Family Valentine’s Day

When my children were little, Valentine’s Day became a much loved family celebration. We would decorate with pink and red paper decorations, make their favorite dinner and treats and then eat picnic style, on a big blanket in the middle of the living room floor while we watched movies.

Those memories are some of my favorite Valentine memories.

The treats we made were not only their favorites, but were the ones that they could help me make. For a long time marshmallow treats and chocolate covered pretzels were their favorites  and they are simple to make and delicious. We used cookie cutters to cut the marshmallow treats and lots and lots of chocolate and sprinkles for the pretzels.

As they have gotten older, we don’t always spend Valentine’s Day together, but we do pick a day to hang out together, make our old favorite foods and catch up with each other.

And we still like to eat picnic style on a blanket in the middle of the living room floor and watch movies.

Marshmallow Treats:
Melt 3- 4 tablespoons of butter substitute in a large microwaveable bowl. Add 4 1/2+ cups of vegan mini marshmallows to the bowl and stir until the marshmallows melt. I say 4 1/2+ cups because the kids did the measuring and pouring, and it was never just 4 1/2 cups. They always turned out fine, sometimes they were just a little chewier. We added just a few drops of vegan red food coloring to turn the treats pink. Once the marshmallows are melted, add 6 cups of vegan puffed rice cereal. Mix until everything is well blended. In a parchment covered 9×13, press the marshmallow treats firmly into the pan. Chill until firm. Cut into desired shapes and serve.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels:
In a microwaveable safe bowl, melt a small amount of either vegan white or semi-sweet chocolate, 30 seconds at a time. Remove from microwave and stir. Repeat until chocolate is melted. Add 1/4 teaspoon of organic olive oil or any neutral flavored oil. Stir. If letting children dip pretzels, allow the chocolate to cool a bit. Dip 1/2 of the pretzels into chocolate, shake off excess chocolate and dip into sprinkles or sugar. Place on wax paper to dry.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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