In my effort to be more Martha-like (riiiiight, me?!?) I searched the web for unique Valentine’s Day ideas. (Of course, I guess if they’re on the web, they’re not all that unique. But whatever.)
While I really am NOT anything like Martha, I do like things that are a little different, out of the mainstream, made at home. I can’t stand how commercial Valentine’s Day has become. I really think it might be time to get rid of it. I mean, what do Ninjago and Cinderella have to do with Valentine’s Day?
But, I digress…
Back to me being a Martha poseur. I came across what I thought was a great idea. Little red “fortune” cookies made from Fruit Roll Ups! So cute! And how EASY, right?!? And inexpensive, right? I read through the directions quickly, bought some roll ups and tested my ability. The four I made were adorable and the kids approved. I bragged to my sister. I was committed.
I went back to the store for more Fruit Roll Ups, got out my biscuit cutter (yes, I have a biscuit cutter) and went to work. I discovered a few issues along the way. First, while I thought the “cookies” were just one roll up thick, they were actually supposed to be FOUR thick. (Back to the store). Also, the directions called for using parchment paper for the fortunes, because regular paper would stick to the roll ups. (Back to the store). Thinking I’d be super smart and streamline the fortune process, I typed them all up on the computer, cut my parchment paper to fit the printer and printed them all out. (Ooooooh! EFFICIENT!) And found out that ink jet ink doesn’t stick to parchment paper. I was going to have to HAND WRITE each fortune, using a permanent marker, which I didn’t have. (Back to the store.)
By the way, have I mentioned that I have four children in school, all of whom needed Valentines? That’s ONE HUNDRED AND THREE Valentines. And heaven help me, it’ll be even more next year! (I was beginning to see exactly what Ninjago and Cinderella have to do with Valentine’s Day.)
Finally, after making the last little cookie, I decided that they’d each have to be bagged separately so that they’d be easier to distribute, and could also somehow have a “from” label. (Back. To. The. Store.)
Before bed, I separated each child’s Valentines into bags that they could carry easily to school.
It turns out that these bags are also very good for swinging around and hitting your siblings with on the way to school! Somehow, I doubt my little “fortune cookies” are going to resemble anything but gooey red blobs by the time they get distributed.
Here, then, is proof that they looked pretty good at some point.
Cute as they are, I will NEVER, EVER make 103 of these $%&#! again. A few for my family? Maybe, after the pain has worn off.