{FSC Time Machine} DIY Valentine Hijinx

 I say that ALL home cooking is a way to someone’s heart but if you want to focus on sweets & treats, here’s a couple recipes to inspire! -Christina Elizabeth’s step by step guide on baking cut-out cookies. +++ If you missed yesterday’s piece by Becky H’s on DIY Chocolate Bars- get to it! +++ Becky…

{Valentine’s Day 2012} Food Is Love

According to the Smithsonian, “French women traditionally have relied on subtle culinary cues to signal their amorous intentions. The July 1956 issue of the journal Western Folklore reported: “a young maid lets her swain know whether the answer is ‘yes’ or ‘no’ by what she feeds him on St. Valentine’s Day. It’s a custom that…

{be mine} DIY Conversation Hearts

Valentine’s Day is a holiday of love, but also of CANDY! While you might immediately imagine a red, heart-shaped box of chocolates when thinking of Valentine’s Day, there is another candy that has also been capturing hearts. A favorite amongst school-aged children, the Conversation Heart has had a steady fan base over the years.  I…

{Valentine’s Day} DIY Craft: Cards

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, YEAH!  I have had the house decorated for a month.  Pink, red and white tablecloths, hand towels, paper plates and candles. I love this holiday. It is fun, involves chocolate and gifts from sweethearts. This is one of my favorite quick and easy ways to decorate for the…

{Valentine’s Day} Host a Cupcake Decorating Party

Who doesn’t love a GREAT cupcake?  Cupcakes are so HOT right now.  Cupcake shops are popping up all over the Capital Region (Albany-Schenectady-Troy-Saratoga Springs), cupcake shows and showdowns all over the Food Network and yes one of our biggest sellers this year for Halloween was a Cupcake costume. (I am in the Halloween Retail business)…

{recipe link love} Valentine’s Day 2011

If you’re celebrating the lovely holiday with home-cooked food then I’ve got a comprehensive recipe round-up for you. I have also included some hand-crafted gifts too. My husband and I are celebrating with one-hour massages and lunch while the grandparents babysit Miles…ahhhh.   First up, Mast Baker Gesine’s AMAZING work. These cakes are truly artistry…

{Valentine’s Day} Black Bean Brownies

There is something about the thought of Valentine’s Day which inspires me to whip up brownies for a little treat one night. Oh yeah…it isn’t Valentine’s Day yet, but with the holiday around the corner it was still a good excuse for a little chocolate after dinner!  There is always an excuse in my book for…