Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine Goodies for the Hubby!

I don't know about you, but my hubby loves sweets and goodies.

We have been trying to cut our costs recently on things but with Valentine's Day here, I wanted to do something I knew he would love for super cheap.  I came up with an idea for homemade chocolates and goodies.  I involved some of the ladies from my church in order to add some variety and fun to the mix.  I don't have all the recipes, but I wanted to share the idea!

Popcorn Mix

2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
2 cups pretzels
1 bag popped WHITE popcorn
1 bag of white candy melts
Valentine Sprinkles
Valentine M&M's

Combine pretzels, cerel and popcorn in large bowl.  Don't dump the bag of popcorn in all at once or you will have unpopped kernels in your mix.  Melt your candy melts and pour over the combination.  Stir until well coated and immediately spread out onto a foil lined baking sheet.  Right away sprinkle with M&M's and sprinkles.  Allow to set then break up as desired and place in goody bags or seal in a gallon size Ziploc bag or airtight container.

Chocolate Hearts

Chocolate chips
White Chocolate chips

Melt chocolate chips.  Place in chocolate molds.  Allow to harden.  Remove from mold.
Melt white chocolate chips.  When melted, place spoon in chocolate and raise over chocolate pieces to add some lines.  Allow to harden.

Oreo Cheesecake Truffles

1 package of oreos
8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
2 cups Semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Place oreos in a large ziplock bag.  Get a rolling pin and roll over bag to crush oreos.  Transfer oreos to a bowl and mix with cream cheese.  When well blended, use a cookie scoop to scoop filling onto a baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Put in fridge for at least 30 minutes.  Melt chocolate and shortening.  Place one oreo ball at a time into melted chocolate.  Coat and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper.  Add any sprinkles or garnish when the chocolate is still wet.  When complete, return baking sheet to refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (can be stored in and air tight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks).

Chocolate covered oreos

2 cups Chocolate chips
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

Melt chocolate and shortening.  Put half of oreo in chocolate mix and place on baking sheet lined with wax paper.  When done, put in refrigerator to set.

My friend made the other truffle so I cannot tell you the amount of ingredients they had, but I can tell you it had Cream and chocolate in it to make a rich, thick chocolate that we made into balls and covered in nuts, cocoa powder and sprinkles.

Put them all together in a cute box or on a plate and you get a beautiful gift full of goodies for someone you love... or for yourself!


History of Valentine's Day

Is the history of Valentines Day expressed in the current celebration of yummy chocolates, lovely cards, and sparkling engagement rings? What is the story behind such a highly-retailed celebration?

Some say the day is named after a bishop named Valentine, who was stationed in the Roman Empire. Claudius II was the Emperor at that time. He thought that unmarried men made better soldiers, so he decided to make it a law that young men could not marry. Around 270 A.D., Valentine took pity on the ostracized soldiers who were not permitted to marry or see their sweethearts.

He became an advocate of these young lovers and began to perform secret marriages. He was soon found out and jailed. Emperor Claudius II attempted to convert Valentine to begin worshiping the Roman gods, but Valentine refused. Instead, he tried to convert Claudius to Christianity and Valentine sentenced to be executed on February 24, 270.

Another version of the history of Valentines Day tells that Valentine fell in love with his jailer’s daughter. Just before his death, he sent her a note and signed it “from your Valentine.” An aura of romance surrounded his demise and those who knew about it spread the tale. Bishop Valentine became Saint Valentine with his fame extending to England and France.

After his death, Valentine then became what is known as a “Patron Saint.” Some considered him the spiritual overseer of an annual festival in which young Romans would distribute cards of affection to those they wished to formally see. This festival was held each February 14. There are Valentine cards in museums worldwide that date back to 1415.

February has been the month to celebrate love ever since the Middle Ages.