Valentine’s Day is a fun day to celebrate the special people in your life.

Before the children came, it meant a quiet dinner out. When the kids were little, it meant heart-shaped pancakes with sprinkles, homemade heart-shaped pizza and red Jell-O desserts with creamy topping and fun treats made for their classmates.

Now the kids are older and busier and Valentine’s Day is honestly not a very big priority. We will spend this Valentine’s Day celebrating senior night at our daughter’s basketball game. There will be heart-shaped signs with pictures of the girls when they were toddlers displayed in the gym and other celebratory gestures done. I will probably cry.

I want to give the seniors a little take-home treat that also recognizes our love for them, so I will make them each a bag of Valentine popcorn bites. To make one batch, I will need 14 cups of popped popcorn, a 16-ounce bag of mini marshmallows, 6 tablespoons of butter, 1 cup of white chocolate chips and ½ cup of Valentine-themed sprinkles.

To make this easy treat, melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot and then add the marshmallows, stirring until melted. Then add the white chips, stir and remove from heat. Next, add the popcorn and gently stir until evenly coated.

Pour the mixture out onto a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and sprinkle on half of the holiday sprinkles. With buttered hands, form into small, bite-sized balls and add additional sprinkles to make each ball pretty. Let set until cooled, then bag them up and tie each bag with a pretty bow.

In addition to several Valentine-appropriate recipes, including my favorite go-to lasagna recipe, I’m also sharing several hot breakfast recipes to commemorate National Hot Breakfast Month.

Our family is not very good about eating good breakfasts before rushing out the door each morning, but we do love breakfast for supper. Any one of these recipes would be a welcome meal at any time of day.

Janelle Thomas can be reached at janellethomas@charter.net.