Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Valentine’s Day Treats: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

A deliciously savory dinner followed by a rich chocolate brownie is never wrong. Whether you plan on baking your brownies or get store-bought ones, these conversation cutouts are so cute and easy create! All you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter and a white icing pen to add a personal message on your brownie for Valentine’s day.

I used two different heart-shaped cookie cutters. The larger one was used to decorate the brownie with mini heart sprinkles and the smaller one was used to write conversation heart sayings like love, hug, kiss, adore, and xo.  If you find that the tube is releasing too much icing, you can squeeze the icing in a plastic storage bag and with a pair of scissors, snip off a tiny hole on the corner of the bag. You may find you have more control in releasing a small amount of icing to write the letters.

Spread the love with these adorable brownies and share it with your friends or your special someone!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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A Valentine’s day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

A Valentine's Day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

A Valentine's Day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

In the past, I tried the easy and foolproof way to make donuts by frying up Pillsbury Grand biscuit dough. This time, I wanted to make donuts from scratch – using ingredients I already have in the pantry. I found this baked donut recipe by Creations by Kara and since I had strawberries left in the fridge, I decided that rather than adding cinnamon sugar as the recipe calls for, I will top my donuts with a strawberry glaze and decorate them for Valentine’s. Afterall, pink is the popular Valentine’s day color!

I whipped out my six-well donut pan and 13 minutes later, I had yummy tasting donuts! The light strawberry glaze gave an unexpected sweetness.

A Valentine's Day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

A Valentine's Day Treat: HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY GLAZED DONUTS

I tweaked this donut recipe  by adding almond extract in addition to the vanilla extract and I sifted all my dry ingredients. You can use any type of Valentine’s day sprinkles as your topping – from mini hearts to pink sanding sugar.

For the Strawberry Glaze

Instructions:

  • In a blender, puree 6-8 fresh strawberries
  • Strain through a a fine mesh sieve, set aside.
  • To the Puree, whisk 2 cups of Confectioners Sugar and 1 tsp, vanilla extract.
  • When the donuts are cool, dip the donuts, on at a time, into the glaze and put the donuts on a baking rack so any excess glaze can drip off.

***Add more Confectioners Sugar if you want a thicker consistency and a darker color. 

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

 

 

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ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE’S DECORATED BAR CART

ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE'S DECORATED BAR CART

Whether you’re single or not, hosting a fun night-in with your favorite gals for Valentine’s is a great way to celebrate friendship! “Friends are the sprinkles on the cupcake of life” – Author Unknown. 

Invite your bestie’s over for movie night and watch a romantic comedy. Since chocolate is the standard essential for Valentine’s and it pairs so well with wine – set up your bar cart with a scrumptious dessert (heavenly chocolate confections of course) and thoughtful decorative accents to celebrate everyone dear to you! Wondering what wine to pair with your chocolate? A sweet dessert wine is suggested but take a look at this helpful Pairing Guide by ProFlowers

Wine and Chocolate Pairing

A couple of basic wine and chocolate pairing rules mentioned in this post is 1. the wine should be a sweet as the chocolate and 2. Pair by color. The darker the chocolate, the darker the wine.

ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE'S DECORATED BAR CART

ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE'S DECORATED BAR CART

I gave an ordinary boxed chocolate cake mix some pizzazz by adding raspberry jam filling, covered with chocolate ganache, decorated with chocolate heart pieces, and crowned with a rose bud. Indulgent? Yes, indeed! It may not appear to be the best looking cake but I can attest to how delicious it is! I also added some chocolate covered cherries and chocolate truffles to the bar cart.

ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE'S DECORATED BAR CART

For those of you who may be interested – the #Gals balloon and the tassel garland was purchased at the dollar section at Target. I couldn’t find the ballon online but found something similar here.

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s day this year? Let me know in the comments section below!

Cheers!! xo

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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Valentine’s Martini Recipe: A DECADANT CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY MARTINI

A Decadent Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Martini

A Decadent Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Martini

With Valentine’s day just around the corner, stores are already stocked with festive decor and chocolate galore! Yesterday, I stopped at Target and I couldn’t resist picking up Lindt Lindor limited edition Valentine’s Day Chocolate Truffles! If you follow me on instagram, you may have caught my story where I shared my chocolate-filled bowl that I house on top of our bar cabinet. My newest addition of Lindt’s just-introduced flavors are ‘Raspberry Dark Chocolate Truffles’ and ‘Red Velvet White Chocolate’ .

Inspired by these richly gourmet chocolate flavors, I decided to pair them with a decadent chocolate martini that is just as smooth and creamy as the truffles. After all, isn’t Valentine’s day a great excuse to indulge in chocolate and more chocolate?!

A Decadent Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Martini

A Decadent Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Martini

With 4 ingredients (heavy whipping cream, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur, and Vanilla Vodka), this martini is easy to make, it’s smooth, creamy with a hint of sweetness. It’s a delicious way to toast Valentine’s day with the one you love or to toast your besties at a Galentine’s day party! I used festive tissue tassel cake picks that I picked up from JoAnn fabrics to hold fresh raspberries and a Lindt chocolate truffle. It was easy to feed the cake pick through the chocolate, since each truffle has a circular indentation – just insert slow and steady.

A Decadent Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Martini

A Decadent Valentine's Day Chocolate Raspberry Martini

A DECADENT VALENTINE'S CHOCOLATE RASPBERRY MARTINI

My round brass enamel tray in pink and gold is a pretty way to serve these Chocolate Raspberry Valentine’s Martinis to your favorite girl pals!

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s day this year? Do you prefer to stay at home and prepare a dinner for two, host a Galentine’s soiree, or head out on the town for a romantic dinner? Let me know in the comments section below!

Valentine's Martini Recipe: RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE MARTINI
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 1

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces, Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 2 ounces, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • 1 ounce, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 ounce, Vanilla Vodka
  • Chocolate syrup to rim glasses (honey or agave to have the chocolate syrup adhere to the rim)
  • Raspberries and chocolate truffles on a party pic to serve alongside

Instructions
  1. With a plate or shallow bowl, pour honey or agave (your preference). On another plate or shallow bowl, pour some chocolate syrup. Next, you will want to evenly dip the rim of your glass with the honey first, then dip the rim in the chocolate syrup, until evenly covered.
  2. Add ice to a shaker, pour all ingredients and shake. Strain into a martini glass.
  3. Serve cold and enjoy!

 

-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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Holiday Tabletop & Dessert Bar: HOW TO THROW A BEAUTIFULLY BLUSH GALENTINE’S DAY SOIREE

Wondering how I was able to pull this inspiration shoot after yesterday’s post? I had my partner’s help, of course! I was itching to do something creative and my partner actually suggested that I go for it because simply, it made me happy! My better half volunteered to collect and carry everything I needed so that I can put this holiday tabletop and dessert bar together. What would normally take me a few hours to complete, took me a weekend to pull off!

Keep reading for more inspiration on how to throw a beautifully blush Galentine’s Day Soiree!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Are you gearing up for Valentine’s day? Get ready to celebrate all the amazing ladies in your life. Chocolates, champagne, blush roses & hydrangeas, and Valentine’s inspired candy, cupcakes & cookies, are a perfect excuse to celebrate Galentine’s day with your gals!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

I set the table in this blush and gold color palette. Since Valentine’s is the last winter holiday before the spring season begins, I decided to add a touch of early spring by making a simple wreath for each dinner plate – using English Ivy.  These personalized heart-shaped cookies by RPConfections were a great way to use as a name tag for each place setting and a sweet treat perfectly packaged for guests to take home. As a final touch, I took the cloth dinner napkins and folded them into a rose shape. You can check out this tutorial, here!

Holiday Tabletop: A GALENTINE'S DAY SORIEE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

I decided to use these gold glitter ‘love’ cupcake toppers by Party Fix to hold a sour gummy lip and placed it on the rim of each champagne filled glass.

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Lindt chocolate truffles were paired with heart-shaped marshmallows.

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tablescape & Dessert Bar: HOW TO THROW A BEAUTIFULLY BLUSH GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

I was pretty satisfied that I was able to pull off making this blooming with love floral arrangement. To recreate this on your own, you will need the following:

  1. Roses (I chose white and blush colored ones)
  2. Hydrangeas (I was able to find these naturally blush and green ones)
  3. (1) Wet Foam block
  4. Depending on the size of your table, you can use either a medium-sized platter in a rectangle shape (as I did) or a large-sized one
  • Let the wet foam block soak in water until the block submerges in the water on its own
  • Remove the wet foam from the water and place it on the platter
  • I started forming my arrangement by using the hydrangeas first. I removed the leaves off the hydrangea, cut the stem to size and inserted the first one on the bottom-end of the foam block. I placed two hydrangeas on each corner of the platter and then proceeded to insert them in the middle of the foam block as well.
  • I then started to strategically fill the empty spaces with my roses. You will want to remove the leaves off the roses as well and cut to size.
  • If you have large gaps of space in your arrangement, add more hydrangeas to fill it in
  • I made sure that whatever I inserted in the front of the arrangement, I tried to mimic on the other side.

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

This adorable dessert bar was filled with an array of Valentine’s candy, delicious treats from chocolate truffles and decorated cookies & cupcakes to cherry topped brownies.

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

You can’t ever go wrong with Georgetown Cupcake! This ‘rose gold dozen’ is sure to be a crowd pleaser!!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

My sweetheart actually made this Galentine’s inspired wreath by wrapping English Ivy around a wreath metal frame. This rose gold ‘Love’ balloon from West Side Apartment was attached to the middle of the wreath and small rose buds were cut and glued onto the wreath. My partner did a great job, wouldn’t you agree?! I say…good job, honey. We make a great team!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Minutes before your guests arrive, pop the chilled champagne and pour some in your champagne flutes. When your guests start to arrive, welcome each of them with a glass and let the soiree begin!

Holiday Tablescape and Dessert Bar: HOW TO THROW A BEAUTIFULLY BLUSH GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Add some color and flavor to your water by dropping in two fresh raspberries and mint!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

These ombre ‘heart sugar cookies’ from PFConfections have such pretty embossed details!

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

Holiday Tabletop: A PERFECTLY PINK GALENTINE'S DAY SOIREE

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Galentine’s day entertaining tips and decorating ideas.

Cheers to girlfriends and Happy Galentine’s Day!!

xo

Tablescape by Rose Angel Lopez | Photography: Autumn Stankay of SkySight Photography

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