Simple and Sweet Family Valentine Dinner

Create a Simple and Sweet Valentines dinner kid style with these yummy recipes. Don’t forget to decorate the table using a Red and Pink theme.

Lemony Love Potion from: Family Fun

When Cupid invites guests over, this is the beverage he serves. For the first time ever, he has graciously agreed to share his magic recipe–which also happens to make an excellent dessert drink for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Ingredients
  • 12-ounce can pink lemonade concentrate
  • 12-ounce can of lemon/lime soda (we used 7-Up)
  • 1 cup raspberry sherbet

Instructions
  1. In a pitcher, mix the lemonade concentrate with the recommended amount of water.

  2. In a separate pitcher, combine the sherbet with 1 cup of the lemonade mixture.

  3. Add the soda, stir, and serve. Makes 3 cups.

Healthy Fruity Hearts from: Family Fun
Move over, Cupid. These edible valentines will win the heart of everyone in the family. They’re also sure to be a hit as a classroom snack
Ingredients
  • Watermelon slices
  • Orange slices
  • Bamboo kitchen skewers
Instructions
  1. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter on watermelon slices. Poke a bamboo kitchen skewer through each heart, then complete the arrow with an orange slice tip and tail.


Heart Shaped Pizza –
Order a Heart shaped pizza from either Papa Johns or Papa Murphy’s. ( be sure to call your order in early).

Or you can create your own

Option1 – Purchase Boboli Pizza , then trim the pizza into a heart shape and add sauce, cheese and toppings and bake according to directions on package.

Option2 – Purchase ready to go pizza dough that you can form in to a heart shape. Add sauce, cheese and toppings and bake according to directions on package. ( fresh pizza dough available at Trader Joe’s or Pillsbury pizza dough in the refrigerator section of local grocer stores)

Option 3 – Make your own dough ( google for recipes) Add sauce, cheese and toppings and bake according to recipe.

Sweet Heart Brownie from: Family Fun

What do you get when you mix graham cracker crumbs and chocolate morsels? Love at first bite. Earn brownie points with this Valentine’s — or any other day.

Ingredients
  • 36 2-inch graham crackers
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (don’t use evaporated milk)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16-ounce package semisweet chocolate morsels
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350º (325º for glassware). While you generously grease an 8-inch square baking pan, put your kids to work crushing the graham crackers into fine crumbs. It’s especially easy and fun if you seal the crackers in a plastic bag and then use a rolling pin.

  2. Stir together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate morsels, pecans, and graham cracker crumbs and mix with a wooden spoon until well blended.

  3. Spoon the batter (it will be very stiff) into the greased pan. Use the back of a wooden spoon (or clean hands) to pat the batter into an even layer. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan.

  4. Use a cookie cutter or a butter knife to cut out small (these brownies are rich!) heart shapes. Serve plain or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or raspberry sherbet. Makes about 8 to 12, depending on size.

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