Celebrating Love!

We had such a fun Valentines Day this year!  Wonderful relaxing morning complete with Starbucks and some Church (through our computer)! Then a really fun family brunch at my parents house.  We made our own breakfast burritos and then played some couples “love trivia”!  It was really fun to see what each couple knew about each other and fun to learn some things about my bro’s, sis’s and parents!  Not to brag… well, totally to brag- Kurt and I ruled that game!  For a couple of competitive people I think winning the game boosted our V-Day joy;-)

Ava and I decorated some cookies for a fun project and they ended up being a yummy addition to our Valentines Brunch at Papa and Jojo’s!

I found a box of Arrowhead Mills Valentine chocolate cut-out cookies similar the the above… It was perfect for a fun, under an hour project to do with Ava!  It only called for 2 additional ingredients, the dough was ready immediately to roll out and cut out, they only cooked for 8 minutes- cooled quickly and then we just decorated them with some frosting and sprinkles.  It was so easy, they turned out really cute and ended up tasting kind of like chocolate donuts!

Ava has taken to calling Kurt, Froggie… Don’t even ask us where she got this, we are just as boggled as you!  So Kurt got her this balloon!

Kurt and I decided that we wanted to start a special tradition in our home to have a special V-Day Dinner with our kid(s)!  It’s such a fun day to simply celebrate love with cards and good food that we prepare together!  Ava even helped set the table 🙂  It was a great night!

Anyone interested in the EASIEST dessert ever?

Nutella Mousse

1 C. whipping cream, very cold
1/2 C. Nutella (or other chocolate-hazelnut spread)
Whipped cream, to garnish
Fresh raspberries, to garnish (optional)


1. Stir Nutella into the whipping cream.

4. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat mixture until soft peaks form. Scrape bowl occasionally with rubber spatula as you mix.

5. The mousse will be very soft here– don’t worry. It sets up as it chills.

6. Divide among 4 serving dishes. Chill at least four hours, or overnight.

7. Just before serving, garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls or fresh raspberries, if desired.


5 Comments on “Celebrating Love!”

  1. Sarah says:

    LOVED this post! Jer’s uncle has a similar recipe for mousse but it uses Hershey’s Extra Dark Syrup. Yum! One question though, where’s Ava’s rib-eye?! 🙂

  2. Crystal says:

    Love that recipe, I will use it, Thanks! Looks like you guys had an amzing V-day!

  3. jessica prochnow says:

    This looks so good! I will definitely try that! You know I looovvveee your tuna recipe too. BTW, I tried your sausage rice recipe from a few posts back, and it was a hit tonight! Emrys was like, “what do you call this?” He liked it.
    Love you,

  4. jessica prochnow says:

    Ok I made this last night and it was soooo good! I pretended like I really was a domestic goddess. Emrys was like, “you made dinner AND homemade dessert??!! Ah yeahhh…it’s not that hard when you have Dani’s blog! 🙂 My mom and I are so thankful for your recipes! She is using this dessert tonight when they have their neighbors over.

    • Dani says:

      Hahahaha! That’s awesome Jess! It’s encouraging to know that someone is benefiting from these recipes and randomness… Thanks for the support:-) Love you!

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