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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Homemade Valentine Gifts

Victorian Valentine's Day CardImage via Wikipedia
By Juvy S. Iliwiliw

I remember that old children's song I learned in my younger years:

Love is something if you give it away.
Give it away, give it away.
Love is something if you give it away.
It will come right back to you.

It's just like a magic penny.
Hold it hold and you won't get any.
Send it, share it, give it away.
It will come right back to you.

And because love can't be seen or touched, here are simple homemade valentine gift ideas I am going to share with you. When you give them away to your love ones, it is just like sending, sharing, giving away your love. Creating an impression in them that you are taking a piece of your heart and putting it into theirs. You will surely give Valentine's day another meaning to them and the holiday would never be the same again.


You will need:

1/2    cup brown sugar
1       can (439 g) Del Monte Fresh Cut Crushed
         Pineapple, well drained
2/3    cup all-purpose flour
1/2    tsp. baking soda
1/2    tsp. fine salt
1       cup glazed fruits
1/2    cup raisins
1       cup toasted cashew nuts, coarsely chopped
2       tbsp. brandy
1/8    tsp. cinnamon
1/4    cup margarine
1/2    cup white sugar
1       egg
2       tbsp. molasses
26     pcs. aluminum foil
         or wax paper cups

Here's how:

1. Cook brown sugar and Del Monte Crushed Pineapple for 12 minutes or until dry. Set aside.

2. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.

3. Mix glazed fruits, raisins, nuts, candied crushed pineapple, brandy and cinnamon. Coat with flour mixture.
    Set aside.

4. Cream margarine until light and fluffy. Gradually add white sugar.
    Add egg then blend them thoroughly.

5. Add molasses and blend fruit-flour mixture with the batter. Drop 1 heaping tablespoon in
     each aluminum foil or wax paper cup. Bake at 300F in a preheated over for 25 minutes
     or until cooked.


You will need:

2      cups all-purpose flour
1      cup sugar
1      cup powdered milk
1      can (234 g) Del Monte Fresh Cut Crushed Pineapple, well drained
1/4   cup margarine
2      pcs. white Japanese paper
        (or colored cellophane), cut into 5" x 4-1/2"

Here's how:

1. Toast flour in carajay over moderate heat for 30 minutes or until light brown. Cool. Combine with sugar and powdered milk in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.

2. Simmer Del Monte Crushed Pineapple and margarine for 3 minutes. Blend thoroughly with flour mixture.

3. Mold with polvoron molder, then wrap each piece with Japanese paper or cellophane.

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