Valentine’s Day at our House: For the children

1. Jesse: Mom? What’s Valentine’s Day?
Me: It’s a day you say ‘I love you’ to people you love.
Jesse: Oh. Me love yours hair, Mommy!

2. Heart cookies – I made a small amount of pastry, rolled it thin and helped Jesse cut it into hearts, which he placed on a cookie sheet. I will dust them with cinnamon and sucanat and bake them at 400 for 5 or 10 min.

3. Pink construction paper cut into hearts, with a little boy’s first letters scrawled  in the middle.

4. Jello from Scratch: Mix 6 tsp. unflavored gelatin into 3/4 c. cold water and heat over medium heat until it boils and becomes clear. Puree in blender with 1 can of frozen juice concentrate and 1 1/2 cans of water. Pour into pan or bowl and cool until set. Ours is purpley-red, made from red grape-juice and setting up in a truffle bowl.

5. Red tablecloth, candles, and all our stuffed animal friends – we’re almost ready for our valentine’s day tea party.

What do you do with your kids for valentine’s day? I’m looking for ideas and traditions to start!



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  1. says

    The kids made hearts and the like out of clay and we baked them and made pins out of them for the ladies of the family. Then we moved on to valentine cupcakes and homemade cards.

    As for Michael and I? We celebrated with a dose of sweet silence, underrated for sure.

  2. says

    What a great recipe for Jell-o!

    We don't really do anything for Valentine's Day, years of Matt being away at sea during Valentine's Day or working, but we do try to have a nice family dinner with a yummy dessert.

    We didn't even give each other cards this year :-P