You draw a heart with a ‘v’ and an ‘m’, don’t you, mummy? – JD, 4
Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? We do. Yes, I get that it’s a commercial concept, thought up to separate the gullible from the contents on their wallets, but I like it. It’s something to look forward to and an excuse to do something romantic.
The thing is, JD’s four now, and if we celebrate something without him, he notices.
Until recently, we could go out in the evening and JD would be unmoved, more concerned with the fact that he’d be seeing his grandma, whom he adores. But as he’s hit four – and I suppose because Little Miss J has arrived – he doesn’t like to be left out.
We hope to make it out for a couple of hours this Valentine’s Day and since we’ve got that to look forward to, I wanted to find a way to make it fun for JD too.
So, I sat down with him and explained what the day is about. Then we looked at the imagery, discussed the colours (mostly reds), the flowers (mostly roses), the shapes (mostly hearts – he taught me a clever way to draw them). It was fun and vaguely educational.
Next, we made treats – any excuse, right?
Valentine’s white chocolate and strawberry icing heart
We bought a heart-shaped silicone cake tray and some heart-shaped cookie cutters at the supermarket the other day, so we made up a really simple and quite pretty recipe (pics below):
- Roll out some red icing to about 5mm thick – get Renshaw Sugardough if you can as it’s strawberry flavoured
- Cut six hearts with the smallest cutter and set aside
- Melt 225g of white cooking chocolate
- Pour the white chocolate into the mould and spread evenly with the back of a spoon
- Take two squares of milk chocolate and finely grate over the top
- After about 30 seconds, when the chocolate is just starting to thicken, careful place the icing hearts on top and press gently so that they sink in level but don’t disappear
- Put the whole thing in the fridge to set for 15 minutes before turning out and storing somewhere airtight
Gifts on the day
On the day, we’ve got a little gift for him. Clintons are running a range of Valentine’s gifts on special offer and they sent us a Boofle Gift Set for review. It’s on sale for £15 and contains a soft toy, mini hot-water bottle, heart shaped mug and some milk chocolates – rose petals not included!
Mark and I snaffled the quite tasty chocolates and I’m enjoying heart-shaped cups of tea, but the Boofle toy and hot water bottle are so cute that while they’re really intended to give to your other half, we think they’ll work great as little gifts to make JD feel part of the fun.
No, I’m not saying everyone should involve their kids in Valentine’s Day if they don’t want to, but for us it’s making it even more special. Roll on 14th February!
Disclosure: A Boofle Gift Set was provided to us by Clintons free-of-charge for review. No payment was received and this post is 100% honest. Please see my review/disclosure policy for more information.