valentine’s day

Sweetheart Brownies

February 7, 2013
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I’ll admit that the idea for these Sweetheart Brownies came during a gym workout. My mind should have been in the moment, focused on following the Zumba teacher’s tricky dance moves, but all I could think about was can you coat brownies in candy melts? We all have our own way of focusing! I instagrammed […]

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Valentine’s Dipped Rice Krispies Treats

February 8, 2012
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I was leafing through the Dean & DeLuca Valentine’s Day catalog that arrived in the mail last week when my eyes stopped on a lovely set of heart-shaped rice krispies treats. They were decorated beautifully in royal icing…and the box of six was priced at $42. Six treats for $42. That’s $7 per treat. If […]

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Heart-Shaped Whoopie Pies…plus a Wilton Valentine’s Giveaway!

February 6, 2012
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I can already hear the creak of the step stool hinge unfolding the second I tell my 4-year old daughter that I’m about to bake something that involves sprinkles. That’s her cue to drop what she’s doing and get herself propped up next to me at the kitchen island to get involved in the action. […]

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Cherry Cordial Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies

February 10, 2011
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After the Snoopy valentines and conversation hearts, what my sisters and I used to look forward to most about Valentine’s Day as kids was the big heart-shaped box of chocolates my dad would bring home for us my mom. It was a fun game to guess what was inside each piece (through extensive sampling, of […]

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Southern-Style Biscuits

February 8, 2011
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When our plates arrived out at breakfast a few weeks ago, our eyes shifted immediately to the enormous biscuits. Lori (RecipeGirl) and I could not have been more eager to break ours open, explore the flaky layers and dollop on some mango preserves. Amanda (Kevin & Amanda), the Alabama girl that she is, took a […]

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Heart-Shaped Baked Chocolate Doughnuts (+Seattle’s Best Coffee Giveaway!)

January 27, 2011
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This has to be the best bad idea I’ve had in a while: buying a doughnut pan. I resisted and resisted for as long as I could, knowing that once I had one of these things in my house I’d have no choice but to bake doughnuts as often as I wanted (could I handle […]

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Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake

February 11, 2010
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I never ate cake until I was 8 or 9 years old. But I sure ate a lot of frosting! I was that kid at birthday parties who hopped up and down when the corner piece – the one with the profuse amount of frosting flourishes – was being passed out. I’d extract every last […]

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Valentine Heart Cookies

February 9, 2010
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I always enjoyed the ritual of exchanging valentines as a kid. Opening up a box of 32 (plus two for the teachers!) brand-spanking-new valentines, preferably the Snoopy variety. Carefully addressing the envelopes in crayon for all the kids in my class. Even the boys. Dropping a few conversation heart candies into each envelope. Being careful […]

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