This is basically our family’s motto! We have an awesome family, who LOVES cooking, eating and having fun together! We are known for our ‘family reunions’ once a week where we all get together (19 & growing) and make a BIG meal, visit, and enjoy being together. Many of our family traditions are based around delicious food. Yes, there is more to our life than food, but it sure makes life delicious 🙂

I thought I would share some of our family’s traditions for Valentines Day–that also help incorporate your food storage 🙂

Surprise your family & loved one with a gourmet breakfast in bed. These Strawberry Stuffed French Toast are awesome & SO easy to make! Let your kids cut out heart shaped french toast with cookie cutters for an extra fun breakfast activity.

One of our favorite meals to make as a family are homemade pizzas. They are SO much better than your average Little Ceasare pizza and cost MUCH less to make. Here is the recipe for AWESOME homemade pizza dough (you could also use this recipe for bread sticks, garlic bread, dessert pizza, etc.)

Pizza Dough
1 c. and 2 T. Hot tap water
2 T. Olive oil or vegetable oil
3 c. flour (enough so dough is not sticky, but can be rolled out and handled easily)
1 t. sugar
3 t. salt
2 ½ t. yeast

Make sure you add the Hot tap water, yeast and sugar together. Allow to grow 5 minutes. Then slowly add the flour one cup at a time until each cup as been incorporated, and add the salt after the first cup of flour. Touch dough to make sure it is soft and bouncy to the touch. Mix and let rise until it doubles in size.
For more Italian flavor add basil and garlic powder to the dough. Roll out like regular pizza dough. Shape into any shape desired. Best to bake on cooking stones.

For Valentine’s Day we let the children make their own heart shaped pizzas and then we adults indulge in our Alfredo Pizza! This alfredo pizza recipe is SO easy and is mouthwatering delicious!

Fettuccini Alfredo Pizza
1 Pizza dough recipe
1 c. ranch dressing
1 t. garlic cloves, minced
2 t. basil
½ c. shredded Parmesan Cheese
Chicken or sausage
Green onions
Vegetables (Mushrooms, Zucchini, yellow squash, onions, etc.), diced or cut thin
Tomatoes diced small (optional)
Mozzarella Cheese
Fresh or dried parsley for garnish

Preheat pizza stone at 400 degrees. Roll out crust, or lay pitas on stone. Mix ranch, parmesan, basil and garlic in a bowl. Spread mixture over crust. Sauté meat and vegetables together until soft. Put sauce on dough, put meat mixture on top and then sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Bake at 400 until golden brown.

Dessert for Valentines Day is always sugar cookies. These cherry almond sugar cookies are awesome! They beat the regular no-flavor sugar cookies any day!

Super Soft Sugar Cookies
2 c. margarine
3 c. sugar
5 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
½ c. milk
½ t. salt
1 t. baking soda
5 t. baking powder
7-8 c. flour
½ – 1 t. almond extract

Mix all together. Bake at 350 for 9-12 minutes. Underdone is better than overdone. Frost cookies with cherry vanilla frosting.

1 lb. powderd sugar
1/4 t. salt
1/4 c. milk
1 t. vanilla
1/3 c. butter, softened
1/2 t. cherry extract (optional)

Cream all of the above ingredients together until smooth.