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Valentine’s Day

Today I am giving you recipes and kitchen gadgets to help prepare you for your Valentine’s Day!  Read below for my suggestions for the kitchen-lover in your family and a few of my favorite dessert Valentine’s Day recipes!

Heart Measuring Cups

Regularly priced $10.75, on sale for $8.99

Available:  ThePlateBoutique.com

Heart Measuring Cups(photo courtesy ThePlateBoutique.com)

Heart Measuring Cups
(photo courtesy ThePlateBoutique.com)

Heart to Heart Spatula

$10.00

Available:  FredFlare.com

Heart Spatula

Heart Spatula (photo courtesy FredFlare.com)

Valentine’s Day Dishes and Plates

Originally $9.99-$11.99, now $8.48-$10.18

Available:  Target.com

Valentine's Dishes

Valentine’s Dishes (photo courtesy Target.com)

Heart Cookie Cutter Set

$10.00

Available:  williams-sonoma.com

Heart Cookie Cutter Set

Heart Cookie Cutter Set (photo courtesy Williams Sonoma website)

Cast Iron Fondue Set

$39.95

Available:  crateandbarrel.com

Fondue Set

Fondue Set (photo courtesy crateandbarrel.com)

Brownie Brittle– Chocolate Chip, Toffee Crunch, and Traditional Walnut

From $12.95

Available:  browniebrittle.com

Brownie Brittle

Brownie Brittle (photo courtesy Brownie Brittle website)

Hugs and Kisses Jacquard Kitchen Towel

$9.00

Available:  surlatable.com

Kitchen Towel

Kitchen Towel (photo courtesy SurlaTable.com)

Sees Candy

From $6.55

Available:  http://www.sees.com/Cat.cfm/valentines_day_gifts

8 oz Assorted Chocolate Heart

8 oz Assorted Chocolate Heart (photo courtesy sees.com)

Elegant Heart

Elegant Heart (photo courtesy sees.com)

Red Velvet Heart Cake

Cake:

Ingredients for Red Velvet Cake

Ingredients for Red Velvet Cake

Follow the directions on boxes

Pour one mixed box into a circular 9 inch pan, and the other in a square 8×8 pan

Uncooked Red Velvet Cakes

Uncooked Red Velvet Cakes

Bake in oven for approximately 60 minutes or until cake tester is clean (place cakes on both racks and after 20 minutes switch)

Cooked Red Velvet Cakes

Cooked Red Velvet Cakes

After cakes are cooled, cut tops of cake to have even surfaces

Cakes!

Cakes!

Frosting:

1 Cup Butter

4 Cups Powdered Sugar

1 TSP Vanilla

1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt (or milk)

Red Food Dye (optional)

Frosting Ingredients

Frosting Ingredients

Using a mixer, beat butter until fluffy

Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and mix

Repeat

Add yogurt and vanilla

Add remainder of powdered sugar and a drop of red food dye, if desired.  (You can add more to darken the shade of red)

Frosting

Frosting

After cakes have cooled completely, lay square cake at an angle on platter and frost one side

Frosting the Cake

Frosting the Cake

Frost one more side (one that touches frosted side)

Cut round cake in half and place on frosted square sides to make heart

Unfrosted Heart Cake

Unfrosted Heart Cake

Frost entire cake and decorate to your desire!

Frosted Heart Cake!

Frosted Heart Cake!

Champagne Float:

(From TheCoveteur.com Instagram)

Champagne Float

Champagne Float

I haven’t made this recipe yet, but I plan to make the float and use a sparking wine, Vertuze.  The sparkling wine was launched in 2009, and uses grapes grown in the Arroyo Grande Valley in San Luis Obispo County.  Both of their sparkling wines, Rose and Brut, are produced in traditional method of Champagne wines making.

Like Vertuze Sparkling Wine on Facebook HERE.

Vertuze Champagne

Vertuze Sparkling Wine

Glass of Vertuze Sparkling Wine

Glass of Vertuze Sparkling Wine

And, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Fat Tuesday!  For those who do not know, Fat Tuesday (translated to Mardi Gras in French) is the practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the Lenten season begins!  So, while you are enjoying your Fascnacht, think of what you will be giving up for Lent!

Stay hungry…

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