Valentine’s Day is almost here and boy has it turned into a 3 ringed circus. From expensive jewelry to endless roses and gifts going to not just your sweetheart but to your children, their teachers and even pets, this holiday, which is originated from Bishop Valentine performing weddings in secret, has gotten out of control, however, you can still show your love, without going over board, and a great way to do that is food with love.
Every year I freeze pink milk (dyed or strawberry) into a heart mold and place the heart in my family’s morning milk glass, however, my mold broke and I have yet to pick up one of the same size but I did find this one.
These hearts are a little too big to go into glasses of milk, so my plan was to put them into oatmeal. I tried this to make sure it would both work and taste ok, basically I made my oatmeal a little dryer and hotter than usual and placed the milk heart in. As it melted it cooled the oatmeal and also added a creaminess, yum. Of course, however, that morning my kids wanted cereal, so into the cereal the hearts went!
I was a little disappointed because I knew they would take forever to melt but the kids loved them anyway, they really thought they were cool and we even were able to have a small discussion about how and why things freeze and melt, temperature and so on. So, win all around!
As a holiday originated in marital love, I don’t go crazy for my kids. If Valentine’s Day is on a weekend, we might all go out for a lunch together, but if it falls on a weekday, lunch at home it is. I have in the past made sandwiches and cut them with heart cookie cutters. I posted about doing that on St. Patrick’s Day, and though with shamrocks, I am sure you can get the idea, see it here.
Last year I made jello hearts using the same molds that I used for the milk hearts. I just followed the instructions, greased the mold a bit, poured in and allowed to cool in the refrigerator all night. They were a little trickier to get out of the molds though and I broke 2 of them at first, but the trick is to allow them to warm to room temperature and then right before serving, hold the bottom of mold in a hot bowl of tap water for about a minute, at that point flipping them over on a cookie sheet or wax paper should work.
I suppose a better mom would have added chocolate or whipped creme but as we don’t eat alot of jello, it was treat enough!
As a family, we love breakfast for dinner, so I made a big “brinner” for us. Many people, like us, shy away from gluten, so see here for a great banana pancake recipe (gluten free) or of course use with your favorite recipe.
I first made heart shaped pancakes. Make sure to grease the cookie cutter or pancake form and know while they may not be perfectly shaped, they will please!
To make the heart shaped butter I used the smallest heart from this set here.
Next I wanted heart toast and eggs. I used the same shape to cut from the bread as I used to form the eggs and when the eggs were done, I simply inlaid them into the toast pieces.
I toasted the cut hearts to be used with butter or your favorite jam, made some bacon, added a few strawberries, some pink milk, of course and voila!
With Valentine’s Day being on Saturday this year, this of course would be an easy morning breakfast and one that would certainly bring a smile to your family’s face. Spreading love is the idea!
🙂 Bet and fam