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Caramel Crunch Popcorn

This Caramel Crunch Popcorn is a family favourite!  It’s rich, creamy and so full of delicious caramel flavour!

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And so it begins…it’s crunch time.  Baking, eating, baking, eating…tight pants.  But who can resist all the scrumptiousness this time of year?  Not I.  It’s all about cookies, chocolate, cake and delicious appetizers.  This time of year is the best.  All the food.

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

One of our most favourite, and most asked for treats this time of year is Caramel Crunch Popcorn.  There’s never been a Christmas yet where this recipe hasn’t been on the treat plate.

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

This Caramel Crunch Corn is my Mom‘s recipe, and I believe she got it from my Grandma.  I love so much that this is a family recipe passed down…it will always remind me of them.  And now I hope that this recipe will remind my own kids of me…considering that they ask for it every year, I think that is a possibility.  Love.

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

I like to make a couple batches of this popcorn over the holiday season because it doesn’t last long!  Usually the first batch lasts about 1 day.  Ack.  And I usually make one batch with nuts and one without.  I’m in the no nut camp as far as popcorn goes, but my Dad and my husband love nuts in theirs so I make a batch just for them.

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

This Caramel Crunch Corn makes a great gift too.  Just wrap it up in some cellophane and tie it with some pretty ribbon!  Delicious and pretty!

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Caramel Crunch Popcorn


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney

Description

This Caramel Crunch Popcorn is a family favourite!  It’s rich, creamy and so full of delicious caramel flavour!


Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup pecans & almonds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pop your popcorn. Then measure out about 8 cups and spread it out onto a large cookie sheet.
  2. If you wish to add nuts to your popcorn, you might want to toast them in a 350 degree oven for 2-5 minutes, watching them very carefully. Toasting them brings out their amazing flavour!  When the nuts are toasted, sprinkle them over the popped popcorn. Set aside.
  3. Now on to the caramel!  In a saucepan melt the butter, then add the sugar and corn syrup.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  5. Continue to boil, stirring occasionally until the mixture turns caramel coloured.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  7. Then pour the caramel over the popcorn and nuts. Using a fork, gently mix, and separate into clusters.
  8. Store in a tightly closed container.

Tips!

  • I like my Caramel Crunch Popcorn soft and chewy.  From my experience, I have found the more the caramel coloured the mixture is, the harder the popcorn crunch is…so I cook my caramel mixture just a little less in time than I think I should, so it comes out soft.
  • Make sure you use a really good salted butter for this recipe!
  • This makes a great hostess or neighbour gift too.  Just put some in a pretty tin or wrap some up in wax paper or cellophane and tie with some festive ribbon.

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

Have a very Merry day!

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Caramel Crunch Popcorn

Caramel Crunch Popcorn

And so it begins.  Baking, eating, baking, eating…tight pants.
But who can resist all the scrumptiousness this time of year?  Not I.
First up in our house,

 

 

Yeeuuuum!
This is a recipe from my mom, who I believe got if from my grandma.
It’s a family favourite, and I make a couple of batches over the holiday season.
Usually the first batch lasts about 1 day.  Ack.
It’s a great gift idea too!  Just wrap it up in some cellophane and tie it with some pretty ribbon!

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 8 cups popped popcorn
  • 1 cup pecans & almonds

Instructions

  1. Pop your popcorn. Then measure out about 8 cups and spread it out onto a large cookie sheet.
  2. If you wish to add nuts to your popcorn, you might want to toast them in a 350 degree oven for 2-5 minutes, watching them very carefully. Toasting them brings out amazing flavour! When the nuts are toasted, sprinkle them over the popped popcorn. Set aside.
  3. Now on to the caramel! In a saucepan melt the butter, then add the sugar and corn syrup.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  5. Continue to boil, stirring occasionally until the mixture turns caramel coloured.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  7. Then pour the caramel over the popcorn and nuts. Using a fork, gently mix, and separate into clusters.
  8. Store in a tightly closed container.

Notes

Things to Note: [br]- I like my Caramel Crunch Popcorn soft and chewy. From my experience, I have found the more the caramel coloured the mixture is, the harder the popcorn crunch is… [br]- Make sure you use really good salted butter!

 


Popcorn Marshmallow Cake

 Popcorn Marshmallow Cake
Ooh la la!
I originally saw this idea over at cookies and cups, then added it to my ‘Ideas’ folder for a rainy day.
Well it wasn’t a rainy day, but it was Valentines Day, and home movie night with the kids.
So whip it up I did!
Delish!

Popcorn Candy Cake  (this is my adapted version)
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Popcorn Marshmallow Cake


Ingredients

  • cups Approximately 8 of popped popcorn
  • 2 cups of assorted treats (you can use ju-jubes (jellybeans, smarties))
  • 1 – 450 g bag of large marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup margarine

Instructions

  1. Prepare a bundt pan, but lightly buttering the sides. Set aside.
  2. Pop the popcorn, then mix in the assorted treats. Set aside.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, first melt the butter, then add the marshmallows.
  4. Stir until the marshmallows are all melted (do not let boil).
  5. Once the mixture is melted, pour it over the popcorn/candy mix, and mix well.
  6. Turn out into the greased Bundt pan. Press down firmly.
  7. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, before turning out onto a plate.
  8. Enjoy!

 

Get your fingers sticky and Enjoy!!

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Easy Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

This Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy is an easy no-bake treat that’s perfect for the holiday season.  Great as a homemade gift!

These Gumdrop Nougat Candies taste like nostalgia and Christmas’ past.  And I love them.  They’re sweet, soft, chewy and so delicious.  And very easy to make.  Create a batch and share them with friends, give them as gifts, and make sure to have them on your holiday treat plate!

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Who knew that marshmallows + white chocolate chips = a chewy and delicious nougat?!  And with festive red and green gumdrops, this is a perfect Christmas treat.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

I love that this treat is no bake, and that it can come together in just minutes.  All you need to do is melt together a little butter, mini marshmallows and white chocolate chips, then stir in chopped gumdrops.  Then spread it out into a parchment paper lined pan.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy Recipe Tip

The mixture is pretty sticky, so a little trick I use is to lightly grease a small square of parchment paper then use that to spread and pat the mixture down.  Put it in the fridge for a few hours (overnight is best) to set…it needs to be completely cooled to cut it.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

When it comes time to cut them up into squares, make sure you use a large sharp knife because they’re sticky!

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

As you cut into the nougat you’ll see how pretty these candies are!  The red and green gumdrops look like stained glass in the nougat.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Aren’t they so pretty?

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

No one is going to be able to resist these candies when you put them out…trust me.  I had to put away over half of our batch or we were going to eat them all in one sitting!  But don’t worry, I have a recipe tip for you.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy Recipe Tip

This batch will make about 60 bite sized nougat candies, so if you’re not serving them right away, you might consider freezing this treat!  Layer the cut pieces of nougat between pieces of parchment paper and place in an air tight container, and put them into the freezer.  When you’re ready to serve, let them sit for about 1 hour or more after freezing, to bring them to room temperature.

Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy

A delicious holiday treat you need to make!

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Easy Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: Minimum 3 hours, including refrigeration time
  • Yield: 60 candies

Description

This Christmas Gumdrop Nougat Candy is an easy no-bake treat that’s perfect for the holiday season.  Great as a homemade gift!


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 bags white chocolate chips (2 of the 225 gram bags)
  • 2 bags of mini marshmallows (2 of the 250 gram bags)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped red and green gumdrops (see notes below for where to buy them)

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8×8 square baking dish by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. Cut the gumdrops in half.  Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter, white chocolate chips and marshmallows together over indirect heat.  To do this I create a double boiler by putting a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water (making sure that the bowl and pan fit together snug).  This ensures that the mixture doesn’t burn.
  4. Continuously stir the mixture until it is smooth and melted together, making sure not to cook the mixture…the goal is to just melt, not cook.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Let cool for about 2 minutes.
  7. Stir in the gumdrops.  Mix well.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  9. The mixture will be very sticky, so I use a lightly greased piece of parchment paper to help spread and pat the mixture down into the pan.
  10. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting, overnight is best.
  11. Cut into 60 bite sized pieces.
  12. To store the candies, use parchment paper between layers so the candies don’t stick together.
  13. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe tip:  You can freeze these treats!  Use parchment paper between layers and freeze in an airtight container.

Tips and Tricks for Making Nougat Candy:

RECIPE UPDATE!  I have received a lot of questions about melting the butter, white chocolate chips and marshmallows together.  I prefer to use the double boiler method because it’s a lot more difficult to burn the mixture with the indirect heat.  A lot of people found this method hard because the mixture is very sticky and takes some time to melt down.  I realize that, but I still feel like it’s the better method.  You just have to be patient and keep stirring.  Here are some tips:

  • Put the butter and the chips in the bowl first and get them melting.
  • Then add in 1/3 of the marshmallows and get them melting.
  • Then the next 1/3 and stir them in, get them melting down.
  • Add the remaining marshmallows, stir them in and keep mixing until the mixture is smooth and there are no remaining marshmallows.
  • The whole process only takes about 10 minutes or less.

Where to buy gumdrops for nougat candy:

I’ve had a lot of questions about where to buy the gumdrops for this candy, so I thought I’d share what I know here:

  • The candy I used are called Baking Gums.  They’re small and don’t have any sugar on the outside of them.
  • The ones I used were these Baking Gums from Bulk Barn.  They’re in the baking aisle, and they come in a mix of yellow, orange, red and green.  I just sorted out the red and green ones once I got home.
  • I have also seen them at Save On Foods under the brand Nutty Club.

More Delicious No-Bake Christmas Treats:

Check out my Valentine’s Day Nougat too!  I’m sharing even more tips in this post!

Valentine's Day Nougat

Happy Holidays!

Holiday House Cleaning Tips!

Take away the stress of getting ready for the holiday season with these practical Holiday House Cleaning Tips!  A sparkling home awaits you and your guests!

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This post is sponsored by The Home Depot Canada.  I have been compensated for my time, but all words, opinions and images are mine.

The holiday season is fast approaching and that means we’ll be opening our doors to many family and friends over the next few weeks!  So I wanted to share some tips to get your home clean and ready for the holidays. Everything from tasks you can complete weeks in advance, to tips for getting ready just before guests arrive.  Let’s get ready for the most festive and fun time of year!

Holiday House Cleaning Tips

Holiday House Cleaning Tips

Before you get cleaning:

Before you dive right into making your home sparkle, here are some simple ideas to consider before you get started!

  • Make a List!  Before you get started, make a list of everything you want cleaned and organized.  This is such a busy time of year, so take some of the stress off of yourself and get your to-do list out of your brain and onto a piece of paper.  Then look at it again and remove some things that maybe just aren’t necessary.  Do you really need to organize your closets and office this time of year?…Maybe save that for January!
  • Stock up on your favourite cleaners.  Before the holidays are upon us, stock up on cleaning supplies.  I make sure I’m stocked up with cleaning sprays, dishwasher detergent, garbage bags, cleaning wipes, detergent and floor cleaner.  So I’m ready for anything!
  • Tackle one room at a time.  You don’t need to do everything at once.  Maybe start with your kitchen one day and finish everything you want cleaned in there first.  Then tackle the living room another day.  I find this helps with not getting me overwhelmed with everything I have to do.
  • Prioritize. This goes back to tackling one room at a time.  Right before I’m expecting guests, I will focus on the rooms that I know my guests will be using the most, like cleaning the kitchen, the guest bathroom and tidying the entry way and the living room first.
  • Get the kids involved.  Our kids can help!  Give them age appropriate cleaning tasks.  Every little bit helps.
  • Don’t stress.  Things do not need to be perfect.  Only do what you can do.  Your family and friends will understand…and if they don’t, then assign them a cleaning task 😉

Holiday House Cleaning Tips

Holiday House Cleaning Tips!

Kitchen Cleaning Tips:

The kitchen is where all the deliciousness of holiday season is created, so make sure to get it sparkling clean (and inevitably it’s also the space where every party ends up!)  Here are some tips to make your kitchen ready for the holidays.

  • Stock up on dishwasher detergent.  Nothing worse than running out of detergent during the busiest time of year for your kitchen!
  • Stock up on supplies like garbage and compost bags.  You don’t want to run out of these during the holidays!
  • Wash your table linens, napkins, dishtowels and wash cloths.  I like to do this a couple of weeks ahead of time to make sure I have enough of everything, and then they’re ready when you need them.
  • Wipe down your countertops, cupboards and appliances.  When these surfaces are clean, it makes everything feel so clean.
  • Clean your oven and microwave.  These appliances get a workout this time of year, so make sure they’re nice and clean for all the cooking and baking you’re going to do!
  • Guest Ready Cleaning Tip!  Right before guest arrive make a stovetop potpourri to get your home smelling cozy!

Holiday House Cleaning Tips!

Bathroom Cleaning Tips:

I think clean bathrooms are most important!  Every guest, friend and family member will be using your bathroom so make sure it’s sparkling clean.

  • Clean your toilets from top to bottom.  Don’t forget all the little nook and crannies at the base of the bowl.
  • Clean your faucet and sink.  I like to use an all purpose cleaner like Fantastik to get my sink sparkling.
  • Make sure the hand soap is full.  Adding a holiday scented soap is a nice touch as well.
  • Hang clean towels.  Dirty hand towels just won’t do.  Provide at least 2 towels and wash them after each gathering.
  • Stock up on supplies.  Fill a basket with extra toilet paper…don’t leave your guest stranded 😉
  • Empty the garbage can.  A full garbage doesn’t feel very clean!
  • Check your drains!  With 2 people with long hair in our household, our drains get clogged.  So I check the sink and shower drains before guests come to stay…no one wants to stand in a tub of water that won’t drain!  I also like to have extra Drano on hand in case of clog emergencies.
  • Make sure your bathroom smells nice!  Consider adding a reed diffuser to this space so it smells extra good!

Holiday House Cleaning Tips!

Living Room Cleaning Tips:

  • Wash pillows and throws.  If possible, toss pillow coverings and throw blankets in the washer to get them clean and smell fresh…no one wants to snuggle up in a blanket that smells like tacos or your dog.  I like to use Tide Original because it smells SO good.
  • Don’t forget to dust.  Wipe down coffee tables, end tables, shelves, the mantel…anywhere you can imagine dust has settled.
  • Clean out the couch.  Remove all the cushions from the couch and vacuum away all the popcorn and mystery items that gather under the cushions.
  • Check your lighting.  Check your lamps and ceiling lights to see if they are all working.  I am always surprised by how many light bulbs I end up needing to replace. 
  • Clear the clutter!  Before you decorate for the holidays put away those books, boxes and miscellaneous items that will just feel like clutter mixed up with all the seasonal decor.
  • Vacuum the floors.  A quick vacuum makes a house look and feel clean.  Make sure to vacuum up pet hair!
  • Guest Ready Cleaning Tip!   Have enough throw blankets cleaned and available for each of your overnight guests.

Entryway Cleaning Tips:

As friends and family arrive for holiday celebrations, our entryway will be one of the most passed through spaces during the holiday season.  Here are some tips to get this space quickly cleaned up:

  • Sweep or shovel your front porch.  Having a clean entrance is a nice way to welcome your guests.
  • Clean the windows and mirrors.  Entryways are well used areas so make sure they sparkle!
  • Toss your door mat (if possible) into the washer.  I always keep washable mats at my doorways.  They are the most used flooring so I like to make sure I can toss them in the washing machine on a  regular basis.
  • Put away the clutter.  Clutter and junk has no place at the entryway.
  • Add extra hangers to your front closet for guest coats.  I always forget to do this and don’t realize how important it is to have enough hangers for my guests until it’s too late!
  • Make space available for boots and shoes.  To avoid cluttering up your entryway, consider making room in the front closet for boots and shoes, or add a few plastic mats so guests know where to put their footwear.

My Biggest Holiday Cleaning Tip!

My biggest tip, is don’t stress.  The holidays are supposed to be fun for you too.  The best thing we can do for ourselves this time of year is to plan and prepare ahead of time.  Get the supplies you need in advance.  Then enlist help.  It’s ok to want a clean home for the holidays, so assign tasks to everyone in your family…things will get completed more quickly and with less stress on you!

Where to Buy The Cleaning Products in this Post:

Happy holidays!

Tips to Clean Your Living Room

Simple Tips to Clean Your Living Room and get it sparkling clean!

For most of us, our living rooms are hard working, and are regularly used!  They are the spaces where we gather as a family to watch movies, play games and hang out.  They’re where we entertain our friends and guests.  Next to the kitchen, the living room is the heart of a home.

And in our home, because it is an open concept home, our living room is literally at the heart of all of our home activity, so I like to keep this space pretty clean and tidy.  But sometimes a little deeper cleaning is required.

I’m sharing a cleaning guide and some simple tips to organize and deep clean your living room.  This type of cleaning is not something you need to be doing every day!  In fact, some of the tasks only need to be done once or twice a year.  And these are all things that can be done over the course of an afternoon, or even over a couple of days if you just want to take your time.  Let’s get started!

Tips to Clean Your Living Room

Tip #1: Clean the couch

Our couch is very well loved.  And everyone is welcome on it, including the dog haha!  This means that I need to be able to clean it often.  When we bought this couch, the biggest requirement was that I needed to be able to wash the cushions.  With 3 kids and a dog, things need to be able to be cleaned.  So every once in a while I like to take the cushions off and wash the covers.  They come out smelling fresh and back to their original shape.  The couch looks brand new again!

  • Remove all the cushions from the couch, and vacuum away all the popcorn and mystery items that gather under the cushions.
  • Then if you can (if the covers are machine washable), take off the cushion covers, and wash them in the washer with cold water.  Check your drying instructions.  Make sure to check the washing instructions on your couch cushions.

Tips to Clean Your Living Room

Tip #2: Wash throw pillows and blankets

This is a good time to wash pillows and throw blankets too.  They look brighter and smell fresh!

  • If your couch throw pillow covers are machine washable, wash them in the washing machine.  I wash mine in cold water, and tumble dry on low heat, but check the instructions on your own items. 
  • I also take the pillow inserts outdoors to bang them together to get the dust out.

Tip #3: Check your lighting

  • Check to see if all of your light bulbs are working!  I am always surprised by how many light bulbs I end up needing to replace. 
  • This is a good time to clean ceiling light covers too.  Get rid of the dust and dead bugs!  A wash in soapy water will get the covers clean and bright again.
  • Pull out your vacuum and upholstery attachment, and vacuum all of your lamp shades.  It’s amazing how much dust they collect!

Tip #4: Don’t forget to dust

  • Get in all the nooks and crannies and wipe out that dust!  I have big bookshelves in our living space, so every few months I wipe them all out from top to bottom.
  • Dust baseboards, shelves, coffee tables, the mantel…anywhere you can imagine dust has settled.

Tip #5: Organize!

While you’re dusting, this is a good time to organize as well.

  • Recycle old papers and magazines.
  • Put away any decorations that are out of season.

Tips to Clean Your Living Room

Tip #6: Washing windows, blinds and curtains

Washing windows, blinds and curtains is my least favourite of all the jobs…it’s tedious and takes a bit of time, but the end result is really worth it.  And you don’t need to do this often.  Honestly, I’m lucky if I do this once a year.

Curtains

  • If your curtains are machine washable, wash them!  I put 2 panels in our washer at a time, and wash them in cold water.  
  • Then I dried them in the dryer for 30 minutes on medium heat, just until they were almost dry.  I find it easier to iron them when they are slightly damp.
  • Because they are cotton/linen curtains, I ironed on high heat, with a lot of steam.
  • Again, check the care instructions on your curtains and drapes.

Windows and Blinds

  • Wipe down your blinds with a cloth and warm water and soap.
  • Wipe all your window sills with warm water and soap.
  • Clean your windows with a window cleaner.

Tip #7: Clean your walls too!

Wipe down your walls.  I use warm water and soap to wipe down my walls.  It’s a simple way to clean away dust, grime and greasy little fingerprints (how do walls get so dirty anyway?!)  

Tip #8: Wipe down baseboards

While you are down on the floor madly cleaning your walls, give your baseboards a good wipe too!

Tip #9: Clean your Floors

Give this living space a good vacuum then wash the floors.

Fresh, Bright and Clean

All done!  It’s a big job, but I find tackling one room at a time, even over a couple of days, the job is manageable.  And the sparkling, clean end results are definitely worth the work!

More Tips to Stay Organized in your Home:

Have an inspired day!

Valentine’s Day Heart Shaped Pizzas + 25 Valentine’s Day Ideas!

These Heart Shaped Pizzas with Heart Shaped Pepperoni are perfect for Valentine’s Day!  And with this recipe, you can make the dough with your bread machine!  Easy and delicious.

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Valentine’s Day is coming soon!  Do you celebrate?  Decorate? Or make yummy treats?  If you’re looking for some ideas for love day, I’m hoping today’s blog post will get you into the Valentine’s Day frame of mind!  I’ve joined together with 24 talented Canadian bloggers to bring you a total of 25 amazing Valentine’s Day projects, with everything from recipes, table settings, drinks, wreaths, crafts, decorating ideas…you name it, it’s here!  You will find images and links to all the amazing projects created just for you, at the bottom of this post.  I love bloggers.

For my contribution to this collaboration I created these Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day.  I love to make themed pizzas for different holidays…I made this ghost pizza for Halloween, and now these heart pizzas for love day.  Come see how I made them!

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

Pizza is always a favourite around here, especially homemade pizza!  You just can’t beat the taste of a homemade crust…this crust recipe is crunchy, yet light, and so flavourful.  But one of the best things about it, is that you can make it in the bread machine.  SO easy.

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

To make these pizzas festive and special just for Valentine’s Day, not only did I shape the dough into hearts, but I also cut the pepperoni into heart shapes using a small cookie cutter.  Aren’t they deliciously adorable?!  Has pepperoni ever looked more cute?

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

After stretching the homemade pizza dough into hearts, I spread on some pizza sauce.  You can use either homemade or pre-made pizza sauce, I use pre-made sauce because it’s easy.   Eventually I hope to create an easy homemade sauce recipe, but for now, pre-made works great!

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

After I cut out the heart shaped pepperonis, there were quite a few leftover pieces.  I didn’t want to waste this pepperoni so I added them under the cheese so you couldn’t see it, but makes these pizzas extra pepperoni-y!  SO good.

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

Sprinkle on some cheese.  Ok, A LOT of cheese.  #allthecheese

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

And now to decorate!  These heart shaped pepperonis are the cutest.

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

Bake and wait as your cheesy pepperoni pizza bakes and bubbles away in your oven.  It’s worth the wait.

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

Ready to eat…yummmmmmmm

Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

Even after baking the pizzas the heart shaped pepperonis hold their shape really nicely.  Such a fun and a great way to enjoy a family Valentine’s Day dinner!

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Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day


  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Yield: 6

Description

These Heart Shaped Pizzas are perfect for Valentine’s Day.  With this recipe, you can make the dough with your bread machine!


Ingredients

Pizza Dough Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp bread machine yeast

Pizza Toppings:

  • 3 cups grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup pizza sauce (more if needed)
  • pepperoni, cut into heart shapes (see instructions below)

Instructions

Making the Pizza Dough:

  1. Add all of the ingredients to your bread machine.
  2. Select the Dough/Pasta cycle (it’s usually about a 1 hr and 30 minute cycle).
  3. Once the dough cycle has completed, remove the dough to a surface lightly dusted with flour, and cover with a clean tea towel. Let rise for 15 minutes.
  4. Roll out and shape the dough into one large heart shape, or 3 medium hearts, then transfer to a prepared baking sheet. (I prepare a baking sheet with a light layer of olive oil, or some corn meal.)

Assembling the Pizzas:

  1. To make the pepperoni hearts, use a small heart shaped cookie cutter and cut out the hearts.  Set aside.
  2. Spread the pizza sauce onto the heart shaped dough bases..
  3. Add the pepperoni extras from cutting out the heart shapes (not the hearts, but the edges so you don’t waste any pepperoni).  See picture.
  4. Sprinkle on the grated cheese.
  5. Add the pepperoni hearts.
  6. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.

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Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Pizzas

25 Sweet Valentine’s Day Ideas

Now it’s time to see more fantastic Valentine’s Day ideas!  I hope you get a chance to visit the all of the talented bloggers listed below, as they share their projects over the course of the next week!  There are some ah-mazing projects.  You can also follow along on Instagram with the #CBValentinesDay hashtag!

25 Valentine's Day Ideas

Monday

Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine’s Day by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Blood Orange Limoncello Cocktail for Valentine’s Day by Tara of Suburble
Ombre Cake Makeover from a Grocery Store Cake by Colleen of Lemon Thistle
Valentine’s Popcorn by Janella of Ma Belle Vie
“Warm Heart” Hand Warmers by Sarah of Flourish & Knot

Tuesday

Valentine’s Day Embroidery Projects by Heather of Home to Heather
Valentine’s Candy Inspired Table Setting by Andrea of Personally Andrea
Valentine Heart Strawberry Pop Tarts by Jen of Kitchen Counter Chronicles
Valentine’s Day Date Night In Gift Basket Idea by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Valentine’s Day Chocolate Chunk Skillet Cookies by Shauna of Satori Design for Living

Wednesday

Felt Valentine’s Day Cards by Alex of Northstory
Lovey Dovey Vegan Chocolate Bark by Joann of Woman in Real Life
Valentine’s Day Wall Hanging by Thalita of The Learner Observer
DIY Valentine String Art by Tash of The Dreamhouse Project
Fluffy Valentine Sugar Cookies by Kendra of Joy In Our Home

Thursday

Easy DIY Valentine’s Wreath by Laurie of VinYet ETC
Raspberry Pie Mousse Cups by Daniela of Lifeovereasy
Valentine’s Day Breakfast by Dannyelle of Life is a Party
Valentine’s Mantel by Jen of Rambling Renovators
Boyfriend Bouquet | Floating Heart Terrarium by Cynthia of Cynthia Zamaria

Friday

Embroidery Hoop Valentine Art by Christine of The DIY Dreamer
“You & Me” Wood Sign by Lindi of Love Create Celebrate
Chocolate and Coconut Coated Heart Mini-Cakes by Jane and Sonja of Sustain My Craft Habit
DIY String Heart Wall Hanging by Melissa of The Sweet Escape
Heart Shaped Marshmallows for Valentine’s Day by Christine of Amidst the Chaos

Have a delicious day!

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Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine's Day