10 Valentines Day Ideas

Ultimate Valentine Cookies

Are you looking for something new to do with your partner for Valentine’s Day this year? Instead of going out to an expensive dinner, or buying your loved one the classic, go-to gift of chocolates and long stem roses, try some of the Valentines Day ideas. Having a wonderful date can be inexpensive, unique, fun, relaxing and simple with this my list on SC Johnson’s Blog. Click here for 10 of my Valentine ideas for couples. I am ready to just stay home, build a fire and share some of these homemade cookies (above) with my favorite person.

Love and Chocolate At Viceroy Zihuatanejo

Love and chocolate are everywhere this Valentine’s Day at Viceroy Zihuatanejo – at the beach, the spa, and the La Marea
restaurant. Lovers can escape to Zihuatanejo together for sexy and sensual options to their heart’s content. I want to go! Don’t you?
“We are creating a Valentine’s Day vibe at Viceroy Zihuatanejo where couples can live their passion, re-ignite the fire in their relationship, or even ask for her – or his – hand,” said General Manager Martin Kipping. Here are some of the fabulous options:
  • Valentine’s Day ‘Chocolate Dinner’ at La Marea: The five-course dinner features chocolate in each course, welcome cocktail, live saxophone music and Wish Lanterns.
  • Valentine’s Day Dinner in a Private Beach Cabana: Enjoy a private cabana with your Valentine on the resort’s beautiful La Ropa Beach for the evening, a special four-course menu and welcome drinks
  • ‘Sense of the Night’ Lounge with Chocolate Buffet: A romantic open-air lounge by the sand with a Chocolate Buffet of passionate treats including Chocolate Fondue, White and Dark Chocolate Covered Fruits, Chocolate Cupcakes, Chocolate with Marshmallow, Chocolate Bonbons, Fruit Brochettes and Chocolate-Covered Strawberries. 8:00 – 10:30 p.m.
  • Sea of Love Experience at the Spa:  A sensual duet for couples that starts with an Earth and Sea Salt scrub, made with pure salts harvested around the globe, followed by a massage with aphrodisiac essential oils, plus a take-home spa gift. 80 Minutes.
  • The A Romance Remembered package includes a spacious suite with a private plunge pool, breakfast daily for two, romantic plunge pool turndown, and two of the special Valentine’s Day experiences described above: Dinner in a Private Beach Cabana and the Sea of Love Experience at the Spa.
Tell your favorite person, you now know what you want for Valentine’s Day!!

10 Valentine’s Day Recipes and Ideas

It’s so hard to believe that this week starts February 2013. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I thought I would share 10 Valentine’s Day recipes and gift ideas. My Easy Valentine Brownies are always a yearly staple in February, so if you missed the recipe click here. My kids typically have Valentine parties at school, so it’s already time to figure out what to make this year. I hope you had a great weekend and happy upcoming February!

Handwritten Valentine Cupcakes via Martha Stewart

Heart Ring via Ruche

Valentine Kiss Cocktail via Vanilla Clouds and Lemon Drops

Mocha Fondue Recipe via Taste of Home

German Chocolate Fudge Bites via Chocolate Covered Katie

Free to Be Bra by Lululemon

Heart Marshmallows via My Recipes

Heart Shaped Pie Pops via Bow Ties & Bliss

Reasons I Love You Stones via Red Envelope

Favorite Valentine Finds: Valentine’s Day Recipes and Crafts

Since Valentine’s Day is next week, I thought I would share a few of my favorite finds (and splurge recipes) from around blogosphere. What are some of your favorites? I will start with my Cookie Dough Truffles (above).

   

Sweet Sugar Cookie Bracelets from Food Plus Words 

 

Chocolate Malt Cake from Dessert First

Valentine Fruit Kabob Dessert from Best Friends for Frosting

Valentine’s Day Trail Mix from Ingredients, Inc.

How To Pipe Lace on Cookies    

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies from Created by Diane

Valentine Printable Treat Bag Toppers from Love from the Oven

Homemade Valentine Cards from Thirty Handmade Days

Valentine’s Day Heart Topiary from Tiny Prints

Valentine Treat: Four Ingredient Chocolate-Dipped Caramels

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With just 4 ingredients and about 20 minutes, you can prepare these homemade candies for your favorite Valentine. These are so easy and fabulous! Be sure to butter the pans good to prevent sticking and use wax paper after the candy has been dipped in chocolate. They disappeared in a matter of minutes at my house so I hope you will love them too! Also, thanks to http://www.tipnut.com for recommending my Valentine ideas.

 

Chocolate-Dipped Caramels

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Yield: 24 candies

Ingredients

1 (14-ounce) package caramels, unwrapped

2 tablespoons skim milk

2 cups chopped pecans

1 cup semisweet chocolate

Preparation

1. Combine caramels and milk in a heavy saucepan; cook mixture over low heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Stir in pecans, and drip by tablespoonfuls onto buttered baking sheets. Let stand until firm.

2. Microwave chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 minute or until melted, stirring once.

3. Dip caramel candies into melted chocolate, allowing excess to drip; place on wax paper. let stand until firm.

Valentine’s Day White Chocolate Lovers: White Chocolate Dried Cherry Pistachio Bark

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This three ingredient recipe was one I made for Christmas, but since there are so many white chocolate fans, I thought I would feature it again for Valentine’s Day. It’s so easy, quick and delicious. It also can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. I used Nestle semisweet morsels, and it worked great! Happy Valentine’s Day! Enjoy!

 

Dried Cherry and Pistachio Bark

Feel free to double or triple this recipe.

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook: 1 minute

Yield: 11/2 pound

Ingredients

1 (12-ounce) package white chocolate morsels or any white chocolate

1 cup pistachio nuts, shells removed and toasted

1 cup dried cherries or cranberries

Preparation

1. Place white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, covered with wax paper on HIGH 1 to 2 minutes or until melted, stirring once. Add pistachios and cherries, stirring well. Spread on large baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

2. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Break bark into pieces. Store in a tightly sealed container in refrigerator up to 1 month. Pack in decorative boxes or tins lined with wax tissue paper or colored cellophane for gift giving.

Valentine’s Day Idea: Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

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My friend, Kiel, a law student, asked me if I am picky and critical about restaurants and food products since my profession is a Recipe Developer. I told her that I am really not as picky as most people think, and when I try something I really like, I stick with it. So, for Valentine’s Day, I thought I would share a gift that’s wonderful and beautiful. The company, Bouquet of fruits, features the finest gourmet dipped strawberries you will ever find. Only the best California grown strawberries are used. Each strawberry is selected then hand-dipped in their own creamy chocolate coating. They are then decorated with a variety of toppings. The strawberries are also kosher and an exquisite gift. For more varieties, visit http://www.gourmentshoppingnetwork.com and http://www.bouquetoffruits.com