Sunday, January 23, 2011

conversation hearts

valentine's day
wouldn't be complete
without a conversation
candy hearts

i remember the days
when hearts were carefully shared
making sure
i love you
didn't get inadvertently passed
to a
4th grade crush

also important

sharing only
the good flavors
anyone would shudder
to see
the object of her affection
chewing up and spitting out
her heart

ten years old
is too young
to fully understand

this year
i am confident 
that hubster
will appreciate
i love you
or three
in such flavors as
green tea
vanilla bean 
 conversation hearts
(printable recipe)
1/4 oz gelatin
1/2 cup water
2 tsp light corn syrup
2 lbs powdered sugar
rubber stamp kit or food color pens
place water in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin over.  let bloom.  add the corn syrup and gently cook in the microwave until the gelatin and corn syrup have melted.  do this in 20 second intervals. mix the gelatin mixture into about 2/3rds of the powdered sugar.  knead with your hands, adding more powdered sugar as necessary until the dough is satiny and doesn't stick to the counter.  divide the dough into 6-8 pieces, coloring and flavoring as desired.  keep tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, as this dough will dry out quickly.  keep some powdered sugar on hand, in case adding color and flavor makes the dough sticky.
  roll the dough out and cut with small heart cutter. 
 place on a cornstarch dusted sheet pan and let dry a minimum of 48 hours.
when ready to decorate, use food color based pens, or brush food coloring directly onto a rubber stamp with the words spelled backwards.  press the heart onto the stamp and let dry about 15minutes.  you can also paint food coloring directly onto the heart as well.
i used this stamp set for most of mine

these are so much fun to make
i think 
a robin's egg blue box 
full of 
marry me hearts
would be a darling
a love poem
stamped out
word by word
heart by heart
snaked down
the dining room table
as a simple but thoughtful
the possibilities are endless
Just. Like. Love

i am linking this up to
rook no 17
a little birdie told me


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