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Sending My Love Valentine Cookies

Woah, two posts in one week? That hardly ever happens.

Wait, two decorated cookie posts in one week? That has never before happened on this blog.

I had no intention of making Valentine cookies this year, but when I had some leftover dough from the penguin cookies, I decided to make a small batch.

The scalloped squares have always made me think of stamps, so I decided to make Valentine stamp cookies. I found a picture of this year’s Valentine stamps from the post office, and I simplified the design quite a bit to fit on a small cookie.

Here’s a little sequence of pictures showing the process a little.

After doing the pink heart in the center, I flooded the remaining area with red icing.

Lastly (after letting them dry overnight), I used a little food coloring mixed with a little water to paint wavy stripes over the cookies so they look like they’ve been post marked. I also used a food color marker to write on the bottom.

These aren’t my favorite cookies I’ve ever made, but I thought I’d share them anyway and send you all a little Valentine’s Day love!

Gift Tag Idea

Hey, I’m just putting up a super quick idea that I’m using for gifts this year. I know that there are some of you out there who have all of your gifts already wrapped, so you can just tuck this idea away for next year. I also know there are just as many of you that have not wrapped a single present, and who maybe even haven’t finished (or started!) buying them.

I like to make my gifts look lovely all wrapped up, but I’m also all about saving myself some time. Last year I told you I’d started using craft paper instead of Christmas wrapping paper, and I still love doing that, since it saves me money & headaches. Last year I bought some really cute gift tags for each gift. This year I didn’t have enough tags and I was not excited about having to make yet another trip to yet another store, so I decided to use stamps.

I just used the first initial of the recipient’s name, since we don’t really have any repeats in our family. You could do whole names or initials if you do. This way I’m not writing up lots of tags & tying them on, or making little flaps out of paper to stick on. I just have a few stamps and stamp them right on. I’ll still use tags for the presents from Little Man, since he loves to try to write his name, and that way they’ll be easier to tell who they’re from. But for the ones from Hubs & I, just initials. It makes my life easier and I think it’s super cute.

Try it!