Thankful Thursday Valentine Style

I know Valentine’s Day isn’t until next week, and it happens to fall on a Thursday, but… we won’t be here!  We will be up in the mountains relaxing, tubing, and hopefully teaching the big girls how to ski!  (Can’t tell you how excited I am — haven’t skiied in 14 years!)  So, it only seemed appropriate that today we did a Valentine-themed Thankful Thursday!

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I first made my favorite new recipe, which I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about, yet.  Not only are they deeeelicious, but incredibly easy to make, and even somewhat “healthy.”  I’ll share the recipe below.  I think this is the 4th week in a row I’ve made them! (Can we say “addicted?”)

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I put Natalie in charge of the centerpiece.  She did a lovely job!

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And, as if we don’t already have enough Valentine-themed decorations around here, I couldn’t resist buying these fat paper straws from Target.  Aren’t they fun?

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For the tea –er– hot chocolate –er– drink, I melted red candy melts along with a bit of hot chocolate mix.  Result?  Kids loved it — Daniel and I found it disgustingly sweet. 

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Sierra doesn’t like these yummy bars.  (She obviously doesn’t have my genes!)  So, she got a pink marshmallow, instead!

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Yummy “healthy” bars

1 cup peanut butter

2/3 cup honey

1/2 cup coconut oil

2 cups oats

1 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup sliced almonds

3/4 cup rice crispies

1/2 cup dried cranberries

Mix the peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil on low heat until melted.  dump in te rest of the ingredients and stir.  Pour onto a 9 x 11 or 8 x 8 inch pan ad put in the refrigerator to cool.  They need to be eaten right out of the fridge or else they’ll melt.  I’ve done both pan sizes — the smaller is, of course, thicker, but both are awesome.  The original recipe is from HERE.  Enjoy!!!

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