t get it off, just leave that part attached. Gently pry open the top, making sure not to distort the shape of the lid.  You will be reattaching it in a few minutes.  Dump your fruit into a bowl so that you don’t waste it, and rinse out your can.  While your can dries, peel off the label.  This would also be good for April fools day, just leave the label on!

Once your can is dry, fill it with candy.  You will want something small.  I used conversation hearts.  Once your candy is in, set your lid back on to make sure that it isn’t too full and that there is still room for it to set right.  Now, you will take your super glue and carefully glue the lid back on.  You want to use a very thin layer so that it doesn’t drip into the can onto your candy.  Let that dry.  While it is drying, if you want to add some cute scrapbook paper to the outside, or other embellishments you can do that now.  As you can see from my picture, I put the paper on before I glued it.  It doesn’t really matter.

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Once that glue dries you have a unique gift to give.   All that is left for the recipient is to pop the tab and enjoy the surprise inside!  This would be such a cute, thrifty way to show someone that you are thinking about them this Valentine’s day.  I am really thinking that sending my kids to school with some mandarin oranges in their lunch on April fools day would be so fun.  You could leave a little note on top of the candy inside the can.  For now though, these make a sweet little Valentine’s day gift.

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Printable Minion Valentines

We are obsessed with Minions at our house!  We love them!  I decided it would be fun to make our own Minion valentines this year for the kids to hand out.  You’re in luck because I am sharing!

To print these valentines follow these simple steps; click on the image above, then right click it and save it to your computer.  Once it is saved to your computer, open it up in Picasa (I say Picasa because I use it, and it is free and easy to use) and click on the bottom of the screen where it says “print”.  Now, It will give you the option to pick your size.  For valentines, choose 3×5.  On the left of the screen select “shrink to fit”.  Also on the left, at the bottom, choose how many you want per sheet.  You can fit 4 on one sheet of paper.  Now you are all set to print from your computer using card stock, or send it to an online photo printer.  You could also select 4×6 size and just order them like prints.  Not sure which is more cost effective as I haven’t ordered mine yet.  Send them through whatever store you use to pick up photos and enjoy!   Would also be cute printed out as an 8×10 and used in a photo frame for the season.

Dont forget about the Frozen Valentines Day Cards

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Valentine’s Day Mailboxes~ Kids Gifts

Looking for an inexpensive, cute gift for your kids this Valentine’s day?  These are perfect!

The mailboxes are from the dollar spot at Target, but I am assuming they can be found at craft stores as well. Possibilities for filling these cuties are endless.  Some yummy Valentine’s day candy is always good, or add their favorite toys, craft supplies or some jewelry.  (I chose to add some Rainbow loom bands since they are HOT at my house right now!)

You will need:

small metal mailbox

stickers or vinyl to decorate mailbox

gift for the inside of the mailbox

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If you don’t have a Silhouette like I used to cut my vinyl, you can still personalize these with some cute valentine’s stickers.  Or find some stickers of your child’s favorite character, color or activity.  Rhinestones would be great for a little girl’s mailbox as well.

Decorate your mailbox and fill it.  You are done!  These would be great for your littles to store small treasures in their rooms long after Valentine’s day is over.  Add some letter stickers to spell their name to the side, and there is no mistaking who’s box is whose!

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