For all you lucky ladies out there who will be getting roses today from your sweetheart, I found a great way to enjoy your flowers a little longer...Woman's Day Magazine (Febrary 12, 2008) has a recipe for DIY Poutourri that is easy and is sure to smell divine! Just dry your Valentine's roses, and add the petals to the mix below.
Dry rose petals
1/4 cup whole cloves
1 cup whole allspice
10 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks, broken in pieces
8 whole bay leaves
4 whole nutmeg
3 Tbsp. star anise
2 Tbsp. whole cardamom pods
If you know my husband, you can attest that he is pretty non-demanding. So when he requested a specific cake for Valentine's Day, I was floored. And excited to comply.
German Chocolate Cheesecake (from Jeni Harmon)
1 package German chocolate cake mix
(Bake according to directions and pour cake mix into greased 9" by 13" pan.)
2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
(Blend ingredients until smooth. Pour over raw cake mix. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour, or until done.)
Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 slightly beaten egg yolks
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tsp. vanilla
Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 10 minutes. Stir often...bottom will burn if the heat is too high. Add 1 cup coconut and 1 cup chopped pecans. Cook until thick enough to spread. Frost cooled cake.
Jennwa at Ramblings sent along a little blog love this past week and I wanted to pass it along to Kawaii Crafter at Zakka Life. She made the CUTEST Kimono Dum-Dum Valentines. Thanks for the cute, and thrify, inspiration!