Valentine Wrap Up

We had the most lovely Valentine’s Day! Miracle claimed that she just loves Valentine’s Day and that it is the prettiest and yummiest day ever! That comment made the whole day worth it to me. You see, I was never much of a Valentine’s Day girl. Andrew and I don’t exchange gifts and we don’t do the obligatory date. Sometimes Andrew will pick me up some February 15th priced flowers and I love them even more at half the price. But since I decided to celebrate even the little holidays, I went all out making Valentine’s Day a day where we celebrate family and friends and love for each other. Get ready for some pictures!

The kids woke up to this:

Valentine Breakfast Ready to Eat

Orange Juice with Cranberry Juice Heart Shaped Ice Cubes

Cranberry Orange Heart Shaped Muffins

and Yogurt Dipped Frozen Strawberries

Side note on the food: The heart shaped muffin idea is from this pin and the frozen yogurt strawberries is from this one. I’m using my Valentine’s Day Pinterest Board!

The kids begged me to sew up some heart shaped pockets that they could fill with chocolates for their teachers. It was a bit of trial and error, so I filled my testers with foam hearts for the kids (and Andrew). They each had a heart that said their name on it and then three smaller hearts each with a word that describes them. Oh, and a chocolate kiss too because Valentine’s Day is a great day to eat chocolate for breakfast! This idea was inspired by this pin.

She Was Completely In Love With This Breakfast

For lunch the girls and I had heart shaped sandwiches and pink (strawberry) milk. Then Miracle filled up her heart pockets for her teachers and it was off to school where I got to be the Valentine helper for her class party!

I Took the Teaching Opportunity to Figure Out How to Evenly Divide the Chocolates

Then we came home and made some pretty tasty brownies with amazing frosting and brought them to eat for dessert at Carbones! Andrew serenaded the dinner crowd and we ate pizza and treated everyone to a tasty Valentine dessert. Recipe is from this pin and I guarantee you want to try it!

All in all we had an amazing, tasty, pretty Valentine’s Day full of love, family and friends! (And I think I fulfilled my Pinterest Project of the Week quota.) I hope you all had a great day and didn’t get caught up with relationship status and overpriced flowers.

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St. Patrick’s Day Food and Treats Ideas

Rainbow Waffles from *Random Thoughts of a Supermom*

I am always looking for fun ideas of things to do with the kids and this year I have been especially interested in making holiday inspired treats. These are the things that the kids will remember! Toys and clothes are broken and outgrown but memories tend to stick.

Rainbow Rice Crispy Treats from thirty handmade days

After coming across many fabulous ideas for St. Patrick’s Day I decided to put them all in one place so you and I can both find them more easily. A special thanks to tatertots & jello because several of these ideas I found from her Facebook posts!

Fruit Fun-Fetti Cupcakes from the MOTHERLOAD

Rainbow Pancakes, Cupcakes, Cherry Jigglers and more are linked up here at Pizzazzerie.

 

PIZZAZZERIE

St. Patrick’s Day is also my brother’s birthday and favorite holiday. I think I might try to make some of these up and send to him.

Shamrock Pretzel Snacks from Sun Scholars

Fruit Rainbows, Leprechaun Legs, Shamrock Shakes, and so much more linked up on this blog post from My Delicious Ambiguity.

My Delicious Ambiguity

And for those of you who don’t feel like baking, these really would be a ‘sweet treat’.

 

Sweet Pot of Gold from CraftOManiac

This last one is my favorite. I think I’ll save it for Miracle’s Birthday this summer!

 

Rainbow Birthday Cake from Sew Dang Cute crafts

Belly Diaries – Nesting

About a month ago I started nesting in a big way. I stayed up cleaning and shampooing carpets. I did laundry, prepared the baby’s room and organized this and that.

Then I lost it.

I had no desire to clean let alone super clean! I have been tired and worn out. This pregnancy has been a little rough on me. I haven’t been feeling very well and have a serious lack of energy.

The last few days though I have been nesting in a strange way. I must have food on the brain or something. Andrew and I went to Let’s Dish Tuesday and prepared nine meals for when the baby comes. Then Thursday when I went grocery shopping I bought a ton of snack foods.

Ground beef was on sale and so to the massive amount of food already in my freezer I added four 1 pound bags of cooked ground beef and two prepared meatloaves.

I’m starting to feel a little crazy. While I was making the meatloaf (at eight o’ clock yesterday morning) I decided we would want some sweets and that I should freeze some cookie dough too. But alas, I forgot to buy chocolate chips.