Gift Wrap Ideas for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is just a few days away…if you still need ideas for ways to wrap or package your Valentine gifts, treats, or candy, here are some fresh ideas! Above, Valentine Present Toppers from Julep look really easy to make–see instructions and downloadable … Continue reading

Chocolate Chip Cherry Granola


I was wanting to make some granola this past weekend, but I was also wanting something chocolatey. So I decided to combine the two and I came up with this Chocolate Chip Cherry Granola. I thought it would be a great … Continue reading

10 Recipes for Valentine’s Day

Here’s a roundup of 10 recipes that your Valentine–or Valentines–will love…some are healthy and some are not-so-healthy (but very yummy)!


If you’re wanting something sweet for your Valentine breakfast, try these Strawberry Yogurt Muffins–the strawberries on top look like hearts, so they’re perfect for Valentine’s Day!


Or if you’re wanting something healthy, try this Cranberry-Pecan Oatmeal, made with dried cranberries and chopped pecans. You can substitute dried cherries for the cranberries if you want.


Or make this Cranberry Almond Oatmeal Bake if you’re feeding a larger group.


You can also use your dried cranberries (or cherries) in these Cranberry Almond Breakfast Scones for a mid-morning or afternoon Valentine snack!


Since you may be eating lots of sweets on Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to include a healthy salad in your lunch or dinner menu–this Apple Pear Pecan Salad has dried cranberries in it too, but dried cherries would be yummy as well!


Savory Strawberry Salsa makes a great appetizer with tortilla chips, and it’s also really good served over grilled chicken!


Now you need some dessert ideas…Strawberry Cupcakes are just the thing!


But lots of people prefer something chocolate, and you can’t go wrong with these Chocolate Cupcakes with Fudgy Frosting!


If you want a healthier dessert, you could always make this Healthy Chocolate Shake


But, hey, it’s Valentine’s Day–if you want to splurge, make these Dark Chocolate-Covered Cherry Swirl Brownies!

Hope you get a chance to try out some of these treats! Do you have a favorite Valentine recipe?

Dark Chocolate-Covered Cherry Swirl Brownies


When Valentine’s Day comes around, I think of chocolate and cherries. So when I found this recipe at, I thought it would be the perfect thing to make! The recipe I’m sharing here is a little different, because I … Continue reading

Wrap Up Some Valentine Goodies


Valentine’s Day will be here very soon…and after baking some Jumbo Chocolate Chippers, I realized they would make great homemade Valentine’s treats! They’re the perfect size cookie for those smaller-size clear plastic treat bags you can find at craft stores or Wal-Mart. Or, if you want to be fancy, you can use special Valentine treat bags. Just fill the bags with some cookies, tie them up with ribbon in different shades of pink and red, and add a gift tag if you want! Who wouldn’t love to get a cute little bag of yummy cookies?


Have a Happy Valentine’s Day! :)

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Pretty Packaging for Valentine Treats

I found some great ideas for packaging homemade Valentine treats over at Martha…there are 13 different ideas altogether and I thought I’d show you a few of my favorites! The photos I’m posting are all from Martha’s website. Anyone would love getting some sweet treats wrapped up like these for Valentine’s Day!

I love this idea for homemade heart-covered treat wrappers! You can use these for wrapping sweet breads, stacks of cookies, or whatever other goodies you’re wanting to give.

To make the wrapper, just fold a piece of red or pink tissue paper in half three times, forming eight layers; then use a heart-shaped craft punch to cut out hearts (or you could cut the hearts out free-form with scissors if you want to make your own heart shapes). Cover the surface of your ironing board with paper towels and place a sheet of wax paper on top. Then arrange the cut-out tissue hearts on the waxed paper and cover with another sheet of wax paper. Run an iron (set on medium heat) lightly over the layers of paper to set. If you don’t want to use waxed paper, you could purchase some cello wrap, tinted pink or red (or even clear) and use that to wrap up your goodies.

Tie your sweet bundles up with some waxed twine in red or pink, some red raffia, or some pretty ribbon (1/8″ to 1/4″ wide would work) and add a cute little gift tag if you want. You can download some fun Valentine gift tag designs for free at Heather…click HERE to see them! The tags also look great used with treat bags the way Heather has shown them.

Another idea I liked at Martha’s site were her cookie boxes…

You can just buy standard white or brown paper boxes and place your cookies in individual cupcake liners (if you need jumbo liners, you should be able to find plain white ones at your local craft store in the baking supply section; Wal-Mart carries them, too). Tie up the boxes with pretty ribbon, and you’re done!

The last idea I wanted to show was the set of miniature gift bags…

There is a free template on Martha’s site that you can download with the 3 patterns shown above. Just follow the instructions for putting them together and fill them up with candy or other goodies.

Hope this gives you some inspiration for your Valentine’s Day treat-giving!