By Catherine E. Toth
Advertiser Staff Writer
Sometimes homemade is better and cheaper than store-bought.
And theres no better time to test your craft and cooking abilities than Valentines Day.
Enter "Valentine Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole Family" (Chronicle Books, February 2001).
Written by Sara Perry, a columnist at The Oregonian, "Valentine Treats" hands the lovestruck giver easy-to-follow instructions for thoughtful gifts and tempting recipes, prettied up with photos good enough to paper your walls.
It offers a range of Valentine treats, from heart-shaped gift tags to angel meringue cake and
decorated cookies, pictured above. Its even got a recipe for bone-shaped treats for your canine companion.
A staff favorite: A bucket of popcorn mixed with conversation hearts, movie passes, your sweethearts favorite candy, love coupons, a gift certificate for a favorite restaurant, or whatever else fits the occasion. Its perfect for children or your special valentine.
The book, priced at $14.95, is currently in stock at Borders Books Music and Cafe at Ward Centre. It can be ordered at Barnes & Noble, or online at Amazon.com and www.chroniclebooks.com.
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