Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

Instead of buying candy hearts from the store this year, make your own yummy version! Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts are best way to capture the spirit of Valentine’s Day and it’s much more fun creating your own.

Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts


  • ¾ teaspoon powdered gelatin
  • ¼ cup clear soda (we used Sprite)
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • Food coloring
  • Peppermint extract



How to Make Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts

1. Start by combining the soda and powdered gelatin in a mixing bowl. Stand by for approximately 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to dissolve into the soda.

2. Next, microwave on high for 30 seconds, this will melt the gelatin entirely so you won’t see any grainy pieces

Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts 23. With a hand mixer, add the powdered sugar slowly, ¼ cup at a time. Continue to add the powdered sugar until the dough is stiff. It will be a little sticky, but if it’s extremely sticky, don’t be afraid to add a bit more powdered sugar.

4. Next, dust powdered sugar on a clean surface and being rolling out the dough. Cut the dough into sections according to how many color you want to use.

5. Once you’ve sectioned out your dough, sprinkle it with your choice of food coloring and peppermint extract.Homemade Valentines Candy Hearts 36. Knead the dough until the flavors and colors are fully combined.

7. Roll out the dough so it is about ¼ inch thick, then cut out the shapes using mini heart cookie cutters.

8. After you have cut out the hearts, place them on a piece of parchment paper and allow them to dry 48 hours, flipping them over every so often.

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These candy hearts make delicious treats all on their own or as a festive garnish for your Valentine’s Day cupcakes!

Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Valentine’s Day Cupcakes

Post by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles
Valentine's Day CupcakesAny cupcake covered in sprinkles is the perfect snack to send out with your little one for Valentine’s Day! Sweet frosting covered with pink hearts is not only irresistible but immediately conveys your message of “I Love You” and your tummy is about to love me back!

 To create these super cute Valentine’s Day Cupcakes you need cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water, frosting, and red and pink sprinkles.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes - Ingredients Combine the cake mix, vegetable oil, water, and eggs together to create the batter.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes 2Place the cupcake liners in the tins and fill with about ¾ of the way with cake mix. Make sure to leave room at the top! Pop them in the oven and bake with the corresponding time on the cake mix box.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes 2After the cupcakes are done baking, allow them to cool completely before frosting. Frost the cupcakes as preferred, top with a fun assortment of sprinkles, and serve!

Valentine's Day Cupcakes 4Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment. As a style expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning” and features more tips and tricks on her website and her site for Mom, Glitter and Bubbles.

Gingerbread Cake Recipe & Toffee Sauce

Post by Jeran of Oleander & Palm Gingerbread Cake RecipeIt’s still the season for treats and entertaining at our home. This Gingerbread Cake recipe with Toffee Sauce is a favorite of ours and now baked and served in canning jars it’s an extra special treat.  It’s the perfect ready to serve dessert to have on hand.  We spent a couple days with my family in San Francisco before coming up to my parents house. I packed up a few of these jars and you better believe we enjoyed dessert in our hotel room after walking the streets of the city. I’m sure I’ll be taking these cakes on our next camping trip as well.  It’s packable dessert! Gingerbread Cake Recipe 2I baked the cake in wide mouth canning jars and immediately sealed the cakes with their lids. Because the cake and jars are so hot, the lids seal and help preserve the cakes for a little longer.  I kept mine for a week before serving them and they tasted fresh out of the oven.Gingerbread Cake Recipe 3Gingerbread Cake Recipe 4Gingerbread Cake Recipe

(I adapted this recipe from Company’s Coming Desserts Cookbook)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 tsp. each cinnamon, allspice,  and ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 tsp. baking soda

Gingerbread Directions

  1. Mix the first 10 ingredients with a electric mixer.
  2. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to the other ingredients.  Mix until well blended.
  3. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan or about 15 greased wide mouth canning jars
  4. Bake at 350F for 35-40 mins (about 10 mins less for the jars). Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Gingerbread Cake Recipe 5Toffee Sauce

(This is a recipe that we make often with Sticky Date Pudding)

  • 1 3/4 sticks butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla

Toffee Sauce Directions

  1.  Bring ingredients for the sauce to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. Simmer for 5 mins. ntil the sauce thickens.

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A former elementary school teacher, Jeran has added her unique voice to the modern maker culture through her blog Oleander and Palm. She loves helping people find attainable beauty in the lives they live. Her creativity and industriousness were honed through years of living in third world countries, that challenged her to find novel solutions for creating livable spaces. Now a mother of three, settled in sunny California, her skills and styles are evolving in exciting new ways. Her focus is Simple California Living, designing and making livable spaces that incorporate vintage finds, handmade/DIY pieces and global inspiration.

DIY Holiday Syrups

Post by Rae Ann of Rae Ann Kelly.com DIY Holiday Gift: Homemade SyrupsWith the holiday season in full swing, we’ve been indulging in everything warm and cozy. Snuggly blankets, homemade soup and flavored steamers to name a few. Below are recipes for three of our favorite syrups to get you feeling warm and festive! Simply add a tablespoon or two to warmed milk or coffee for a yummy treat. To make it extra special top with whip cream and sprinkles, cinnamon or shimmer sugar. As a fun bonus, I’ve included cute drink syrup labels so you can package them up and give to friends!

DIY Holiday Gift: Homemade Syrups 2Recipes & how-to’s are below.

White Chocolate Syrup – also delicious as a topping on ice cream and other desserts.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 12 oz. white chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract

Here’s How:

  1. Stirring occasionally, heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. When hot add white chocolate. Remove from heat and stir until chocolate has melted. Stir in vanilla.
  2. Allow syrup to cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Cinnamon Dolce Syrup 

You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Here’s How:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisking frequently, heat through until sugar has dissolved (about 5-10 minutes). Remove from heat.
  2. Allow syrup to cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several months. Stir before using!

Vanilla Syrup

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise and seeds scraped (optional, but delicious)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Here’s How:

  1. Combine sugar, water, vanilla seeds and pod in a small saucepan. Heat over medium, stirring frequently until sugar has dissolved. Let simmer, stirring occasionally for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Discard vanilla bean pod. Remove seeds using a strainer if desired.
  2. Allow syrup to cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several months. Stir before using!

Print out the drink syrup labels, cut & add to mason jars for an easy gift! Hope you indulge, enjoy and share!

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Rae Ann blogs at Rae Ann Kelly and is a kid wrangler, graphic designer, food & craft nut. Her blog features little tidbits about her day to day life & design projects, tutorials for DIY’s, free downloads, yummy recipes, lots of kid friendly ideas and outfit inspiration.