Ahhh..... Valentine's Day. I'm such a sucker for love. I'm all about sappy love movies and happy endings. I just can't help myself. Money-sucking-made-up-holiday? Nah, I'm pro-Valentine's Day all the way!
We've never been big, fancy gift givers anyway, so Valentine's Day isn't much different. But, a simple card with a sweet message or teddy bear with a balloon attached and I'm putty in your hands. It doesn't take much to impress me- just a simple gesture.
When I had my bakery open Valentines' Day was insane! The money just rolled in and people spent mega bucks on sweet treats for their kid's, friends, and loved ones. It was actually a little insane. But who am I to complain? It was one- just about- the only times we did pretty well in the bakery business.
The treats that we made were all so very simple: cupcakes with cute toppers, chocolate covered strawberries, (chocolate covered EVERYTHING really...Oreos, cookies, candies...anything that wasn't tied down.) And cake pops were a pretty big deal.
Now that my bakery is closed I can let out the secret: These things are so easy to make! And extremely inexpensive (as long as you're making them at home. The overhead is a pain.) So, skip the bakery, stay home and make the sweet treats yourself. Plus, I guarantee they will be so much more appreciated and so will your wallet!
My favorite vanilla cake recipe:
Peace, Love, and sweet treats!
Hello, my name is Amy and I am an addict. Well, a food addict that is. My entire life (and I am not exaggerating) I have been a whole-hearted-lover-of-food. It doesn't even really have to be food that is spectacular. If there's food, I'm there.
When it comes to one of those meals that speaks to each and every one of your taste buds; the kind that makes you stop, close your eyes, lay your head back and just allow the moment to sit and simmer on your pallet- those are the meals I live for.
I will skimp, save, and do without many, many things to live a frugal lifestyle. However, when it comes to food all that goes by the wayside. There is no skimping when it comes to something delicious. Then, I realize I can't afford a five star restaurant- nor do we have access to such a place in this rural area.
As a kid I would see these beautiful dishes prepared on sitcoms, cooking channels, and magazines. My brain would salivate and lust towards these dishes. Of course, I wouldn't have a clue how to prepare them. Back in those days I was a latch key kid and spent hours alone, while my parents were at work. I knew how to absolutely destroy a kitchen and turn it upside down. In my mind, I was cooking. It was such a beautiful thing and didn't even realize it. With such a young mind, I didn't realize that I was articulating my tastebuds, experimenting with combinations of tastes and textures, and molding my skills to prepare for the cook I am today.
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Shoestring Amy is a free-spirited momma. With a family of five comes an active lifestyle full of energy. Amy strives for a lifetime of fun, laughter, and memories. Rather than smothering in debt, working for "things," and walking the same ol' line of misery created by a dead end job, she creates much larger goals. CONTINUE READING....
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