Who do you love? Your entire family! This year, focus on family fun for this Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Simple Touches: If you’re not particularly crafty, heart-shaped cookie cutters can turn everyday meals into a special heart-felt treat.

  1. Heart basket eggs: Lightly toast a slice of True Goodness™ by Meijer organic whole wheat bread. Using a heart shape cookie cutter, cut a heart in the center of the toasted bread and set aside. Place bread in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add a teaspoon butter in the heart center and crack and egg into the center. Lightly season with salt and pepper cooking until egg is set and no longer runny, turning once. Serve with remaining toasted heart on the side.
  2. Lunch box crispy heart treat: Make a batch of pink crispy-rice treats, adding McCormick Berry Color from Nature™ food color. Cut into heart shapes and send with a note in your child’s lunch box.
  3. Fruity hearts: Use mini-heart shape cookie cutters to cut strawberries, pineapple and melon into heart shapes. Dip 1/3 of each heart shape fruit in melted chocolate, set on wax paper and refrigerate to allow chocolate to harden.

Family Time Ideas:

  1. Make “homemade” Valentine’s Day cards for the family (a special treat for grandparents!)
  2. Have a family scavenger hunt. Attach fun family time activities-such as a movie outing to bite size candies and hide through the house.
  3. Have a family “retro” fit family date: Enjoy time together at the local roller-rink, arcade center or sledding park.
  4. Visit your local nursing home as a family and distribute Valentine’s to residents who may not have family to spend the day with.
  5. Color your day: Have the family (mom and dad, too) draw and color pictures of the family doing a favorite activity. Have everyone share a story about their picture.
  6. Get your whole family baking with these homemade Valentine’s Day treats.

These fun family ideas are sure to make your Valentine’s Day a sweet one.

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