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Frugal Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Family

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Are you ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? I love this day because it’s a reminder to celebrate the ones we love with a thoughtful gift. We tend to get caught up in the day to day routine but Valentine’s Day makes us stop and do something kind as a couple or for our children. Sometimes our budget can be an obstacle for making these sweet treats comes true. Here are some easy, creative and budget friendly ideas for your kids that hopefully will help you have a exciting fun day. Enjoy!

Marshmallow Bouquet

Ingredients:

6-8 large strawberry marshmallows

1 c of milk chocolate chips

1 pack of long skewers

1 large bag of M&Ms

Favorite valentine sprinkles

Inexpensive vase or reuse a vase you already have

Directions:

Pour sprinkles into a bowl.  Melt chocolate chips in a saucepan, stirring constantly.  Spear marshmallows with skewer leaving the marshmallow at the top.  Dip the marshmallow in the chocolate halfway.   Roll the dipped end in sprinkles and lay on wax paper to dry.  When all marshmallows are dipped and sprinkled, fill a vase with M&Ms and stick skewers in to create bouquet.

Heart-shaped Cherry Tarte

Ingredients:

Ready made pie dough

2 c fresh cherries, chopped

Sugar (enough to coat cherries well)

Cinnamon (sprinkle on sugar and cherry mixture for taste)

1 T butter, melted

Ricotta cheese

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 375°.  Mix your cherries and sugar in a large bowl and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Allow cherry mixture to sit for at least 5 minutes. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or spray heavily with cooking spray.  Roll out pie dough and cut out heart shapes with a large cookie cutter.  Lay the heart cut outs on the baking sheet and spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese on the dough.  Place a heaping spoonful of cherry mixture on the one side of the dough.  Place the other half on top and press together with a fork.  Brush the top with butter. Cut small slits in the top of the pastry.  Bake for 15 minutes or until hearts are golden brown.  Cool for 5 minutes and transfer to a wire rack.  Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Additional Ideas:

1.  Homemade heart-shaped crayons

2.  Heart shaped bacon

3.  Decorate a large bouncy ball with sharpie markers with Valentine terms of endearment.

4.  Heart-shaped cinnamon toast for breakfast

5.  Cut a heart-shape out of the top of a peanut butter sandwich and add sprinkles.

One thought on “Frugal Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Family

  1. Debbie

    I made the marshmellow bouquet last night and the kids loved them. I even made some for the neighbors. I found heart shaped marshmellows at Walmart. Perfect!

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