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February 5, 2009 - Amy Witschey
Valentine’s Day is almost here and that means it is time for showing your feelings to the one you love. There are many ways to do that from taking an extravagant vacation to just saying, “I love you!” Most people choose some form of expression in the middle. . . perhaps flowers, chocolate, or dinner out, and of course a card.
The Valentine card has always been the hallmark (pun intended) of the holiday, at least for me. As a child I loved getting ready for this holiday full of pink and red paper, lacy doilies, glitter, stickers, etc. I think my mom liked the thrill of the creativity as much as I did. She always wanted to help me create the best Valentine collection box to take to school. I’m not sure if kids even still make those, but for some reason one sticks in my memory of a coffee can covered with heart wrapping paper and decorated appropriately.
I haven’t even mentioned this tradition of making handmade Valentines to Joellen. However, when we were shopping the other day and she saw a box of valentines for purchase, either she or her aunt Betsy pointed them out and Joellen said, “My mommy and me will make those!” Ahh, the tradition will continue.
I did a little Valentine creativity of my own last night and this morning and I thought I would share the results in the hopes that it might give you some inspiration to make some of your own.
The youth group at my church (First Church of God near Wal-Mart in New Martinsville) is holding a “Drive-thru Chocolatier” Friday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m to noon. The youth and some adults in the church will be making various types of chocolate creations to be sold. Customers can simply drive under the portico in the back of the church—stay in your car, they’ll come to you. Then pick from a selection of chocolates for your valentine or just to satisfy your chocolate craving. Even sweeter is that the profits will go toward the group’s Necessities Barn project that provides personal care items to the needy.
Anyway, I was thinking that it would be nice if the chocolate creations came with a nice tag so the gift giver could simply add their name and perhaps a short note on the back. So my creative juices started flowing and you can see the results at left. Some of my favorites are “I’m NUTS for you!” to go with chocolate nut clusters, “You’re one cute COOKIE!” in case they have chocolate cookies, “You make me MELT”, and “Your love is better than CHOCOLATE”. As you can see, the possibilities are almost endless.
Also, these tags were made very quickly and easily almost exclusively with little scraps of paper. The only whole sheets used were perhaps three or four pieces of paper that I ran through the printer for the sayings and then cut them apart and went to work.
One last tip: I plan on making Oreo Truffles to be sold at the event. They are fabulous and very easy to make. If you’re inclined to make some for your sweetie (or even just yourself!), here’s how you do it: Combine one package of Oreos minus about six that you may have to eat yourself and one eight-ounce package of cream cheese in the food processor. Use that mixture to make small balls for the center of the truffles. (You may need to refrigerate the mixture a bit before manipulating it into balls.) Refrigerate the truffle balls for a while so they will set up, then dip them in melted chocolate and lay out on waxed paper to dry. Keep truffles refrigerated until ready to be consumed. Yum!
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