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Forget the Flowers? 3 Easy Treats to Save Valentines Day



Tick-tock, Valentines Day is just around the corner.
If you're like me, odds are you put off picking up flowers till the last minute and either
a) are forced to pay triple the amount you will next week for the same dozen roses

or b) by the time you get to the store, you get the bottom of the barrel flowers that aren't even worth buying.

If this is the case for you, or even if just going down that aisle filled with neon pink signs makes you a little queasy, never fear, guest contributor, Patty Prepper shows a few last minute recipes that will keep you out of the seasonal aisle as well as the dog house.

Not sure what to do for Valentine's Day? Stop worrying – you can impress your sweetheart and have her talking you up to her friends with a few insider's tricks. In the next 15 minutes, you're going to get the foolproof guide to three fancy Valentine's Day treats you can make in less than an hour for less than $20 each.

Champagne Jello

champagn jello

Can you boil water and pop a cork? Great, because that's all the skill you need to surprise your Valentine with a novelty dessert she can brag about to her friends.

At the grocery store, pick up:

  • One bottle of cheap champagne (the $10 and under stuff works great)
  • 2 small boxes of unflavored gelatin
  • A bag of frozen mixed berries
  • Sugar

At home:

  • Measure out a cup of water and start it boiling on the stove
  • Uncork the champagne and measure out 2 ½ cups

While you're waiting for the water to boil, stir 2 spoonfuls of sugar into the champagne. This sweetens up your dessert as champagne jello on its own isn't real sweet.

  • When the water boils, turn off the heat
  • Add in the gelatin, stirring until it's totally dissolved
  • Add the champagne

For a container, your options are a traditional jello mold, a clear glass bowl, regular glasses, or champagne flutes if you have them. Once you've picked, put a layer of the frozen berries at the bottom, top it up with the liquid mix, and chill it for four hours. The end result is a dessert that's different, looks great, and seems fancy. Bonus? There's champagne left in that bottle for you, too.

Strawberry Fudge

Strawberry Fudge

Here's another simple surprise – this fudge only has two ingredients, and unless both arms are broken, you're not going to mess this one up.

At the grocery store, pick up:

  • A can of strawberry frosting
  • A  12 oz bag of white chocolate chips
  • Optional:  Red sprinkles or Valentine's Day M&M's

At home:

  • Melt the white chocolate chips
  • In a bowl, mix the frosting and the melted chips

Spread the mix out in a greased cake pan or a small casserole dish lined with wax paper so it doesn't stick. Try to keep an even thickness. If you want to be fancy, shape patterns in the top, add red sprinkles, or toss on some Valentine's Day M&M's. Pop it in the fridge to speed up the setting process, and then cut to serve.

Heart-shaped Cupcakes

Marble hearts

These have a secret trick that makes them simple – and if you want to keep her guessing, you won't tell her what it is! Just let her be impressed.

At the grocery store, pick up:

  • Cupcake mix (it's in the cake aisle)
  • Frosting for the cupcakes
  • Paper cupcake liner cups
  • Muffin tin if you don't own one
  • Glass Marbles (in the kid's toys section usually, but sometimes with the fish stuff in the pet aisle)
  • Optional:  Sprinkles or conversation hearts

At home:

  • Follow the directions on your cupcake mix to whip up the batter
  • In your muffin tin, place one glass marble in each cup
  • Put the paper liners in, making sure they're indenting around the marble like the top of a heart
  • Pour your batter in (don't overfill) and bake
  • Let the cupcakes cool, then remove the paper
  • Frost strategically, emphasizing the heart shape

Decorate with sprinkles and hearts if you want, or just arrange the cupcakes on a plate for your sweetheart and let her wonder how you did it!

Marble hearts

Have other great tips, or a special surprise you've pulled in the past? Share your story in the comments below.

Check out these related articles from our friend at DIYReady to get more tips:

10 Last-Minute DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

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