Gift Giving on Valentines

I love holidays. I love giving gifts on holidays.  I like planning what I will make and most importantly how I will wrap it up. This Valentines Day it will be cake balls and raspberry bread!  This will be the last time I make cake balls……………..they are too time consuming for me and I do not feel I can master them. Cake Balls are not for someone who is a  perfectionist.  I just can not get them to look as pretty as I would like. And when you don’t like the way they look you have to eat them to destroy the evidence. Bummer!! Not to mention that every single mistake showed its ugly face on my scales. Seriously, cake balls are small – so please tell me how they could add so many pounds to my scales? I even pick up my scales and move them to different parts of our home to see if it changes……….but nope!  Just because you do not like the way the cake ball turns out does not mean it is calorie free!! That breaks my heart!  But my raspberry bread does not require what the cake balls do of me!  My raspberry bread is put in a clear cellophane bag and tied with a red ribbon! Simple!! 

Here’s my cake balls and how I spiffed them up for gifts. I got the heart shaped bowls at Target then wrapped them up with clear cellophane from Hob Lob and tied with red ribbon I already had. 

“Sweets for the Sweet!!”

I have had this recipe for Raspberry Bread forever. I do not even remember who gave me the recipe. Since it turns out red I make it not only for Valentines Day but also for July 4th. It is simple and quick to make. I think it took about 5 minutes to make. 

Now wrap it up – tie it with a ribbon – and that’s it!!



1 white cake mix

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup oil

3 T. sifted flour ( oops – I did not sift)

4 eggs

10 oz bag of frozen rapberries

2 – 3 oz boxes of raspberry jell-o

Combine the first 6 ingredients. beat at moderate speed for 2 minutes. Add the frozen raspberries and beat another 2 minutes. Pour into greased bread pans. I used 4 small loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes. 

This is truly a very delicious bread!

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