Seeing Red on Valentine’s Day

My 6-year-old is counting down the days to her first grade class Valentine’s Day party. She’s dying to pass out the all-red treats she chose for all of her classmates and hand her teacher the all-red Love Day card she made with a very red Sharpie. It’s all about red during the countdown to February 14th. Thank goodness her Catholic School uniform is partially red or I’d really be in for it.

You’d think the class party would be enough to satisfy my daughter’s obsession with red, but nooooooo, she wants to paint her entire day red, including her meals. Since the school is planning a red-themed lunch my daughter thinks it’s only right that I join in the “fun” and make a red breakfast and dinner. Her suggestions: Heart-shaped pancakes with strawberry jam and fruit punch for the former and hot dogs with ketchup for the latter.


I haven’t decided on the final Love Day menu, but I did find a couple of red contenders for dessert:

Valentine’s Day JELLO Salad


6 ounces (2 boxes) strawberry or cherry JELLO

4 ounces Red Hots cinnamoin candy

3 cups boiling water

2 cups of applesauce


Dissolve JELLO and Red Hots in boiling water.

Set aside and let cool until it gets to room temperature.

When it is cooled, add the applesauce.

Pour mixture into a greased 8 cup JELLO mold.

Chill until firm before serving.

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes


2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 1/3 melted butter

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 tablespoons food color

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients.

In a large bowl mix butter and eggs.

Whisk together remaining wet ingredients.

Starting with dry ingredients mix half into butter mixture, then mix half buttermilk mixture. Repeat and then pour into greased muffin tins.

Bake for 20 minutes of until toothpick comes out clean.

Cream Cheese Icing


8 ounces cream cheese

8 ounces powered sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla


Beat ingredients together until smooth.

Spread icing over cooled cupcakes.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.