Easy, Quick Valentine’s Day Meal and Treat Ideas for the Kids

Valentine’s Day is a great reason to take a few minutes to remind others how important they are to you and to do something a little extra for them.  However, with two kids, a dog, a cat, a husband, and with working from home, simple is definitely my motto.  I would love to say I’m one of those moms that can take care of the kids, clean the house, do the laundry, and pop out extravagant dinners, desserts, and snack-time treats.  But why lie to myself, I’m not (and I’d like to meet those moms that can – I’m still not so sure they exist!).  I just remind myself that a messy house means happy kids!  The less time I spend trying to do it all, the more time I can spend with them!

Okay, enough with my rant….. But seriously, isn’t simple always better?!?!?  Your children aren’t going to remember how elaborate you made those special treats or surprises, they are just going to remember that you did it!

So today (while I’m stuck in jury duty and can’t get messy and creative myself), I’ve scrolled the Internet to find those little Valentine’s treats that are simple for you but will still be special to them!

Start the day off with a fun, heart-shaped breakfast:

Heart-Shaped PancakesHeart-Shaped WafflesHeart-Shaped FruitHeart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

(this is a homemade recipe, but I’m pretty sure you could recreate these with a store-bought tube of cinnamon rolls)Then move on to a yummy Valentine’s lunch:

Heart-Shaped SandwichesHeart-Shaped Fruit or Veggies

Heart-Shaped Cheese and Meat Slices (Ham, Turkey, Pepperoni, Salami, etc)Heart Platters

And an easy Valentine’s snack:

Red-Themed Snack BuffetValentine Snack Mix

Don’t forget about dessert!:

Heart-Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Heart-Shaped Sugar Cookies

A heart-shaped cookie cutter is a quick and easy way to make these treats!  You can typically find one at your local Dollar store!

Do you have a favorite Valentine’s treat that you make for your kids?

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