Valentine's Day

Amazing Ideas to Plan for Valentine’s Day Here on the Suncoast

DIY Valentine's Day
Photo courtesy: Lydi Out Loud.com

We know that the winter has been kind of dreary since Christmas, and the next big holiday is Valentine’s Day. A week away from this holiday for lovers and relationships, people tend to either be in a funk hating the pending holiday or abuzz for it to arrive. Whether you are a fan or not, it is a great chance to do some fun activities to just get in a brighter mood after the last few weeks of bad weather. Here are just a few ideas to ready for Valentine’s Day and put a smile on your face for sure.

Bright Valentine’s Day Decor – DIY

Need to add some blush tones, spring colors, and a new vibe to your home. Maybe a few DIY projects are in your future. To get you started we present this floral wreath for that front door or check out this site for other amazing ideas.

Volunteer – Single or Find a Friend

Warm each other’s hearts as well as those of community members in need. Whether you walk shelter dogs together, deliver meals to homebound residents, or clean up a neighborhood park, you’ll feel so good when you’re done—and you’ll have a lot to talk about afterward over a meal together. Not sure where to start? Check out Volunteer Match to find opportunities near you.


Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Who doesn’t love a good baking session to get to feeling better. These amazing red velvet cinnamon rolls will be sure to spark Valentine’s spirit while filling the house with yummy smells.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 package red velvet cake mix (regular size)
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (120° to 130°)
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted

ICING

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons 2% milk

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine cake mix, 1 cup flour and yeast.
  2. Add water; beat on medium speed 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough (dough will be sticky).
  4. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times.
  5. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.
  6. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 2 hours.
  7. Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix brown sugar and cinnamon.
  8. Punch down dough.
  9. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; roll dough into an 18×10-in. rectangle.
  10. Brush with melted butter to within 1/4 in. of edges; sprinkle with sugar mixture.
  11. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seam to seal.
  12. Cut crosswise into 12 slices.
  13. Place cut sides up in a greased 13×9-in. baking pan.
  14. Cover with a kitchen towel; let rise in a warm place until almost doubled, about 1 hour.
  15. Preheat oven to 350°.
  16. Bake until puffed and light brown, 15-20 minutes.
  17. Cool slightly.
  18. Beat confectioners’ sugar, butter, vanilla and enough milk to reach a drizzling consistency.
  19. Drizzle icing over warm rolls.
Valentine's Day
Photo courtesy: One Little Project

Valentine’s Day Pipe Cleaner Heart Rings

Mess-free and as low maintenance as it gets, this kid-friendly craft produces seriously cute Valentine’s Day bling. Plus, it’s a great way to keep tiny hands busy with nothing more than a bag of pipe cleaners. Let the imaginations go wild for a little bit, and get some “unique” jewelry out of it.

Did you just suddenly change from wishing to skip on past February 14th to considering a few amazing ideas to welcome this holiday? Or are you just thinking of some great activities now to get you up and moving, revitalized for the spring season to come? No matter if you are celebrating a new relationship, a long-standing one, or maybe just those kids you can’t live without – have some fun this holiday.

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