Valentine's Day - A Homemade Mailbox, Cookies & Cake, And a Bouquet of Cheese

The Attempted Homemade Mailbox I always try to be a little bit more creative when it comes to Valentine's Day. Maybe it's because as kids, we were always making fun crafts in the classroom like cards, paintings or mailboxes for when your classmates dropped off their cards to you. I always loved that! There's something exciting and so sentimental about receiving a Valentine in your little homemade mailbox, especially these days with technology taken over! I so badly wanted to try and attempt a Valentine's homemade mailbox this year for Brian, but it seemed complicated to make. I looked up tutorials for it and even found some template mailboxes you could order and paint. Had I known earlier - I might have done that but I didn't wanna risk it. Instead, I decided to improvise.

All I did was find a spare cardboard box (with a lid) we had in storage, and I covered it with some holiday-themed tissue paper, topped with a huge bow glued on top. As usual, everything was courtesy of good ol' Dollarama!

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For the mailbox flag, I cut a spare piece of cardboard, painted it a pretty lavender colour (we were out of red!) and hot glue-guned it, securing it with a piece of tape to the side.

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I also decided to put a little "postage poem" on the back. Again, just done with painted cardboard and a black Sharpie for that cheesy poem we used to sing in school as kids.

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We had some spare faux rose petals so I covered the bottom of the box in the red ones.

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The inside included some small gifts and a few of his favourite goodies. We usually try to keep it low-key but still fun and sweet for Valentine's Day.

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I secured the finished homemade card on top and there you have it!

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Since Valentine's Day is about spreading love to all, I also bought a few chocolates and cinnamon hearts for my parents and sister.

I did a quick little card for them:

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And added it to the table of goodies!

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Homemade Heart-Shaped Muffins Cookies & Cake

Brian isn't the biggest dessert guy - he doesn't really like cake or pastries or cannolis (I don't really get it either). But I do know he likes chocolate and peanut butter together (which is why I always make sure to throw in a bag of Reese's Pieces to his treats). He also likes homemade cookies so I decided to search up a recipe where I could somehow make peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies. I found a simple one that got great reviews here.

My plan was to make cookies for Brian and chocolate cake covered in pink icing for his family.

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Once I bought all the ingredients, I set to work! (Note: the Chinese food seen here was not part of the recipe. It just happened to be Chinese food night in our house that evening!)

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We baked them for 15 minutes -- only to discover I had made peanut butter and chocolate chip muffins due to the heart mould tray I had bought.

LOL, oops...

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But hey - my mom discovered if you cut them in half, not only did they better resemble cookies, but there was now double of it all!

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Not too bad, huh? ;)

Next, was the cake. I got Betty Crocker's super moist chocolate cake mix.

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All you did was add some milk, eggs and flour to the mix, bake it for just over half an hour and you got yourself a lovely, chocolate cake ready to eat!

But first, it needed some Valentine-themed icing. For that, I just bought some white vanilla icing and red food colouring.

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I mixed it together in a bowl where the icing eventually turned a beautiful shade of pink. I spread it on the heart-shaped cake and added a toothpick in the center with a little red heart taped on top.

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Voilà!

I still had some leftover icing so I used that to spread over some of the cookies too.

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And there you go! :)

Monkey Card & The Cheese Bouquet 

We had a nice, relaxing evening in sharing some wine and catching up on some TV shows. Brian gave me his usual goofy - but super sweet card -- and a bouquet of cheese!!

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Gotta say, I was a happy girl :)

What were your plans for Valentine's Day? Did you go out for a nice dinner or stay in and lay low like we did? ~ This post has been added to the Arts & Doodle tab.