Summer essentials for a backyard party

The 5 Things You Need for a Perfect Outdoor Summer Party

May is here and temperatures are hitting the 80’s and I got out all of my shorts and that means I’m in full-on summer mode, y’all! We’re planning some fun backyard…

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

May is here and temperatures are hitting the 80’s and I got out all of my shorts and that means I’m in full-on summer mode, y’all! We’re planning some fun backyard parties for this summer (hellooooo, BBQ and backyard movie nights!) and last weekend we tested out our fire pit for the first time this season. We had a few of neighbors over for the test run and put a simple little shindig together. It doesn’t take much, folks! In fact, I boiled it down to 5 things that you need to put together the perfect outdoor summer party, just in case you get overwhelmed and try to find an excuse not to party all summer long.

Drinks! And don’t see that and just read “booze!” Because this pregnant lady likes to sip a little something special too. We teamed with Duraflame to mix up some cocktails that are just as easily mocktails — and super refreshing to boot. To make this pretty little Cranberry Lemonade Spritzer, mix equal parts cranberry juice, lemonade, club soda, and vodka. Chill it and serve with lemon rounds! To make it a mocktail, just leave out the vodka and you’re good to go.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

A Backyard Campfire I don’t know what it is about a fire pit with a good fire blazing in it but it just makes an evening so cozy! I feel like people always get comfy and linger at the party longer when there’s a campfire. We lit up some of Duraflame’s roasting logs, which kind of stack up to feel like an actual campfire. Ahhhh so good. I was totally flashing back to all of the campfire songs we sang in 4-H camp when I was in elementary school. These babies are also perfect for cooking or roasting, in case you don’t have a BBQ. Which brings me to my next point.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Duh… S’mores You guys. Don’t have a fire pit without s’mores! And while you’re at it, make ’em special. We used maple marshmallows with shortbread graham crackers and oh. my. gosh. Ryan likes to dub himself the s’more master and takes charge of the marshmallow roasting. Which is probably a good thing because I’ve been known to lose my marshmallows into the fire on previous occasions. Hey, we can’t be great at everything.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Seating Ever been to a party where there just aren’t enough chairs and everyone’s sitting and you’re standing and you’re thinking, “Well, I could either sit on the ground, or… leave.” The worst! Nobody cares about fancy matching chairs — just get lots of seating around so people can be comfortable and enjoy that fire long into the evening.

A Few Simple Extras I always, always have a playlist going when we’ve got people over, so don’t forget the tunes! Music is a great equalizer, a conversation starter, and sets the mood (not to mention it helps fill in awkward silences…). And if you’re gonna have a party, set out a few fun decorations! They can be super simple like our paper lanterns and tassels, or just use what you have around the house. A few flowers or some potted plants go a long way, too.

Summer essentials for a backyard party

So. When’s your next party? And more importantly, when are you coming over for s’mores?! xoxo

Summer essentials for a backyard party

Summer essentials for a backyard party

This post is sponsored by Duraflame. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Waffle quesadilla recipe

Waffle Quesadilla Recipe

Okay! So we know what you’re drinking and playing at your Cinco de Mayo parties, but what are you gonna eat?! That, my friends, is pretty much what is always…

Waffle quesadilla recipe

Waffle quesadilla recipe

Okay! So we know what you’re drinking and playing at your Cinco de Mayo parties, but what are you gonna eat?! That, my friends, is pretty much what is always on my mind these days. When do I get food again? #alwayshungry But I digress. I have the perfect food idea for your fiesta, so nobody has to do a ton of prep work or be in the kitchen all night. Waffle quesadillas!

Ingredients

  • waffle maker
  • butter
  • tortillas (no larger than your waffle maker)
  • shredded cheese
  • add-ins like chicken, beans, chiles, veggies, whatever you like
  • salsa and sour cream for dipping

This recipe is hardly a recipe it’s so simple, and if you want you can put guests in charge of making their own — like a quesadilla bar! Just butter one side each of two tortillas. Set one buttered-side-down, and on top of this tortilla sprinkle cheese and add any special ingredients you’d like (I stuffed Henry’s with zucchini to sneak him some vegetables). Then place your other tortilla buttered-side-up on top of all the ingredients and close the waffle maker. Once it looks like all your cheese is melted, pull that bad boy out and you’re done!

These are so easy, and make almost no mess at all — my favorite way to cook. And they’re insanely good! The cheese gets perfectly, evenly melted all the way around. Henry snuck in and grabbed some while we were shooting, and apparently he wanted to dip in the sour cream. I’ll have to teach him about double-dipping etiquette soon…

Waffle quesadilla recipe

Okay everybody, have I convinced you to get a waffle maker yet? More waffle fun coming up soon, and lots more in the archives here. Happy waffling! xoxo

Waffle quesadilla recipe

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

DIY Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your…

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Didja try our Mezcal Mule recipe from yesterday?! No matter what you like to put in your mule mug, we’ve got a rad project today so that you and your guests can keep track of which drink is which at your Cinco de Mayo shindig! I’m loving these DIY mule mug tassels, especially organized in a pretty rainbow. Why is rainbow order so dang satisfying?!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes Per Tassel Set

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

Step 1: Cut a piece of cardboard about 3″ x 10″. Wrap your embroidery thread around it in different colors, about 20 wraps per color.

Step 2: For each color, cut two additional pieces of thread about 10″ each.

Step 3: Remove one color from the cardboard, keeping the loops intact. Fold the loops in half over one of the extra pieces of thread.

Step 4: Take the other extra piece of thread and loop it over itself, laying the loop on top of the folded threads. Tightly wrap the long end of this thread around the folded threads and over itself multiple times.

Step 5: Tuck the end of the thread through the loop you made.

Step 6: Pull the upper end of that thread to tighten the loop and lock it into place.

Step 7: Trim the top of the thread and snip through all of the loops on the bottom of the tassel. Trim to even them out.

Step 8: Take the long thread from which the tassel is hanging and tie the tops together. Trim the ends.

Step 9: Repeat all of the steps to make an additional tassel in each color. When you fold these loops over, fold them over the knot in the long thread so that you’ll end up with two tassels hanging from that same loop.

Tie the tassels around mugs as you hand out drinks at your Cinco festivities and your guests will never lose track of what they’re sipping! I also just think they’re pretty fun as an extra little decoration — hang them from cabinet doors, keychains, anywhere! xoxo

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make Moscow Mule Mug Tassels

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

Mules for everybody! I may be pregnant but it doesn’t stop my deep longing for a mule cocktail of just about any kind. And since Cinco de Mayo is coming…

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

Mules for everybody! I may be pregnant but it doesn’t stop my deep longing for a mule cocktail of just about any kind. And since Cinco de Mayo is coming up, we’re celebrating by teaching you how to make a legit mezcal mule. I’m not currently partaking but word on the street is that these babies are delicious and strong! So add these to your Cinco celebrations (responsibly, duh!) and impress people with your mule making skills.

Ingredients

Watch our video for the full recipe!

Now cheers, y’all! Add a photo backdrop and some garlands to your party and you’ll be the most festive house on the block. Happy Cinco! xoxo

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

How to Make a Mezcal Mule

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Easter Brunch Idea // Waffle Croque Madames

When we’re in Paris, I just loooooove a good ol’ fashioned croque madame. It’s just a ham and cheese sandwich, but with that fancy Frenchy twist that makes it super delish….

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

When we’re in Paris, I just loooooove a good ol’ fashioned croque madame. It’s just a ham and cheese sandwich, but with that fancy Frenchy twist that makes it super delish. I was dreaming about whipping up a croque madame in waffle form, and thought it would make a perfect recipe for an Easter brunch! So if you’re looking for something special to serve this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Let’s make waffle croque madames!

Ingredients

  • waffle mix and mix ingredients
  • sliced ham
  • 1 c gruyere, grated
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • dash of nutmeg
  • eggs
  • optional: dijon mustard

Start by making your waffle mix, according to the instructions on the box. Heat up your waffle iron. Set aside while you make the bechamel sauce.

To make the sauce, heat the butter in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Once melted, stir in flour. Whisk for about two minutes. Add the milk and salt, whisking until it begins to thicken (a few minutes). Stir in the nutmeg and half the gruyere. Keep over low heat as you prepare the waffles.

Once the waffle iron is hot, spoon in about 2 tbsp of the wet mix into the bottom of the waffle iron. Place a piece of ham over that, and sprinkle the ham with gruyere. Spoon in another 2 tbsp of wet mix over the cheese. Close the iron and cook as you would a plain waffle. Remove from heat when the mix is cooked through. Make as many as you like!

Fry an egg sunny side up for each waffle. Drizzle a spoonful of bechamel sauce over each waffle and place the egg over the sauce. Serve with dijon mustard if you like.

Ohhhhh man these are delicious! Sometimes I put things in the wafflemaker and they end up not quite being winners, but this one is over-the-top delicious. And once your guests realize there’s a little ham and cheese surprise inside their Easter waffles, they’ll declare you a brunch superstar. (Psst – bonus, Henry inhaled these things! So they’re pretty kid friendly too, maybe just skip the raw yolk on the egg.) Happy cooking! xoxo

P.S. Edible floral waffles, too!

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Golden Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick’s Day

We’re at it again! The gang from our Christmas cookie extravaganza is back together and today we’re each bringing you a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail so you can celebrate on…

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

We’re at it again! The gang from our Christmas cookie extravaganza is back together and today we’re each bringing you a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail so you can celebrate on the 17th! I have to say, I’m pretty partial to the edible golden ice cubes in our Irish Mule recipe, but you have to check out what the rest of the gang has been mixing up for you, too. Read on for our recipe and a full list of St. Patty’s day cocktails from all of our pals.

Ingredients

  • Irish whiskey
  • ginger beer
  • limes
  • edible gold leaf
  • silicone ice cube trays (bonus points for fun shapes!)

Gold Leaf Ice Cubes

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Step 1: Make your golden ice cubes. For larger ice cube trays, place one sheet of gold at the bottom of each mold and gently fill with water. For smaller trays, fill with water first and place the gold sheets on top of the water so that the gold grabs on. Place trays in the freezer until thoroughly frozen.

Step 2: Once frozen, add a few golden ice cubes to a rocks glass. Over the ice, pour one oz. Irish whiskey. Fill with gingerbeer and squeeze in half a lime. Garnish with a lime wedge. As the ice melts, expect to see lots of golden flecks floating around in your cocktail!

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Mule Cocktail for St. Patrick's Day

Once you work your way through the Irish Mule, check out these other libations! xoxo

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Shot of Gold on Julie Blanner

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Lucky Leprechaun Rum Punch on Freutcake

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Leprechaun’s Kiss Martini on Inspired by Charm

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Black Velvet Cocktail on The Sweetest Occasion

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Rainbow Cereal Milkshake on Studio DIY

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Pear Irish Mule on Sugar and Charm

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Marbled Creme de Menthe Ice Cream Shots on Sugar and Cloth

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Mojito Sherbet Punch on Pizzazzerie

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

I’m pretty sure we’re all on the same page here, wherein if Lucky Charms made a marshmallows-only box we would be ALL OVER THAT. Just thinking about it is the…

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

I’m pretty sure we’re all on the same page here, wherein if Lucky Charms made a marshmallows-only box we would be ALL OVER THAT. Just thinking about it is the stuff of my childhood dreams. We never got sugary cereals when we were little (we were pretty much a Kix or Grape Nuts household… womp womp), and so now I’m making all of my cereal wishes come true. Sorry mom. These Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats are pretty simple, just a spin on the old classic, but what makes them super rad is the rainbow of marshmallows covering the top. Tell me you don’t want to dive into these babies.

Ingredients

  • 1 large box Lucky Charms
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons butter (plus enough to grease the pan)

Make Time: 30 Minutes 

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Start by sorting your cereal. If you don’t want the marshmallow topping, you can skip this part. But the marshmallow rainbow is half the fun! So sort all the marshmallows out by color and the cereal pieces into a separate bowl by themselves. Grease a 9 x 13″ baking pan and set aside.

Melt 3 tbsp butter in the microwave. Once melted, mix in 3 c mini marshmallows and toss to coat. Melt the marshmallows in the microwave as well; it should take about 90 seconds or so. Stir to mix again, then pour in your cereal and mix with a spatula to coat all the cereal in the marshmallow mixture.

Scrape the cereal into your baking pan. Spread some butter on your hands (or the cereal will stick!) and press the cereal into the pan firmly. While it’s still warm, sprinkle the marshmallows onto the top of the cereal in a rainbow and gently press into the cereal.

Let it all cool until it no longer feels warm to the touch and is firm. Then cut into squares and have a marshmallow party! I confess: I accidentally ate two of these while taking the photos. It had to be done. I’m nothing if not thorough, and they needed a good taste testing. Serve these on St. Patrick’s Day, or any day to your fellow cereal aficionados! xoxo

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

Leap Year only happens so often gang, so let’s freakin’ party! Ryan and I were trying to think of some cool way to celebrate Leap Year and we were like,…

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

Leap Year only happens so often gang, so let’s freakin’ party! Ryan and I were trying to think of some cool way to celebrate Leap Year and we were like, “Let’s go ALL out.” After all, what happens on Leap Year stays on Leap Year… or something like that? But seriously, if there’s one day to celebrate like it ain’t gonna happen again for a while, it’s Leap Day! So obviously the way to celebrate is a cake covered from head to toe in gorgeous candy. We teamed up with the gang at Sugarfina, who sent over the most INSANE collection of candy you could ever imagine. It’s like someone saw inside of my candy-obsessed brain and made my wildest dreams come true. Here’s how you can make your own Leap Year Cake to celebrate the day that barely exists!

Materials

Make Time: 2 Hours (Plus Baking Time)

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

Step 1: Mix your cake (we are alllll about the box mix around here, it’s foolproof!) according to the instructions.

Step 2: Decide how many layers you’d like your cake to be. We made 5 layers of cake using a 6-inch round cake pan. Bake your cakes according to the instructions on the box.

Step 3: After all cakes are cooled, carefully level off the top of each cake using the serrated knife. Hold the knife horizontal to the ground and carefully saw across the top, being sure the knife is level. The goal is to remove the domed section on the top of each layer.

Step 4: If you wish, color the frosting you’ll use in between each layer. Put a few tablespoons of frosting into your small mixing bowls and color with food coloring as desired. The colors we used were as follows:

  • dark green = 3 drops neon blue, 1 drop neon green
  • light blue = 1 drop neon blue
  • light green = 1 drop neon green
  • lilac = 1 drop neon pink, 1 drop neon purple

Step 5: Place a dollop of frosting on the center of the cake stand and place the first layer down on it; I prefer to place the trimmed side down.

Step 6: Spread one color of frosting in a thin, even layer over your first layer of cake.

Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 and 6 until you have reached the top layer of your cake.

Step 8: Add a crumb coat to your cake. This simply means ice it with a very thin layer of frosting so that all of the crumbs are contained. Once you’ve got a smooth crumb coat, place the cake in the fridge for an hour.

Step 9: Remove from the fridge and add a thicker layer of white frosting, smoothing it as best you can.

Step 10: Start decorating! Place larger candies first, scattering them to your liking. If you’re adding large candies to the sides of the cake, be sure they’re not so heavy that they’ll fall off.

Step 11: Continue in the same manner, placing smaller candies in between larger ones to cover the whole surface of the cake.

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

And if you’re interested, take a peek at the goodies we used from Sugarfina! You should probably definitely snag some of these for your own Leap Cake. Or maybe just to hoard and eat yourself.

Bubbly Bears. Chocolate Confetti. Chocolate Sparkles. Champagne Bubbles. Confetti Dolci. Ice Cream Cones. Kyoto Blossoms. Mama & Baby Piglets. Matcha Green Tea Caramels. Pale Ale Pints. Piccolini. Sugar Cookies. Sugar Lips. Dark Chocolate Marshmallow Eggs.

Booooom! I dare you to bring this bad boy out for dessert at your next party. In fact, I’m pretty sure you have to throw a Leap Year party just so you can serve this cake. It’s a force to be reckoned with! And I must recommend you serve sparingly to children, lest they be bouncing off the walls for the next week and a half with all of the sugar in their systems. Hey, Happy Leap Year! xoxo

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

How to Make a Leap Year Cake

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

DIY Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine with X and O Cookies

Why have I never discovered slice-and-bake cookies before?! It’s such a cool take on sugar cookies, and right up your alley if you love to experiment with colors and shapes. We teamed…

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

Why have I never discovered slice-and-bake cookies before?! It’s such a cool take on sugar cookies, and right up your alley if you love to experiment with colors and shapes. We teamed up with Creativebug to learn a few sugar cookie techniques (since I know you guys are suuuuuper into cookies right now, evidence here) and couldn’t resist making these cool swirly cookies for Valentine’s Day. What I love about these is that once you prep the dough, you just slice them up, bake them, and the decorating is already done for you! They’re ready to eat as soon as they come out of the oven. And we all know how important instant gratification is when it comes to sugar. And the best part is that these little x and o cookies go perfectly with our printable Tic-Tac-Toe Valentine!

Creativebug has an awesome cookie making class using the Wilton Method, where they break down the recipe and how to customize it with different flavors and colors. (I totally learned a new coloring trick that saved my hands from being dyed red all week!) You can check out the class here, and even try Creativebug for free. They’ve got bunches of Valentine classes too, if you need some inspiration to get your Cupid on! To get going on your cookies, check out the video and make your dough. We’ll pick it up from there!

Materials

Step 1: Make dough according to Creativebug’s recipe. Split the dough up into as many different bunches as you would like different colors. Color the dough according to Creativebug’s instructions.

Step 2: Roll out each color of dough and chill for about an hour.

Step 3: Remove from the fridge and stack the sheets of dough on top of one another; stack as many sheets as you would like colors in your swirl. Use the rolling pin to roll the stacks out a bit to help the colors adhere together.

Step 4: Roll the dough into tubes, following Creativebug’s instructions. Chill the tubes, wrapped in parchment paper.

Step 5: Remove from the fridge and slice the cookies into 1/4″ slices. For the o’s, leave as-is. For the x’s, cut each cookie into an x shape by cutting away a small triangle of dough on all four sides of the slice.

Step 6: Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for approximately 8-10 minutes.

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

Yay! Pull those bad boys out of the oven and enjoy. And if you want to give a little bag of them with our Tic-Tac-Toe printable, simply print, cut, and give about 6 x’s and o’s with each board. Write a little note on the bottom or the back of the board and tell your Valentine how much you love ’em. Be sure to head to Creativebug to see all the other fun ways you can get your cookie on! xoxo

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

X and O Cookies for a Tic Tac Toe Valentine

This post is sponsored by Creativebug. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the sponsors who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Waffles for Valentine’s Day

  Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now…

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

 

Valentine’s Day is alllll fun and games until you have a kid. Seriously, forget any big sweeping romantic plans and just get comfy with the fact that you now have an extra mini-Valentine who will probably throw his peas at you while you’re trying to have a civilized dinner. It’s probably a good thing that Ryan and I have never been huge Valentine fanatics because our dreams would be dashed. But even so, you’ve gotta at least try to do a little something special to celebrate, so this year we did an early Valentine’s date at home, since we’ll be traveling on the actual day. I got all inspired when Wayfair came to us and asked what our ideal Valentine’s Day at home would be, because obviously it includes waffles. Waffles, and something to distract Henry while we try to eat them in peace and sip some bubbly, which is why we snagged a teepee for him. Bribing a kid with heart waffles and a teepee apparently works like a charm.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

The heart waffles are as simple as it gets!

Materials

Make Time: 20 Minutes

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your favorite waffles!

Step 2: Slice a bunch of fruit in thin slices. Bonus points if you use lots of different colors!

Step 3: Use various sizes of heart cookie cutters to cut out the waffles and fruit.

Step 4: Stack them up, hold together with a skewer, and enjoy!

We had a blast hanging out and getting our waffle on, and Henry thought it was hysterical that he could eat in his little tent instead of at the table. We’re walking on the wild side over here, people.

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

A couple other Wayfair faves that made our V-Day so fun? That yellow couch!!! OMG. That baby is going in the new studio and I’m sure you’ll be seeing it around these parts all the dang time. It’s perfect with the little gold side table, too. See below for all of our Wayfair picks!

Mid-Century Sofa
Fur Throw Pillow
Canvas Teepee
Moroccan Shag Rug
Round End Table
Ice Bucket
Black and Gold Shaker
Black Flatware Set
Pink Dishes
Striped Blanket
Mrs. Throw Pillow

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

What about you? Do you have any Valentine’s Day traditions? Or a favorite thing to do? If you have kids, do you celebrate with them? I cannot WAIT until Henry’s old enough that he and I can secretly DIY a Valentine for Ryan together. Oh man that’s gonna be fun. I’m just picturing me trying to force him to use glitter on everything and him wanted to draw a tractor with hearts on it. In any case, hope these little heart waffles make their way to your Valentine’s table! Big thanks to Wayfair for helping us celebrate in style. xoxo

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

How to Make Heart Shaped Waffles for Valentine's Day

This post is presented in partnership with Wayfair. All opinions and ideas are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Conversation Heart Popcorn

Quick Note! This is one of those projects we made and then saw on Pinterest that someone else had the same brilliant idea. So shout out to my homegirl-in-popcorn Sugar…

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Quick Note! This is one of those projects we made and then saw on Pinterest that someone else had the same brilliant idea. So shout out to my homegirl-in-popcorn Sugar and Bash! We have slightly different techniques but we both clearly know what’s up. 

Valentine’s Day, Schmalentine’s Day — it’s conversation heart season! Maybe, just mayyyyybe my favorite seasonal candy. And you guys KNOW I’m a candy connoisseur. So clearly I’m the authority on these things. If you love those weird little hearts as much as I do, I’m thinking you should probably test out this super quick little popcorn recipe, just to be safe. I’m only looking out for your best interests.

Ingredients

Make Time: 10 Minutes

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

Step 1: Make your popcorn. We just use plain kernels and an air popper like this one. So simple!

Step 2: Spread your popcorn in a single layer on some wax paper.

Step 3: Melt your chocolate. Start with one cup of unmelted wafers and microwave according to the instructions. Once they’re about half melted add two drops of pink food coloring (the neon set in our ingredients list is awesome!). Melt fully and stir to mix the color.

Step 4: Drizzle the melted chocolate over your popcorn, and while it’s still melted, sprinkle conversation hearts over the top. You may want to individually nestle some hearts into the spots with lots of chocolate so that they stick well.

Step 5: Allow the chocolate to cool and harden, and eat up! You can bag it and give it to pals, or just make a big bowl for a Galentine’s Day movie marathon.

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

So easy and SO GOOD. For bonus points you can sprinkle a little sea salt and get that extra good sweet-salty combo going on. I accidentally maybe ate a whole bowl of this stuff while watching an episode of Jane the Virgin. Which, by the way, is my new favorite show. Are you watching it? Watch it ASAP so we can talk about whether you’re #teammichael or #teamrafael! xoxo

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

How to Make Conversation Heart Popcorn for Valentine's Day

P.S. Need more Valentine’s Day ideas? I’ve got you covered.