1.30.2013

Edible Valentines: Package and Present

Written and created by my sister, Maria.

If I had the gift of a beautiful voice, I would deliver musical telegrams to my friends. Well, maybe. I wish I had the gift of music to be able to play an instrument for my kids, but I don't have that either. Sometimes I wish I had the gift of touch to give stellar massages to my husband. Negative. I peeter out for lack of hand muscles and attetion span.

However....

I can make treats and sweets and wrap them up pretty. MyValentine gifts to my husband, my kids, and my friends are usually edible. So, here are a few simple heart themed delights, that are spruced up and ready to be delivered to a doorstep, desk, or date.

FOR FRIENDS, SISTERS, TEACHERS, AND 

CO-WORKERS:

OREO CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Ingredients:
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
36 oreo cookies, finely crushed (approx. 3 cups)
16 oz. Baker's semi-sweet chocolate, melted
Red sprinkles (I found candy confetti lips and hearts.)

Directions:
Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until blended.
Shape into 48 (1-inch) balls. Freeze 10 min. Dip balls in melted chocolate, top with candy confetti, and place in shallow waxed paper-lined pan.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. 
They are divine!
(Adapted from this recipe.)


Package: Cellophane treat bags, Raffia(Red or Chocolate), Heart Punch, Tag Punch, Stamps and Cardstock: Stampin Up



FOR PLAY DATES AND CLASSMATES:

"A Little Yummy For Your Tummy" Treat Bags
I hosted a Valentine Playdate (which was really an excuse to bake and do valentine crafts and pretend my kids wanted to do them). These are simple sugar cookies with pink icing and sprinkles. (Must give credit to my daughter, Christiana, for the decorating.) Add a simple tag and ribbon with the phrase: "A little yummy for your tummy."

What you need: Decorated sugar cookies, cellophane treat bags, cardstock, ribbon, and stamps (via Stampin Up or Etsy)

FOR YOUR LOVE:
Make: Make a batch of the last recipe I shared, Go Go Granola and get ready to gift. Maybe unconventional and unromantic, but every guy loves homemade treats....so I take that back, it is romantic...

Package: Cellophane gift bags, Raffia 
gift box (Re-used Christmas gift from Anna ;)

I think I love Valentine's becuase it's a great excuse to package and bake and add some color and life into the dead of winter. Gifting, giving and sharing always makes my heart a little happier.

Happy hearts ♥ Maria


My Food Philosophy: Because the effort to make good food is a gift to those around me, it's happy memories, togetherness, the living part of life.



29 comments:

  1. Yum, and all are package so pretty.

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  2. These are gorgeous! I am definitely going to try her truffle recipe (and check out her blog!) :)

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  3. Great ideas lady! Cant wait to try making the oreo truffles.

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  4. AGH! You always have the best ideas (and your sister, of course)! Pinning these!!

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  5. Your blog makes me happy :) Thank you.

    cheers
    Lori
    coolgreendays.blogspot.com

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  6. So gorgeous! Great inspiration for Valentins - am going to make something sweet too ;) Hugs for a lovely wednesday!

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  7. I love these! And I love that your sister popped in to say hello today!

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  8. My mother-in-law makes amazing cake balls and truffles. I will have to send her this recipe to her!

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  9. These treats are adorable! I need to try some of these ideas...

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  10. Oh - those cookies look amazing! I'm going to start on some Valentine's Day baking soon. New follower through the Mama Style link up.

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  11. Oh! I like them all!

    http://www.anmarkdesign.com/

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  12. These are all adorable. Oh and oreo truffles--LOVE them. Haha. Maybe if I make enough, I'll keep some for myself. :) The packaging is adorable as well. Perfect for friends and family!

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  13. you are so talented, Maria!!! you've inspired me. i LOVE to cook for people as well. these are some great ideas for VDAY!!! can't wait to try something like this on my "loves"!!! XO

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  14. Perfect v-day treats. the cards are so cute too!

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  15. Love your ideas! Perfect for V-day...

    happymedley.blogspot.com

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  16. Soooo stinking cute and yummy!!

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  17. these are all just great. i like how the packaging is just as sweet as what they hold!

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  18. Great inspiration for every pleasant day, These treats are adorable! I need to try some of these ideas...Hotel Design

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  19. cute, fun & yum!!! I often wish that I had the gift of singing or playing musical instruments, but honestly I absolutely love the gift of making things pretty :) I think it's the cat's pajamas!! XO Brynn

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  20. all of these treats look so good and so pretty! i LOVE the oreo truffles...may have to make some of those soon!

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  21. Oh my gosh - I MUST try the Oreo Truffles! I'm drooling just thinking about them! Thanks for linking up to Family Fun Friday!

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  22. So talented, Maria! The presentations are incredible. Who could deny these delectable treats?!

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Love hearing from each of you. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! <3

 
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