If you ask me, I think we gals have the market cornered on Valentine’s Day gifts. Flowers, sparkly jewelry, chocolates, lovey-dovey notes, cutesy stuffed animals, and dressing fancy (meaning uncomfortable) to eat at fancy (meaning expensive) restaurants. Not a whole lot of fun for the man in your life! So I’ve put together a list of 10 gift basket ideas that your fella might actually enjoy receiving this holiday. Some of these ideas were originally shared as Father Day/Anniversary/etc. gifts but with just a little tweaking they’ll be perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Football Gift Basket- Football season will be over by the time we hit Valentine’s Day, so consider changing this one to basketball or baseball, or just their favorite sports team.
Hopefully these have helped spark some ideas for the guy in your life! If all else fails you can always just be waiting holding a steak in one hand and ice cream in the other. Pretty sure that would do the trick too.
In the age of viral videos and ridiculously annoying but somehow still catchy-can’t-get-out-of-your-head-songs “What Does the Fox Say?” may be the top one yet. I bet the guys who put it together, intending it to be a joke, had no idea it was going to be such a huge hit. I mean, come on…the song is now a children’s book! Who saw that one coming? Well I somehow stumbled across the answer to what a fox says…it says “Happy Valentine’s Day!”
I have lots of friends who kids are obsessed with the song so I thought they might get a kick out of some foxy valentine’s to hand out to their buddies. There are two different designs in the PDF download, just print the ones you need!
Posting was a little light last week as we battled some massive illnesses in our house. It may have just been a cold, but probably the meanest monster of a cold I’ve experienced in a long time. My role as mom and wife was really called into question. :) Thankfully we all seem to be on the mend and hopefully I’ll be able to put together some fun projects!
Since Valentine’s Day is only a month away I thought I’d better start sharing some cutesy-lovey printables. So today I have a set of three printable Valentine bags perfect for sharing a little treat.
These little bags are easy and quick to put together. Once you have the template printed, cut out the design.
And then its just a matter of folding the different tabs in. Start with the bottom tabs and then the sides.
You’ll need to make a second fold in the middle of each side, and fold inward. It will look like a lunch sack.
Using double sided tape or glue, begin gluing the tabs together. It is sort of hard to describe using just pictures, but once you have the bag in your hand it is really simple, trust me. You can see in the image above how the small tab along the top edge is getting glued to the inside of the folded side. Did that make sense at all? Maybe I’m still on too much cold medicine. :)
The bottom tabs fold in like a box and are secured with pieces of double sided tape as well.
And ta-da! You’re finished and ready to fill with the yummy treat of your choice.
Or for a non-candy alternative you could put some stickers, bubbles, crayons, etc. inside. Whatever floats your boat.
Since the entire country seems to be experiencing the next ice age I thought I would share a yummy recipe for some warm comfort food. Empanadas!
If you have never had empanadas before then I suggest you remedy that very quickly, because they are tasty! All an empanada is, is a flaky pastry filled with any kind of savory ingredient. You usually find them in Latin or Spanish countries. I first had empanadas when I went to Colombia with one of my college roommates and we would just buy them from the carts on the street corners. So.good. And they are surprisingly easy to make from your very own home, no street corner needed.
You’ll need: Goya empanada discos, eggs, onion, mushrooms, green chiles, cheese, and ground sausage.
A quick note about the Goya empanadas. There is a certain type that I like the best and they look like this:
I think they are the flakiest and bake the best. Empanadas are typically fried, but these bake up perfectly and that is much healthier. However when I went to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients to make these they were out of my favorite empanada dough! But they did have another type that was very…orange?
Despite their bright orange color they were pretty tasty and worked just fine. Not a big deal to make the switch. But if you do happen to see the other kind, grab those first!
Okay…now to start with you’ll want to begin browning your sausage in a skillet over medium heat. While the meat is browning dice your mushrooms and onions.
Once they’re diced add the onion and the mushrooms, along with your can of green chiles to the sausage. Cook until the sausage is completely browned and the onion and mushrooms are soft and tender. Pour the mixture into a bowl and set aside. In the same skillet scramble your eggs. Cooking in the same skillet will ensure you get all the yummy flavoring from the meat and veggies. Once the eggs are scrambled add the sausage mixture back into the skillet and mix together. Remove it from the heat.
Now each little empanada needs to be rolled out slightly. I just grabbed a glass and quickly gave each one a roll before putting a small spoonful of the eggs/sausage into the middle of the dough. Top with a sprinkle of cheese.
Fold the empanada in half and seal the edges by pressing them together with your fingers. You can also crimp the edges with a fork to make them look pretty, but it isn’t really necessary as long as the edges get sealed.
Repeat until all your empanadas are filled and then place on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. I sometimes have a little bit of the filling left over but no worries! Put it in the fridge and then the next day you can mix it up with some hash browns and you have a great filling for breakfast burritos. Two meals in one!
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the empanadas are golden brown, slightly crispy, and flaky. As you can imagine these are pretty versatile with what you can put inside and I’ll share some of my other favorite fillings later. But for now, enjoy these tasty empanadas for breakfast, or lunch or dinner!
Happy New Year! We’re starting 2014 by getting ready to hunker down and stay warm during a big winter storm heading our way. We’re supposed to get so much snow that my husband’s work decided to close today and tomorrow so he gets a nice extra long break with us! Yay! I think some movies and blankets on the couch are definitely in our future. I’m also taking advantage of him being home to get a little bit of new year organizing done. I’ve already sorted through our daughter’s toys and clothes and pulled out the next size. There is just something about the new year and a fresh, new start that always motivates me to get even more organized. I love the clean, simple look of our house after all the Christmas decorations come down and I’m ready to get the same look/feel in my life too! If you are looking for a little help to get your 2014 in shape then I’ve rounded up 10 of my printables that will help you on your way!
When you leave your children behind with the babysitter you want to know that you have taken care of everything you can. Providing the babysitter with a detailed note will give both of you peace of mind.
These next printables are all items in my Etsy Shop and to celebrate the New Year I have a coupon that is good for the entire month of January. Use the code NEWYEAR14 and receive 10% off of your entire purchase!
These calendars coordinate with the budget worksheets so while you are keeping track of your money you can also keep track of all the special days ahead. Never miss another birthday or anniversary again!
It is the beginning of another year of visiting teaching messages! I honestly cannot thank you enough for all the emails and comments you have sent telling me how much you enjoy/use the handouts. As someone who hasn’t always been the best visiting teacher in the past you have really inspired me to do better. And I love creating these prints and sharing them with all of you. So thank you!
January’s message is called The Divine Mission of Jesus Christ: Exemplar and you can read the entire message here.