dessert

VALENTINE’S DAY DESSERT KABOBS

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I wanted to share this little Valentine’s Day craft I posted on my friend Joanna’s site over at bakedbyjoanna.com. It’s so simple and can pretty much be made the night before to serve your valentine breakfast in bed or as dessert after your special dinner out.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Joanna used this cute little heart shaped cookie cutter to create a perfect strawberry heart. If you aren’t a fan of strawberries, use bananas or pair fruit with cut pieces of pound cake drizzled with chocolate or a side of nutella. Brownie bites would be amazing too, the options are endless!

Here’s how to get started

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MATERIALS
Wood skewers
Valentine’s Day Dessert Kabob printable
Printer & paper
Red, pink, white felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun & glue

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Print out the Valentine’s Day Dessert Kabob printable.
2. Cut out both heart shapes and tip of arrow with scissors.
3. Using your cutouts as a template, cut out 2 large hearts, 1 small heart and 2 arrow tips from the colored felt of choice.
Do this for each skewer. I like to create an assembly line by first cutting shapes and then gluing everything; it helps me feel more productive.

4. While your glue gun is warming up, cut skewers in half
(approx. 7″ long depending on your skewer length, but you can eyeball it; no need to be exact).

5. Once skewers and felt shapes are cut, you’re ready to start gluing.

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6. Apply a little glue to 1 arrow. Place the end of skewer on top, and lay other arrow directly over it, kind of like making a sandwich.
7. For the hearts, first glue the small heart onto 1 of the large hearts.
8. Do almost the same thing you did for the arrows but glue around the edges only except for the bottom tips of the large heart.
This will create a pocket to insert the skewer, so you can remove it and place the strawberries and cake for guests.

9. Repeat for all skewers.
10. Once your guests are ready to enjoy, simply slide off the heart and enjoy!

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Serve with a cold glass of milk and enjoy!

~ Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours ~

DIY SHARPIE DESSERT PLATE

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I’m absolutely in love with this DIY Sharpie Dessert Plate I collaborated on with Joanna Meyers of Baked by Joanna. It’s inexpensive and you may already have the materials in your kitchen cupboard to get started. 

I love to sketch and have always been drawn to the illustrations in children’s books. I wanted to design the plate to look just as adorable with the dessert as it would be without. The circular shape of the Oatmeal Cream Pie inspired me to use a hot air ballon to frame the dessert. The design wouldn’t have been complete without a whimsical little bird floating in a tea cup below. Find out how to get started on your own dessert plate.

DIY SHARPIE DESSERT PLATE

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

MATERIALS
white ceramic plate (I chose a circular salad plate)
new Sharpie (so the tip is pointed)
pencil
oven
cookie sheet

INSTRUCTIONS
1. choose a simple, white, inexpensive ceramic plate.
2. remove all stickers.
3. wash with soap and water; let dry (this will help Sharpie adhere to plate).
4. using a pencil, lightly sketch a design onto the plate (I like to sketch my idea on paper first).
5. once your design is penciled on, use your Sharpie to trace over it (make sure not to touch the lines as you work, smears are no good).
6. keep a damp paper towel nearby in case you make a mistake or want to change the design a little as you work (you can wipe away the pencil marks too).
7. now that all the lines are traced, take one last look at the design in case you need to add anything.
8. place the plate on a cookie sheet in a cool oven.
9. turn the oven on to 425 degrees F, and set the timer to 30 minutes.
10. after 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let the plate cool completely before removing.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

To clean your beautiful dessert plate and not to damage your hard work, I would recommend hand washing the plate with mild soap and a soft cloth to help preserve your design. Have fun creating an entire dessert plate set for yourself or friends. And enjoy many other treats on it as well!