Valentine’s Day

Strawberry Basil Shortcakes with Chocolate Balsamic Drizzle #FreshTastyValentines

Watch out, traditional yet delicious strawberry shortcake, there’s a new kid in town and it’s got basil, chocolate, and balsamic in it’s arsenal.

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#FreshTastyValentines Giveaways

With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how to show the people in your life that you love them by appealing to their stomachs. Being that I’m not the best at expressing my feelings in words, this is the ideal scenario for me. Last year, Camilla (Culinary Adventures with Camilla) gathered a group of bloggers to facilitate just that with what was called #TripleSBites – celebrating romance with spicy, saucy, and sexy bites. This year she is hosting again but with a new name: #FreshTastyValentines.

What I made for #FreshTastyValentines:
Monday 2/1 – BBQ Bacon Mango Pizza
Wednesday 2/3 – Wine Smoothies
Friday 2/5 – Strawberry Basil Shortcakes with Chocolate Balsamic Drizzle
Monday 2/8 – Stay tuned

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Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

The chewiest chocolate chip cookies now come in red velvet. Rich red velvet color and flavor with sweet white chocolate chips.

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Homemade Lip Balms Revisit

Get kissable lips at home with homemade lip balms made with coconut oil. So easy you make you may never buy lip balm again!

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DIY Heart Shoe Clips

Add a little sparkle to your step for Valentine’s Day with these sequined heart shoe clips. Perfect for your flats or heels.

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After a successful week full of spicy, saucy, sexy bites with #TripleSBites to get you prepared for Valentine’s Day, I decided to throw some festive DIY posts at you this week. First I shared a list of DIY gift ideas, followed by a Stitch Fix review to add to your wishlist, and now a cute craft to make your feet sparkle.

When I first saw the tutorial for making these heart shoe clips I imagined myself attempting and epically failing, emulating those “Pinterest fails, nailed it!”posts. I was pleasantly surprised by how easy they were to put together and only took about 15 minutes. These shoe clips can be worn on heels or flats and can be made in any shape/color you prefer. I’m tempted to make shoe clips for every holiday!

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One year ago: Strawberry Pretzel Salad

Two years ago: Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Mix & Cream Cheese Frosting Marshmallows

Three years ago: Dark Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes with Amaretto Cream

Four years ago: Guiltless Fettuccine Alfredo
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14 DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Give gifts from the heart this Valentine’s Day with this list of DIY gifts. From homemade lip balms to red velvet hot chocolate, I’ve got you covered. 

Making a gift for your dude? Paint a mug with loveable phrases, inside jokes, monogram, favorite sports team/movie/whatever and fill it with a bag full of homemade hot cocoa mix and marshmallows. Heck maybe he’d enjoy some manly peppermint lip balm too.

Wanna go crazy and make gifts for your friends? Doodle hearts onto the mugs and fill with a bag of chai tea mix, homemade chocolate lip balm, and some sparkly hair ties. I’m tempted to make myself the same combo.

And in case you are also in need of menu planning ideas, check out the links below for previous years’ Valentine’s Day Recipe Roundups:

14 DIY Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas
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Red Velvet Creme Brulee for Two

Welcome to the combination of red velvet and creme brulee. With so much decadence in one dessert, you’ll be glad it only serves two.

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When it comes to cooking holiday meals preparation is key, even when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Unless you are cooking the meal together, you don’t want to spend the entirety of Valentine’s Day in the kitchen so if possible knock out some steps head of time. So the day before you should marinade the meat and make this creme brulee.

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This creme brulee recipe is perfect for Valentine’s day not just because it is red velvet, it only makes 2 servings and is pretty easy to make as far as creme brulees go. And creme brulee is fancy. By making it the day or two before means all you have to do is show off your pyro skills and toast the sugar on top right before serving. Dessert and a show!

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Now go check out all the other #TripleSBites bloggers’ recipes by scrolling down to the bottom of this post. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway brought to you by our amazing sponsors. Click HERE for more information on how to enter.

Two years ago: Valentine’s Funfetti 7 Layer Bars

Three years ago: Sausage Lasagna Heart Calzone

Four years ago: Oreo Truffles
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Two Ingredient Nutella Fondue

Romance is a warm bowl of melted chocolate and all of your favorite things to dip into it. Make it ever sweeter with this easy two ingredient recipe including Nutella!

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Nothing says romance like a bowl of hot melted chocolate and today just happens to be National Chocolate Fondue Day! I’ve already made a couple chocolate fondues (white chocolate, and a healthier version) which were served with eggless, raw cookie dough bites. But since today is also World Nutella Day I decided it was time to combine the two holidays and make the easiest, two ingredient fondue ever – Nutella Fondue.

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For this fondue all you need is heavy cream and your favorite chocolate-hazelnut spread. On any other day that is not World Nutella Day you could also use any kind of spread you prefer (try peanut butter, almond butter, or straight up melted chocolate). But it’s time for romance and Nutella in preparation for Valentine’s Day, making this fondue a perfect addition to #TripleSBites this week.

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What do you like to dip in your chocolate fondue? I went with fresh strawberries, pretzels, and marshmallows. Maybe you should create a fondue-s’mores and skewer the marshmallow and strawberry together and then sandwich them between two pretzels? Cookies, mini cupcakes, cookie dough, and other fruits would have been stellar as well. Let’s go for a dip.

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When I dip you dip we dip.

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Check out all the other spicy, saucy, sexy bites today by scrolling down to the end of this post. Also be sure to enter the big giveaway provided by our amazing sponsors by clicking HERE!

Two years ago: Nutella Pecan Pie Bars

Three years ago: Nutella Chunk Cookies

Four years ago: Nutella Rice Krispies Treats
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Red Velvet Layer Cheesecake Bars

Red velvet isn’t complete without cream cheese. These cheesecake bars have a layer of red velvet cheesecake topped with a plain layer. Don’t forget the Oreo crust!

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Welcome to Day 2 of #TripleSBites where 20 bloggers including myself are sharing spicy, saucy, and secy recipes for Valentine’s Day and beyond (said like Buzz Lightyear)! When it comes to Valentine’s Day desserts, decadent desserts as king and red velvet is a popular category. It’s time to splurge after 1-1/2 months of abiding by your new years resolutions so let’s make some red velvet cheesecake bars!

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These bars have an Oreo cookie crust, topped by a layer of red velvet cheesecake, followed by another layer of plain cheesecake. The result is a bar that resembles a red velvet sheet cake topped with cream cheese frosting. Top them with fruit, fresh whipped cream, sprinkles, or enjoy them straight up. Whatever tickles your fancy!

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win the big #TripleSBites giveaway. Click HERE and use the widget located at the bottom of the post.

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One year ago: Smoked Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Three years ago: Nutella Recipe Roundup

Four years ago: Cocoa Brownies with Browned Butter and Walnuts
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#TripleSBites – Celebrating Romance with Spicy, Saucy, and Sexy Bites

Welcome to a week of spicy, saucy, and sexy bites (Triple S Bites) brought to you by Camilla (Culinary Adventures with Camilla) and 19 other food bloggers!
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This triple threat event is intended to celebrate romance year round, but it also happens to be relevant for the upcoming holiday – Valentine’s Day. Pay attention to the #TripleSBites hashtag across all your favorite social media platforms from today Monday, February 2nd through Monday, February 9th to catch some amazing spicy, saucy, and sexy recipes to make for you special someone. We also will be chatting on twitter Thursday, February 5th from 6-7pm Pacific time.

Recipes I shared this week:
Sweet & Spicy Asian Marinated Steak with Herb Butter
Red Velvet Layer Cheesecake Bars
Easy Greek Salmon and Orzo
Two Ingredient Nutella Fondue
Slow Cooker Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Red Velvet Creme Brulee for Two

What better way to celebrate these three S’s than teaming up with the experts? To spice up your romance even further, we have a great giveaway thanks to our incredibly generous sponsors, listed alphabetically with links to their homepages:

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