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Easy Pink Dough Valentines for Preschoolers

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An easy way for toddlers and preschoolers to celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Pink dough to play with!  Mix up a quick batch of pink colored dough and break out the heart cookie cutters!  The recipe I used is at the end of the post.  Here’s my nostalgic look back at my babies busy at work on their “Valentines”Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 008We’re going to make something!Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 007Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 005Squish that pinkness!Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 004The idea was to get them to make a Valentine on the table, then I would photograph it as their “valentines” for Daddy and Grandma and Grandpa.Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 006And that’s what we did.Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 002Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 001It was a lot of very pink fun!  I had to play a bit, too….Pink Dough for Preschool Valentines by dennasideas.com - Page 003Here’s the recipe I use for play dough:

2 and 1/2 cups of white all purpose flour   (I’ve tried it with whole wheat flour, and let’s just say…No!)

1 cup of salt  (fine, not coarse)

2 small packages of Kool Aid  (the ones without real sugar)  this is optional. if you don’t have Kool Aid, then add food coloring

3 tsp. vegetable oil  (canola oil is good)

2 cups of boiling water

Mix all the dry ingredients together, then add the boiling water.  Stir it all together very well and turn out onto a surface where you can knead it a bit.  It will be hot, so let it cool a bit before kneading.  Then knead away until it becomes smooth.  When it’s cool enough, the kids can start playing.  As soon as it’s cool enough, either play with it or seal it in plastic bags so it doesn’t start drying out.  This will last for quite awhile in a sealed bag.   Note:  the Kool Aid is just for easy color and aroma!  We used cherry for Valentine’s day.  If the kids love the smell so much that they taste it, it won’t hurt them at all, just a little salty.  If there’s worry about the flour, then I’d say don’t add the Kool Aid and then it won’t smell appetizing enough for little ones to put into their mouths!

Fun for the kids to make, and the photos are easy to send to everyone online, no mess, no snail mail! 😉  Just digital cuteness from the kids!  Happy ❤ weekend!

3D Cookies for Valentine’s Day

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3D Cookies for Valentine’s Day

How do you say Happy Valentine’s Day to those you love?  Flowers, candy, cards, or some even bigger display?  Or do you prefer to do something special together?  Or is it one of those days that just slips by?  I saw a funny “quote” the other day.  It was a photo from Star Wars and the caption was “I’ll be celebrating Valentine’s Day Han’s style….Solo!”  Maybe that’s more you 🙂

We don’t make a super big hoohaw about Valentine’s Day, a few special things, like maybe chocolate or sometimes flowers.  I’m usually in favor of homemade or home-printed Valentines.  (OK, I admit sometimes I put way too much work into the “homemade” Valentines that the kids take to school.  But this year, I put in 10 minutes of work on a printable, and then they are on their own, I’m just too tired,with a been there, done that  kind of feeling).  Anwyays, I came up with a brilliant idea that I think will make a memorable Valentine’s Day for us this year:  The kids are in charge of making and serving supper for my husband and I.  Sounds a tad dangerous, but I intend to enjoy it!  We’ll see how it goes…3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 003

After having said that, I admit I did make a few Valentine’s cookies.  I had the dough in the fridge and a few more M&Ms from the last couple of posts! 🙂  And I had these cute letter cookie cutters to try out!  (A fun gift from a friend)  So here goes a little tutorial for some fairly easy, but attention-getting cookies.

Ingredients:  chocolate cookie dough and candy melts (I use Wilton brand) and letter cookie cutters (or just freehand it) and small heart cutters.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 015Amor= love in Spanish 😉  Galletas=Cookies!   Cut out letters and a bunch of small or medium hearts for bases.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 014Bake and let cool…..cool!3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 013Melt up some red and white candy melts and get ready to pipe them out of baggies with only a tiny corner snipped off…3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 012Squeeze strings of candy melt out while moving back and forth over all the letters.  Repeat with next color.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 011Then pick up each letter and break off the extra bits of candy melt off the sides, this is really easy and works well.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 0103D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 009Line up the letters and the bases, some letters need two hearts for their bases.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 008Use some more candy melt to attach the bases, I used dark cocoa candy melts (only took 3 melts)3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 0073D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 006Holding the letters in place for about 5 seconds was mostly enough to balance the letters, but if necessary, prop them up for a bit…3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 005The candy melts set up quite quickly.  Here’s the bird’s eye view:3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 004And there you go!  The letters are quite sturdy and just so fun looking!  Great for a Valentine’s Day centerpiece.3D Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 002Oh wait!  Since you have the cookie dough out, and maybe a few extra cookies baked, go ahead and decorate some more for your centerpiece.  Here’s how I did it with Nutella and M&Ms using the same idea from the other day’s post:pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 020 pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 019 pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 018 pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 017 pixel Valentines cookies by dennasideas.com - Page 016 candy valentingecookies by dennasideas.com - Page 019The kids wanted to cut out some Os and Xs for hugs and kisses, so I used up the last of the red M&Ms on these:candy valentingecookies by dennasideas.com - Page 016And here’s one for you from me (sorry it’s not edible but I’m all about digital stuff)happy valentines day from dennasideas.com

I’d love to hear from you if you try out some of my little cookie techniques! 🙂

Hello (and Goodbye) Valentine’s Day!!

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Hope you had a sweet Valentine’s Day!  Personally, I think it should be Valentine’s Week, just to fit everything in.  Around our house, things do tend to get drawn out, birthdays, holidays, stuff like that, so maybe it was Valentine’s Week around here 🙂

I always tell myself that this Valentine’s Day I’m not going to go crazy getting stuff done for the kids’ school valentines…but every year (excepting one) I stay up late getting cookies baked, bags packed, labels stamped, gifts wrapped, etc.  It’ s one of those obsessive things I can’t seem to get past!  Here are some of the cookies I was working on, denna's ideas: hello kitty cookies for valetine's day denna's ideas: hello kitty valentine's day cookies Denna's Ideas-- hogs and kisses cookies Denna's Ideas-hedgehog cookies for valentine's dayI don’t always do cookies, but rather send candy, since kids nowadays don’t seem too content with just small paper valentines 🙂 but this year I did go for cookies since I had this cute cutter and the first grade has a pet hedgehog named Chloe!!

Here are some more photos from our Valentine’s Day (week)….and for some reason I put quotes on them……                                                                          follow the way of love--valentine's day decor by denna's ideas valentine's day squirrel cookies by denna's ideas valentine's day decor by denna's ideas valentine's day train cake by denna's ideas                 Fondant train made by Amber!! valentine's day train cake by denna's ideas valentine's day tulips by denna's ideas - Page 001denna's ideas--tulip love    Some of our pixelated Valentine’s Day decor came from the Minecraft birthday party we did at the beginning of the month (and which I will post about soon!)Valentine's Day Chalkboard by denna's ideas - Page 001All in all, it was a sweet week!!denna's ideas: valentine's day

Perfect Valentines’ Beverage: Hot Pink Punch!!

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Perfect Valentines’ Beverage: Hot Pink Punch!!

This hot pink punch is sure to warm you up on a blustery & freezing Valentine’s Day with your sweetie(s)!!

At the last minute (as usual) here I am with something “pink” to post….like I said before, I haven’t been up on preparing for Valentine’s Day…but I did get one thing done yesterday…making Hot Pink Punch!  (Of course we had to sample it right away, but saved half for tomorrow).  I had most of the ingredients on hand, and it’s fine to do a bit of improvising.  The secret ingredient is red-hot cinnamon candy hearts (or whatever they are called!)

denna's ideas: Valentine's Day Hot Pink Punch

Just a note first:  In Guatemala, hot fruit-based punch is very popular (along with a lot of other interesting *usually thick* hot drinks).  There is the traditional fruit “ponche” that is served at Christmas time. I only made a quick version of it this year, but I have now decided that this Hot Pink Punch is going to be my little tradition addition…maybe for Christmas sometimes, but now I’m thinking….perfect for el Día de San Valentín!!  (Aside from the great pink color, it’s way easier to find cinnamon heart candies at Valentines than at Christmastime!)denna's ideas: Valentine's Day Hot Pink Punch

This hot fruity punch has a cranberry base, with a spicy note from cinnamon heart candies and some lemon/lime zestiness, with the cloves adding a more traditonal tang.  It smells great simmering on the stove and looks so pretty in glass mugs 🙂

Recipe for Hot Pink Punch:

1 pkg. (12 ounces) fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed

11 to 12 cups of water, divided

2 and 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup red-hot cinnamon candies

10 whole cloves

1 cup orange juice

2/3 cup lemon or lime juice

In a saucepan, combine the cranberries and 4 cups of water.  Cook over meduim heat until berries pop, about 10-15 minutes.  Cool slightly.  Press though a strainer; discard skins.  Set cranberry mixture aside.  In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, red candies, cloves, orange juice, lemon or lime juice and 4 cups of water.  Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and red candies are melted.  Stir in cranberry mixture. Add enough remaining water to achieve desired concentration (could be up to 2 cups of water); heat through.  Discard cloves before serving.  Yield: about 3 quarts.  Garnish with whole cranberries and lime or lemon wedges.

Recipe by Lucile Cline from Taste of Home, Holiday Entertaining.

denna's ideas: Valentine's Day Hot Pink Punch cranberries denna's ideas: Valentine's Day Hot Pink Punch denna's ideas: Valentine's Day Hot Pink Punch cinnamon hearts denna's ideas: Valentine's Day Hot Pink Punch cloves denna's ideas: Valentine's Day Hot Pink Punch limesI used frozen cranberries, and I always use limes instead of lemons (just a habit).  Cloves are a vital part of Guatemalan cuisine, so we are used to them 🙂  I don’t think the punch would be the same without them, so I’d recommend not skipping that part.  As far as the orange juice and lemons or limes, those can be changed up a lot as far as quantities or substitutions…..

It’s hard to get the right color in my photos….like I’ve complained before, the lighting in my kitchen in winter is just terrible, so I have to adjust the photos quite a bit and sometimes the color is really crazy, but the punch is really such a pretty shade of pink , not quite so reddish orange as in the photo 😉denna's ideas: Valentine's Day Hot Pink PunchHope you can simmer up a batch of Hot Pink Punch!!  Today is the perfect day for it here…..the snow is blowing horizontally past my windows as I write this…I may have to warm up a mugful of punch to keep my tummy warm today (before my sweeties get home!)…..