Happy (Belated) Valentine’s Day

I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!  I quickly put together a pretty standard dinner risotto but gave it that extra festive touch by making little heart-shaped pie crust and filling them with the risotto as a lovely little surprise.  Boy were these a big hit.  My youngest decided to hoard all the extras and not give any of us more than one.  She relented eventually, but it was quite amusing to see her surrounded by hearts when everyone else only had a single one.  Recipes I used were this for the crust and an adaption of this for the risotto.  All I did differently with the risotto was use pancetta and add peas in lieu of the prosciutto.  Delicious and fun!

Happy V-day 2016

 

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Cookies decorated by my almost-5-year-old daughter

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I don’t usually celebrate this holiday, but since this is coupled with President’s day as a 3-day week-end, as well as the weather being unbelievably frigid, I was looking for indoor activities that would keep two active young kids occupied and engaged.

My eldest daughter L.O.V.E.S. baking and decorating cookies.  Ever since she was almost 2, she’s been helping out with baking in the kitchen or helping to decorate cookies for this occasion or that occasion.  I have been a little bad about keeping up with baking lately so I figured I owed it to her to give her a decent baking and decorating session.  If the little one wanted to join, so much the better.

After my visit home last summer, I mentioned to my mom how I was envious of her great cookie-cutter collection.  She immediately told me that it was mine for the taking, which thrilled me to pieces!  She packed it all into a box and mailed it to me and it was better than Christmas when they arrived!  My eldest daughter was SO excited she immediately started making plans of all the different cookies she was going to make.  I think she was a bit disappointed when I packed them away and then forgot to make any cookies for the Christmas holidays.  Oops.  So this was my chance at redemption!

It’s so crazy to think that my daughter is almost 5 years old.  She can roll out dough, cut out cookies and ice them (kind of) and decorate them all by herself!  It’s amazing when I think back to the first time she decorated cookies and what a mess it was.  Not that this wasn’t a mess as well, but in a different way.  Maybe I’m lucky the youngest wasn’t interested in making or decorating cookies!

I used a simple sugar cookie recipe I found from Epicurious, which I have used in the past and it works beautifully as it issimple in method and number of ingredients.  I would highly recommend it as they are simple, yet tasty.  I would, however, note that you likely only need half of the icing recipe that goes with this as you will have too much left over.

May you be surrounded by love and happiness (and warmth) today.  Happy Valentines everyone!