Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2012

Not only is it Valentine’s Day, but today is my first day of training for my new job as Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor (Office Manager for short *wink*) at our church.  I couldn’t go in today empty handed, so I made up some fun little treats.  I had pinned this photo on Pinterest of Pretzel Buttons from g*rated.  (Click the link for detailed instructions.) They seemed simple enough, so I made up a batch of them on Sunday and packaged them yesterday.

I used the Peanutbutter M&M’s because my gorcery store didn’t have regular M&M’s in Valentime colors.  OH.MY.WORD!  Have you tried the Peanutbutter M&M’s?  I could eat a whole bag of them.  I will not be able to buy them again.  I have absolutley no will power over them!

I had some printed cello bags on hand that had cute little pink and red cherries on them – perfect for Valentine’s Day!  For the toppers I used Echo Park Be Mine papers (I have lots left from my birthday stuff) along with SU Chocolate Chip polka dot ribbon and TE stamps and dies – Totally Tags Valentine.  I slipped a 4″ square of pink cardstock in the bag.  I didn’t want the pretzels to tumble down into a pile and I thought that if I were using wrapped candy I would be able to glue it to the cardstock square.  I decided to try a little trick and it worked out great!

After all my pretzels were done and competely set up, I cut 4″ squares of wax paper and placed white chocolate chips where each pretzel would sit.  I put the wax paper and chips into the microwave on 50% power for about 45 seconds.  Then I just smooshed the pretzels on topof the softened chips and let them set.  This has the effect of “gluing” the pretzels in place. I just slid the cardstock square under the wax paper and transfered the whole thing to a cookie sheet to fully set.

I used mostly Hugs as the original recipe called for, but I also had some regular Kisses on hand and wnated to try some of those as well.

I made up one for each of the Pastors and current office staff.  Might as well start off on the right foot, right?

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Thanks for stopping by!  I’m off to begin my new adventure.

9 Responses to “Happy Valentine’s Day!”

  1. ChristineCreations Says:

    Seriously, seriously adorable. You are going to be such a hit on your first day! Blessings!

  2. Marie Says:

    these turned out so cute! i love the bag topper and what a clever little “trick” to keep them from sliding. 🙂 so glad they turned out for you!

  3. Wanda G (stampcat) Says:

    This came out so GREAT! What a neat idea and perfectly executed! I hope you have a wonderful first day at your new job! Happy ♥♥♥ Day Jami!

  4. diane zechman Says:

    Way to make a first impression! LOL. They’re adorable, Jami! I just bought some leftover kisses from Christmas yesterday on clearance so I could make the pretzel sandwiches (put another pretzel on top instead of the M&M). I’ve made them like these before too but I never used the striped kisses…these are adorable!
    Good luck on your new job!

  5. Traci Davis Says:

    These are toooo cute! I have made them with Rolos and a pecan half before but yours are much prettier. I will have to try your version. Your packaging is lovely also. I hope you had a great first day!

  6. Lori Craig Says:

    Wes’ sister has been making these for the girls since they were itty-bitty. In the northeast, you can buy pretzels from Utz that are round – a little bigger than a quarter. To that end, she’s always called these belly buttons. We usually get seasonal m&m’s and pretzels in the mail a few times per year. Let me know how the job is going… Hugs!

  7. Sue Kment Says:

    Super fun giftie. Great presentation too. I make these at Christmas, but will have to remember your Valentine project!

  8. Jodi Collins Says:

    I make these ALL the time…aren’t they DELISH? What a darling treat to bring to your first day!!

  9. Charmaine Ikach Says:

    These are ADORABLE, Jami and they look delicious! I’d hate to detroy that beautiful packaging to eat them! LOL

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