michael kors outlet Homemade Valentine’s Day gifts

Homemade Valentine’s Day gifts filled with love

Hallmark began selling mass produced Valentine’s Day cards in 1913. sales for cards, chocolates and other traditional gifts for this holiday top $17 billion.

The day may be a commercial windfall for the floral, card and confection industries, but instead of going shopping, use your kitchen pantry to craft unique Valentine’s Day gifts that show your friends and family just how much you care.

The array of special presents here uses herbs, spices and baking supplies. Your primary contribution is time. Everyone knows this is the most precious resource. Receiving any gift requiring time from a giver touches the heart.

Local food markets and craft and specialty stores have most ingredients on hand, along with beautiful packaging and decorative embellishments. And with Pinterest to help find ideas, the possibilities are infinite.

Accompany any of the projects below with a few heartfelt words, and you will give someone a Valentine’s Day to remember.

The projects here include something for everyone partners, teachers, neighbors, elementary school classes or family. Some don’t require turning on the stove or oven, and two aren’t even for eating!

Other sweet ideas: Bro michael kors outlet wse online for a wide selection of simple treat recipes. Homemade caramels, hot fudge sauce, DIY chocolate syrup, or crackly toffee would all be a welcome change from the standard boxed chocolates.

Other ideas for unique savory gifts: Look for recipes for cheese spreads with wine/beer, garlic and spices. Make simple cheese straws by cutting store bought puff pastry into strips, twisting, brushing with egg yolk, sprinkling with cheese and baking. 14. The chalky little hearts are stamped with charming sayings that convey your adoration in less than eight characters.

The real deal doesn’t taste so great, but the sentiment is right. With these cookies you get all of the cute, with the addition of a lightly iced, snappy sugar cookie.

Just make the cookies in heart shapes and ice in classic pastel hues of yellow, pink, green, white and lavender. Red food coloring and a little water make an edible cookie paint. Use a fine brush to hand letter characteristic sayings on each cookie.

Cookies can be made weeks ahead of time and frozen unfrosted, but keep in mind that iced cookies need to dry overnight before painting. You need a steady hand to paint the words, but some may find this easier than piping icing.

Sprink michael kors outlet le surface, rolling pin and dough disk liberally with a 50 50 mix of flour and sugar. Roll out to desired thinness (1/8 to inch recommended for crisp cookies). Cut out and use a spatula to transfer to lined baking sheet. Place in freezer 5 to 10 minutes. (This helps cookies maintain their shape.)

Bake in preheated oven 8 to 10 minutes (time will depend on thickness of dough and size of cookies). Edges should just barely be golden brown. The made at home version is just as pretty and a touch softer.

They are essentially a very stiff buttercream icing that has been rolled into ropes, cut into little bits and allowed to dry overnight. The addition of potent mint oil guarantees the distinctive coolness.

This recipe came from NPR’s Splendid Table. Start low and increase speed to reduce fly michael kors outlet ing sugar. Mix in peppermint oil.

If tinting dough, divide it into desired portions and, on a powdered sugar dusted surface, knead in 1 to 2 drops of food coloring.

Set aside 3 of the portions and lightly cover to keep from drying out. Dust surface with sugar again and also your hands to prevent sticking. Roll dough into a rope. With a sharp knife, cut th michael kors outlet e rope into pieces. Repeat with remaining dough portions.

Leave out overnight to dry. Keep covered in an airtight container between layers of parchment or wax paper for up to two weeks.

Rosolio di Mandarino

You may have tried the Italian after dinner drink limoncello. It’s surprisingly easy to make at home. Add a bit more water and sugar, and you have a sweeter, smoother beverage called rosolio di limon. Make it with tangerines and you have rosolio di mandarino.

All variations begin by infusing neutral alcohol with citrus peel for four to seven days, then lightening it with sugar syrup.

Either version can be made with equal parts citrus, such as blood oranges, Meyer lemons, or in this case, vivid orange tangelos. Use the recipe for less sugar and water and you have a classic limoncello or arancello.