My little cutie Casanova just started running up to me and kissing me on the lips. He must have caught the Valentine’s Day vibe, because he can’t get enough of planting them on me with his exaggerated “mmmmmwahhh!” sound effect. He follows up with a tight hug and says, “aaaahhhh” with a contented sigh. Of course my heart melts into a puddle of pride every time.
I’ve never known love like this before.
Alex is the sweetest little boy (except that teeny tiny spicy part of him that woke me up at 4:30 a.m. this morning). Come to think of it, he’s mostly sugar out of necessity…so I quickly forget about the mini meltdowns, hunger strikes, American bad a$$ attacks on unsuspecting children at Kidville, and early wake-up calls…but he’s still sugar. Sticky sweet sugar to me. I will not eat an entire box as many chocolates this Valentine’s Day because of him (score one point for my diet).
My son’s sweetness inspired me to make him some special treats for Valentine’s Day. My oven-baked blueberries and heart-shaped “Jello” are healthy options for toddlers that earned me even more smooches from my sweetheart. I also got some love from my hubby because I made him Oatmeal Lace Cookies (gotta take care of of both of my men–Marriage and Mommyhood 101).
It’s a swap spit sugar fest up in here. Just start baking before we make you sick (all of the dishes are below).
Oatmeal Lace Cookies
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sticks melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla (Mommy Dish note: you can also add or substitute one teaspoon of almond extract)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
Put the oats, flour, sugar and salt into large bowl and mix well. Pour very hot melted butter over mixture & stir until the sugar has melted. Add eggs and vanilla. Stir well.
Cover cookie sheets with ungreased aluminum foil. Drop 1/2 level teaspoons of the mixture on foil 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10-12 minutes.
When cookies are completely cooled, foil will peel off (though they can be a little tricky…they’re delicate cookies so take your time).
1 cup of organic blueberries (Mommy Dish note: you can substitute organic strawberries if you prefer)
1 teaspoon of organic honey
Heat oven to 225 degrees. Toss blueberries with honey in a bowl. Bake berries on a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 2 hours. Let cool and give them to your little one. He will love them!
1 orange, peeled thoroughly (Mommy Dish note: I remove all of the white skin as well)
1 package of strawberry “Jello” (Mommy Dish note: I use the natural form of “Jello” that contains no animal bones–gelatin!–or artificial colors)
Cut up the orange into bite-sized pieces. Prepare “Jello” according to the package directions, and mix the orange in before it sets. Pour into a heart-shaped mold and refrigerate so it sets.