Heart shaped carrots – Simple, savory Valentine’s Day idea
I don’t really do anything for Valentine’s Day usually. I made pink heart shaped pancakes for the girls one year, if I recall correctly, although that easily could’ve been just a random day where I felt like showing them I cared enough to spend some extra time on breakfast. That just goes to show how important this holiday is to me, huh? Ha.
I do end up seeing a lot related foods around every single holiday, though, and V-Day is no exception. Just how many heart-shaped cookies can there possibly be in the world? Hundreds of thousands, according to my feed reader.
So I especially liked this idea to help balance it out. Instead of focusing only on the dessert side, this one simply involves cutting some carrots and tossing them into a soup. In this case, it appears to be chicken noodle soup and I love the simplicity of it. <3
Sophistimom did a really awesome tutorial on how to easily create the hearts without doing it individually, too, so check her out.
And in case you would prefer a dessert, how about some manly cookies?
Freeze soups in muffin tins
I have seen this tip before, but never taken the time to share it with you. I freeze my chicken stock in ice cube trays, but I really don’t make soup very often.
This is a great size to pop out and give to a toddler, but it’s really a good idea for adults, too. I read on another site that she pours the “good stuff” into tins and then “broth” into a different set. Then when she’s ready to grab some for lunch, she grabs a cube of each and is ready to go. That way she doesn’t have to try to evenly portion out each cup with broth and “good stuff.”
I like that this avoids using too many of those plastic tupperware or glad bowls, too. These can be frozen, then popped out of the tin and stored in a ziplock bag without tying up all your dishes.
What do you do when you’re both hungry and cold? Nuggie to the rescue!
If you’ve been with me for a while, you know that one of my biggest site boosts (on QJ) came back when the Snuggie was introduced to our precious world….and it didn’t have a website. You know that I got a ton of traffic and lots of customer support questions after I wrote a quick post talking about how cult-like and stupid it was…..and it’s where Google pointed everyone. You know how ridiculous that is.
And if you haven’t been with me for a while, well, now you know. :P
The Snuggie, no matter how silly or randomly iconic it is for our generation, will always have a very strange soft spot in my heart.
Which means a food-related picture of the Nuggie makes me giggle a little more than the average person would.
Er, well, I probably giggle more anyway, right? So it makes me giggle even MORE than expected, because awww, snuggies….