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Pretty and Simple Packaging Idea for Valentine’s Day

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Today I am sharing a pretty and simple packaging idea to make for Valentine’s Day. With a few basic supplies, some sweet treats of your choice {macarons}, and a little bit of time to assemble, these gifts will be ready to give. For something as simple as these mini packages, a little care and attention to detail was important to make them special.  To dress up the basic glassine bags, pink ribbon was used to give the bags a nice pop of color. The handmade heart tags were added for a personal touch. A wonderful way to share with others the yummy treats enclosed inside the gift package.

 

I hope these ideas will be fun to put together for Valentine’s Day or for other occasions.

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Valentine packaging

As an alternative to chocolate or candy for Valentine’s Day, each one of the treat bags will be filled with a French macaron.

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Valentine packaging

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Valentine packaging

Supplies:

1  glassine bags {3¾ X 6¼ inches}
2  treats to fill the bags {macarons}
3  scissors
4  decorative paper for cutting
5  glue stick
6  decorative tape
7  twine
8  ribbon
9  hole punch {⅛” hole size}

To get started, fill each glassine bag with a macaron and tie it with a ribbon.  Repeat the process until all are the treats are packaged up.

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Valentine packaging

To make heart tags:
Choose a decorative paper and cut it into smaller rectangular pieces,  approximately  3½-4 inches by  2-2½ inches.  Fold one of the small pieces of paper in half and cut out with scissor a heart shape to make two paper hearts {see above pic}. If you are not comfortable cutting freeform hearts with a pair of scissors, you can lightly trace out a heart shape on the paper first then cut them out. Glue the back sides of the two hearts together to give strength and weight to the tag. Repeat the steps with the other pieces of paper.

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After cutting and gluing the two hearts together, punch a hole near the top center of the heart shape paper.

To attach twine to the hart shaped paper:
Cut a piece of twine about 10-12 inches long, fold it in half and insert the folded end through the punched hole, pull about an inch or two out, and loosen it apart to make an opening. Take the two loose ends of twine and pull them through the opening to tighten and attach it to the paper.

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Valentine packaging

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Valentine packaging

Attach a tag to a bag by tying or taping it.  Personalize it with a written note or a person’s name.

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Valentine packaging

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Valentine packaging

a simple and sweet gift to give for Valentine’s Day.

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Posted by Kay

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Flourless Chocolate Cake and Fresh Pink Roses

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This is a rich and decadent chocolate cake that you will want to make for Valentine’s Day or any other occasion.  There is no flour added and with just a few basic good quality ingredients you will be able to make this light and very moist cake. As it bakes, a thin crust will form on the surface and break apart slightly for a pretty and delicate appearance.  Enjoy the cake with a light sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar or a dollop of whipped cream on the side.

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A Little Snapshot of Our Christmas Season

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Merry Christmas to all of you!  I know it has been awhile since my last blog post and I hope to get back to posting more in the near future.  My reasons for the long gap is basically due to the ongoing technical difficulties that have been occupying my time for the past few months. Most of the situations have been solved, and the rest will have to be addressed later.   I made a decision to separated myself from it -for now to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the holiday season.  I still periodically post on Instagram if you are wondering or wanting to know what Bill and I are currently up to. There you will find pictures of our daily life, ideas, and whatever interests us (mostly me).  Here in this blog post I have included some pictures from White Gunpowder Instagram along with other pictures that I took during the month of December.  The above picture is of our little red shed/chicken coop that Bill built to house our chickens.  It was taken earlier this month during  a snow storm. It made for a pretty Christmas picture with a simple wreath hanging on the door.

I hope you enjoy a moment here and Merry Christmas!

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Pumpkin Cookies with brown-butter icing

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This is one of those cookies that you can’t eat just one.  Pumpkin Cookies with brown-butter icing is a favorite fall cookie for our family.  They are soft and tender with a nice balance of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg spices mixed in.  Each cookie is topped with a layer of sweet browned butter icing. I discovered this recipe about ten years ago in a Martha Stewart Living magazine. Over the years I have changed and adapted the recipe just the slightest to suite my taste.

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Sharing and Cooking with Julia Child

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As I was putting this blog post together my intention was to share a recipe from one of Julia Child’s cookbooks, but things don’t always go as planned.  I have expanded from one recipe to four and added some personal stories relating to Julia Child.  I hope you enjoy this blog post and maybe be inspired to try one of her recipes. Bon Appetit!

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My earliest introduction to Julia Child was during my childhood years.  My parents would tune to her television cooking shows on PBS and often times I was there to watch it with them. Having followed her over the years, I didn’t attempt to make anything she featured on her shows or from her cookbooks until my later years when I started to cook for Bill and I.  Early in our marriage, Bill noticed I was missing one particular cookbook and surprised me with a brand new copy of  Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The cookbook became my resource for basic cooking questions such as how to boil eggs, cook vegetables, and bake simple desserts. I can’t recall which particular recipe was my first attempt, but one I do remember well was trying to follow all the steps to the recipe on how to make the perfect scrambled eggs {oafs brouillés}. The recipe called for 8 eggs…I might have reduced the quantity by half for the two of us and I think it came out well and we ate it. I have expanded my repertoire since then, but there are still many more recipes that I look forward to trying.  Julia Child published her first cookbook in 1961 and her last book came out in 2006, My Life in France.  To see the entire collection of all her cookbooks, the Julia Child Foundation has on their website a page chronicling them all and when they were published.

· print recipe,  Scrambled Eggs ·

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