Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I love Valentine's Day.  I really do!  I don't have any high expectations around the day, I think I just like the food, the flowers, the color pink, and spending time with my loved ones.  Today, I'm sharing photos from last year's Valentine's Day.  It was one of those cold and sunny February days.  I made yummy food all day and then we ordered Thai take-out for dinner.  This year will be very similar.  Here are a couple of fun and delicious recipes!

Pink Buttermilk Pancakes
Beet Puree: (do this the night before)
Rinse and wrap beet(s) in foil and cook at 400 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.
Once cool, unwrap and peel the skin off.
Place roasted beets in the food processor with a little splash of water and puree.

Buttermilk Pancakes:
2 cups flour
5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1 stick of butter, melted
1/2 cup beet puree (optional)

Sift together dry ingredients.  Blend together wet ingredients.
Combine all ingredients and cook pancakes on a hot skillet.

**The beet puree will make more than you need!  I added a bit to some homemade buttercream frosting and it turned out great!  Nobody tasted the beets!  Such a great way to stay away from artificial dyes.

Heart Shaped Pizza
If you have a bread machine, this is the pizza dough recipe that I use.
Pizza Dough:
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp butter
4 cups bread flour (can use whole wheat flour)
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 1/4 tsp yeast (active dry)

Layer all ingredients into your bread pan in the above order and set the bread machine to the pizza dough setting.  Mine only takes 50 minutes.  Take the dough out and place on a lightly floured surface.  Cut dough into desired amount of servings (we did 5) and press and shape into a heart.  Top with your favorite pizza ingredients!  (sauce, mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, pineapple, Italian seasoning etc).  Bake at 450 for about 10 minutes.  Enjoy!
T-Shirt Fringe Infinity Scarf 
Here's a fun and simple craft to do with a t-shirt (old or new).  Cut the t-shirt right below the sleeves.  Then, on that cut side, make snips into the t-shirt about 3-4 inches deep and as far apart as you want (mine are about 1/2 inch from each other).  Give all the fringe pieces a tug (it makes them curl up a bit and gives texture).  Place over your head, adjust, and enjoy!
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your loved ones!

XOXO Tiffany

"The decisions we make dictate the schedules we keep.  The schedules we keep determine the lives we live.  The lives we live determine how we spend our souls."
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

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