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Say “Valentine’s Day” and bam! two traditions immediately pop into my mind. Those tiny candy hearts we all grew up with and the heart-shaped hamburgers my mom used to make to commemorate the day.

My mom—the best mama on planet earth—was not what we’d refer to these days as a crafty or Etsy type of mom. This was, after all, back in the I-am-woman-hear-me-roar ’70s. She worked full-time while raising us four kids. (So did my dad, but that’s another story.) Still, her mothering was impeccable and expansive and she was always there for us, even if she wasn’t, you know, always there for us. I think it’s pretty cool that all these decades later, that juicy little patty of a memory is still intact and still delights. And what a totally simple thing, right?

Because it tends to be the wee small things that become our cherished refrains, I’m gifting to you some brand new (yet still super duper simple) versions of those memorable candy hearts and burgers. These everlasting Handy Candy Hearts (pictured above) are ready for you to just print and hand out. You’ll find specific messages for mates, offspring, and unrequited crushes. And this Home Sweet(heart) Home video spotlights five easy ways to say “I love you!” with food. Prep time for each is about, oh, four seconds.

And here is one more way to proclaim your love. You could literally shout it from the rooftop!

I hope you have a very sweet Valentine’s Day. And please, would you let me know in 20 years if any of these ideas morphed into lingering memories for your family?  🙂

amy k.r.



  1. The ice hearts are brilliant! So many cute ideas Amy. Aways love your work and always love to see the kindness and warmth you bring to the world! (I’m cutting out the hearts right now!)
    Happy Heart day today and may all us readers be inspired!

  2. Amy! Well said and thank you for the trip down memory lane–I too had a working mother who raised all three of us and did such an excellent job balancing all of her responsibilities that it eludes me to this day as I try to raise just ONE! Though we didn’t get heart-shaped burgers (wow!) –we did get giant heart-shaped cookies w/our names on them–homemade of course 😉

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Somehow, for me, Valentine’s Day seems rushed this year. Kids’ parties were today – my little and not so little ones are eight and three. Their valentines were not commercial but not homemade and I sent in store-bought treats purchased last night. Everything just seemed to lack the personal touch. Thanks for the reminder of how simple this holiday is supposed to be, and thank goodness I have until Monday to come up with something unique, however small, just for our little corner of the world.

    1. Just think of the wonderful memories you are giving your children. My 16-year-old reminded me today of all the things I have done throughout the years (hint, hint). I guess they are never too old for Valentine treats!

    1. Isn’t it, though? I’ve been wondering ever since this posted… how long can I get away with cut-out hearts in my son’s lunch? I know the days are numbered, now he’s in 2nd grade. But he’s so sweet and tends toward sentimental, I’m sure I’ll be able to sneak some heart-shaped snacks in after school for a few more years yet. Just so long as no one else sees it. (I can hear him: “Mooommmm….” like I’m a hopeless embarrassment with my goofy food love). Thanks for commenting, Monica.

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