Make the Cutest Valentine’s Day Treats With These Video Tutorials

Smell that? Can it be the smell of love in the air? Nope, it’s something even better: freshly baked cookies.

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re still looking for some last minute gift ideas for your friends or that special someone, we have just the thing. Even if you’re not enthusiastic about Valentine’s Day itself, we’re going to go ahead and bet that you’re enthusiastic about adorable food. We certainly are.

This is where Eugenie comes in. Eugenie, the creator of the popular blog Eugenie Kitchen, is a talented food blogger and vlogger who is known for her creative dishes. With over 2,000 followers on Twitter, nearly 25k followers on Instagram, over 100k likes on Facebook and nearly 300k subscribers on YouTube, you can bet we came to the right person for Valentine’s Day food ideas.

Sure enough, Eugenie has a number of easy-to-follow tutorials for Valentine’s Day treats that are so adorable, how can we not make them?

Check out our favorites below:

 


 

Heart Pancakes
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We can’t get over how cute this pancake is! It certainly looks complicated, but the step-by-step tutorial makes it easy enough for anyone to follow along. For these heart pancakes, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (250g)
1 tablespoon baking powder (7g)
1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g)
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (10ml)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted (55g)
1 cup whole milk (240ml)
Food color – red

Note: Eugenie also uses squeeze bottles to perfect her pancake’s design. Here’s the video tutorial below.

 


 

Valentine’s Day Brunch
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Next, Eugenie shows us how to turn simple breakfast food, like toast and eggs, into cute Valentine’s Day treats. In this case, toast gets turned into a love letter and eggs are shaped into fried egg hearts. For this, you will simply need:

1 egg
Cooking oil
Sandwich bread
Strawberries

Note: These dishes also require a metal, heart-shaped cookie cutter. Check out it out below.

 


 

Rainbow Heart Cake
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If you’re looking to try something a little more intricate, how about this 22-layer rainbow heart cake? You’ll be sure to impress the ones you love with this sweet dessert! It may look a little complicated, but this crepe cakes gets easier once you get the hang of it. The ingredients are:

3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar (45g)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil (15ml)
1/2 stick unsalted butter melted (55g)
1 1/2 cups milk (380ml)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (185g)
Whipped Cream Filling: (or use your favorite crepe cake filling.)
2 cups whipping cream (480ml)
3 tablespoons sugar (45g)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (5ml)
Food colors of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet

Note: This cake requires the use of templates. Luckily, Eugenie has provided them here on her blog. Check out the video tutorial below.

 


 

Rainbow Heart Cookies
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Not in the mood for cake? Well you can’t go wrong with cookies. These rainbow cookies are sure to impress any Valentine. The best part? They’re not hard to make! The ingredients needed are:

¾ cup unsalted butter (170g) at room temperature
1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar (155g)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
2 ½ cups cake flour (310g)
Food colors (Wilton or AmeriColor)
Sprinkles
Egg wash: 1 egg white & 1 teaspoon water

Note: Just like the Valentine’s Day brunch, these cookies will require a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Check it out below.

 

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#MuslimVDay: Valentine’s Day Cards That Combat Islamophobia

 

The racist tweets that followed American Sniper gives us just a small taste of the Islamophobia and the anti-Muslim sentiment that is alive and well in America. According to Wikipedia, Islamophobia is “a term for prejudice against, hatred towards, or fear of the religion of Islam, Muslims, or of ethnic groups perceived to be Muslim.”

Well Los Angeles-based writer and activist Taz Ahmed was tired of it all and decided to use Valentine’s Day as an outlet for her frustration. The result? #MuslimVDay cards.

These “delightfully uncomfortable” Valentine’s Day cards aim to make you laugh and if you’re uncomfortable while laughing, then the cards have done their job. As Colorlines Magazine points out, these cards are Ahmed’s answer to Islamophobia and stereotypes faced by Muslim women.

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“I was tired of Muslims being put into a box — and tired of being in the box of a non-sexual Muslim woman,” Ahmed told Colorlines. “So this was my way of reappropriating Islamophobia.”

Ahmed recently released her fourth series of cards, which can be purchased on Etsy. Not sure if these cards are for you? Ahmed says they’re great for any Muslim who “finds it difficult to find that perfectly snarkily witty Valentine Day card that convey the exact emotions you feel of love in the time of a racialized, islamophobia-ridden America.”

 

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Intrigued? Check out some the cards from the previous years below:

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All photos courtesy of Tazzy Star Shop.

Even More Korean Couples With Matching Outfits on Valentine’s Day

Recently, we showed you a very popular trend among couples in Korea. In an effort to publicly show their relationship, many couples will go for the “couple look.” They will match with the same color, shirt, shoes, or even go to extreme lengths and match head-to-toe in identical his-and-hers versions of an entire outfit.

There are many reasons for this phenomenon. Some couples use this as a way of showing affection. Others use it as a clear sign that they are off the market. Some have even reasoned that it makes a big fashion statement because it is so easily noticed.

Whatever the reason may be, matching couple outfits are getting more and more popular everyday. WWD wandered the streets of Seoul on Valentine’s Day to catch a glimpse of the “couple look.”

Sure enough, the matching outfits popped up everywhere during the romantic holiday. One couple argued that they didn’t need Valentine’s Day to be cute with one another. “We dress the same every day,” said Shin Seung-Chul and fiancée, Bae Jung-a.

Check out more couples who decided to flaunt their love for Valentine’s Day:

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Beautiful A Cappella Version of “Valentine” by Kina Grannis

Although Kina Grannis is often known as a YouTube personality, she had recorded and self-released two albums prior to the debut of her YouTube channel. Of course, we have to give credit to YouTube– it not only catapulted her into fame, it helped her land a contract with Interscope Records.

The Japanese American  guitarist and singer-songwriter released the official music video to her song “Valentine”  in 2010. It won the hearts of many and has gathered over 16 million views on YouTube so far. Clearly, it has turned into a holiday favorite.

Now, Grannis is giving fans another treat just in time for the romantic holiday. Just a few days ago, she released a beautiful a cappella version of “Valentine.” The song is only a few days old and it already has over 100,000 views.

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Why create a new version of the beloved song?

“It’s Valentine’s week,” Grannis explains. “I always feel like I just need to go back and show a little love to Valentines because why not.”

Check out the a cappella version below. If you haven’t seen the original music video, be sure to check that out as well.

Happy Valentine’s Day Audrey readers!

 

Looking For Something To Do On Valentine’s Day? Try Beating The World’s Longest Kiss

I know some of you are tired of the usual Valentine’s day lineup. Dress up, have a fancy dinner and exchange a heart-shaped box of chocolate. Boring right?

Well if your Valentine is up for a challenge this year, why not have a playful holiday? While you’re at, why not try to beat the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss ever?

Of course, this will be no easy feat. The world’s longest kiss lasted a whomping 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds.

The record was set by Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat during an event organized by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in Thailand. The annual kissathon competition happens during, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day. This particular record was set on February 12-14 last year.


The event began with nine couples who were not allowed to sit, rest or sleep. In fact, when the contestants had to eat, drink, or use the restroom, they needed to get creative. The couples were not allowed to break away from the kiss for anything.

Ekkachai Tiranarat and Laksana Tiranarat received a $3,300 cash prize, two diamond rings and the Guinness World record for their kiss. Funny enough, they had set the record back in 2011. They may very well try to beat their record once more.

You and your date could try your hand at beating the record. If not, you just have an excuse to kiss for as long as you want.

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Everything You Need To Know About Valentine’s Day Traditions

With Valentine’s Day nearly a week away, we decided this post would make the perfect Throwback Thursday. Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about Valentine’s Day traditions:

Chocolates, hearts, roses, and love in the air. Yup, it definitely feels like Valentine’s Day. Although we’re accustomed to a number of Valentine’s Day traditions, we may not know where a lot of these traditions come from. In fact, many of us don’t even know the actual origin of Valentine’s Day itself. In honor of this holiday, we plan to explore everything from chocolate covered strawberries to cupid.


Giving Roses/Flowers To A Loved One

The custom of giving flowers to others dates back to the 18th century (introduced by Charles II of Sweden). During this time, floral bouquets were sent to pass on non-verbal messages. Each flower had a specific meaning or stood for a particular message and thus an entire conversation could occur purely through the flowers. Today, Valentine’s Day is the holiday which sends the largest amount of flowers. Roses are the most popular because it represents romantic love. Specifically, the red rose is showered in popularity due to its relationship with passionate love.


The Heart Symbol

The heart is said to be the source of all human emotions and the representation of love. It seems only fitting to use such a symbol for such an emotion-filled holiday. Because the shape of the heart is vastly different from the shape of an actual human heart, many suggestions have been thrown out as an explanation. Some have said that the shape was an attempt to portray an organ that they could not see. Others suggest that the shape is intended to represent various shapes of the female body.

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Cupid

Cupid originates from Roman mythology where he is the god of erotic love. Although classical Greek mythology  portrayed Cupid as a slender youth with wings, Cupid is now often seen as a young boy bearing a bow and arrows. Myths have suggested that being shot with Cupid’s arrow results in uncontrolled desire.


XOXO

Rather than spelling out the phrase hugs and kisses, people will often use the letters X and O. While the origin of O is unknown, we do have an idea for why X stands for kiss. In the middle ages (when reading and writing skills were scarce), documents were often signed with an X. The signer would then kiss the X in front of a witness to show earnest feelings. Similarly, in Christian history, people would kiss the X after signing an oath to prove sincerity.

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Chocolate

Although many people link the discovery of chocolate to Latin America nearly 2000 years ago, the Mayans and Aztecs seem to have delighted in the product even earlier. They would place cocoa beans in water to drink or even use cocoa beans as a form of money. People began realizing the correlation between chocolate and feelings of excitement, attraction, and pleasure- so much that nuns were forbidden to eat chocolate and French doctors used it to cure “broken hearts”. With such strong emotions gained from this treat, it seems to make perfect sense to put some chocolate in a heart shaped box for Valentines.


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

The origin of chocolate covered strawberries is often credited to Lorraine Lorusso who introduced them at a store called “Stop n Shop” during the 1960s. The act of dipping fruits in chocolate may have begun much earlier. When chocolate was first introduced in Latin America, the product was very bitter and people often ate it with fruit to balance the flavors.


The Holiday Itself

There are many legends concerning Saint Valentine. The most popular one describes Valentine as a Roman priest in the third century. Legend says that Emperor Claudius II believed that soldiers were better suited for battle if they didn’t have wives and families to think about. Because of this, he outlawed marriage for young men. Believing that this law was wrong, St. Valentine began performing weddings for young couples in secret. He was eventually discovered and imprisoned for his actions. During his imprisonment, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and sent her the very first valentine- a letter which he signed “From Your Valentine”. We’ve been using this phrase ever since.

Audrey Explores Valentine’s Day Traditions

Chocolates, hearts, roses, and love in the air- yup, it definitely feels like Valentine’s Day. Although we’re accustomed to a number of Valentine’s Day traditions, we may not know where a lot of these traditions come from. In fact, many of us don’t even know the actual origin of Valentine’s Day itself. In honor of this holiday, we plan to explore everything from chocolate covered strawberries to cupid.

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Girl About Town Conquers Valentine’s Day

Each holiday comes with it’s own quirks and quarrels. Thanksgiving you eat turkey, but the stress of hanging out with your crazy relatives might just make you throw it all up. Christmas is presents presents presents, but your sister might hate you forever because you skimped on her gift this year because you were broke. New Year’s is fun, but what if you’d rather stay home alone and chill instead of partying it up? And of course, there’s Valentine’s Day..

Not only is there the built-in stress that comes with each holiday, but there is the added pressure to make this day extra romantic and special.. for no particular reason really. It’s what we learned in kindergarten, it’s what we do as adults, and Hallmark, CVS, See’s Candy, Godiva, and Papyrus are all very happy to support our endeavors to make every February 14th special and romantic. Continue reading