We don't know about you, but now that the month of February is upon us, our Valentine’s Day clock has really started ticking. Because of how the holiday perks up an otherwise quiet winter month, we always immediately – and gladly – associate Valentine’s Day with February. Whether you’re part of an “old-married couple”, newly married, engaged, dating, or single, we’re guessing there’s several people in your life you’d like to do something special for on Valentine’s Day – because hey, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about celebrating romantic love, it’s about reminding all the people in your life, whether it be friends, parents, grandparents, your children, nieces, nephews, or your favorite co-worker how important they are.
Identifying who you want to do something special for is the easy part of Valentine’s Day. The hard part is figuring out something really thoughtful to do to show your Valentines how glad you are to have them in your life. Regardless of the holiday or reason for a gift/giving action, we’ve always found that the gifts we’ve made ourselves are the ones that are the most appreciated and bring the biggest smile to our recipients’ faces. We know if we think back on the gifts we’ve received, the ones we cherish most are the ones that someone spent some good, quality time on – creating something special just for us.
So, in keeping with the “made with love” idea, and a holiday that’s so associated with sweets for the sweet, why not cook up, bake up, or stir up one or several tasty treats for your loved ones? Whether you want to make just one treat or keep them coming all day long, we’ve created a schedule of festive food for the whole day of February 14!
6am – 10 am: Smoothie Time! Pour your sweeties a delicious and nutritious beverage like the blueberry banana with flaxseed smoothie recipe you can make easily with our mix. You’ll show your loved ones(s) how much you care by serving up lots of healthy nutrients along with yummy taste.
11am – 12:00pm: Belly-warming Bread Break! Even if your loved ones can’t be with you for a late morning break, you can still remind them they’re your Valentines during the day by packing up and sending them off with bread made with our easy, tasty lemon-glazed poppy seed loaf recipe.
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Savory Sweet Sojourn! So, we’re really talking lunch here, folks, but couldn’t pass on the catchy slogan. Keep the sweet Valentine’s treats going by packing this sweet & savory Mediterranean chickpea salad with lemon-herb dressing in your sweetie’s lunch pail. The onions provide enough sweet punch to make it feel Valentine-ish.
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Late Afternoon Nosh! Not only will your Valentines feel loved, but they’ll likely love you even more than they already do, when they open up and taste this sweet and Valentine-hued guacamole treat you packed with dipping carrots for them – cherry lime – hmmmm! Or, knock your sweeties out of their late afternoon slump with a festive candy apple that you made yourself. Make it simple and easy by using our candy apple kit.
6:30pm – 8:00pm: Dinnertime with Your Valentine! Dish out a main course whose sweet taste will remind them its Valentine’s Day – our honey lime chicken recipe.
9:00pm – 10:00pm: Semi-late Dessert Hour! Top off your sweeties’ day of sweet treats with a dessert that looks and tastes like Valentine’s Day! Use our glaze pouch to create a shimmering, strawberry-topped cheesecake like the mascarpone strawberry-glazed cheesecake in our blog photo – recipe brought to you by Dani at Food Recipes Headquarters.
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We’ve already collected and will continue to collect some great ideas for special food treats you can make for your Valentines at https://www.pinterest.com/concordfoods/sweet-valentines-treats/.
We’ll be talking about sweet treats for sweeties using #cookforyoursweetie, #bakeforyoursweetie, #stirupsomethingspecial, #valentinesdaytreats, and #valentinesdaydinner on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. We want to hear and see how you scheduled a day of sweet treats, so please do share!