A Lovely Start to Love Day

02.14.2014 homemade mini pie puff pastry strawberry pop tart hot pocket nutella chocolate sauce black white photoI kind of decided to go all out this year with Valentine’s Day. In the past I’d let a holiday come and go and end up feeling guilty afterwards for not making it special for the kids. When they’re young, it’s harder to make things happen. You’re just in survival mode those first few years, but I feel like we’re past survival mode. So it’s time to step it up!

We started the day with these yummy Mini Strawberry Puff Pastry Hot Pocket Pop Tart Pies. Yep. That’s the official name and I’m sticking to it! I was inspired by my boss, Emma, who made these yummy Pie Inspired Pop-Tart treats. (She makes all kinds of yummy treats all the time, and I’ll admit I’m a bit jealous I don’t work in the office so I could do some taste-testing. Oh well…my hips will thank me!) Anyway, so I kind of followed her lead, but used this recipe for the strawberry pie filling.

02.14.2014 homemade mini pie puff pastry strawberry pop tart hot pocket nutella chocolate sauce 6 02.14.2014 homemade mini pie puff pastry strawberry pop tart hot pocket nutella chocolate sauce 5 02.14.2014 homemade mini pie puff pastry strawberry pop tart hot pocket nutella chocolate sauce 4 02.14.2014 homemade mini pie puff pastry strawberry pop tart hot pocket nutella chocolate sauce 3 02.14.2014 homemade mini pie puff pastry strawberry pop tart hot pocket nutella chocolate sauce 2 02.14.2014 homemade mini pie puff pastry strawberry pop tart hot pocket nutella chocolate sauceThen I heated up some Nutella on the stove and added a little cream to make it smooth and runny…or perfect. I basically made it perfect. And I don’t really understand the word “drizzle”. I prefer saturate, douse, completely cover…you get the idea. These were unbelievably delicious, but that seems like a pretty obvious statement. The kids were the quietest I’ve ever heard them at the table…except for when they’re eating ice cream. So that should tell ya something!

I also gave them “Love Juice.” We don’t usually have juice in our house. Like ever. So it’s a special thing, and I decided to name it Love Juice. It caught on immediately, and the kids have been calling it that all day. I love it!!!

02.14.2014 juicy juice fruit punch love juice valentines day drink for kidsWe also did gifts and cards of course. The kids got candy/chocolate/cookies from their father, their gramma/grandaddy, and their nana/papa. SO…I got them gifts! (I’m such a wise mother. Can’t you tell? :)) I got them each a book and a little gift, and a new set of markers for both of them. Diesel LOVED his new funny faces pirate stickers. Actually both of them did. Lula needed to “help” Diesel put the stickers on.

02.14.2015 valentines day gift boy pirate sticker book funny faces 02.14.2015 valentines day gift boy pirate sticker book funny faces sweet feetLula made Jay and I homemade Valentine cards this year, and they were the coolest cards I’ve ever seen…at least from a five-year-old! Her Gramma helped her one day. She said she knew Daddy loved to work (which made Jay a little sad to hear), so she made him a computer. And she made me a little booklet with heart-shaped pages that she drew on. It’s so cute and sweet and whimsical. I want to laminate it and keep it forever.

02.14.2015 lulas valentines day card homemade computer drawing for dad 02.14.2015 lulas valentines day card homemade heart book drawing for mom 1 02.14.2015 lulas valentines day card homemade heart book drawing for momThat girl loves to give gifts (just like her Nana!!!).

For lunch we kept it simple…heart-shaped grilled cheeses. But the kids thought it was great. They’re pretty easy to please at this age. Might as well take advantage while it lasts!

02.14.2014 valentines day lunch for kids heart shaped grilled cheese sandwichIt was really fun to do all of this for them, and there’s more to come! But I’ll save the rest for later. I hope you had a wonderful day and feel very loved no matter what you did or are doing or didn’t do!

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