Personalized Chocolate Messages for Valentine’s Day

February 2, 2016 11:00 am

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and traditional gifts are about to make their debut. If you’ve sent bouquets of red roses, cuddly stuffed bears, and good ol’ heart shaped boxes of chocolates, then you are in good company. If you are looking for a fun twist this year, ChocolateText.com offers customizable boxes of chocolates. It’s not just a pick and choose flavors kind of box, but each chocolate in these boxes is stamped with a letter and used to spell out sweet messages and kind words. The sender can choose what the message will say, and ChocolateText.com will fill your order and send it out for you.

The company also honors service members with a 10% Military Discount when you use the code MDISC16. They also offer APO, FPO, and DPO shipping. Whether your loved one is near or far this Valentine’s Day, they will appreciate the surprise of a personalized message when they open their box of chocolates. Saying “I love you” I chocolate has never been easier.

For more information visit ChocolateText.com.

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Valentine’s Day Crafts

January 26, 2016 11:00 am

Photo coutrest of Dandee

Whether your Valentine’s Day is filled with child’s crafts and trails of glitter, or a date night out and trails of rose petals, the time leading up to February 14th is a great time for a good old DIY or two.

Have a weekend or weeknight free with the kiddos? Try making these Valentine’s Day Snow Globes or Rainbow Heart Sun Catchers. They are great crafts that can double as festive decorations. For some hhands on fun, try this adorable Valentines Slime . It looks and acts like Flubber with a Valentines flair.

If you are wanting to bake up some sweet treats for your sweeties on V day, look no further than this heat shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. This soft baked cookie cake requires less than 10 ingredients to whip up, and promises to be a major crowd pleaser. If you are looking for a packable treat, this Red Velvet Puppy Chow will steal the show. Be sure to pack extra in you kids lunchbox, their friends will all want a taste!

If you are decorating for the holiday, this Valentine’s Day Garland is the perfect entry way touch. These simple, but designer looking, Yarn Letters will look perfect atop the mantle, and this DIY Glitter “LOVE” Canvas will go in just about any room.

Then there are Valentine ’s Day cards for sending to class with the kids. Instead of buying a box at the supermarket, you could have a craft night with the kids and make these Valentine's Friendship Bracelets, or use one of these cute and super simple pintables. One gets paired with a pack of gummy bears, and the other with some Swedish Fish.

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January Recipes

January 5, 2016 11:00 am

Photo Courtesy of joyfulhealthyeats.com

While January might not be harvest season, there is still a bounty of fresh seasonal produce to be enjoyed. Winter might not come with tender greens and ripe juicy berries, but sweet squash, crisp pears, and deep hearty cooking greens are bountiful and incredibly delicious.

Squash is one of the season’s jewels. It is hearty, creamy, filling, and so versatile. It can be used to create this drool worthy Creamy Butternut Squash Alfredo Pasta (pictured) or it can be added to theses 5 Ingredient Butternut Squash Fritters for some great flavor. Good news. Squash can also dessert. The proof is in the pudding, or in this case, these Buttercup Squash Crumble Bars.

Oranges are a winter staple. When the weather gets cold, oranges get sweet and their acidic bite can add complexity to any dish. They can be made into healthy Orange Gummy Bears for the kids (or adults!), baked into gift-worthy Cranberry Orange Bread, or juiced into this lightened up Orange Chicken Stir Fry.

It might as well be the year of kale. We are seeing this nutrient packed vegetable everywhere, especially in the form of salad. If you are on a kale salad overload, you are not alone and you’ll be happy to know that this green is surprisingly versatile. It can be whipped into Roasted Garlic Kale Hummus, be used to make Kale Pizza Crust, and is perfect in this Spicy Simmered Eggs with Kale recipe.

Did you know that there are over 3,000 types of pears! We only regularly see up to ten of those many types in the grocery store, but with those ten varieties, you can make hundreds of delicious dishes. Try making homemade Pear Crisps for the perfect lunchbox snack. On the weekend, this Pear Dutch Baby will be a brunch show stopper and just so happens to be gluten-free. Or, try this Pear Prosciutto Gorgonzola Pizza for a sweet and savory dinner.

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