sweet valentine

My son and I goofed around so much making pop tarts and creating jelly bean boxes, I’m surprised I managed to get any photos out of the experience. He’s thirteen and I still make him do crafts and cutesy things as a mom and son “thing”. After all, what is Valentine’s day if you can’t sweeten it up a bit?

We had a great time making pop tarts from scratch (well, the dough was already packaged). He piled on the jam and the glaze … but that’s what makes baking with kids so much fun. They’re like mini-chefs passionately adding ingredients and imagining how good their creation is going to taste. I used a really simple recipe from Babble – with pie crust and strawberry jam. I topped the tart with a glaze and a sprinkle of red sugar. It was about a 20 minute mission. They taste so good. If you buy the boxed ones – get rid of them. Seriously. These are quick and a lot better. You can see the finished product here.

Like I mentioned last year, I’m not a big Valetine’s Day person. I like to keep it simple with a few projects designed to create memories. Really, that’s what it’s all about. I hope you and your special person have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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