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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

valentines-day-dessert-kabob-materials

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.

valentines-day-dessert-kabob-sketch
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 ~

THANKSGIVING CHALKBOARD MENU

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

I don’t know about you but I love Thanksgiving, possibly one of my favorite holidays! The smell of turkey roasting, pies baking and family gathering to watch the parade and football on TV. It’s a time to gather, appreciate one another and be grateful for all we have. I’m still wishing for a chilly, fall Thanksgiving in Phoenix though.

I was honored to collaborate with World Market and an amazing group of friends on how to create a beautiful World Market Thanksgiving table for your family & friends this season. I find it helpful to first choose a color scheme, traditional or unexpected, think of it as putting together an outfit to dress your table. My friends at Salt and Pepper Moms have fabulous tips when it comes to fashion. And thanks to Just Destiny Mag, the plum, mustard, teal and cream looked amazing with accents of wood, gold and silver sprinkled around the table.

Farmhouse Chalkboard World Market

Now for the best part, food & dessert! Baked by Joanna made some delicious treats & recipes. One thing I love to do is share the menu with my guests when the arrive. I often make the traditional Thanksgiving menu but usually add a few new recipes to the mix. So I found this adorable Farmhouse Chalkboard at World Market to create this simple menu.

THANKSGIVING CHALKBOARD MENU

MATERIALS
World Market Farmhouse Chalkboard
Thanksgiving menu
white chalk
eraser

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Know what food & desserts you’ll be serving for Thanksgiving.
2. Create a more authentic looking chalkboard by pre-dusting the surface. Rub a good amount of chalk onto the eraser and erase your board (this seems silly but it creates a more modeled surface which I love and you can hide mistakes more easily).
3. Now, just have fun writing your menu on the board. I added the phrase “be grateful” to the top of my menu since the holiday is all about being grateful.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Once your menu is finished, prop it on your buffet or hang it on the wall. I just love this DIY lamp by Dream Book Design, so simple and makes such a statement. And as a little bonus, send your guests home with fabulous party favors from A Night Owl Blog.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Location: Dream Book Design
Chalkboard and DIY Expert: LURLY
Photo Stylist and Photographer: Just Destiny Mag
Style and Fashion Expert: Salt and Pepper Moms
Food Stylist and Recipes: Baked by Joanna
DIY Expert: Dream Book Design
Craft Expert: A Night Owl Blog