Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday to show our loved ones how much we care. I have to admit, though, I don’t like spending a ton of money on just one day…since I love my family all year round. So, I decided to compile a list of simple things that I’ll be doing for my kids leading up to Valentine’s Day. Remember, simple is OK-you don’t have to be that Pinterest Supermom who handcrafts Valentine cards and throws a party for the neighborhood friends. Keep in mind why they love you-for giving them fun, safe treats and being their best mom, which is the best kind of mom.
Here’s what I’ll be doing for Valentine’s Day….
You can buy them pre-made from allergy-friendly companies, but they are very expensive! I bought this mold and made my own from Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips! Here’s how you do it:
1. Add 1/3 cup safe chocolate chips and 1 teaspoon safe cooking oil to a small saucepan.
2. Melt on Medium-Low heat, stirring until smooth and melted.
3. Add melted chocolate to mold using small spoon.
4. Tap the mold on the countertop several times to release air bubbles in the chocolate.
5. Put on a flat surface in freezer for 15 minutes (set a timer!). Remove from freezer and they should come right out of the mold by gently lifting by the stick. If you aren’t doing suckers, flip the mold over onto a plate or cookie sheet and gently tap.
You can easily find molds at craft stores or at cake supply stores, as well as on Amazon.
-Sunbutter & Jelly Heart Pancakes
1. Use a cookie cutter to cut out a heart in the middle of a cooled pancake.
2. Add jelly to the middle of the pancake and top the heart cut-out with Sunbutter.
3. Add some strawberries for a delicious breakfast on Valentine’s Day.
-Heart Themed Lunch
This is always a fun surprise! The picture shows an example of what I’ll be doing. I made the cheese hearts out of a Daiya Cheese block-style, dairy-free cheese. I added heart-shaped cheddar crackers and chocolate crackers as well as some X’s & O’s. You can also slice cucumbers thin and use a cookie cutter to make hearts like in this post by Gratefulfoodie. Add a heart-shaped Sunbutter & Jelly Sandwich and you’re all set!
-Chocolate Syrup Art
I used safe chocolate syrup to do a little art on the plate. I’ll add some raspberries, banana chunks, or marshmallows for “dipping”. Store your syrup art in the fridge (uncovered) until ready to serve.
Kids LOVE these!
1. Melt chocolate according to my directions above.
2. Dip end of candy stick into chocolate before sticking it into the marshmallow. This will be your glue to keep the marshmallow from slipping off.
3. Let chocolate drip over saucepan until excess is gone and it doesn’t drip anymore.
4. Hold over plate and slowly pour safe sprinkles over the chocolate, rotating as you do so.
5. Chill in refrigerator on wax paper for about 15 minutes. Or, stick them in styrofoam to prevent a flat spot on your marshmallow. I propped mine up using a rolling pin on the end of the stick, and leaning the stick close to the marshmallow on a clothespin. I did that all on wax paper lined jelly roll pan. It was a last minute idea that ended up working after all, even if it was a little crazy looking!
**I use Betty Crocker or CakeMate sprinkles (most are Top 8 Free, but do your homework to make sure they are safe for your allergies)
-Smarties Conversation Hearts
I just got word that these Smarties Convo hearts are out this year! So fun! I have not yet seen them in stores, but only because I haven’t looked for V-Day candy. If you know where to find them, please comment below and let us know where you found them.
-Heart Covered Door
I think I’ll cut out some hearts from construction paper, write things I love about my kids on them, and hang them up on their door after they go to bed on the 13th. They’ll wake up to a surprise of “I love you because…” hearts on their door.
-Spend time with them
I really think that’s all our kids want & need. Do something fun! Play some board games, have a movie day, bake cookies….just spend time with each other and connect. We all need to cherish every last minute with our children.
What will you do to have an allergy-friendly, budget-friendly Valentine’s Day? I’d love to see your ideas in the comments!
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