My Giant Heart Stamp

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I’m getting far more use out of the gigantic heart stamp than I previously had imagined! Today I whipped up a simple & festive heart banner to┬áhang in our kitchen. It took me about 15 minutes to whip the two banners up. I just:

  • ripped 22 6×7 inch rectangles out of old bedsheets
  • ironed each square
  • stamped each square with my gigantic heart stamp
  • sewed the rectangles onto ribbon
  • fixed the banners to the wall

The photos aren’t that pretty, but you get the idea. The lighting was just horrible in our kitchen today because of a crazy snow storm that just blew in from nowhere.

I was really surprised to see how nicely the heart impression turned out on the fabric, I’m thinking of doing a heart stamp on a shirt. Maybe Penelope & I can be twinners with heart-stamped shirts for V-day.

I’m thinking of being a little more festive with Valentine’s this year. My mom used to decorate the house to the nines, make a special breakfast & give us Valentine’s gifts for V-day. I might copy her with some heart-shaped pancakes. That is, if I’m not in the hospital giving birth. What are your Valentine’s day traditions? Do you have any good, low-stress ideas for celebrating the blessed/dreaded holiday?

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    1. Emily says:

      Oh my goodness this is so pretty! I love it!

      We eat a heart shaped meatloaf and roasted red potatoes. I’ve made these puff pastry hearts a few times too but usually the weekend before/after Valentine’s Day b/c my 21 month old doesn’t let me do much. :)

      Fruit Filled Pastry Hearts from Better Homes and Gardens

      1 17.3 ounce package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets)
      1/3 cup peach spreadable fruit or preserves (also good with raspberry)
      1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
      1 cup peeled and finely chopped peaches (about 2) (or fresh raspberries)
      1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
      1/4 cup packed brown sugar
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      powdered sugar
      1 cup blueberries

      1. Thaw and unfold puff pastry sheets onto a lightly floured surface. Using a floured, 2 inch heart shaped cookie cutter cut pastry into about 45 heart shapes (do not reroll scraps). Place pastry hearts on an ungreased baking sheet. (number of hearts obviously depends on the size of your cookie cutter)

      2. Bake in a 375 F oven for 10-12 minutes or until puffed and golden. Cool on a wire rack. If desired, store, tightly covered, at room temperature for up to 12 hours.

      3. In a small saucepan combine spreadable fruit or preserves and lemon peel. Heat and stir until melted; cool. In a large mixing bowl combine peaches and blueberries. Add spread or preserves mixture and gently toss to combine; set aside.

      4. In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese, brown sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy. (I’ve used powdered sugar instead of brown sugar)

      5. To assemble pastries, with a serrated knife, cut pastry hearts in half horizontally. Spread each of the bottom halves with about 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture. Top each with a spoonful of fruit mixture and a pastry top. Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 4 hours. Just before serving, lightly sprinkle with powdered sugar.

      I’ve made these for my husband for Valentine’s day too, pre kids, b/c they’re labor intensive but oh so good:

      Peanut Butter Munchies from Better Homes and Gardens

      1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
      1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
      1/2 teaspoon baking soda
      1/2 cup butter, softened
      1/2 cup granulated sugar
      1/2 cup packed brown sugar
      1/4 cup peanut butter
      1 egg
      1 tablespoon milk
      1 teaspoon vanilla
      3/4 cup sifted powdered sugar
      1/2 cup peanut butter
      2 tablespoons granulated sugar

      1. Preheat oven to 350F. In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda; set aside.

      2. In a large mixing bowl beat together butter, the 1/2 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and the 1/4 cup peanut butter with an electric mixer until combined. Add egg, milk, and vanilla; beat well. Beat in as much of the dry ingredients as you can with mixer. Stir in remaining dry ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon. Form chocolate dough into 32 balls about 1 1/4 inches in diameter. Set aside. (it helps me to chill the dough first) (I don’t make the 32 balls)

      3. For peanut butter filling, in a medium mixing bowl combine powdered sugar and the remaining 1/2 cup peanut butter until smooth. Shape mixture into 32 3/4 inch balls. (I don’t make the 32 balls, I just get a bit of chocolate and a bit of peanut butter as I go for step 4, see below)

      4. On a work surface, slightly flatten a chocolate dough ball and top with a peanut butter ball. Shape the chocolate dough over the peanut butter filling, completely covering the filling. Roll dough into a ball. Repeat with the remaining chocolate dough and peanut butter filling balls.

      5. Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly flatten with bottom of glass dipped in the 2 tablespoons granulated sugar. (I roll the entire chocolate peanut butter ball in sugar, then press down on cookie sheet with the palm of my hand)

      6. Bake cookies in preheated oven for 8 minutes or until they’re just set and surface is slightly cracked. Let cookies stand for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to wire racks; cool. Makes 32 cookies.

      To store- place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

    2. Justine says:

      great way to make use of your gigantor stamp! as for my v-day plans, i think my other half is just taking me out to dinner. but it looks like you’ll be spending it with your loved ones as well.. and maybe even a +1 :) so exciting!

    3. abby says:

      LOVE how your banners turned out. Way to put that big ol’ heart stamp to good use. :)

    4. Laurel G says:

      love it!! amazing how that big stamp is working out for ya!

    5. Keegan says:

      My husband and I have started a tradition of making a homemade heart shaped pizza and watching a movie every V-Day…totally low key and WAY more affordable than a fancy dinner!

    6. Gretchen N says:

      I’m doing the heart-shaped pancakes, too! And your banner has inspired me to make a little something to hang over our dining area.

      My mom always had a fun dinner for our fam on v-day. Didn’t really matter what we ate, but got out the nice dishes and candlesticks. :) I think it was so fun for us, we even dressed up for dinner in our fanciest dresses. Like an at-home dinner party. I may do this starting next year, but since our time is so cramped after work/before my husband goes to work, we will probably just have v-day breakfast together.

    7. Katie says:

      How fun! I recently ordered a huge heart paper stamp and am loving it– so many options:) My parents both always did such a great job making valentine’s day special for the fam. I hope to do that when I have kids some day too!

    8. There’s nothing I like more than a DIY Decor project that takes less than 15 minutes. Lovely.

    9. julie says:

      Love that banner! Makes me want a jumbo stamp for just such occasions.

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