EntertainingsliderTime Out

by Mary Canovas

Even if it´s still February and it´s cold and snowing, along comes Valentine’s Day reminding us that in the company of our loved ones, we can see that spring is almost right around the corner.  Keep the love flowing in your hearts and we shall all see a brighter day and future.

With love, here is something to eat, something to make, and something to enjoy for Valentine´s Day or any day of the year.

Hot Dog Hearts

Here´s one more way to tell them you care – hot dog hearts.  Tasty, satisfying,
and heartfelt (okay, just kidding!!).  Great for breakfast, lunch or a
light dinner.  For the whole family or that special friend.


  • 1 hot dog
  • Egg
  • toothpicks

Homemade instant mashed potatoes:

  • Instant mashed potatoes
  • Butter, Garlic powder, Salt and pepper, Grated cheese
  • 1 Cup of milk
  • 1 Cup of water

Directions  with Egg

  • Boil hot dog for 5 minutes
  • Remove from heat see video for cutting instructions.
  • Open, forming a heart and secure bottom peak with a toothpick.
  • Fry the hot dog sausage see video
  • Turn the sausage over and insert egg in the center.

*Note: Can also be made with scrambled eggs or omelet.
** Fry on medium-high heat. Cover pan with lid.

Directions with Mashed Potatoes

  • Make mashed potatoes from scratch or with instant butter, garlic powder, salt and pepper and, optional, some grated cheese. Fill hot dog with mashed potatoes but don´t cover the pan. Serve immediately.

Heart Gift Box

A very special gift box for a special gift.  Any gift, whether simple or expensive will definitely make an
impression with your handmade gift box. You don’t need a template, just follow video.


  • A4 paper
  • pencil, ruler, scissors
  • Optional: glitter

Bailey´s No-Churn Ice Cream
If you like Bailey’s Whiskey Cream Liqueur, you are going to love this ice cream. Make it in minutes with
NO  eggs, NO cooking and NO ice cream machine. So smooth and rich – a perfect ending to a
special meal or gathering.  Make it with or without grated chocolate. Only for adults.


  • 400 ml – 1 3/4 cups condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 150 ml – 3/4 cup Baileys’ Cream Liqueur (or less – to taste) IMPORTANT: This is the maximum amount of liqueur for the ice cream to freeze well.
  • 600 ml or 2 1/2 cups of very cold heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • Optional: 60 g – 1/3 cup grated dark chocolate (and a little more for decoration)


  • In a large bowl whisk (do not beat) condensed milk, extract and Bailey’s and optional grated chocolate until it is completely mixed. Set aside.
  • In another bowl, with an electric beater, beat the very cold heavy cream adding the sugar midway until it forms really strong and firm peaks.
  • Stir a heaping tablespoon of whipped cream or chantilly into the condensed milk mixture. This makes the following step easier.
  • With a spatula, gently fold the whipped cream into the condensed milk. Mix until everything is blended. Do this in 3 parts.
  • Fill your container (metal or plastic) and cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 4 to 6 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from the freezer a few minutes before serving.
  • Optional: Serve with a sprinkling of grated chocolate or chocolate syrup.

Featured image/Congerdesign from Pixabay
Floral heart/AnnaliseArt from Pixabay