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!



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

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.


Pizza Pizza Pizza

I’m pretty sure my boyfriend and I have pizza at least 2 times a week. I’m also pretty sure we are addicted to pizza. But hey, why not when it’s so easy to make? We recently went to a nifty restaurant/brewery called Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Company in Indianapolis, IN and we absolutely fell in love with the Snow Bunny Blonde glaze they had on their pizza.

A few weeks later we were craving that delicious glaze again and since we live in Viriginia, we had to find a way to taste that heaven again. I found a Rachel Rae balsamic glaze at the grocery store and thought we could give that a try. We found heaven. We tweaked our classic margherita pizza from before by adding chicken and the glaze. Man, oh man. It was perfect and my new favorite kind of pizza. I think we’ve made it three times now and we might get a little carried away with the glaze…




The Best Pizza Dough Ever
1 packet of yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
3-4 cups flour
2 Tbsp oil

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place pizza stone in the oven while it preheats.
2. Mix together the yeast and water. Let it sit until foamy.
3. Add honey, 1 Tbsp oil, and Italian seasoning. Mix in flour 1 cup at a time until barely sticky.
4. Knead dough then form into a ball. Place in oiled bowl and let rise for 30 minutes.
5. Spread the dough out onto the hot pizza stone to desired thickness.

Margherita Pizza with Chicken
pizza dough
3-4 chicken breast tenders
1/2 – 1 cups of marinara
dried basil
2-3 sliced roma tomatoes
fresh mozzarella
balsamic vinegar glaze

1. Spread out pizza dough and let bake for 5 minutes. This will help the dough crisp up.
2. Cut chicken into chunks and cook in frying pan. Add seasoning to taste (I usually use onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper, and oil).
3. Spread marinara on half baked dough. Add toppings.
4. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar glaze all over that bad boy.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.