Happy Valentine’s Day!

I had plans for doing a post of Valentine’s Day freebies and deals, however once I began researching it, I found these comprehensive posts online (after which I threw in the towel on my own version ). Go check them out; they’re both written this year so you know it’s all up to date:

Time 2 $ave

Saving with Shellie

Highlights include Krispy Kreme coupons for 12 free donuts, a free Redbox Rental, and a free eBook called 40 Unforgettable Dates with Your Mate!

And you can also check out my previous V-day posts below. You know, in case you still haven’t satisfied your chocolate and glitter covered, pink and red cravings.

Easy Chocolate Truffles

DIY Heart Printable

Things that (P)inspire Me: Heart Shaped Loveliness

And if you still need an idea for your V-Day dinner plans, check out this post!

Have a good one!

Eaaaasy Chocolate Truffle Recipe (and did I mention they’re DELICIOUS?)

Yeah, so truffles are one of those posh things that are often out of the price range of a penny pinching type like myself (chocolate truffles, that is… not the mushroomy things, though those are pretty fancy pants expensive, too).  However, chocolate truffles cost next to nothing if you make them yourself!

Often homemade truffle recipes require liqueurs, extracts of such-and-such… again, fancy pants stuff. However these truffles are perfect as they are made with common ingredients that you may have laying around your house. Obviously, the recipe can be varied to amp them up a bit or change their flavoring, but I think chocolate is pretty awesome-town, so that’s what I bring you today — and just in time for a certain holiday next week.  So skip the obligatory, mystery box of chocolates and make these instead!

  • First, bake a cake.  Any store bought mix will do, but if you want to make yours from scratch, then by all means (but I won’t be joining you).
  • Allow to cool, then put cake into a bowl and crumble it into crumbs.  They should have the consistency of soil. Like gardening — something else I don’t really do.
  • Allow an 8 oz. pkg of cream cheese to soften, then mix this into the crumbs until combined. It’s preferable to not have any chunks of cream cheese; you want it mixed evenly through out (I just use my hands). Then form into small balls (ping pong size), place on a wax paper lined cookie sheet, and chill until hard (but not frozen). To get uniformity in size, I recommend using a spoon to get equal amount of the chocolate cake/cream cheese mixture for the truffles (they need to be pretty, too!).
  • After they have hardened slightly, you’re ready to add the chocolate shell. I don’t even bother with the whole stovetop, double broiler chocolate melting stuff.  I just put a package of chocolate morsels in the microwave, heat for a minute, stir, then heat for another 45 seconds or until melted. This method has never let me down before, though lots of people try to pooh pooh it.  Err on the side of less microwaving time and more stirring.   You can always microwave it more in smaller increments, but if you burn chocolate, you really do have to throw it away (it’s terrible — I did it once).
  • Dip each ball in chocolate, return to the wax paper, and return to the refrigerator until the melted chocolate is a hard shell on the outside (or let it sit on the counter to harden, depending on your level of patience).
  • That’s it!  You can drizzle with white chocolate, add sprinkles, or just eat them the way they are (and trust me, they’re good just the way they are). I’m a big fan of chocolate-chocolate, but I’m sure these would be great with red velvet cake and white chocolate, or a myriad of other combos.
  • And for real, you should make these things — they’re fabulous. And who needs to give their loved one a box of chocolates this Valentine’s Day?  At least with these, you know what you’re getting (delicious awesomeness), as opposed to biting down on that box-of-chocolates chocolate only to discover it has an unfortunately sweet cream filling. Or worse. Ew.
(And then we ate them all before I could take any pictures….)
So in short: bake a cake, crumble it up, mix it with cream cheese, roll into balls, and dip in chocolate.  How could this recipe possibly let you down?
Happy (early) Valentine’s Day!!!

Other posts you might enjoy…

Heart Shaped Loveliness

DIY Valentine’s Printable

National Soup Month:  Creamy Tomato Basil Soup Recipe

Valentine’s DIY Printable (No Photoshop required!)

If you’ve been following my blog since its inception in September, you know that I’m CRAZY about Christmas decor, but not nearly as enthused for the other holidays.  Not that I don’t enjoy them as well, but I don’t have a pumpkin/autumnal leaves wreath… or a motorized turkey that sings, I don’t know, a Thanksgiving song?  (Do these actually exist?)

Valentine’s Day is no exception.  Usually, I spend this holiday with my three Valentines (husband and two dogs, of course)… and maybe there will be a meal out at a restaurant…  Or more likely, we end up cooking at home because we usually haven’t made a reservation anywhere and don’t want to brave the crowds and the lines… and the explosion of pink and red decor (not really my two fave colors).  

However, this year I decided to give in to the blogosphere-style peer pressure that’s been breathing down my neck.  (Seriously fellow bloggers, you guys are crazy about February 14th).

Then, I realized something curious once I took the plunge and actually started planning some Valentine’s posts:

I think I might be digging this Valentine’s thing….

???

Weird, right?  But seriously…  I think I might even be coming around to pink and red.  Maybe…

So here I am, post-plunge, and I plan on sharing a few V-day ideas with you over the next couple of weeks.  Glitter, sprinkles, and a general feeling of mushy-ness may be involved.  (Don’t say you weren’t warned.)

Today, I’m sharing a fun printable idea… great for Valentine’s cards.  I found the original method on Pinterest (where else?), and it was one of those where I went “Duh!  Why didn’t I think of that?”  But I didn’t;  a smart lady from Black and White {Side by Side} did.  (Check out this blog, as well as the instructions!)  It’s so easy — no Photoshop or even really fancy computer/design skills needed!  Just MS Word, Paintbrush, and about 5 minutes!

Here’s a screenshot of what I whipped up (again, using the method found at Black and White {Side by Side}):

And here’s a close-up (it’s “I love you” in various languages):

And here’s a printable if you want this one:  The GPP’s I love you languages printable

Or better yet, make your own!  It’s so easy…  

One mo’ again, here’s the link so you can learn how:  Black and White {Side by Side}

Enjoy!

Other stuff  you might fancy…

Wordles:  Free, Easy Typographic Art

State String Art

Upcycling Wrapping Paper and Tissue Paper