Hearts for Your Table and Your Tummy

February 13, 2012

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By Bernadine Chapman-Cruz

Valentine’s Day is associated with the conventional cupids, flowers, candy and hearts. Keep the loving feeling all month long with a ‘hearts at the table’ theme incorporated into simple imaginative foods and heart themed table settings.  A little thought and a bit of creativity can bring a special kind of love to your table. Inexpensive novelty décor tableware can be purchased for pennies on the dollar during  the frenzy of the Valentine’s Day rush. Discount stores also offer a variety of suitable themed merchandise. Table covers, napkins, plates and decorative accessories, combined with whimsical creative homemade dishes will become the memories that seal family traditions for years to come. Bring a special kind of love to mealtime, one that’s guaranteed to warm the tummy and the heart.


Cut French toast into heart shapes and serve with berry syrup and strawberries

Serve an egg in a basket – also known as, hen in a nest, chicken egg nest, sunshine toast, moon egg or  cowboy egg.  Prepare bread by cutting out a hole with a large heart shaped cookie cutter before breaking egg into the center.

A bowl of oatmeal topped with a heart shaped dollop of strawberry jam


Heart shaped sandwich with cream cheese and strawberry jam filling

Steaming tomato soup with a heart shaped grilled cheese sandwich

Ambrosia, garnished with a maraschino cherry,  served in a heart shaped bowl

Molded heart shaped cottage cheese and strawberry salad

Appetizer:  Heart shaped pieces of cheese with assorted crackers

Entrée:  Baked chicken breast or pork chop with rice or baked potato, accompanied by salad with raspberry vinaigrette dressing garnished with strawberries

Dessert:  vanilla ice cream drizzled with cherry cordial

Dinner can be served with wine atop fancy linens accompanied by candlelight

From my heart to yours – enjoy!

Easy Ambrosia Salad

1 can mandarin oranges – drained

1 can crushed pineapple – drained

1 cup miniature marshmallows

1 cup flaked coconut

1 cup sour cream

Mix all ingredients – refrigerate overnight

Bernadine Chapman-Cruz  Copyright 2012



  1. Good Monday Morning Dianne: Thank you for all of the ideas…Although I miss Drexel very much, I find that your ideas have brought back many fond memories of our past Valentine’s Day…Enjoy your memories…Kisses Kim


  2. Hi Kimberly,
    Glad you liked my guest posting ‘Valentines for Your Tummy & Heart.’ Hope you will incorporate some into your Valentine’s Day plans for your special someone. I plan to make Valentine’s Day fun all day long!


  3. love these yummy ideas. my kids will love them more 🙂 thank you for the inspiration. happy Valentines Day to you all.


  4. Hannah,
    Enjoy doing something loving and creative for your family. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too. Thank you for your nice comment.


  5. Sweet sweet post. Happy Valentine’s Day e


  6. Hi Sue,
    Not sure if you are ‘my sister susie’ but your sweet sweet words sound like the sweet, sweet you. If poster is another sue – you are sweet too. Thank you for your comment.


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