Take a break from all of the sweets and treats of Valentine’s Day by surprising your little valentine with a cheery lunch that will surely bring a smile to their face. Enjoy!

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Heart Tea Sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces of sliced bread
  • Green onion & chive cream cheese
  • Cucumber
  • Other Supplies:
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter

Directions

Use the cookie cutter to cut sliced bread into heart shapes; set aside. Using a vegetable peeler or a mandoline slicer, create thin strips of cucumber. Spread a light layer of cream cheese onto one slice of bread. Top with cucumber slices and the remaining slice of bread.

Variations

Peanut butter & jelly, ham & cheese, chicken salad, or your valentine’s favorite type of sandwich.

Raspberry Cream Soda

Ingredients

  • 1 C chilled club soda
  • 6 T raspberry syrup
  • 2 T half-&-half
  • For Garnish
  • Whipped cream
  • Maraschino cherries

Directions

Pour raspberry syrup into bottom of glass. Top with chilled club soda and stir gently to combine.

Top with half-&-half, and garnish with whipped cream and a cherry.

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Cherries & Cream Gelatin Hearts

Yield: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 6oz. box cherry gelatin (sugar-free also works)
  • 1/2 C fat-free evaporated milk
  • 3/4 C + 2 T boiling water
  • 3/8 C ice cold water
  • Other Supplies
  • Heart-shaped silicone mold

Directions

In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil. Empty gelatin into a mixing bowl; pour boiling water over gelatin and stir for approximately 2 minutes, until gelatin is fully dissolved.

Add ice cold water to the gelatin mixture and stir until combined. Allow to cool slightly, at room temperature, and add fat-free evaporated milk. Mix until combined.

Pour into a silicone heart mold lightly sprayed with cooking spray and chill until fully set. If you don’t have a silicone mold, you can pour the gelatin into a baking dish and cut with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.

For an extra-special treat, top with whipped cream and maraschino cherries!

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Brighten up your valentine’s plate with these edible flowers! Just peel a tangerine, and gently separate one end, leaving other side attached. Stick a maraschino cherry in the middle and serve with apple slices for ‘leaves’.