Strawberry-Inspired Valentines Treats

I had originally planned to bake Valentines treats for my youth group girls this weekend. And then we got over a foot of snow! I had also planned to share my chosen recipe with y’all, but I didn’t make it to the store. Instead of skipping the treat-spiration altogether, I’m going to share some of the most delicious looking recipes I found during my virtual perusing. They are all strawberry-inspired, because I thought that would be a fun and fresh twist on all the Valentines candy that people receive. They are also portable and perfect for wrapping in pretty, festive packaging. Happy baking!

Strawberry and Cream Scones from Baker by Nature

Strawberry Pie Hearts from Lovely Little Kitchen

Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes from Layers of Happiness

Are you making any special Valentines treats? Share in the comments below!

The Reason for the Season

These words are what Christmas is all about. Jesus came to bring light and life into the world. Let our hearts swell with thankfulness as we think about this marvelous gift. Merry Christmas, y’all!

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At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, to whom he was engaged, who was now expecting a child.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.

Luke 2:1-20


*I’m not sure who the artist behind this beautiful painting is, so please let me know if you know so I can give proper credit!

Friday No. 6

1. I was invited to a party on Friday night hosted for the ladies on staff at our church and the spouses of the staff gents. I was excited to be included as a soon-to-be staff wife and had a lovely time getting to know the other ladies as we made ornaments and swapped festive socks and mittens.


2. On Sunday we attended the Christmas musical of three of Dillon’s younger sisters along with his littlest sister and then went to a caroling party with the rest of his family. I packed a few Christmas goodies into my bag and we were happily snacking on candy canes and sweet treats throughout the afternoon.


3. We attended the Christmas party for our church’s Young Adults group on Monday night and Dillon was a contestant on ‘Family Feud’. I didn’t pick up an ugly sweater before the party, so I improvised a festive outfit using a $3 strand of battery operated seed lights from Target. It was a hit!

4. The weather was 1 degree on Tuesday morning, inspiring me to make a warm and cozy meal that night. I endeavored to make Pioneer Woman’s Perfect Pot Roast and was shocked at how quickly the price of the ingredients added up, but it was worth every penny. I paired it with a lightened up version of her mashed potatoes and it was the perfect cold weather meal!

5. After dinner on Tuesday, Dillon accompanied me to pick up a print order for a special project I created to ‘propose’ to my bridesmaids. He patiently helped me trim and assemble each one and I began delivering them on Wednesday afternoon. I’m excited to share the finished product in a future post!

6. On Wednesday night we took a family light tour with four of Dillon’s sisters. In my December goals I mentioned my goal of establishing a tradition with them and was thankful we made time for it. We stopped at one particular display that had a walk-through path open to the public, it was so much fun!

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This post is linked up with: A. Liz Adventures, September Farm, and Grace and Love Blog.