Sunday, February 16, 2014

Our Love Day

Our Love Day
ahhh Valentine's Day has come and gone just like that.  We had quite the festive week filled with heart shaped foods, flowers galore, and endless kisses.

Solis loved her heart shaped grilled cheese sandwiches.  
But I think she liked her straw even more.
Solis's card and my card to our #1 guy.  So appropriate in each situation.  
I bought my card from emilymcdowell.com
Solis made the cutest valentine for her daddy!
My husband thinks nuts > chocolate.  Crazy, I know.  So I made him some trail mix, popped it in a mason jar, and printed off this cute printable.
In the mix I included dried cranberries, peanuts, almonds, cashews, chocolate chips, and m&m's.  He (and his nut loving daughter) polished it off in one day.
I also made this uh-mazing dessert.  The crust is a combination of granola bars, brown sugar, and butter.  That alone was so so delicious.  The middle consists of cream cheese, heavy cream, and strawberries.  I got the recipe from this website and modified just slightly.  It says to keep the dessert frozen but it was so frozen we didn't enjoy it so we popped it in the fridge and it was much better.
Ingredients
1 box Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (Oats 'n Honey), there will be 12 individual bars total
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup flour
6 TB melted butter
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
lemon juice
4 ounces cream cheese
2 cups chopped strawberries

Directions 
1. Put the Nature Valley granola bars in a food processor and process until you achieve a course crumb.
2. In a large bowl, add the crumbs, brown sugar, flour and melted butter and mix together. 
3. Spread into an 8x8 pan that has been covered with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Let cool. Then divide in half and set aside.
4. In a mixing bowl, combine eggs whites and sugar and mix on high. Add the heavy cream and continue mixing for another five minutes. 
5. Continue to add lemon juice (more or less depending on your liking) and softened cream cheese. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
6. Fold the fresh strawberries into the cream mixture.
7. In a buttered glass cake pan, press half of the crumb crust mixture on the bottom. Top with strawberry mix and then add the remaining crumbs to the top. 
8. Cover and freeze until hard.  Then we put in the fridge or keep it in the fridge if you want more of a frozen dessert.  Have fun making your tummy happy!
 

Another Valentine/winter activity we did was pink snow!  We were all snowed in with piles twice as big as Solis so we brought the snow inside.  An excuse to wear her cute snow boots and pink ruffle swimsuit?  I'm dying of cuteness.
 Happy Valentine's Day from Solis!  XOXO
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