As a small thank you to some colleagues who helped me put on a Valentine's Day dance at one of my schools, I assembled a little gift. I discovered the idea on Pinterest and wanted to pass it on to you! Enjoy!
I made this candy bark over Christmas break. The nice thing about a recipe like this is its versatility! It works for every holiday or occasion. Just change out the M&M color scheme! These make perfect little gifts, too.
1. Lay out parchment paper.
2. Crumble some oreas and spread out evenly on the parchment paper.
3. Add M&Ms and pretzel sticks to your oreos.
4. Melt a pack of white chocolate and pour over the oreos, candy, and pretzels.
5. Allow it to solidify.
6. Break into pieces and eat!
Teenage girls love donuts. After tonight, I have to say that they like donuts better than cupcakes. Now I know and will do better in that regard. They even knew that the optimal time to heat a donut is precisely 8 seconds. I think it's weird they know such things, but it was endearing and made me love them more.
We celebrated Valentine's Day as a small group. On my way home from Maxie B's, I raced by Krispy Kreme and into Walmart to capitalize on the 50% off Valentine's Day sale. I was able to find enough to throw together a quick little spread. I also made punch, because punch is their thing. One of my sweet girls brought rice krispy treats. Shaped as hearts. With sprinkles. I adore her.
A couple of them even brought me my own special Valentine. Are y'all ready for this? They gave me a heart shaped bamboo plant. I needed one of those.
My instructions were to bring a Valentine to share with everyone. I made mine last night. I've been eyeing a couple of ideas on Pinterest for weeks, and it turned out perfectly! It was the perfect evening. I made chili, watched a movie, and crafted.
First, I printed off these tags. How appropriate and 21st century-ish to convert scripture into conversation hearts! If Jesus "hashtagged," this is what he'd say. Love it. The girls couldn't move past "Fax Me." I mean who faxes anything?! So, we changed it to "Text me." Subsequently, we were able to move on. Crisis averted.
Next, I assembled all my craft supplies and candy to make my Valentines.
Next, I cut out hearts from white paper, and using a white crayon, I wrote a verse on each one. I set up a watercolor painting table for the girls to brush over the heart in order to reveal a verse. Each girl took a turn, decoded their verse, and read the verse aloud.
I could not have asked for a sweeter group of Valentines. It is by grace alone that I have the honor and pleasure of serving these girls. God romances me through them. In knowing and serving them, I can't help but love Him more. It is also true of the alternative: In knowing and serving Him, I can't help but love them more. It's profound really; A love that is so seamless.
God knows my love language. It's snow.
The past three days have been so lovely. Snow blanketed Greensboro, and time slowed. The weather carved out space, allowing me to make my home beautiful and neat.
At 31 years old, I finally used a crock pot. It's official. I'm grown. I made a made a new dish: Tortellini soup. You can find the recipe here.
And for dessert, I made Valentine's Day brownies!
The best part of the whole snow event was making snow cream!! The last time I had snow cream was as a child. I remember my parents making it during a significant snowfall at the log cabin I grew up in. Lulu had some snow cream as well.
I caught up on the "Call the Midwife" series and watched "Austenland." Jane Austen would probably do a somersault in her grave, but I absolutely loved it. It was silly and cheesy; Too much so in my opinion, but I related in a weird way! For any of you who love Mr. Darcy, who tend to be a tad idealistic, and who are convinced you were born in the wrong decade, this movie is worth watching.
And of course I got in some reading!
I hope your snow days were filled with simple pleasures! Enjoy your weekend!!!