“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” – 1 John 4:7
February can sometimes be a dreary month, with the short days and long hours inside; but just like in all areas of life there is always hope. This month is the perfect time to focus on loving others. Whether that means your spouse, children, parents, friends, neighbors, or anyone else. Let us all make a conscious effort this month to treat others in a way that shows them beyond a shadow of a doubt that we love them dearly. One way to do that is by making them food. Wait, let’s go one step further, what about making them food that we can shape into hearts!
“Eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, what is the food that we love the most?……. Pancakes!”
Don’t forget the extras: strawberries, bananas, syrup, whipped cream…we could go on forever. Just put a heart shaped cookie cutter down on the skillet and pour the batter into it for a perfect pancake heart. If you really want to get in the spirit you can put some red or pink food coloring in the batter.
Well, this is a unique idea! Instead of shaping the patties into circles, you can form them into hearts. They may not fit on the bun as perfectly as usual, but they will be quite fancy and festive!
Who doesn’t love pizza? Ok, actually there are people in the world who do not really care for pizza, but those people are few and far between. To make this extra special for someone make sure to put on their favorite ingredients (even if they are different from your own). Here is a great crust recipe…a family favorite!
To make heart-shaped fried eggs, you will again have to get out the cookie cutter. The flip can be tricky, but we have found that if you make sure the first side is cooked almost all the way through the egg is able to keep its shape. Maybe you can even serve this on the same plate as the pancakes!
Sandwiches (PB & J, Grilled Cheese, etc)
This is a simple yet, thoughtful idea. Whether you are making a bag lunch for your family, preparing lunch at home, or something else this is an easy way to say “I love you”. Simply prepare the sandwich as normal and then cut it into a heart shape either with a regular knife or again using the cookie cutter.
Chocolate chip, gingerbread, oatmeal, monster, snickerdoodles…oh boy, the options for cookies are endless. It does take a few extra moments to shape the dough into hearts, but you will not be disappointed with the final result (neither will the recipient of the cookies 🙂 ).
These have become a staple at our house on New Year’s Eve, but it occurred to us this would be a great food to make into a heart. Our favorite recipe is an Auntie Annie knock-off. Prepare them just as described, however when it comes to shaping them, instead of the traditional pretzel shape, simply fashion them into hearts. Do not forget to serve with warm nacho cheese! Yum!!