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Kidzworld Kitchen: Valentine’s Day

Feb 02, 2017

The annual day of love is nearly upon us so if you’re looking for a tasty way to show your friends and family how much you care here are some LOVE-ly ideas!

Browse your local dollar store for fun packaging ideas then bake up a batch of these pretty red cookies. They are simple to make but look really impressive and tied up with a pretty bow in a cute little box are bound to make anyone feel loved on Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Swirl Love Sugar CookiesSweet Swirl Love Sugar Cookies
 

Or show you care by getting up early to make the whole family fluffy heart shaped pancakes. Get creative with fun toppings like fruit, chocolate chips, whipped cream, powdered sugar and more!

Sweet Swirl Love Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine flour, salt, and baking and set aside.
  2. In another bowl use an electric beater to mix together butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add egg, milk, and vanilla to butter mixture and combine thoroughly
  4. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add flour mixture until it is all mixed
  5. Separate the dough into 2 equal parts and move half the dough to a clean surface, leaving the other half in the mixing bowl
  6. Add 1/8 teaspoon of red food coloring to the dough in the bowl and mix until just evenly distributed, try not to over mix
  7. Place your white dough between two pieces of wax and roll into a rectangle as best you can
  8. Repeat with the colored dough.
  9. Place on a baking sheet and put it in the refrigerator to chill for 30 minutes
  10. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and peel the paper off of one side of the colored dough and place on a lightly floured surface
  11. Then peel off the paper from the other side and lightly brush the top of the colored dough with water
  12. Peel the paper off of one side of your white dough and place it dough side down on top of the colored dough, trying to align the two rectangles of dough as well as possible.
  13. Then peel off the last of the paper and trim the edges of your rectangle so they are straight and even
  14. Gently roll the stack of dough until it is all rolled up (Hint! If crumbling begins to happen gently push dough back together)
  15. Empty your sprinkles into a shallow pan
  16. Brush the dough roll with water then gently roll in the toppings, pushing the toppings into the dough so they stick.
  17. Wrap the roll in plastic wrap and refrigerate for one hour to firm up
  18. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two cookie sheets or line with parchment paper
  19. Remove dough roll from the fridge and slice into 1/4″ thick cookies
  20. Bake for about ten minutes or until just lightly golden
  21. Cool on wire racks and enjoy!

Sweet Swirl Love Sugar Cookies PackagedSweet Swirl Love Sugar Cookies Packaged
 

Heart Shaped Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 + ¾ cups of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • Chocolate chips or berries or syrup or powdered sugar for toppings
  • Special Equipment: Heart shaped cookie cutter

Instructions:

  1. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt
  2. In a large bowl mix up eggs, oil and milk
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients and stir until combined (Hint! If batter is a little lumpy this is totally fine)
  4. Heat up a griddle or frying pan on medium and brush a bit of oil or cooking spray
  5. Pour the batter into the pan making a circle just a little larger than your cookie cutter.
  6. Cook the pancakes until you start seeing bubbles on top then flip and cook on the other side for another minute or two
  7. Take the pancakes out and use your cutter to stamp out a heart shape.
  8. Transfer to a plate and decorate with berries, chocolate, syrup or sprinkled sugar.

Heart-Shaped PancakesHeart-Shaped Pancakes
 

Remember, be creative, have fun and above all, safety first! Always talk to the adult in charge before you get your chef on! Happy love day everyone!

Recipes courtesy of Love Sugar Cakes

 

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rainbowpoptart
Goodness... I see where your mother is coming from: if you eat too much, no matter how healthy the food is, and don't work off the calories, you're going to gain weight. But she's being very obsessive and dramatic about it. There is nothing wrong with eating pizza or a cookie every now and then, and there's nothing wrong with relaxing from time to time either. As long as you aren't constantly eating junk and not burning the calories, then you do not have a problem. Eating unhealthy things every now and then does not make you fat. EATING every now and then does not make you fat. Try explaining this to her, calmly and patiently. Tell her that you don't want to be forced to do all of this exercising - being forced to exercise makes it a lot less interesting. Do not take "This is for your own good" for an answer; if you do not want to do it, it is NOT for your good. (This, of course, would be a different story if you were actually fat.) ALSO tell her that exercising too much and not satiating your cravings is JUST AS UNHEALTHY AS BEING FAT IS. If you were to not eat healthful meals and not snack every now and then, no matter how healthy or unhealthy the food is, plus exercise so frequently, you would not be healthy.  Eating is good for you, even if the food isn't. Eating too little and eating too much is not healthy. Exercise is good for you. Not exercising enough and exercising too much is not good for you. If you talking to her doesn't help, try telling another adult how you feel, and maybe they can help get it through to her. Regardless of what happens, take care of yourself. Moderate how much you eat, but don't limit yourself to less than you feel you need. Exercise, but don't do something you don't want to; working out should be fun. Good luck with everything. I'm really sorry that she makes you feel so badly about this.
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jake495
jake495 posted in Family Issues:
Make sure she knows its your body not hers In a respectful way of course
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ThePaleWalker636
I'm perfectly happy with myself. I'm around 5'6" and somewhere between 140-150 pounds, and I don't feel fat. But my mom is constantly telling me that I am, or, at least, that I'm going to be. She forces me to go to exercise classes because I don't like many sports, tries making me go on diets, but I don't want to. She tells me that if I continue the way I am, having an extra cookie once in a while and only eating cereal for breakfast, that I'll end up fat, and she makes sure to emphasize how horrible that is for a person to live with. She rolls her eyes and sighs whenever she sees me getting a snack, and just in general makes me feel awful for eating the things I like and for relaxing. I've told her that I don't want to do these things and that she makes me feel bad when she says things like that, but she swears it's for my own good and that I should never want to be fat, that it ruins people's lives. How should I deal with this?
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drowning
drowning posted in Friends:
"NS12" wrote: I meet this guy at a festival and we have been talking for the whole week and my mum has noticed I keep texting someone and I know I need to tell her but I don t know how I am going to tell her, I doubt she ll get angry or anything but he lives about 4/5 hours away from me. I know I need to tell her as I don t like keeping secrets from her. I know this was a bit ago, but I truly hope that you were able to be open with your mother. If you feel as if they won't get mad at you, then chances are that your guardian will not. Honesty is the best policy, and if you feel guilt keeping a secret, then it is one you probably shouldn't be keeping.
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drowning
I agree with @rainbowpoptart. You really shouldn't worry about relationships that much given your age. I promise, they're better things to worry about than boys and more secure romances occur later on in life anyways. But, given the situation, you shouldn't worry about either. The boy is unfaithful and so is your friend. If your best friend really valued your friendship, she would not have put it in a position that could end it. Don't waste your time on those who will not put you first just as you do for them; better people will come into your life and they are the ones who you should really worry about.
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