This year my girl wanted to give store-bought Valentines to her classmates. *gasp*
Then I thought about it.
Sure. I don’t think I have ever bought them before in the 13 years I have been a parent, so we could do it this once. I started to think about the harm in investing $1.00 for a pack of 32 character-illustrated pieces of paper that make my girl oh so happy. None, really. And she chose Tinkerbell.
Fairies are fun.
I, on the other hand, needed to make something handmade, because to me, that is what love is all about.
That AND compromise. Right?
Falafel came up with this method of distressing the hearts by rubbing the paint off immediately to make them look like stones!
2 cups of gluten-free flour
1 cup kosher salt
1 cup water (hold some back and pour a little at a time until right consistency)
Roll flat on GF floured surface and use cookie cutters to make shapes. You can, at this time, imprint them with your fingerprints, or rubber stamps, or press them into molds (use your creativity here).
Bake for 2 hours at 200 degrees. Flip them halfway through.
If they are still soft in the middle, I put them back in for 30 minutes at a time until hard.
In the end, Falafel is happy to bring her Tinkerbell valentines, and Mama is overjoyed at the time spent with her girl showing her that handmade can bring love.
Because it can. Both in the doing and in the giving.
What do your kids bring to school for Valentine’s Day? Handmade or store-bought?
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