Valentine's day is all about showing your love for your favourite people! Whether it's your cute pup, partner in crime or grandparent, I think it's an important day of reflection to be thankful for your loved ones. I always like to send a couple of Valentine's Day cards to a couple of family members or friends. I mean, who doesn't love snail mail in adorable red envelopes?
For the past couple of weeks, I've been cooking up a storm and decorating our place to fit the season. It's a refreshing way to update our condo. I hope you enjoy the recipes that I made for Valentine's Day and a couple of new DIY projects to try!
Wishing you so much love this week!
Paleo Cinnamon Heart Muffins
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 4 organic eggs
- 1/3 cup plain greek yoghurt
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
Cinnamon Topping Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 4 tablespoons honey (we used organic cinnamon honey)
- 2 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Grease heart shaped muffin tin
- For the muffins, combine the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well
- Add the eggs, yoghurt, and maple syrup to the dry mixture. Let the batter sit for a couple of minutes
- Fill the muffin tin about 1/4 of the way with batter
- Spoon about a tablespoon of the cinnamon topping over each muffin and then top the muffin off with more batter. Then, sprinkle the cinnamon topping on top
- Bake for 24 minutes
Creamy Carrot Soup
- 8 whole large carrots, peeled and chopped in half
- 1.5 cups of low sodium chicken broth
- 2 pressed cloves of garlic
- 2.5 tablespoons of lemon juice
- 1.5 cups of greek yoghurt (can also use cream)
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper
- 2 big handfuls of fresh dill
- Simmer the carrots with the chicken broth, garlic and lemon juice for roughly 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender
- In a blender, blend carrots until completely smooth. Add the yoghurt (or cream), and a bit more lemon juice. Blend. Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper and dill. Blend
- Pour soup back into pot and serve. Garnish with greek yoghurt
EASY DIY Conversation Heart Macarons
I almost feel like the best part about macarons is how pretty they are. I mean, it takes me about 10 minutes to decide which one to get whenever I'm visiting a patisserie. These adorable DIY conversation heart macarons are the perfect little treat for a girlfriend, mom or colleague.
- Edible gold dust (I bought ours on Amazon since I couldn't find it at Michaels or Bulk Barn)
- A food dedicated paint brush (I bought a whole set for $1 at Dollarama)
- Organic lemon extract (You can buy this at Bulk Barn, Amazon or any baking supply store)
- Heart macarons (I ordered ones from Butter Avenue and they're sooo delicious! Seriously so good)
- Mix edible paint with two teaspoons of lemon extract. Combine until the no gold flakes are evident
- Test the paint with the paintbrush on a food safe plate
- Paint your creative sayings on the macarons (use thin strokes)
- Package them in a Valentine's Day themed bag and give them to a special someone for a sweet surprise!
DIY CONVERSATION HEART VASE
How seriously cute is this vase? We use it as a centerpiece for our kitchen table. I love coming home to it because it just makes me feel happy! The change of colours is refreshing and gets me excited for spring pastels.
- Conversation hearts
- 1 big clear vase
- 1 smaller vase that will fit inside the big vase
- Fresh flowers or fake... whatever you prefer!
- Place small vase in large vase
- Place conversation hearts in the space between the two vases (might take you a couple of times to line them up)
- Pour water in the small vase (I used a squirt bottle to do this to avoid any errors). Obviously don't pour water if you're using fake flowers
- Place flowers inside vase and admire your creation!