I love everything about food. Food is fun. Food is fantastic. Even when it’s simple. Over the past few years, I have learned to make holidays special with the simple things, the things we would be doing anyway….like dinner.
Last year, I had to really think outside the box.
I used green beans and a small tomato slice to spell the word LOVE. I put pink food coloring in the mashed potatoes and served them in a fancy dish. Um…parents beware color really does affect the taste of your food. I kept thinking I was eating ice cream which caused them to tase very strange. Of course the kids loved it!
I topped it all off with a heart shaped meatloaf.
The year before, we had heart shaped pizzas. Simply shape the pizza dough into a heart shape before baking. The top with sauce and desired toppings.
All of these things were simple. They took a little preplanning, but didn’t cost much. The impact? Huge. Just a few days ago my 7 year old asked me if I was going to make pink potatoes again this year. I can’t decide if I will. There are just so many fun things to try…
Check out my Valentine’s Pinboard for my favorites!
Here are a few other simple ideas:
- use a cookie cutter to cut out a sandwich
- make heart shaped waffles or pancakes
- make pink lemonade and heart shaped ice cubes
- cut cinnamon rolls into a heart shape
- make a heart shaped egg inside toast
- heart shaped fruit kabobs
Do you have a special food tradition for Valentine’s? Have you found a fun new idea to try this year? Please share your ideas!
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