I absolutely love Valentine’s Day simply because I have an excuse to buy more of my favorite things: chocolate and heart paraphernalia. That sounds terrible, especially because I have a boyfriend who takes holidays/birthdays pretty seriously. I guess I’m the type of person who doesn’t need a designated day to tell someone I love them and give them a personalized gift. I’ll do that whenever I feel like it- and usually that’s pretty often. So Valentine’s Day…bring on the chalky hearts and chocolate truffles!! I’m ready for some girlie crafts and an excuse to buy heart stamps at the post office!
I’m lucky enough to be friends with some very crafty and talented people who enjoy this kind of thing just as much as I do. My friend Tina hosted an early Valentines Party at her place last weekend. Due to selling my weekend soul to my job, I wasn’t able to go. I DID however contribute to the party and, because my wonderful boyfriend went, was able to bask in all the goodies that came out of the festivities. We all decided to purchase cute little valentines, circa elementary school days, make our own goody bags, and fill each other’s bags with the puny folded cards. (My favorite being one with a holographic picture of a wolf that read, “I’m wild about you.” Thanks Matt!) Everyone also painted and decorated wooden, heart picture frames. I still have a blank one- I’ve yet to find the creative juices and energy to whip out the paint. One of my contributions, which was sent with Paul to the party, was a batch of Oreo Truffles. This has got to be the easiest and most rewarding no-bake recipe I’ve come across. They can also be very cute if you take the time to decorate and garnish them. I definitely suggest chilling the balls for an hour before you cover them in chocolate. They’re a lot easier to work with. I also decided to use white chocolate as well as semisweet. Those seemed to be the favorite. 🙂
MIX cream cheese and 3 cups cookie crumbs until well blended.
SHAPE into 48 (1-inch) balls. Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.
REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
I also want to share one more easy Vday craft. Another reason I love this holiday- I don’t feel so crazy buying ridiculous amounts of doilies (which I tend to do anyway.) I found these adorable heart doilies at the dollar spot at Target- one of my many weaknesses. I decided to just string them together with yarn to make heart garland. I’m afraid these might end up as year-round decorations, like the doily snow flakes I made around Christmas did. I can’t take all the credit for these though- Paul ended up making them for me! (I was busy with the truffles) I love having boyfriend that isn’t afraid to be domestic!