Saturday, 14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

We're not big on Valentine's Day in this house usually, but the girls were keen to celebrate it this year. So we made some chocolate playdough yesterday...

(Just by adding 2 tbsp of cocoa to our favourite playdough recipe:

2 cups water
2 tbsp veg oil
1 cup salt
2 tbsp cream of tartar - this is what makes it last a reasonable length of time if stored in an airtight tub/bag
2 cups plain flour
And any colouring, glitter, smells that you like

Combine everything but the flour in a saucepan and heat until warm, then remove from heat and add flour. Stir and knead until smooth. 

So we just added the cocoa with the flour, but I did leave some of the dough plain as well for white chocolate. It turned out really well, and I've now had gingerbread playdough recommended to me too - for making play gingerbread men with buttons for buttons!)

We had an empty chocolate box (or two!) carefully saved for the occasion, and Maria and I had lots of fun creating a very special box of chocolates for the boys...

Turns out making and playing with chocolate playdough is quite therapeutic too! They smelt delicious, and we were impressed with the appearance.

Who could resist!
They fooled Sam for long enough for him to try one, much to Maria's delight! Shame about the taste! Maria has now set up her own chocolate shop - with little cakes and eclairs as well.

And Venetia has been busy with some Valentine's Day sewing. I helped her with the cutting and she made a lovely, colourful heart garland for my Dad.

Along the same lines as our Star Garlands - the very talented Carole over at Fresh Off the Frame made some before Christmas with her grandchildren, here, but with hearts and cute extra shapes as well. After seeing this development across the ocean from us, Venetia was keen to create a heart garland. So the idea has spread and grown, thank you Carole!
They're now looking lovely on my Dad's banisters.

So Happy Valentine's Day to you all, hope it's treated you well, and any special Valentine's makes been happening with you too?



  1. Love the heart banner, and the chocolate playdough :)

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. I was wondering about the taste of the chocolate playdough; bummer it isn't any better. :) You have some very sweet young ladies. Happy Valentine's Day!

  3. such lovely things to make xxx

  4. Those chocolates really do look good enough to eat! And that heart banner is gorgeous, what a clever girl.

  5. Please tell Maria that her chocolates would have fooled me, too - they look very convincing!
    Ventia!!! Your heart garland looks absolutely fabulous on your granddad's banner. What a wonderful, sweet Valentine to give.
    I'm still new enough in the blogging world that I enjoyed seeing my name in print, Sally! Isn't it marvelous that we can live an ocean apart and share ideas? Thanks for the inspiration you provide us with on this side of the pond. :-)

  6. What great Valentine's Day activities! The play dough sounds just sinful... I would have a hard time convincing my bunch that it is not to eat. LOL! The bunting is lovely. I'm glad you had such a lovely and simple celebration. xo

  7. As always, the makes in your home are beautiful and heartfelt!


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