Valentine’s Days Fun
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? Normally we don’t either but I have something fun up my sleeve this year! I decided I am treating my boys Zig & Zag to a day of simple, inexpensive Valentine’s Day fun. First off, we are not a family that buys gifts for every little thing or celebrates every nationally listed holiday, but I thought it would be great fun to do something to celebrate Valentine’s Day showing them they are all special to me.
Rules of The Day
- Wear Red.
- Surprise the family with the fun I have planned.
- Have a great day!
With the intention of following my K.I.S.S. rule (Keep It Simple Silly) my prep always comes with a list of what needs to happen to accomplish the goal. Fun in my book shouldn’t have to involve a huge time consuming list of items that have to be done to pull off a good time. Of course this is 100% dependent upon your personality. Personally I love to plan events to the 9’s but will keep it simple this time! (At least by my book 😉 )In this case my list consists of:
- Have a Valentine for each person for the morning of.
- Check to make sure I have all the ingredients for breakfast.
- Make sugar cookie dough the night before. Here is a great recipe I use that always works out for me plus has a yummy frosting too.
Today is the day! I take and get up a little early today so I can get my loves Valentines place on the table so when they get up and around they find them first thing! I love to watch the excitement in their eyes at something so simple. Next on to breakfast.
Heart Shaped Pancakes are what’s on the menu so let’s get started! Since Valentine’s Day is on a school day this year I picked a simple breakfast that is quick to make and clean up. I also turn on the oven and get the sugar cookie dough out of the fridge so I can get the cookies in the oven and baked before we head out the door for school and work.
Hence I have a go to pancake recipe that is super simple and all the ingredients can be found most likely in your pantry. The image above is stellar and not mine. You can find the photo and Susan’s great recipe pancake recipe at www.simplehealthykitchen.com for an alternative high protein pancake. In this case Susan used a heart shaped egg/pancake rings which you can find them on Amazon if you want perfectly shaped hearts, I free hand mine, either way I know the family will love them!
Here is my pancake recipe:
SIMPLE PANCAKES w/ STRAWBERRIES – yield 8-10 hearts Prep: 5 mins Cook Time: 2-4 mins each
1 1/2 c. Flour
2 t. Baking Powder
3 t. Sugar
1/2 t. Salt
1 1/4 c. Milk
3 T. Melted Butter or Vegetable Oil
1 t. Vanilla or Almond Extract
2 c. Strawberries, sliced.
Place skillet on stove and turn on to medium heat. Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk together. Make a well in the center and add the eggs, milk and butter/oil. Stir together until there are no lumps remaining in the batter. Pour batter into a container with a spout. It is easier to free hand them this way.
Spray skillet, if needed, with cooking spray. Starting with the outer shape of the heart draw it on the skillet. Fill in the center last. You will use about 1/4c – 1/3 c. of the batter. Cook 1-2 minuets or until the center bubbles and/or the edges become dry. Flip and cook another minute or two until golden brown. Repeat with remaining batter.
Plate each plate with 1-3 hearts and sprinkle with strawberries! Serve while warm.
While the family eats I roll out and bake the cookies. I try and make as many different cookie shapes as possible. This way I know they will be nice and cool for decorating later today! I am a huge Wilton fan so I have a great assortment of cookie cutters I have acquired over the years.
Next, I tell the kids to get dressed in red for today and everyone gets ready for the day!
Once home I frost the cookies and get them set out before anyone else arrives home for the day. I love to make them all different but we all know that takes a huge amount of time. So I do a design for each type and realize I was a little over zealous when cutting out so many shapes. I ends up where I take the time to make four special cookies and then just basic ice the rest.
For a special presentation I put each one on a little paper doily that I have written their names on. In they walk and hugs and kisses all around.
Hope you have a great day too with doing something simple, inexpensive and fun with your family this year!
Til’ Next Time,