Heart Leaf Garland

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Assisted by David Dempsey

I love this idea for marking a path to a wedding reception, a lunch date in the woods or basically for any old party where the guests need to find their way. 

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Heart Leaf Garland

What you need: 
Length of ribbon (I used 9 feet of a 1-inch pink grosgrain)
Green leaves
Scissors
Sewing machine and thread

What to do: 
Cut the leaves into heart shapes (don’t try to be perfect). Sew, using a decorative finishing stitch onto the ribbon

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Iced Malted Cherry Coffee

Styling by Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong

When you didn’t get quite enough sugar on Valentine’s Day, this deliciousness will do the trick! A little jolt of espresso, a lot of malted milk, the slightest cherry and a whole lot of goodness! 

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Iced Malted Cherry Coffee
(a dessert coffee drink)

What you need:
1 cup brewed espresso
1/2 cup malted milk powder
2 teaspoons cherry syrup (yes, that “cherry syrup”)
Whipped cream (I colored mine pink)
Ice

What to do:
In a large Mason jar, add hot coffee and malted milk powder. Place the lid on the jar and gently shake the contents until the malted milk powder is dissolved. Place jar in the refrigerator to cool for 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and add cherry juice. Shake again. Pack two glasses with ice and pour coffee mixture over. Garnish with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and a dusting of malted milk powder. Serve immediately.

Libbie’s Food Styling Props: Burlap Coffee Bag I poached from Perc coffee while we were there doing a podcast, Vintage Mason Jar with Zinc lid purchased from Habersham Antiques Market, Hermes Ribbon from where else, Vintage silver iced tea spoon purchased from an Antique shop in Annapolis, MD that I can’t remember the name of (it’s on Maryland Avenue and the owner is British), black straw liberated from a coffee shop in North Carolina that I would rather not mention since their significant straw loss could be traced back to me.

Never Fail Chocolate Soufflé

By Libbie Summers

Dear Scared of Soufflés,
I’d like to introduce you to Never Fail Chocolate Soufflé. I think you guys will really hit it off.
XO, 
Libbie

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Never Fail Chocolate Soufflé
makes 6

 

What you need:
1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
5 ounces BEST quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 large egg yolks, room temperature
6 large egg whites, room temperature
1 pinch salt
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 tablespoon cocoa powder

 

What to do: 
Preheat oven to 375°. Liberally butter 6 individual soufflé ramekins and use the 3 tablespoons sugar to sprinkle the insides; set aside.

In a metal bowl over simmering water, melt chocolate (stirring often). Once the chocolate is melted, remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the egg yolks one at a time.

In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat egg whites with salt on medium high speed until they hold soft glossy peaks. Continue beating egg whites on high speed, gradually adding the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, until the egg whites hold stiff glossy peaks.

Gently stir 1/3 of the eggs whites into the chocolate mixture. Carefully fold in the remaining egg whites. The chocolate mixture should be full of bubbles, even colored and without egg white streaks.

Spoon your soufflé mixture into the prepared ramekins and bake for 12-15 minutes until risen with a crusty exterior.

Dust with cocoa powder and serve right away.

 

4 Ways To Give Someone the Flick This Valentine’s Day

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey and Candace Brower

Sure Valentine’s Day is the day when most engagements happen…but what are the stats on break ups? My thoughts are break ups should never be bad, I prefer if they were fun! Here are 4 fun ways to give someone the flick. 

1. Do it fresh…cut herbs

Ingredients:
Fresh Thyme, Chive, Dill, Mint and some Bay Leaf
Pink cardstock
Scissors

What to say:
ain’t got no THYME for you
quit you CHIVE talkin’
can’t even DILL
MINT to breakup with you earlier
you’re not my BAY, LEAF me alone

2. Take ’em to the farm

What you need:
Biting Wit
Card Stock (I used white)
Fun colored paper (I used gingham parchment paper)
Glue Stick
Printer
Glitter Tape
Scissors
Toy Barnyard Animals

What to do:
•Think of witty puns involving barnyard animals and print on card stock leaving plenty of room in the middle to accommodate the toy animal.
Some examples include:  “another valentine’s day and you still boar me.”, “wool you be my valentine?”, “i’ve got no beef with you, let’s be valentines.”, “some bunny loves you, too bad it’s not me. happy valentine’s day anyway.”, “you’re kind of a cool chick. let’s be valentines.”
•Cut a second piece of card stock just bigger than the first and glue on cute piece of colored paper (I used gingham parchment and yellow construction paper).
•Glue the printed valentine onto the center of the larger colored piece of paper.
•Cut a piece of glitter tape (or any tape) and tape the coordinating barnyard animal to the middle of the card.
•Use colored markers to adorn with hearts or sign your name or do whatever makes you feel better about yourself.
•Give away to those you love and love your sense of humor.

3. Surprise Them With A Twist on The Original
Waxy chocolates? NEVER.
Showy heart-shaped boxes filled with the unexpected, always.

What To Gather:
A few Empty Chocolate Heart Boxes (you can enjoy the chocolate later)
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Fried Chicken
Ice Cream
Sushi
1 stop at McDonald’s..

 

4. Make it sweet. Do it with a cupcake!

Get the recipe HERE!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Funny Food-inspired Valentine’s Day Cards

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Editing by Candace Brower

Dear Herb,
We’re through.
XO,
Libbie