We have three official class parties, one student-inspired lunchtime celebration, and Girl Scouts meetings (can't forget the Girl Scouts). That adds up to about...100 Valentine's Cards? Maybe not quite that much, but it feels like it. I'm pulling out all the pink, red, and white paper; heart punches, stickers, and stamps; red and pink markers; glittery sticky stuff; and glue sticks. The kids can take it from there, making sure they have enough cards for everyone on their list.
|Valentine card making supplies|
While wondering around in blog-space, I happened to come across a sweet recipe for peanut chocolate clusters at Our Delightful Home. And since I've never met a recipe I didn't tweak, I substituted almonds for the peanuts and added caramel sauce, the kind you use on ice cream sundaes, to the mix. A few cooking notes here. Whether using chocolate chips or squares, it only takes about a minute to melt in the microwave and it will not be smooth and liquid-y when taken out; mix a little to get it from its melt-y stage to smooth. Since the caramel is saucy, it takes longer than it seems like it should for the candies to harden. Its a messy, quick, hot process so be careful and work fast.
Almond Caramel Clusters
|Ingredients: chocolate chips or squares, almonds, caramel sauce|
Pour almonds into foil pan.
Melt chocolate in microwave. Heat caramel sauce if needed, to make it easy to pour.
Pour caramel and melted chocolate over nuts. Using rubber spatula, mix all together.
Scoop portions into mini-cupcake liners.
Let cool. Enjoy!