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Okay, so I don’t know about you, but all I want for V day is yummy food and some cuddle time with my Creampuff. That in mind here are the recipes for the three things every poor valentine should know how to make.

Giant Soft Pretzel
You can make these into heart shapes!
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Ingredients
  • 6 tsp yeast
  • 2 tsp white sugar
  • 1¼ cups warm water
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 4 cups hot water
  • Kosher Salt for topping
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine yeast, 2 tsp white sugar, and warm water.
  2. Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, combine 3½ cups flour, sugar, and salt.
  4. Add in oil and yeast mixture.
  5. Mix to form a dough ball and knead in the rest of the flour.
  6. Knead until dough is elastic and smooth, 8 minutes.
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  7. Lightly oil a large bowl and place dough ball inside and cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
  8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  9. Bring water to a light boil.
  10. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and remove from heat.
  11. Divide dough into 12 pieces.
  12. Roll out each piece into a rope and twist into pretzel shape.
  13. Dip each pretzel into baking soda water and place on a greased baking sheet.
  14. Sprinkle with salt.
  15. Bake for 9 minutes.
  16. Cool on a wire rack.

Cheeze Sauce 

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsweetened non dairy milk (or more as needed to thin out)
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp Earth Balance
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 2 tsp mustard
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • salt & black pepper to taste

1. In a skillet or pot, melt the Earth Balance over medium heat.
2. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour and milk until all clumps are gone.
3. Add milk & flour mixture and nutritional yeast to pot and whisk well. Reduce heat to low-medium.
4. Add Dijon, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper to taste and whisk frequently until the sauce thickens up, for about 5 minutes. If it’s still too thin you can add more flour to thicken it up

Blanket Fort 

A good blanket fort should have a few elements; space for at least two people, squishy stuff, and whimsical lighting.

Ingredients

Blankets of all sizes
Pillows divided into three piles; big, little, and load bearing
A cool lamp, or string of lights
Heavy books
Furniture.
Optional: String & Clothes pins

Step one: Gather your furniture to make a frame. The frame should be tall enough to let you sit up inside the fort. I recommend chairs and couches. Use the string here to solidify the frame and give the blankets something extra to rest on if you would like.

Step two: Put the blankets over it. Weight them down with heavy books. Use the clothes pins along the seams or just over lap the edges.

Step three: Fill the fort with the remaining pillows and blankets. Reinforce your walls with firm cushions or use them as the floor.

Step four: Light her up. Hang your Xmas lights or grab a small lamp.

Step five: Set up a laptop movie for you and your sweetheart.

Step six: Enjoy your pretzels, cheeze sauce and movie in your new fort.

Behold Fort Skull Cuddles!

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