we had a little valentines day soiree/birthday party for my father-in-law this past weekend and the highlight of the whole thing was the homemade rolls straight from heaven above. i made this recipe for easter last year and didn't fall in love with it completely, but i think i made the rolls too big and not the right shape last time...so hear my words, follow these instructions and you will be really happy and probably gain 5lbs of love weight. instead of rolling them into crescent shape, i rolled each dough ball into a rectangle and cut the dough into strips, rolling each end and bending the middle so they became heart shaped. and just maybe i might do my rolls like this forever because heart shaped food is just pretty cute.
pretty much every decor item from this party was purchased in the dollar section at target, which is my favorite place to be. i used a mini roll of wrapping paper for the table runner and strung puff balls on twine for the sweetest garland. i made tissue paper tassel garlands and that is maybe one of my favorite hobbies. i am really into crafts these days.
the other highlight of the night was the german chocolate cake, which came from a duncan hines box, but really was a winner. i substituted milk for water, melted butter for oil (and doubled the amount) and added an extra egg to magnify the cake mix. i used two containers of frosting per one box of mix and let me tell ya, cake was a hit in my book and i am a cake snob so that's saying something. i also made chocolate strawberries (i feel less guilty about overindulging on these because they are fruit so it could be a lot worse, right?) and oreo truffles (these are definitely not low fat or diet friendly but they are what's up) and my favorite baked parmesan chicken for dinner (such an easy recipe and a real crowd pleaser. ps. i added some crushed french fried onions for a little pizaaz and did not use bread crumbs because we had some celiacs at the table.)
okay i'm done talking about food now. can you all see where my priorities lie?