TO: MY HUSBAND
For Valentine's Day I gave my husband 14 Hallmark Valentine cards.
I started on February 1st and hid a card around the house everyday.
I hid cards in the bathroom, in the refrigerator, in his laptop and in the car. I even left a fortune cookie card on the table at a restaurant.
TO: MY SECRET CUPID
At work I hosted a secret Cupid swap for Valentine's Day!
This is what I gave.
My theme was sweet & savory.
Cupcake Pebbles rice krispie hearts
I made heart shaped rice krispie treats with Cupcake Pebbles cereal.
You may remember my March 2010 review of the cereal when it 1st came out.
I used Wilton heart silicone molds. Next time I'd use a metal mold. The silicone mold was too flimsy for the mixture. I had to form the heart shape with my hand, using the mold as a guide.
I also used too many marshmallows. I used a 16 oz package. Next time I'd use a 10 oz package for 1 box of Cupcake Pebbles cereal.
THEY TURNED OUT GREAT! Here are the meringues in the oven.
Here is the SWEET box.
Rosemary & sea salt heart shaped polenta
My secret Cupid co-worker is a vegetarian too. So I decided to cook her some items that we both like.
I sliced the polenta and used a mini heart cookie cutter to cut out the hearts. Then I brushed the griddle with some olive oil and placed the heart polenta on the griddle when it got hot. I used fresh rosemary and sea salt as I cooked on both sides until the polenta hearts got brown and firmer.
BBQ tofu hearts
My secret Cupid co-worker told me her recipe on BBQ tofu a couple of years ago. My husband and I have adapted it and made it a staple in our household.
I sliced some hickory smoked tofu and used the mini heart cookie cutter to cut out the hearts. Then I brushed the griddle with some olive oil and placed the heart tofu on the griddle when it got hot. I seasoned it to taste and cooked until golden brown on each side. Then I brushed on some BBQ sauce.
Here is the SAVORY box.
In the smallest box I put a retro JELL-O mold cookbook as a joke. It had some great fruit molds, and some nasty meat and veggie ones too.
I also purchased some white doily coasters from Urban Outfitters to match my food theme.
I put a pink sugar Valentine cupcake bath fizzie in a takeout box along with a coordinating Hallmark fortune cookie card.
I got the heart containers from JoAnn's on sale for 60% off!
It was funny because when my secret Cupid receiver walked into the room she said, "I love those boxes." I laughed to myself because she didn't know that in moments she's be receiving them!
I stayed within the $20 budget on the whole gift and she loved everything I gave her!
To see other gifts that I gave this year & gift giving tips visit gift giving 101.