Today is Valentine’s Day.
I love looking back. Looking back at where I was years ago.
One year I had a “Valentine” – it was in high school when you are awkward and someone asks you and you don’t know what else to do but say yes. My mom was uber excited, so she bought a big Hershey kiss and a small bag of Valentine candies for me to give him. We had band practice that day and he completely ignored me. SO, I promptly came home, ate the candy, and finished my homework before AIMing my friends about my failed Valentine’s Day. Then I hear the doorbell ring. Guess who it was? My Valentine. Whoops! No candy for you today…
Another year it snowed on Valentine’s Day, they cancelled school, and the boy I was dating at the time – it ruined his WHOLE plans. He had gotten the spare keys to my car from my parents and was going to put a surprise in it at school: a teddy bear and flowers. Poor thing. That was obviously not going to happen since I didn’t go to school but he, luckily, had a plan B.
Two years ago I made a million (and by million, I mean 165) Valentine cards for the residents of the nursing home where I was volunteering.
Last year I discussed the blessings of having a boyfriend but the “All Black Parties” I used to have with friends when I was single back in high school.
This year, I have to say… best Valentine’s Day yet. I mean, first of all, we celebrated early. And by celebrated, I mean my boyfriend was SO excited about giving me my present, that he gave it to me almost a week early. I’m still enjoying the single red rose and the necklace I now wear daily. Yesterday, though, he made these for me. I got him a waffle maker for his birthday because he’s one of those want-it-and-go-get-it people but luckily I picked up on this one little tidbit of information, held on for dear life, and was able to surprise him. With no school, snow on the ground, and sleeping in late, obviously we had to make waffles. I mean, what’s a snow day without waffles?!
What are you doing this Valentine’s Day? Are you spending it with a loved one? Or working – like me – and celebrating Valentine’s Day at a different time? Or are you treating yourself to a hot bath with a good book and a glass of wine? Maybe eating Ben & Jerry’s right out of the container with some girlfriends while watching New Girl [or guy friends while drinking beer and watching Anchorman]? Whatever you’re doing, I hope it’s perfect. And full of chocolate and waffles.
PS: Check out below for more Valentine’s Day recipes!
Whole Wheat Strawberry Waffles with Hazelnut Chocolate Drizzle
Adapted slightly from Waffles
2 large eggs
1 1/2 c 2% milk
1/2 c canola oil
1 c + 2 tbsp whole-wheat flour
2 tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 c fresh strawberries, chopped
Jif Chocolate Hazelnut spread + maple syrup for toppings
1. Preheat waffle maker.
2. Whisk together eggs, oil, and milk in a medium bowl.
3. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Create a well and add wet ingredients. Whisk together.
4. Fold in strawberries.
5. Ladle batter into waffle maker and make waffles.
6. Drizzle melted chocolate sauce on top and add maple syrup if desired.
It’s not too late to get started on your Valentine’s Day baking!
Pink Chewy Granola Bars
Red Velvet Pancakes with Cream Cheese Glaze
Raspberry Orange Chocolate Mousse
Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Pink Mint Frosting
Low-Calorie Whole Grain Strawberry Muffins
Chocolate Chip Berry Muffins
Or, if you’ve already celebrated and need some detoxing, try this Mango Strawberry Tahini Smoothie for breakfast, this Honeycrisp Spinach Salad with Pecans and Cranberries for lunch, and this Kale and Ravioli Soup for dinner.