I always feel surprised when Valentine’s Day arrives. In the USA it’s a big deal: hearts, flowers, and teddy bears are everywhere. In Italy it’s not like that. There’s a lot going on there as well, but it’s mostly about having dinner with your loved one (not usually a very good one, with the fixed menu and over-expensive stuff) and maybe buying something.
Here it’s showing your love or your care not only for your loved one, but also for your friends: if you have kids in school you know what I’m talking about. Kids have to bring Valentine’s Day cards or little things for their friends and we, as parents, have to come up with some new ideas every year.
I honestly like the idea of creating something. This year I came up with something easy to do, so if you are still looking for inspiration, take a look at this.
I bought some Valentine’s Day bags and I made some hearts shaped cards from a red poster board.
I also baked some heart shapes donuts that I put inside the bag. It could become a nice snack for your kids.
If you don’t have a heart shape pan, you could always make some muffins and maybe sprinkle them with red and pink Valentines sprinkles.
(for about 14 donuts)
2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons oil
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk (I used the almond milk vanilla flavored for a more intense flavor)
1 tablespoon cocoa
Whisk the eggs and the sugar. Add salt, oil, vanilla extract and some milk. Mix the flour and the baking powder together and start adding to the mixture alternating with the rest of the milk.
Separate equally the dough in two bowl and in one half put the cocoa.
Oil a muffin pan or heart shaped one and place the dough (for me a tablespoon of each was enough, but it depends from the capacity of your pan).