Paper Valentines

February 14, 2012

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Happy Valentine’s! I only love this holiday because of the nostalgia it brings from my childhood. The parties in school, excitement, and the treats my mom would always leave for us on the kitchen table when we came down to breakfast.

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Have you ever seen a Swedish heart? My grandmother sent me these and I still can’t figure them out!

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You have to turn this:

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Into this!

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And this is about as far as I can get. Might need to just give Gram a call!

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After last night’s ginormous dinner, I didn’t feel that hungry when I woke up. But my oatmeal was already made, so I showered first and worked up an appetite donning my pink + red outfit.

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Coach’s oats in the rice cooker plus raisins, cinnamon and vanilla topped with Nuts About Granola Mint Chocolate, coconut butter and Wild Squirrel PB.

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I am so not a fruity tea person, but I am now!? Peach Oolong from a free sample pack I got from Adagio.

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I’m headed to Great Harvest in a bit. Having 2 businesses is really such a blessing. It gives me diversity in work and workplace. And I’m very lucky that both of my jobs are FUN!

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1 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

Happy Valentines! Love the red bowl :D

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2 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 14, 2012 at 9:35 am

Happy Valentine’s Day, Kath! :) My mom would do similar things growing up. She always made sure to give my sister and I a card and some kind of gift and something sweet to go along with it. I plan on doing the same thing when I have kids.

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3 Mom February 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

Yes call Gram! She’ll love to see/hear how good her hearts look on the blog!

I left treats on the table in the morning? Gosh I don’t remember how we did Valentine’s Day. I know we probably had heartcake at dinner though.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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4 Sana February 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

My mom gives the BEST Valentine’s it makes my day!

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5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

The Swedish heart is so cool! I’ve never seen those before but I’m intrigued and now I want to figure them out. My mum always gives my sister and I cards for Valentine’s Day. She used to give us sweets of some sort before, but now she sends us gift cards too which is a nice little surprise!! Happy Valentine’s Day Kath!

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6 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot February 14, 2012 at 9:40 am

That red bowl is perfect for today! And I love that heart!

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7 The Healthy Hipster February 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

So sweet! I absolutely love DIY Valentines even though I’m not at all crafty myself. Have a lovely, lovey day!

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8 Khushboo February 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

Loving all the red- happy valentine day!

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9 kathleen @ the daily crumb February 14, 2012 at 9:42 am

happy valentine’s day, kath! i used to love v day in elementary school… i would spend months prepping my cards, and sneaking in an extra candy for the boy i liked :)

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10 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

Happy Valentines to you and your valentine-on-board!

That Swedish heart is pretty cool! Now I have to see if I can find a tutorial! Enjoy your day!

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11 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

Ooh… I might need to copy those paper cut-outs and see if my students can figure it out. They love stuff like that. :)
Happy Valentines Day- it just dawned on me that I didn’t even think to wear pink or red. Does purple count?

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12 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous February 14, 2012 at 9:45 am

What a beautiful card! I need to google how to do that!

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13 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 14, 2012 at 9:48 am

I LOVE peach flavored teas! There’s one from Argo Tea called Ginger Peach that’s my favorite.

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14 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

Happy Valentine’s Day, Kath! I passed by your bakery on my run this morning, and I came home with a chocolate bliss cookie in my hand :)

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15 dee February 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

Happy V-day! I’ve never seen a Swedish heart. How cool!

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16 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

loving all of the red and pink – so fun! i would be clueless when it comes to the swedish heart… i’m so not good at those sorts of things. happy valentine’s day! ;)

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17 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

I forgot about those hearts! We used to make them in elementary school. Happy Valentine’s!

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18 Elisabeth February 14, 2012 at 9:53 am

I just mentioned at work last week that I miss the Valentine’s days of childhood (even as a 29 year old) – I loved making the foil covered shoebox into a Valentine mailbox, the party at school with heart-shaped sugar cookies, etc :)

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19 Jane February 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

I always wondered how you make those Valentine’s, but I didn’t know they were Swedish! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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20 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 14, 2012 at 9:57 am

That heart thing would drive me crazy! I’m so bad at putting shape things like that together. Somehow I passed geometry, but I seriously wonder how considering how inept I am at that stuff!

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21 HRCK the Herald February 14, 2012 at 10:01 am

Happy Valentine’s Day, Kath!

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22 Sydney@ Nutrition with Sydney February 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

Love the paper hearts! And peach oolong tea–makes the most delicious iced tea! :-)

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23 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

WOAH!! Those hearts are so cool!!!

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24 Meg @ Spandex in the City February 14, 2012 at 10:11 am

Happy Valentine’s !
your spoon is so ornate and adorable, really goes well with the V day theme I see going on. hehe

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25 Kelly @ Vegolosophy February 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

I totally love Valentines because of my childhood too! Loved all the school parities and yummy treats :)

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26 Joss February 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

Happy Valentines day! Love the vday colors in this post :)

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27 Tabitha (From Single to Married) February 14, 2012 at 10:16 am

Please do a post on how to make the Swedish heart if you figure it out – I’m on the hunt for Valentine’s crafts to do with my toddler and I love that heart! thanks! Oh – and happy valentine’s day!

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28 Amelia February 14, 2012 at 10:17 am

Not sure if it is the red and pink backdrop today, but that bowl of oats looks SO good. It looks very creamy, warm, and comforting. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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29 Anna @ On Anna's Plate February 14, 2012 at 10:23 am

Valentine’s Day totally reminds me of childhood too. It’s one of the things I’m excited about for having kids– so many holidays are just going to become so FUN again!

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30 Lindzjane115 February 14, 2012 at 10:36 am

Happy Valentine’s Day, Kath! Hope bakery sales today rival Thanksgiving and Christmas :-)

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31 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles February 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

Happy Valentine’s Day, Kath!

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32 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

I like peach teas, but not many other fruit flavors. I hope you enjoy your day Kath.

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33 Sylvia February 14, 2012 at 10:50 am

I thought that heart looked super simple at first but when I thought about it now I’m not so sure :) It seems kinda complicated getting the weave right. I hope you get it figured out so you can show us! Happy Valentine’s day!

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34 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 14, 2012 at 10:54 am

Wow, that Swedish heart does look complicated! I love that your mom left treats for you on the kitchen table for Valentine’s Day – what a fun idea. I was just thinking (and you might have written about this for BERF), but did you initially wean yourself off coffee in preparation for pregnancy?

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35 KathEats February 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm

I didn’t do it with only pregnancy in mind, but that was a factor. I got tired of coffee in the summer and never let it become a habit again in the fall/winter. I switched to tea, which was much better on my caffeine-sensitive brain, and luckily pregnancy followed. My nausea made me slow down on tea, but I still have a mug of caffeine or not in the mornings from time to time.

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36 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

Those paper hearts are so cute but look so complicated. Also, LOVE your spoon!

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37 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 14, 2012 at 10:58 am

That is such a cool heart valentine!! I’d be stumped, too, on how to make it! And on a random side note–that spoon is so pretty!

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38 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

Happy Valentines Day! Red is my favourite colour so I love this day! The Swedish Heart is so pretty! Got my bit of red on!

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39 elocin February 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

Happy Valentines Day! I really like that red mug.
Here Valentines Day isn’t a big deal, but I love to read how awesome it could be. Maybe next year I’ll be prepared.

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40 Allie@LiveLaughEat February 14, 2012 at 11:11 am

Is that the Salsabol in red?! Need.

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41 Tracy February 14, 2012 at 11:12 am

Now that you’re going to be a mom, you may have an all new appreciation for Valentine’s Day. I LOVE this holiday cuz it’s all about loving on my kids! I love to make it special all day: a surprise on the kitchen table in the morning, a special treat in their lunches and a fun dinner. So much fun for them and me!

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42 Katie February 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

I tried to make those paper hearts with my 3rd grade class last year and it was the biggest fiasco of all time…I should have had you come in and guest teach! :-) Happy Valentine’s Day to all THREE of you!

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43 Cait @ Beyond Bananas February 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

Those hearts are awesome. I bet my second graders would love making them!

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44 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

I’d never have the patience for those hearts – they’re beautiful though!

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45 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles February 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

Gorgeous spoon Kath. Happy Valentines Day.

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46 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

I love all of the red!! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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47 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

Happy Valentine’s Day and soon enough you will be doing plenty of arts ‘n crafts projects. I can’t believe how familiar with tape, scissors, and glue I’ve gotten again lately since having a little kid! :)

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48 Jasper Naomi @ crunchylittlebites February 14, 2012 at 11:41 am

oh ho ho ho yeah you’re gunna be a fun and crafty mom!

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49 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) February 14, 2012 at 11:58 am

Love all that red & that spoon is gorgeous!
How cute are those paper heart?! Brings me back to elementary school.

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50 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious February 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

What a beautiful post, the pictures, breakfast and the words. I hope you and Matt have a wonderful day celebrating your love!

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51 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

Whoa–cool valentines! I would never be able to figure that out–good luck!

Have fun :)

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52 Ingunn February 14, 2012 at 12:18 pm

We used to make those hearts every Christmas in Norway to decorate the tree when I was little. Aaah, happy flashbacks! Maybe I should make some next Christmas.

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53 Sneakers2Sandals February 14, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I love how this post is filled with red :) I feel happy and lovely just looking at your beautiful pictures…

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54 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables February 14, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Awww that swedish heart brings back memories! I spent two years of my childhood in Germany and I remember making those, but not how!

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55 RunEatRepeat February 14, 2012 at 12:44 pm

All I know about is Swedish Fish, the candy :)

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56 Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 14, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I love all the red! So festive – Happy Valentine’s Day!

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57 TeenyLittleSuperChef February 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Those oats could definitely turn a not-so-hungry tummy completely around. I’ve already had breakfast but I could totally go for a bowl of your oats right about now. Hmm, maybe for lunch. Those Swedish heart things are pretty cool although I would hate receiving them as I have no patience for things like puzzles. I end up getting frustrated and handing them to my husband to figure out for me. Still a pretty cute idea, though and totally sweet of your Grandma.
Happy Valentine’s Day!

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58 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Happy v-day! I love all the red in this post :)

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59 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 14, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I’ve seen those hearts before and have No idea how to make them work!

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60 Candice February 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I used to make these hearts a lot when I studied abroad in Denmark! Danes do the same thing, especially around Christmas. You have to weave them into each other, kind of in an over-under-over-under way. It’s really easy but hard to explain verbally!

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61 Samantha February 14, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Calling Gram would probably be best..but the power of Google will also get you there too:)
xo<3

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62 Stephanie February 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

My mom has a Danish heart ornament for our Christmas tree. You’re supposed to put chocolates in it, but the dog would go wild! Must be a Scandinavian thing :) So pretty!

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63 Holly February 14, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I once made those swedish hearts for an entire kindergarten class…the little boy I was babysitting was supposed to make them but he lost interest really fast so I went ahead and finished them. Once I was on a roll they were easy. That was years ago so I wonder if I could do one now.

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64 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I also love Valentines Day because of the fun childhood memories. Every Valentines Day growing up my mom would have an elaborate breakfast made for me and my siblings before school. We would drink strawberry milk and eat heart shaped pancakes with pink syrup and berries. She also had little Valentines presents for us and of course some to take to school for friends + teachers. Love it!

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65 Kamilla Vinther February 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Here’s a guide to fold those hearts. It is indeed a Scandinavian thing, and for us it is a symbol of christmas. Like a pictogram of christmas.

It’s really easy and you can do it in a lot of different ways. I find it easiest if you cut the stribes very precise and perhaps use a template to draw two identical pieces.

The instructions are in danish, but the pictures says it all. I think :D

http://www.duda.dk/Grundfag/Kristendom/Jul/juleklip/julehjerter/julehjerter.html

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66 Cate February 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

I feel the same way about Valentine’s Day…I love it because my mom always made it so wonderful for my sister and me. I was a big Valentine’s Day detractor for a few years but now that I have a little girl, I’m excited about Valentine’s Day again.

Love all the red!

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67 Erin February 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach is probably my favorite tea ever.

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68 Kirst February 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I’m surprised you never made any with my mom when we were little. We made some every year for christmas. When we were decorating the tree this year, I was thinking about how I can’t remember how they get together to look so nice. Hope Gram comes to the rescue.

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69 Lindsay February 14, 2012 at 11:21 pm

You may have just inspired me to get on the Vday card making! I’m late…but living overseas is a good excuse for any belated activity (hee hee, sometimes I use it TOO much to my advantage) and the peach tea sounds both comforting and refreshing!

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70 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) February 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

I love making valentines! I hope you and Matt had a lovely day.

PS – We LOVE the Whole Grain Goodness.

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71 Ulya February 15, 2012 at 2:29 am

Nice spoon!

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72 Katie February 15, 2012 at 8:30 am

Just wondering if you called your Gram and figured out the hearts, I remember making them in school. My 6 year old daughter just checked out a cocktail napkin origami book at the library and the 35 step squirrel. I’m perplexed and frustrated just trying to figure out the basic folds and symbols! Kids seem to be a lot better at figuring out stuff like that! Hope you had a fantastic Valentine’s Day and V-day with kids is so much fun.

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73 KathEats February 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

I didn’t get a chance to and she doesn’t hear so well over the phone, so it might be hard to describe. I think I’m going to have her show me when I visit next month instead.

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74 Angel7 February 15, 2012 at 5:20 pm

How sweet of your grandma!

Guess what? I am pregnant, too, with our second child :) I am two weeks behind you, I think. I am glad that I have your site to resort to to read what you are eating while pregnant and nauseas, because I have been nauseas as well. I hope you are feeling better!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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75 KathEats February 15, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Oh congrats!!

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76 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 16, 2012 at 2:06 am

I know what you mean–I’d take a chai tea over fruit any day!

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