These were really easy to make and my boys loved helping. They will make a great addition to Valentine goody bags. If your crayon box looks anything like ours, you already have a great start.
1. Spray non-stick cooking spray in a sylicone candy mold or metal mini cupcake pan. Use a heart-shaped pan or whatever pan you have that will work. It needs to be oven safe.
2. Pre-heat your oven to 300 degrees.
3. Peel broken crayons and break them even smaller if needed to fit them into your mold.
4. Bake in the oven 10 - 15 minutes until melted. Let cool.
5. Put mold in the freezer until crayons are solid. Push crayons out of the mold. They are difficult to remove. Just push hard and they will come out. A metal pan may be easier.
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Looking for a little inspiration for Valentine's Day? Try this easy recipe. Make a simple almost flourless creamy chocolate cake and layer with homemade whipped cream and fresh raspberries. Layer in individual wine goblets or dessert dishes.
Almost Flourless Creamy Chocolate Cake
1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter
7 ounces dark chocolate chopped*
2/3 cup brown sugar
5 large eggs, cold
3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Generously butter a 9-inch round cake pan with 2 inch high sides and dust with flour. (I like to use a heart shaped pan for this cake.)
2. Melt the butter and chocolate in a heavy saucepan over very low heat. Off heat, whisk in the sugar and eggs one by one. Stir vigorously two or three times, then gently whisk in the flour and salt. Pour batter into the pan and rap pan once against the counter.
3. Bake about 20 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, cool 10 minutes, then unmold and cool right side up on a rack. I usually have to bake this cake for 25 minutes.
*I have made this cake with 5 ounces dark chocolate and 2 ounces milk chocolate when I didn't have enough dark chocolate on hand and it was delicious.
This cake is fabulous and so quick and easy. I have made this cake with gluten free flour when serving to someone on a gluten-free diet. No need to frost this cake. It is rich and flavorful on its own, but I do like to whip a little cream to serve with it.
I have made this recipe many times over the last year and this is my favorite way to make hamburgers. They taste amazing and are super easy to make. This recipe is adapted from Pioneer Woman, one of my favorite food bloggers. I love that you can make these ahead, put them in the refrigerator and bake right before dinner. Use store bought slider buns or make these easy rolls. We use one pound of meat for our small family. If you have a large family or teenagers you will want to double this recipe.
2. Cut slices of bacon in half lengthwise. Wrap one half around ball of hamburger, pulling slightly to keep taut. Repeat with other half of bacon, ending seam in the same place. The bacon will criss-cross over the ball of meat.
3. Place patties, bacon seam side down, on a baking pan with a drip tray sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Press gently on each patty to flatten as much as you can without squeezing meat out of the edges.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
5. Brush each patty liberally with barbecue sauce. Bake for 25 -30 minutes, or until bacon is cooked to your specifications.
6. Remove from oven and lay a cheese shaving on each patty if desired. Serve on a roll with your choice of toppings/condiments.
My son has a couple of birthday parties coming up for his pre-school classmates so I have been on the lookout for some nice but inexpensive wrapping paper. I experienced sticker shock in Meijer last week when every roll of wrapping paper was $5 to $6. I would never pay that much for one roll so I decided to wait and see if I saw a good deal elsewhere or get really creative. My parents sent the boys a Radio Flyer wagon for Christmas and it was packed in a huge box with a lot of brown packing paper. I rolled the paper and kept it for future use in the garage.
I cut a big piece of paper and let my two year old color while I stenciled with some cake stencils. We added lots of scribbles and colorful swirls.
We made a card that looks like a crayon box and attached it to the front of an actual crayon box and taped it to the present. This was a lot of fun and we reused some of our packing paper. I think the present is pretty adorable too.
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Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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