Happy Love Day!

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! 

Tash

Paleo Cinnamon Heart Muffins 

Muffin Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Grease heart shaped muffin tin 
  3. For the muffins, combine the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well
  4. Add the eggs, yoghurt, and maple syrup to the dry mixture. Let the batter sit for a couple of minutes
  5. Fill the muffin tin about 1/4 of the way with batter
  6. 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
  7. Bake for 24 minutes

Creamy Carrot Soup

Ingredients

  • 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 

Directions 

  1. Simmer the carrots with the chicken broth, garlic and lemon juice for roughly 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender
  2. 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
  3. 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. 

Materials:

  • 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)

Directions: 

  1. Mix edible paint with two teaspoons of lemon extract. Combine until the no gold flakes are evident
  2. Test the paint with the paintbrush on a food safe plate 
  3. Paint your creative sayings on the macarons (use thin strokes)
  4. 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. 

Materials:

  • Conversation hearts 
  • 1 big clear vase
  • 1 smaller vase that will fit inside the big vase
  • Fresh flowers or fake... whatever you prefer! 

Directions:

  1. Place small vase in large vase
  2. Place conversation hearts in the space between the two vases (might take you a couple of times to line them up)
  3. 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
  4. Place flowers inside vase and admire your creation! 

Favourite Valentine's Day Card