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TOP 10 homemade VALENTINE's FOOD GIFT ideas



LOVE is in the AIR...or is it in our PLATE?

For me...it is most definitely in my plate.

source: FancyFlours.com

Everything loving always seems to surround food.
‘ Hubby ‘ also unequivocally agrees.
Isn't it nice how we get along so well ;0)


There's an old saying...maybe you've heard it before... 
"The best way to your sweetie's heart...
is through their tummy."

There is much more truth to that than we'd like to admit.
Now, my hubby had no clue about the great
cook he was going to get one day.





Thankfully, he fell in love with my nice looks and great personality ;)
or at the very least...that's what I'd like to believe.
However, good cooking along with yummy desserts 
certainly went a long way into making our relationship stick.

source:poofhappyhome.blogspot.com






Alright, now, all in the name of full disclosure...
I do admit to not celebrating...
VALENTINE's day
in the big commercially fabricated way that most
adhere to every year whether they agree to it or not.





I don't go ballistic if my hubby didn't go all out on the ROMANCE
AVENUE of flowers, gifts and unique restaurant reservations.


Why, may you ask?
I am fortunate to have a very special relationship...
whereby, we decided a long time ago...
that we could commemorate this cupid love day with
the simpler gestures of homemade cards or gifts...
along with a special table setting for a wonderful meal.  

 I do not particularly take fancy to
 ' commercial dictatorship '
pertaining to the when and how loved ones
should celebrate each other.
Flowers are welcomed more so at any
OTHER time of the year...hint hint honey.

Anytime my sweetie cooks for me is a blessing...
just don’t forget to clean up!!!...Thank you ;0)






I realize that although there may be 
the odd few that agree with me...
I am apparently part of a very small group.
Slightly distinctive in my thinking...
I admit that following the popular vote
has never really been my strong suit.

 However, It didn't stop me from researching
the somewhat interesting origins...
or should I say... particularly the
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I do appreciate and realize that many people all over our globe
do sincerely believe in this ‘Lover’s Day’ and do wish to
celebrate this Valentine’s Day no matter what.

Therefore, all in the name of service to my fellow foodies...
I went ahead and picked some of the better selective

HOMEMADE FOOD GIFT ideas...
for your VALENTINE's Day celebration to come.

I have to admit...this research was putting me into great spirits...
ALMOST putting me into that ‘ look forward to Valentine’s Day ’ mode.

Here's what I dug up...hoping it gives you a
little nudge to inspire your own creativity.
source: MarthaStewart.com

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My Top 10 homemade FOOD
VALENTINE GIFT selections

From the super simple to the more advanced...
here's a compilation of a few of the
BEST VALENTINE's DAY PICKS.

' Sweet offerings '
Treats for the SWEET person(s) in your life

Is it too soon to think of your VALENTINE???

On what MOST consider the Day of ROMANCE and
LOVE towards cherished ones...it is not too soon at all.

Therefore if you are planning to make a
homemade gift for that special someone...
and slightly out of ideas and
desperately searching for some inspiration

...I'm here to help you.
With just a few ...
INGREDIENTS - FLAVOURS - CREATIVITY

...you'll have a wonderful homemade gift from the HEART.
  Whether you decide to make your presentation:
 ' Zen-like ', fun, elegant or whimsical...
your chosen recipient will be blessed with your very thoughtful gift.



The following treats were randomly chosen from searching
amongst some of the very best FOOD RELATED sites .
They are truly delightful.


Choose amongst the very easy to slightly more challenging...
they are all worth taking a look at.
Whether you have the chance to do these wonderful
packages this year or in the next few years...
it's always nice to have something to reference to.


I have selected among some of the best appreciated recipes...
so go ahead and get yours too...while you can still get them.

As for myself...
I'll not only be using these as reference points...
I'll be surely using them as a starting points in
transforming these ideas in my very own personal way.


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So, without further ado...here are your...
Top 10 HOMEMADE VALENTINE GIFTS
by convenient categorization.


If you have a chance to try them before I do...
please don't hesitate to share your results.




BAKED GOODS:
' Biscotti ' -- Bread -- Brownie -- Cake -- Tea cakes ' Financier ' -- Cookie -- Cupcake -- Muffin -- Pie
RASPBERRY-ALMOND FINANCIERS
(Level of difficulty: intermediate)
... info on this recipe...click here:




BAKED GOODS:
' Biscotti ' -- Bread -- Brownie -- Cake -- Cookie-- Cupcake -- Muffin -- Pie
CHOCOLATE PISTACHIO HEART COOKIES
(level of difficulty: intermediate baker)





BAKED GOODS:
' Biscotti ' -- Bread -- Brownie -- Cake -- Cookie-- Cupcake -- Muffin -- Pie
FORTUNE cookies...place your Valentine note.
(level of difficulty: intermediate baker)



BAKED GOODS:
' Biscotti ' -- Bread -- Brownie -- Cake -- Cookie -- Cupcake -- Muffin -- Pie
Box of Chocolate Cupcakes
(Level of difficulty: advanced)



BAKED GOODS:
' Biscotti ' -- Bread -- Brownie -- Cake -- Cookie-- Cupcake -- Muffin -- Pie
VALENTINE CUPCAKES
(Level of difficulty: advanced)
... info on this recipe...click here:



CANDY (Confectionary):
Candy -- Chocolate -- Fudge -- Toffee -- Truffle
JEWELRY BOX for SEMIPRECIOUS CANDIES
(Level of difficulty: intermediate)
... info on this recipe...click here:









CANDY (Confectionary):
Candy -- Chocolate -- Fudge -- Toffee -- Truffle
CREAMY FUDGE HEARTS
(Level of difficulty: Easy)




FRUIT:
Dried Fruit -- Fresh Fruit -- Sugared Fruit
STRAWBERRIES FILLED WITH CREAM
(Level of difficulty: Easy)
... info on this recipe...click here:







FRUIT:
Dried Fruit -- Fresh Fruit -- Sugared Fruit
SUGARED CRANBERRIES
(Level of difficulty: Easy)


PASTRY:
Sweet: Cookies - Macarons
Valentine's Day MACARONS
(Level of difficulty: advanced)

Hope these...
Top 10 homemade...
VALENTINE's FOOD GIFT ideas...
served to inspire you.

Flavourful Wishes and Happy Valentine's Day to come,

Foodessa


Comments ...???... or suggestions ... write me :o)
Claudia at: foodessa [at] gmail [dot] com