Tuesday, January 11, 2011

brownpaperpackages blog Valentine Day ideas

{a "heart"y lunch}

I love to sprinkle in a few fun "heart" lunches the week or so before Valentine's Day. Anything is cuter when cut into shapes, and I routinely use them to make lunch. Somehow when a sandwich looks like a star, or a gingerbread man, it's much more appealing. Well, this is no different! This week I made an easy, but darling meal, and it would not only be perfect for your little ones at home, but even for a party or other get together.

  • mini heart pizzas
  • xoxo veggies & dip
  • pie crust hearts with cinnamon & sugar cream cheese
Mini Heart Pizzas---
  • 1 tube crescent rolls
  • pizza sauce
  • mozzarella cheese
  • toppings of choice
  • heart cookie cutter
Place two crescent rolls side-by-side, and pinch the seams together. Cut out heart-shaped pieces of dough, and carefully use a spatula to place them on a sprayed cookie sheet. Top with pizza sauce, cheese, and other items. (I have cheese-only girls!) Bake according to directions on can, but lessen the time by a few minutes. Bake until the bottoms are brown. Serve warm.

XOXO Veggies--

  • baby carrots
  • sliced cucumbers
As you can see, this is super easy, but how fun!! Serve with ranch dip, or dip of choice.

Pie Crust Hearts with Cinnamon & Sugar Cream Cheese:

Who doesn't love taking all those extra bits of pie crust, sprinkling them with cinnamon & sugar, and baking them in the oven? This is a take on that, Valentine-style. To serve them, I stacked them on a place with a dollop of cream cheese on top, but how fun would this be to serve like chips & dip?
  • unbaked pie crust--as much as you need (I used Pillsbury, but homemade would be wonderful too.)
  • cinnamon & sugar
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1-8 oz. package cream cheese
Lay your crust out on the counter, and cut out as many hearts as you need. Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar. Bake according to crust directions, but lessen the amount of time. Bake until golden brown, then let cool.
With a mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugars together, then add some cinnamon & sugar. Mix well. Serve with pie crust hearts, and sprinkle even more cinnamon & sugar on top!