Simple and Sweet

This was the first Valentine’s Day with my boyfriend. For months, we had said we weren’t going to do anything special for the artificial holiday because we should show our love everyday, right? Of course we should, but I kept seeing the potential crafts I could create so I just had to do something. I didn’t want him to be upset about going back on our promise, so I kept it simple with a homemade card and strawberries for dessert.
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I got the idea for the card from Pinterest, of course. The card was relatively inexpensive – all you need is a piece of scrapbook paper, cardstock, something to glue the two together, and stickers of your choice. I will warn you that arranging those hearts took absolutely forever to find the perfect fit and flow. So if you like puzzles, this is a perfect craft!

Now the strawberries. I originally planned to core the berries and fill them with my homemade cream cheese frosting, but that took forever and the boyfriend was eating them faster than I could fill them! So we went to just dipping them into the cream cheese frosting and then into crushed vanilla wafers. They ended up being the perfect little strawberry cheesecake bites!

JC

Recipes!

Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients
4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
¼ cup unsalted butter at room temperature
½ tsp vanilla
1 cup confectioners sugar

Directions
1. Mix together the cream cheese and and unsalted butter until creamy. Add vanilla.
2. Add in the confectioners sugar. Use more or less for desired consistency.

Cake Because You Can

Ever had a craving for something sweet and lemony and blueberry and heavenly? Well, I did and I knew the only way to fulfill this craving was to bake a cake. Thanks to my boyfriend’s mother, I now have a fantastic baking set that’s been patiently waiting to create delicious desserts. After searching for what seemed like hours (realistically maybe 10 minutes) I found the perfect recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction!
Yay Cakes!Finished product
This cake was AMAZING and hit every single craving we had. I have two pieces of advice: 1) make sure you don’t over mix the cake or it will be a bit dense and 2) don’t eat the cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

JC

Recipes!

Lemon Blueberry Cake
Ingredients
CAKE
1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 and 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
4 large eggs at room temperature
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk
zest + juice of 3 medium lemons
1 and 1/2 cups blueberries
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
8 oz regular cream cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
3 and 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 – 2 Tbsp heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt

For detailed directions, please visit Sally’s Baking Addiction.