It’s that time of the year again, when the stores start putting out heart shaped everything and love is in the air. Another Valentine’s Day is coming up quickly; a time of year to show your loved ones just how much you appreciate and love them. So, here are some treats and gifts that’ll show just that!
Sweetheart Cherry Pies:
If you’re looking for an easy but very delicious treat, this is the thing for you! It only takes about 25 minutes to prepare and bake. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Pie dough (you can usually find this in any grocery store)
- Fresh Cherries
- Ricotta cheese
- 1 tbsp of butter, melted
- Heart cookie cutter
Step 1: Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees and make sure to line a baking sheet with some parchment paper.
Step 2: Take your pie dough and roll it out to about an inch thick and then take your heart shaped cookie cutter and press them into the dough. Make sure to use all of the leftover scraps to make more!
Step 3: Take all of your cherries and make sure to remove the pit, an easy way of doing that is by using a straw to help push it out. After you’ve removed the pit, chop up the cherries into small little pieces.
Step 4: In the bowl of cherries add a small pinch of sugar, or more if you have a sweet tooth.
Step 5: On the lines baking sheet, take the heart shaped pie dough and lay them on gently. After you’ve placed all of the pie dough out, take a spoonful of the ricotta cheese and place it into the middle of each heart, doing the same with your chopped up cherries.
Step 6: Lay down the top dough and seal the edges with a fork. After you’ve sealed the dough together, take your melted butter and brush it over top.
Step 6: Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown. Make sure to let the little pies cool down before serving!
Step 7: Enjoy the sweet treat with your friends and family or with your significant other!
Candy Heart Bark:
This chocolate dessert is one of the easiest treats to make! All it takes is about five ingredients; here’s what they are!
- White chocolate
- Canola or vegetable oil
- Semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
- Conversation heart candies
- Food coloring of your choice
Step 1: Take a baking sheet and like it with parchment paper or a silicone mat if you have one.
Step 2: Using a double boiler or a microwave melt down your white chocolate, taking it out every 20 seconds to stir it thoroughly, adding about a tbsp of your oil into the chocolate. After melting the chocolate you can add any color that you want.
Step 2: Melt your semisweet in the same exact way that you did with the white chocolate. After the semisweet chocolate is melted, pour it onto the lined baking sheet, spreading it out evenly.
After you finish spreading the chocolate, use a spoon to scoop up your white chocolate/colored chocolate and randomly pour it into different spaces on top of the semisweet chocolate.
Step 3: Using a tip of a toothpick or even a fork, to drag the white chocolate into different shapes, creating a water marble effect. Before the chocolate hardens up, take your heart candies and place them all around your chocolate.
Step 4: Put the tray into the refrigerator and let it harden for about 2 hours. After its hardened, take the chocolate and break it into pieces as large or as small as you’d like!
Heart Bath bombs:
- Baking Soda
- Citric Acid
- Fine Epsom Salts
- Jojoba Oil
- Love Potion Essential Oil
- Red food coloring
- Witch hazel
- Mesh strainer
- Spray bottle
- Silicone heart mold
- Plastic gloves
Take your mesh strainer and place it over a large bowl, pour in 1 cup of your baking soda, 1/2 cup citric acid and 1/4 cup of fine epsom salts.
Stir baking soda, citric acid and epsom salts until well blended, making sure there are no lumps.
Next, slowly add 1/2 Tablespoon of jojoba oil to the dry mixture. Add 10 drops of Love Potion essential oil and 1-2 drops of food coloring.
Wearing plastic gloves, mix the oils and food coloring through the dry mixture, until it is well incorporated and pink.
Once mixture is blended, slowly add witch hazel, one spritz at a time, until the bath bomb mixture sticks together when squeezed.
You’ll need about 8 to 10 spritzes of witch hazel to get the right consistency. The mixture should not be crumbly. It should stick together when squeezed, but you don’t want it too wet or it may begin to fizz.
Pack the slightly damp mixture tightly into the heart shape molds. Be sure to pack the mixture well, fitting in as much as possible into each mold. (This recipe should make 5 to 6 heart-shaped bath bombs.)
Allow to dry for several hours, or ideally overnight, then remove the homemade bath bombs from the molds.
They should be very hard when you remove them from the molds. Wrap bath bombs tightly in plastic wrap and store in a cool, dry place, away from any moisture.
Strawberry Sugar Scrub:
This perfect, and easy little gift is perfect for anyone who loves smooth skin! This strawberry sugar scrub is made in a few minutes, and smells absolutely amazing; here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 1 cup freeze-dried strawberries
- 3/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil, room temperature
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
Step 1: Take a big ziploc bag and place your freeze-dried strawberries in them. Make sure to seal it real tight, taking all of the air out to make it easier to smash it. You can use a rolling pin to smash the strawberries into almost a dust like consistency.
Step 2: place your strawberry dust into a bowl and add your cane sugar. After you’ve added your sugar, take your coconut oil and place it into the bowl as well, along with your vanilla.
Step 3: Combine everything together!
You can put this scrub into any container that you’d like, big or small! Enjoy using this while showering or while taking a nice hot bath! This will do wonders for you skin.
I hope you take your time to make these wonderful little treats and gifts, whether that be for your loved ones or even just for yourself! Have an amazing Valentine’s Day this year, spend it doing something fun!