Valentine’s Day weekend is here! “Yayyy,” I really could care less. Honestly, I, in particular, never liked “Valentine’s Day” or any type of day created by some marketing genius to get people to go out and spend money. Call me a “party pooper,” but I much rather my guy surprise me with flowers on a random day (not because he is told by society he has to, but just because he wants to). Does that make sense?
I don’t hate on my friends or others that do enjoy celebrating those days throughout the year. But I like to do something because I want to versus because I have to. I think most girls reading this are probably thinking I’m bat shit crazy, and that I should just love getting spoiled no matter the situation. haha! (I am a bit strange, I suppose. And also very used to spoiling myself, instead).
Anyway, regardless of how I feel about Valentine’s Day- I will still have a romantic night in. Last year, we didn’t go out to dinner because neither of us really cared for going to a crowded place, paying triple as much for a simple meal because “Valentine’s Day.” We wanted something more intimate, just him & I, some fun cards- a home cooked meal and a movie. Why not? So this year, we’ll be doing something very similar. You may be thinking, “Well, what the hell! Let the guy pay for that expensive meal, you deserve it!.” Let me explain in the simplest way possible, yes I do deserve it. But when you are truly someone’s partner, you work with them– not against them. You help them grow, you help them save to build a better future, you don’t take advantage of a man because he’s a man and is expected to take care of you. Not to say you should never splurge or be spoiled by your man (all power to you if you are both in a position where you can spoil the hell out of each other), but everyone has their goals- and every couple should have theirs. We both are simply helping each other grow and if by cooking a romantic dinner at home brings us closer to our goals then hell, why not?!
Anyhow, enough about us and why we do the things we do. You are here for some fun ideas for Valentine’s Day. And since I am cooking- here are some SEXY dessert recipes to get the mood going! *wink wink*
My top 3 Desserts for Valentine’s Day
Individual Chocolate Melting Cakes
10 ounces of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Heat oven to 325* F Lightly coat a 12-cup muffin tin with vegetable cooking spray
Melt the chocolate and butter in a large bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Remove from heat.
In another large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar at medium-high speed until light and fluffy. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and melted chocolate. Mix with a spoon until well blended.
Divide the batter evenly into 8 muffin tins and bake until the cakes have just cooked through, about 15 minutes.
The cakes will still look a bit moist on top. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes. Serve warm with the caramel sauce and ice cream.
Chocolate Bar Fondue
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 pound milk or dark chocolate, broken into pieces
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 store bought angel food cake, cut into 1 inch pieces
8 ounces of dried fruit, such as pineapple slices and figs
In a small saucepan, low heat, warm the cream and chocolate. Stir until the chocolate melts. Transfer the fondue to a serving bowl.
Serve immediately with forks and foods for dipping strawberries, angel food cake, and dried fruit.
8 graham crackers
32 large marshmallows, cut in half
1-5 ounces chocolate bars (such as Hersheys)
1 cup fresh raspberries
Adjust rack to middle position, and heat broiler or toaster oven. Break the crackers in half to form squares and place on a baking sheet. Arrange 5 marshmallows halves on top of each square. Broil for 30-60 seconds or until the marshmallows are golden brown.
Break each chocolate bar into 12 pieces. Arrange the chocolate and raspberries on top of half the crackers. Invert the remaining marshmallow-topped crackers onto the raspberry-and-chocolate-topped crackers, pressing gently to make sandwiches. Stack them, if desired.
How yummy do those desserts look?! I’m excited to pick one for this weekend. As for the main dish, I’ll most likely do something with fish (somewhat healthy dish) and some vegetables.
Another idea that is never a bad one- light up some candles, set a music station on your tv or phone to be playing in the background. And decorate the table! Have some fun with it. And don’t forget to buy that sexy lingerie for yourself. And please don’t wear flats. haha! When in doubt, wear heels.
I hope this weekend is a fun, romantic weekend for you all! Come back to visit soon!
I’ll be posting something new 3x a week. Sunday, Tues and Thursday!
xox- Until Next Time