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VALENTINE'S DAY COOKIES/ Pay It Forward



February is just around the corner. It's the month to express our love and affection for those special ones in our lives. I do not believe Valentine’s Day should be reserved only for romantic love but for our significant others as well as parents, children, friends and strangers. Yes, I said strangers. Let’s make February the month of extending a gentle word, kind gesture or helping hand to those anonymous people who we interact with each and every day. Those who are part of our world who we take for granted.

Grab a cart at the grocery store and hand it off to the person next to you and watch their pleasant surprise. Shovel the snow on your neighbor’s stoop. Extend a friendly greeting and address the grocery checker by name, then watch 'em perk up and smile. Give up your seat on the subway to another and stand instead.

Feel the joy in a simple act of kindness for having brightened someone’s day. I believe too in the power of suggestion and one good deed leads to another. Why not continue this trend beyond February and let’s start an epidemic of kindness. Pay it forward at every opportunity.

February is also the time to decorate heart-shaped cookies. Just to get you started, here are a few designs to inspire you to bake and decorate Valentine’s Day cookies for those you love.
 





SPRINKLED HEART COOKIES

MONOGRAM HEART COOKIES

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20 comments:

  1. love that shade of purple!

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    1. MAM, Thank you. I agree, it's a pretty shade. Thanks for stopping by

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  2. These are all lovely! My favourites are the pink ones with the bows.

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    1. Paula, Thank you! That cookie is unique and one of my favorites also.

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  3. Just beautiful!!! You inspire me to try my hand at decorated cookies. :)

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    1. Lin, Give cookie decorating a try. There is lots of information on Cookie Decorating/Part One and Cookie Decorating/Part Two, both links are under the tab for Cookie Index/Other.

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  4. I really love your sentiment about Valentine's day, Joan! I think we all have the opportunities to do some small act of kindness every day.....we just have to act upon it! I love all of your heart cookies....they are so pretty. Especially the 'box of chocolates' with the delicate bows. I wish I had your skills! : )

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    1. Anne, Thank you! There are endless design possibilities with the heart cutter. I'll be using it throughout the year. Cookie decorating simply takes practice and anyone can do it. Have a great Valentine's Day.

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  5. These are so beautiful! I agree, I think Valentine's Day can be a day to give goodies to those you appreciate. My kids and I usually make treats and give them to friends, family and teachers. We'll have to try some of these cookies, I hope they come out looking as nice as yours!

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    1. Bernadyn, Thank you! It's great that your young children are making special Valentine treats for others and experiencing the joy of giving. I popped in to visit your blog. Wishing you warm weather in sunny Florida and a Happy Valentine's Day.

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  6. Beautiful cookies Joan. I like your suggestion of paying it forward - sometimes I think the smallest act has a great impact. Pinning these cookies!

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    1. Deb, Thank you! Yes, small acts among millions of us adds up nicely. I really appreciate the pin.

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  7. Joan very nice; really loving the cookies :) just loving it ; beautifully presented :)

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    1. Monu, Thank you! I appreciate your kind words and I'm glad you enjoy the cookies.

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  8. I must pin everything you make!! Gorgeous Valentine's Day cookies!

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    1. Liz, Thank you very much. I really appreciate all the pins as I'm still growing my blog. Have a Happy Valentine's Day.

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  9. Oh Joan, u do such GREAT WORK!!! I see so much of UR BEAUTIFUL WORK on all my diff baking sites. I look forward to it. I LOVE the lavender cookies, they are my fav, BUT they are all beautiful!!
    Thx
    jann britelite

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    1. Jann, Somehow I missed this comment until now. Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to stop in.

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  10. The Viral Site best love cakes for valentines love it

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