Is Valentine’s Day For Kids? Make Them Feel Special!

Valentine's Heart Dessert

What Does Valentine's Day Mean To You?

I remember in my younger days, Valentine's Day wasn't always all that happy.

Sometimes was, sometimes wasn't...
There was worry that it wouldn't live up to expectations.

If it did, guilt about all the extra cost and expense, I mean more than another day!

You know - when the cost of flowers is multiplied by 10, huge cards are everywhere, it 's all so commercial!

Strawberries

Strawberries

What About Valentine's Day For Your Kids?

I reckon that Valentine's Day should be about love. That's i​t!
Not just romantic love!

What about how you love your kids?
What about how they love you?
Maybe friends, siblings, extended family?
When is all that love celebrated?

So obviously Valentine's Strawberry Red Velvet Pancakes are the answer!!!
Here's the story, and how to make this yummy creation...

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Kids Valentines Dessert

Kids Valentines Dessert

What I Did​ To Show My Kids I Love Them

The thing is, of course I love them every da​y!
Of course, they love me every day!
But I just want them to feel Valentine's Day is for them too.

It's a day to especially notice those they love, and appreciate them.
So I decided to make them a special Valentine's Dessert.
Kids should know it's not always what you buy, but what you do - shouldn't they? 

​Red Velvet Strawberry Heart Pancakes

Y​es - it's a mouthful to say, never mind eat.
It turned out to be bigger than I had imagined - so....
It's not a dessert!
It's Valentine's Day Dinner in our house!
And of course the kids loved that - who wouldn't love dessert for dinner?

But of course being time challenged - it had to be easy to pull together at the last minute.
So here's what I did...

Kids Valentine Dessert

Kids Valentine Dessert

How I Made Valentines Strawberry Red Velvet Pancakes...

I got a tub of strawberry ice cream, which was very pale, so softened it, and deepened the pink color with a touch of red gel color. Then I put it in the freezer to thicken up again.
Also ahead o​f time, I used a box of red velvet cake mix to make a thick pancake batter, and made the pancakes. 
And I sliced strawberries - have you noticed the natural heart shape before?
And here's the ingredients, and method...

Heart Treats

Heart Treats

​Ingredients

Tub of strawberry ice cream
Gel food color if required
Strawberries
Strawberry strap candy
Heart shaped candy
Mint leaves
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk

(This is just what I used - as you can see, it's easy to make this suit you - personalize!)

Red Velvet Pancakes

Red Velvet Pancakes

Method

Ahead of ​time -

If required soften ice cream, and d​eepen pink color with gel color

Mix 2 eggs with the red velvet cake mix, add 1 1/2 cups milk, and stir to make thick pancake consistency

Cook pancakes on lower heat than usual, as they are thicker, and you want to retain the red color in the pan

Slice strawberries vertically

Pick mint leaves from the stalks

Heart Mould

Heart Mould

Make Ice Cream​ Heart -

Use a heart shaped cookie cutter the size you choose

Line the edges of the cookie cutter with the strawberry straps

Fill the inside with strawberry ice cream, and press right into edges

Place in freezer until serving time, when dessert will all be built together

Kids Valentines Dessert

Kids Valentines Dessert

At Serving Time - 

Reheat pancakes in microwave

Place frozen ice cream heart on top

Fill the top of ice cream heart with sliced strawberries

Place the top strawberries so the natural heart shape is visible

Sprinkle the candy hearts around the pancakes

Place mint leaves on top of the strawberries

Shake chocolate dust, or cinnamon around plate

Serve with maple syrup if desired

Valentine's Heart Dessert

Valentine's Heart Dessert

Wat​ch Your Kids Faces!!!


I saw delight when they first saw what dinner was.
Then recognition that it was for Valentine's Day.
Next they looked at me with such happy faces...

And Love!  That's Why!

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