"No obstacles are insurmountable when God commands and we obey"
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February 7, 2014
Make it a Memorable Valentine's Day
by Dian Thomas

Everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is a special day for love, friendship, sweethearts, pretty cards, and flowers, but no one knows exactly how and why it got started. One legend has it that birds choose their mates on Valentine’s Day.

Another common myth says that it is celebrated in memory of a Christian martyr named Valentine. He was imprisoned by the Romans in about A.D 270 because he would not give up his Christian beliefs. Prior to his execution, he wrote a note to the daughter of his jailer and signed it, “Your Valentine.”. He was later made a saint, and sometimes Valentine’s Day is called St. Valentine’s Day.

Today Valentine’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated unofficial holidays, and a day to let your sweetheart, parents, relatives, and friends know how much you love them.

Heart-Shaped Edibles

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts from foods such as biscuit dough or jelled gelatin. Place an open-topped, heart shaped cookie cutter on the griddle and pour pancake batter into the cutter (or you can just try to pour the batter in a heart shape). Trim slices of bread into hearts for a Valentine sandwich.

Heart Shaped Cupcakes

It’s easy to make heart-shaped cupcakes using your favorite recipe!

Here’s what’s needed:

  • Cake batter

  • Paper baking cups

  • Marbles or aluminum foil

Line muffin pans with paper baking cups and fill half full with batter. Place a marble or small ball of foil in each cup between the paper liner and the pan to make the heart-shape mold. If the cups aren’t about two-thirds full, add a little more batter. Don’t overfill the cups or you’ll lose the heart shape.

Bake as usual. Frost the cupcakes, pipe decorative frosting around the outside to further define the heart shape, and decorate with Valentine candies.

Super Kiss

Give someone special a super kiss.

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 cube butter or margarine

  • 1 (16-ounce) package miniature marshmallows

  • 12 cups regular or chocolate crispy rice cereal

  • Large plastic funnels, buttered (Tupperware is best)

  • Cookie sheet

  • Plastic wrap

  • Ribbon

Melt butter or margarine in a large saucepan over low or medium heat. Add marshmallows and cook until marshmallows are completely melted, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and add cereal; stir until well coated. Cool slightly, but not completely. Butter your fingers and press warm mixture into buttered plastic funnels and place on a cookie sheet.

When cool, unmold and wrap in plastic. Add a flag with a Valentine message taped to a toothpick. Makes two to four large kisses.

For more delightful ideas to do with your kids or grandkids, check out Dian Thomas’s fun books. There is a special on her website at www.DianThomas.com. You will find so many wonderful ideas you can make with your little ones. Have fun creating while you make memories that will last a lifetime.

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About Dian Thomas

Dian Thomas was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breathtaking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where her father was the forest ranger. She took the skills she learned in the outdoors and turned them into a New York Times best-selling book, Roughing It Easy. Her appearance on the NBC's "Tonight" show with Johnny Carson boosted her into the national media scene, where she became a regular on NBC's "Today" show for eight years and then ABC's "Home Show" for six years. After more than 25 years of media exposure and 19 books, she now shares her practical insights and wisdom with audiences who want to savor life.

A former Relief Society president, Dian is currently serving as a visiting teacher. Visit her website at www.DianThomas.com

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