February 13, 2019

Brown Sugar Heart Meatloaf and Heart Shaped Valentine's Dinner

Every year for Valentine's Day I create a heart shaped meal for my little sweethearts to enjoy.
We have made pizza, quiche, fondue, and this year we made heart shaped Brown Sugar Meatloaf .
I have multiple size heart dishes so I used my heart baking dish to make a 2-3 serving meatloaf and then made two individual meatloaves in my heart ramekins. The girls loved it!
To add to our festive meal, I shaped our mashed potatoes using a cookie cutter and served finger foods and dip as an appetizer in cute little heart shapes.
 Simple yet so fun for the little ones {and grownups too}! 
There are so many foods that can be cut {by hand or using a cookie cutter or mold} into hearts.
 I like carrots, cucumbers, baby tomatoes, cheese, pepperoni, and strawberries.

Ingredients: 

Makes 4-6 servings
  • 1lb ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 yellow onion, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded {optional}
For the brown sugar glaze: 
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl add ketchup and brown sugar. Stir well and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl add ground pork, egg, breadcrumbs, seasoning, grated onion, and garlic.
  4. Mix together by hand.
  5. Spread a few spoonfuls of brown sugar glaze on the bottom of your baking dish.
  6. Add half of your meatloaf mixture.
  7. Add your shredded cheese to the middle then top with the remaining meatloaf, pressing to cover the cheese. 
  8. Spread on the remaining glaze.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through and no longer pink. 
  10. Gently remove from dish, slice, and serve with mashed potatoes and veggies.
I have tried many different meats in my meatloaf
 but I always come back to my favorite- ground pork!
In a large bowl add ground pork, egg, breadcrumbs, seasoning, grated onion,
and garlic. Mix together by hand.
In a small bowl add ketchup and brown sugar. Stir well and set aside.
Spread a few spoonfuls of brown sugar glaze on the bottom of your baking dish.
Add half of your meatloaf mixture.
Add your shredded cheese to the middle then top with the remaining meatloaf,
pressing to cover the cheese.
You can also use heart shaped ramekins for individual meatloaves, ideal for the kiddos.
This recipe made about 4-6 servings depending on how much your kids eat!
Spread on the remaining glaze.
Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees until cooked through and no longer pink. 
Gently remove from dish, slice, and serve.
I shaped mashed potatoes too and served them with the meatloaf. 
Dinner's ready and it's almost too cute to eat!
I love making food fun and showing my love through food.
Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays and my foodie family and I always have a great time cooking and eating our festive meals together!
"Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate" . -Alan Wolfedlt
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February 12, 2019

Sweetheart Chocolate Soda Float

Easy after dinner treats are a favorite of my chocolate loving kiddos and this festive drink is a fast and tasty dessert to mix up with them.
I picked up a fun chocolate strawberry bottled soda at our local country store and knew right away I want to make a float for Valentine's week for my girls. 
Check out the recipe below and let me know what holiday drinks you like to create for your kids! 
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February 8, 2019

50+ Red Velvet Favorites For Your Sweetheart

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and one of my favorite treats to make for my sweethearts , both big and small, is Red Velvet. From drinks to cookies to breakfast and cake they love it all. Check out these decadent and festive Red Velvet Favorites For Your Sweetheart below featuring over 50 recipes!
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February 7, 2019

Red Velvet Brownie Pops

Happy Valentine's Week!

My little sweeties and I created a few fun treats to celebrate and these Red Velvet Brownie Pops turned out so cute we had to take them to our Valentine's photo shoot last weekend. Easy to make and decorate with your kiddos, these pops are ideal for wrapping up and giving as gifts or serving at parties. 
Showing my love with heart shaped treats for my little sweeties.
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February 4, 2019

Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Oreo Cookies

I am excited to be participating in the Good Cookies Food Bloggers' Valentine's Event again this year! Today I am sharing a delicious cookie recipe made with all my favorite dessert ingredients: cream cheese, red velvet, and Oreo cookies! Red Velvet and Cream Cheese Oreo Cookies are an easy five ingredient treat to make this Valentine's Day! Check out the round up of Valentine's recipes below in the Good Cookie Food Bloggers Valentine's Event benefiting the Cookies for Kids' Cancer!
This is the third year for our Valentine’s event! We want to make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer! Did you know that cancer is the #1 cause of death of children by disease in the U.S.? There are 40,000 U.S. children actively battling cancer right now. With less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget going to all childhood cancer combined, I knew it was important for me to get involved. Help us make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids' Cancer! Our goal is to raise at least $3000. Because these three companies: Dixie CrystalsMediavine and OXO have each pledged to match our donations raised through this campaign up to $3000! 

Thanks to many of you, we have reached our goal. You can still donate and help us make an even bigger difference! Donate here.

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