“Can I just check? We’re not doing any of that Valentine’s rubbish this year, are we?” Mark asked on Sunday. “I just want to make sure that if I don’t get you anything you’re not going to present me with a handmade card or something?”
Well, thanks Mark, there go my dreams of romance on Valentine’s Day. To be fair, while Freya and I have made him a card in the past, it was more for something to do than to actually celebrate. I do think it’s over commercialised and paying money for useless tat is not my idea of love.
Having said that, it didn’t stop me having some Valentine-themed fun with Freya.
While shopping for a sink plug hole strainer in Wilko (there’s your romance!), I spotted this Cake Decor Choco Writers tube for £2 and thought we could bake cupcakes and then make cake toppers together.
I didn’t hold out much hope of them turning out all that well (because this is us we are talking about) but, actually, I was pleasantly surprised by just how awesome they look.
The chocolate is simple to use. You pour boiling water into a jug, pop the tube in and leave it for a couple of minutes. I carefully lifted it out using a tea towel. The tube wasn’t burning hot by any means but I massaged it for a bit until I thought it was safe for Freya to hold.
We started off holding it together so she could get an idea of what she was supposed to do and then I just let her go with it.
It really was very easy to write and draw with.
Once they had dried I ever so gently lifted them off the baking paper. Some of the thinner ones snapped but the majority of them stayed together.
Here’s the final result (naturally I have tested them thoroughly and I can confirm they are delicious).
I’d definitely use it again, in fact I have some ideas for other toppers we can make (hello, butterflies).
Also, on Monday, Mark came home and handed me a beautiful rose gold travel mug full of peppermint hot chocolate with the words: “Here’s a non-Valentine’s present for you”. Of course, now that leaves me with a dilemma; do I have to get him something?
What are your thoughts about Valentine’s Day? Do you celebrate it?
If you’re looking for some last minute Valentine’s Day crafts to do with your children, please check out these posts (some of them feature craft items we were gifted).