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Sending you some love this Valentine’s Day Chocolate ‘Lovanadas’ Recipe & Giveaways!

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Sending you some love this Valentine’s Day, Honest Fare by Gabrielle Arnold

Here comes Valentine’s Day. So what’s your take on it this year? Are you doing the whole head-over-heels thing with your sweetie, or are you cursing your ex (that was definitely me last year) and the commercialization of love. Or maybe your style is to ignore Valentine’s Day altogether because you just can’t be bothered with it and anyone who puts such pressure on one stupid day? Okay, well let’s at least agree that regardless of your opinion on the matter, the fact remains that everyone likes to indulge their current emotional state in some good chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

Which is exactly why this giveaway from Videri Chocolate Factory of Ralaigh, NC, is perfect!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

1. TO ENTER, share a short comment at the bottom of this post or email me at gabrielle {at} honestfare.com (if you want it to be private) telling me how you feel about Valentine’s day this year. Are you into it or are you dreading it? Or do you just not give a shit? Just tell me anything about Valentine’s Day really and I’ll be cool with that. It can be as concise as two words or as long as a paragraph. I’m really excited to see what you all have to say :)

**Okay, for the sake of giving you and example and because it’s only fair that I share my thoughts on Valentine’s Day this year… I’m actually pretty psyched on it! I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day in a “love tent” and camping in the back yard with my sweetheart. We’ll grill some food, look at the stars and, um…

2. YOU MUST ENTER BY FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2013 by 11:59 pm. And please make sure to key in your correct email when prompted in the comment box (only I will see your email address) so that I can get back in touch with you if you win.

3. THREE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SATURDAY, FEB. 9 and contacted via email for their mailing addresses. PACKAGES WILL BE SENT OUT MONDAY, FEB. 11 so they can be received on Valentine’s Day!

**UPDATE** And we have some winners!

First place for the grand prize Videri gift basket goes to…
Janet Bliden of Renton, WA
Valentine’s Day has always been a family holiday for us. My 2 daughters always helped prepare a special meal for our #1 love! We all dressed up in our finest party dresses and had a lovely candlelit dinner on the good china. The best part of the evening was watching my daughters stand on Dad’s feet as they slow danced with their Valentine. The girls are all grown up now, but my husband and I will still share that special meal and dancing. I’ll be serving your lovenadas for dessert because every needs a little chocolate for romance.

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And our two runners up for the assorted chocolate bars are…
Kelly Edminston of Beaufort, SC
Usually Valentine’s Day is not a big deal. My husband and I got married the week before, so that’s when we usually would celebrate the love we shared. However, this year it looks like I will be meeting with a divorce attorney instead, so the whole month is just a bust! Ha. A little chocolate would go a long way to cheering me up, that’s for sure! Thanks for the chance to win. :)
AND
Karen Collins of Hamburg NY
Married over 30 years now ( didn’t know the ancients read this, did you?), and there is a great difficulty this year, as for the last few, to make valentine’s day really reflect what i feel about my husband. we don’t do cards, flowers, boxes of chocolates, dinners out. I would like to give him a few poems from neruda and others, to let him know I’m seriously into him still. A bottle of wine and a decent dinner at home are the mainstays— and homemade heart cookies.

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**NOTE**
I just want to thank everyone who participated by sharing their personal Valentine’s testimonials via comments and emails. I was hooked reading all your touching and hilarious stories! Thank you again for taking the time. xoxo, Gabi.
And, don’t be bummed if you weren’t selected as one of the winners because everyone can actually get something from Videri this Valentine’s Day. Just enter the COUPON CODE: VDAY to get FREE SHIPPING on all purchases made the month of February! Check out the goodies on their online shop.
- end update –

So as a new Partner here on Honest Fare, I want to tell you a little more about Videri Chocolate Factory, the artisan chocolate makers based out of Raleigh, NC committed to making the best tasting, fair trade and organic chocolate in the South! I find it pretty amazing that the entire process of hand sorting and then grinding and tempering cocoa beans all is done within their quaint factory/retail space. Their chocolate bars are even molded and then each and every one is hand foil wrapped by a talented group of friends chocolate lovers! I really respect what they’re doing, and as a lover of Videri chocolate for over a year now, I can honestly say that it’s really great quality stuff. They recently sent me an awesome assortment of chocolate bars – my favorites being the peppermint as well as the peppercorn (which I’ve never had anything like). They also do some really creative chocolate truffles like the Chai Tiger (dark milk chocolate ganache flavored with chai tea); Bee’s Knees (a caramel flavored with cinnamon and vanilla and honey) and my favorite, the Turkish Coffee (blend of dark and milk chocolate flavored with espresso and cardamom). SO good! And they’re even doing a sippable chocolate beverage now too that’s rich and addictive.

Remember to use the COUPON CODE: VDAY when you order online to get the free shipping, and if you’re ever in their area, Videri’s doors are wide-open offering tours and information to anyone curious about the process of handmade chocolate.

Now on to the recipe for these lovely chocolate lovanadas!

Some of you may already know that outside of this blog I co-own La Empanada Food Truck in Winter Park, Florida. We have over 50 kinds of gourmet empanadas in our rotation, so as you can imagine empanadas are always on my mind. I’m especially excited about coming up with this new take on the empanada appropriately dubbed the ‘lovanada’ for Valentine’s Day.

These chocolate cinnamon lovanadas are hot, gooey and rich inside like a lava cake, but I find that the subtle pastry dough creates a perfect balance so they’re not too overwhelming and the perfect individual portion size.

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I basically just made a very simple chocolate filling by cooking baker’s chocolate with cinnamon and whipping cream and sugar and then let it cool in the fridge to achieve a nice scoopable ganache-like texture. Of course I used only the finest baker’s chocolate from Videri, but you can use any baker’s chocolate in this recipe.

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Try to control yourself when the intoxicating aroma fills your kitchen…it’s intense. I was essentially drinking this stuff at one point.

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About the adorable pink dough…
You can use a little red food coloring to tint your dough pink during the mixing process. I actually experimented with a natural method of tinting using beet juice, but it ended up being pretty involved so I’m going to recommend the food coloring or no tinting at all. I’ll tell you about the beet juice way in case you have the time or are just interested though. You can boil a peeled and diced beet in like 1 cup of water and cool it. You end up with a deep red colored juice of which you add a few tablespoons of to your dough mixture to make it pink. However, I found that a lot of the color cooks out during baking so you should actually brush the lovanadas with some additional beet juice along with your egg wash before baking. The beet juice thing is great in theory, but there’s no guarantee on color. Your call.

Either way this dough is absolutely fantastic. I’m really happy with the recipe. It’s not too flaky and not too dense so it’s perfect here to give these good texture. Definitely a keeper if you’re looking for a good dough recipe that’ll work with for sweet of savory.

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or make yourself a paper or cardboard stencil to get consistent shapes. You’ll need two hearts per lovanada – one for the top and one for the bottom. Then you’ll scoop the chocolate filling onto one heart and cover with another and press the perimeter firmly with a fork to seal.

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You might want to bake off a couple tests just to make sure you’re putting in the desired amount of chocolate filling before you make them all. I topped them with a little powered sugar to set off the dough a little and make them look even more romantic!

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And yes, we will be serving these on the truck the week of Valentines day so come by if you live in the area!

*** Don’t forget to leave your comment about Valentine’s Day below by 11:59 pm on Friday, Feb. 8 to be entered in the Videri chocolate giveaway!

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Recipe

Makes about 20 lovanadas depending on size. I’d recommend baking a couple tests just to make sure you’re putting in the right amount of chocolate filling before you make them all. And if you do not have a double boiling style pot, you can make one by just submerging the bottom of a heat safe bowl in pot of simmering water. Simmer the water in the pot and melt/whisk together the chocolate mixture in the bowl.

You need:

For the chocolate filling:

  • 1 cup 60-70% chopped baker’s chocolate or chips
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbs flour

For the dough:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/3 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg beaten for dough, 1 egg beaten for egg wash
  • 3-4 tbs heavy cream (add more if needed)
  • A few drops of red food coloring for pink tinting (optional)

Directions

For the chocolate filling:

  1. Melt the chocolate and cream in double boiler style pot (or in heat safe bowl just submerged at the bottom in a pot of simmering water if you don’t have a double boiler) and whisk together until smooth and very hot. Add cinnamon and slowly sprinkle in flour to help thicken a tad. Whisk gently to blend. Pour into shallow container to cool and then refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.

For the dough:

  1. Place flour, salt and butter in a big bowl. Work with your fingertips or in food processor until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  2. Beat together 1 egg, 3 tbsp of cream and food coloring (optional). Combine dry and wet ingredients and mix using your hands by making smooth circular movements until dough is evenly pink and comes together. Add another tablespoon of cream or water if dough is not coming tougher quickly or seems dry. Roll into 2 balls and wrap in plastic and place in fridge for at least 15 mins or until ready to use.
  3. Roll out dough on a lightly flowered surface to about 1/8 inch thick. Using cardboard stencil or a cookie cutter, cut out as many heart shapes as possible and then combine excess to the other dough ball and roll it out. Repeat until all dough is used.
  4. Scoop chocolate filling onto a heart-shaped dough and cover with another heart. Press edges firmly with a fork to seal. Place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Beat egg to make egg wash and brush each lovanada with egg wash. Bake at 350° or until golden brown. Top with powered sugar and search warm!

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126 Comments

  1. Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    Valentine’s Day this year is perfectly fine. I’m grateful my husband isn’t deployed and that we can consume an enormous amount of chocolate and wine together. I’m bummed for my step-son who just broke up with his girlfriend. I keep telling him chocolate makes it a little bit better, but I still think it is going to be hard for him. In any event, Valentine’s is a wonderful excuse to indulge and spoil yourself. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  2. Daria
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM | Permalink

    I will get a card for my husband but that is it. We don’t make a big deal about holidays. I also served for years so I never really got into going out for these types of holidays. Working in restaurants can really kill off any holiday spirit!

    I do have a nine month old so I can foresee that some of my enthusiasm for these types of things will return when I can share them with him.

  3. Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:17 AM | Permalink

    Usually my husband and I are fairly indifferent about the holiday. We might prepare a special meal, but otherwise we’re comfortable knowing that we show enough affection every other day of the year. This year, however, he is on his first deployment, and it’s a little disheartening to know he won’t be there.

  4. Kelly E.
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

    Usually Valentine’s Day is not a big deal. My husband and I got married the week before, so that’s when we usually would celebrate the love we shared. However, this year it looks like I will be meeting with a divorce attorney instead, so the whole month is just a bust! Ha. A little chocolate would go a long way to cheering me up, that’s for sure! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  5. DeannaZ
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM | Permalink

    Hmmm, probably have a nice dinner at home since service isn’t normally up to standards on Valentine’s Day.

  6. Lydia
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM | Permalink

    Young newlywed looking forward to reigniting the honeymoon flame this Valentines day :)

  7. Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM | Permalink

    I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day as a commercial holiday, but I do enjoy it as an opportunity to stay in, cook and show my appreciate for the people I love – whether that be a romantic partner or just good friends. And when someone else surprises me in turn, well, that’s just the cherry on top.

  8. Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:48 AM | Permalink

    I like Valentine’s Day because I love crafting elaborate and weird gifts. Also, chocolate.

  9. Johnella Mathley
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

    Love the empanadas recipe! Love even more to win this so I can share with my husband Bob and my Mom.

  10. Tracey Grant
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

    First Valentine’s day as a married lady! A good friend and I will be cooking up a heart themed feast to enjoy at home with our husbands. Cheap eats with good friends!

  11. cheri
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM | Permalink

    Valentine’s Day is my excuse for consuming more chocolate….why wait all year to tell someone special that you love them.

  12. Janet B
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM | Permalink

    Valentine’s Day has always been a family holiday for us. My 2 daughters always helped prepare a special meal for our #1 love! We all dressed up in our finest party dresses and had a lovely candlelit dinner on the good china. The best part of the evening was watching my daughters stand on Dad’s feet as they slow danced with their Valentine. The girls are all grown up now, but my husband and I will still share that special meal and dancing. I’ll be serving your lovenadas for dessert because every needs a little chocolate for romance

  13. Robin
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

    This will be my 5th Valentine’s Day with my man, but my first as his fiancé. We’ve always been pretty casual about stuff like this, but we do actually have plans this year. Partner yoga taught by some good married-yoga-teacher friends of ours, then late-night drinks and snacks at one of our favorite spots in Atlanta, where the conversation will invariably turn to planning our robot and dinosaur-themed wedding.

    So in summary, the usual free-spirited fun with a side of mild googly eyes.

  14. Rachel S.
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM | Permalink

    This year I’m actually looking forward to it! My husband and I don’t usually do anything, but this year we bought tickets to a wine and appetizer tasting at our local vineyard. I’m very excited!

  15. Rebecca M.
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM | Permalink

    I’m planning a surprise special dinner for my husband, should be fun!

  16. Wendy Blue
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:12 AM | Permalink

    I’m really looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year! My boyfriend of 8 months is very romantic so I’m pretty sure it’s going to be one to remember. Thanks for the giveaway! We both love chocolate.

  17. AW
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:13 AM | Permalink

    This year I’ll be spending Valentine’s Day on a cross-country flight then alone in a hotel room, but I’ll celebrate all the love in my life at the end of the day with chocolate, wine and a good movie in bed. I’ll also be sure to call and tell my family and closest friends that I love them because I’ve always believed that the holiday should be more than just a romantic day for couples. And when I get back home a few days later, I might just buy myself some flowers. Thanks for the chance to win and for the delicious recipe!

  18. Danielle Ricker
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM | Permalink

    Cooking is always my go to for Valentine’s day…but one year my late husband surprised me by taking over the kitchen! He spent an hour wondering around the grocery store trying to find his ingredients when finally a sweet little lady took him around to help. The menu was spicy tangerine beef served over lo-mien, served by candlelight. Most delicious and wonderful Valentine’s Day ever!

  19. Genevieve M
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM | Permalink

    A part of me loves the idea of Valentine’s (I mean who can go wrong with pink and red hearts everywhere?) but another part of me is so sick of consumerism and all these holidays that are so centered on buying gifts. I’m really dreading having to do up Valentines for my daughter’s pre-school class and then have to deal with candy regulation for the week afterwards as well. I guess as the years go by I’m becoming less and less of a romantic.

  20. Lori Cahan-Simon
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

    I’m a vocalist and on Valentine’s Day I will be singing twice–early at a community center for seniors, and at a romantic restaurant in the evening. Unfortunately, my husband will be working (he’s a chef at a local restaurant), so we won’t have a chance to be together, but if I win the chocolate basket, maybe he and I can whip up something marvelous and gooey! Pick me, pick meeeee! :D

    p.s. The Lovanada looks FAB; I wonder if i can figure out a vegan version! lol

  21. marie
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

    The thought of spending this Valentines Day in Paris, should be extremely exciting. My heart flutters slightly with joy when I think about it! The melancholy fact is that I haven’t seen my boyfriend since Christmas and won’t see him until April… my heart drops slightly, I start to feel a twinge in the corner of my eyes and a need to soothe my pain with a cup of tea and a piece of chocolate. Ill buy myself some flowers but it won’t be quite the same I think..
    Cooking usually makes me feel better, makes me forget.. perhaps I’ll try the recipe above, share it with my friends and hope for a sweet giveaway.

  22. Grace
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM | Permalink

    I am not a fan of valentines day because at our school we will always have a valentines dance. The problem with the dance is that I always feel awkward because I never have a date while all my other close friends do. I can only dance with girls at the dance and I jus feel lame about it.
    On the plus side I do get to recieve and give chocolates to my friend and tell then how much I appreciate them.

  23. KH
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM | Permalink

    john hughes marathon, whiskey smashes, flannel sheets, long johns, and (duh) lots of yummy chocolate.

    North Carolina Native/Current Ex-pat Disclaimer: this giveaway thrills me on so many levels. I just added visiting Videri to my list of things to do in the City of Oaks next time I’m in town.

  24. Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    Such a cool giveaway! I actually love Valentine’s Day, and always have, even when I’m not in a romantic relationship. When I was a kid, my Mom always made a big deal of it as more of a family holiday and celebrating all the people you love, and I’ve definitely continued that view as an adult.

    This year, I’ll be celebrating with my boyfriend, but we haven’t decided what we want to do yet…I guess the longer we wait to make reservations, the more likely “romantic dinner at home” becomes! :)

  25. Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:26 PM | Permalink

    Although I love the concept of Valentine’s Day, we don’t really celebrate it. I would be sad if I could count on my husband to be romantic or sweet to me on only one day out of the year. At our house, it’s Valentine’s Day everyday!

    P.S. These empanadas look wonderful!

  26. ladywild
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:28 PM | Permalink

    My hubs and I have a tradition to do something terrible on Valentines day. I know it sounds odd. It started out our first year when he had to travel on business. The next year, we had to have our dental cleanings that day. Now its our fun tradition. Maybe we will paint…or clean the garage. Who knows. It makes us laugh.

  27. Neonmoon10
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Permalink

    I love any excuse to love on my husband. I’ll make him a nice dinner. Maybe a few extra kisses.

  28. Carol
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM | Permalink

    Valentine’s Day is not enjoyable for me anymore, sadly. I plan to hunker down, close my eyes tightly, and wait for it to pass. The day after, though, I’ll be all yippy-skippy in the marked-down chocolates section of the store. = )

  29. Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

    This year will be 3 years living with my boyfriend and we will celebrate with a good meal cooked together at home and a lot of smiles, because smiles and hearty laughs are the main peculiarity of our relationship.

  30. Mrs. Higgs
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 12:37 PM | Permalink

    I kind of don’t give a poop. Although, this is my first V-day as a Mrs…What can I say, I’m a party pooper.

  31. Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM | Permalink

    There is so much love in this post!

    Although I grew up making Valentine’s cards and eating unreal amounts of cinnamon hearts, I now live in Germany where the day really isn’t a big deal. I often forget about it! However, not that I am reminded I see it as an opportunity to make something delicious with chocolate and to cuddle up with my love.

  32. Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM | Permalink

    Valentines Day is all good with me! I love celebrating love, so I think its a great holiday, if not a bit overdone ;) My hubby is a graduate student, so we’ll carve out a few precious moments to have a homecooked steak and wine and watch a movie before he has to return to the land of studying. A nice amount of chocolate would probably help him feel less bad about that…. ;)

  33. Nikki
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:22 PM | Permalink

    I love Valentine’s Day! This year, my husband and I will be taking our kids out for dinner and ice cream. My son is in his first year of preschool so I’m looking forward to helping him with his Valentine’s cards and crafts.

  34. Carrie
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    My husband assumed I’d be busy with nursing school this Valentine’s Day, so he invited a dude friend to go see blues at the bar. Not one to make him reneg on guy time, I’m planning to eat clementines dipped in dark chocolate and coconut and watch Roman Holiday, blues-free. Luckily love isn’t limited to one day each year.

  35. Lidija
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM | Permalink

    I wish there will be more love-sharing days as Valentine’s Day! Happy Valentine people!
    And….. Have to try your chocolate lovandas!

  36. Posted February 5, 2013 at 2:26 PM | Permalink

    Oh Valentine’s Day. I don’t feel very strongly one way or the other! My partner and I usually go grab dinner, but it’s rarely a big affair. I am most relieved that I was originally scheduled to work but now have the night off, which is always a good thing!

    As for the GORGEOUS chocolate… I live in Durham, NC, less than an hour away, and am stunned that I haven’t heard of this chocolate factory until now. I’ll have to make a trip down to check it out!

  37. Dawn
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM | Permalink

    While I think it is little strange that there is this commercial pressure to be super romantic one day a year, the bigger part of me feels like life is short and the more fun the better. I see Valentine’s day as a fun day to make little suprises for the people I love. I also love to have a little something sweet made to send out in packages or hand out – spur of the moment- to people I encounter that day.

  38. Posted February 5, 2013 at 2:48 PM | Permalink

    What a thoughtful way to show love to us all – LOL! Thanks for a smile today on my face.

    Valentine’s Day is always special for my Hubby and me. We love all things chocolate, so it’s a great way to indulge – and without guilt – due to the holiday aspect of it all. Take care, and it’s cool to know you are in Winter Park. My Hubby is from Orlando, and we lived for a short period in Winter Springs. Hopefully, we can visit your food truck next time we’re in town. (We live in ATL now.) Bye and Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  39. Isabel Carpenter
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

    This year Valentines day is really special for me. In past years it has always been lots of fun. My family and I make savory Crepes with bacon, asparagus, and baby swiss cheese. And then we would make dessert crepes as well. This year though is my first year with a boyfriend. I think it is great to have a holiday just to remember why we love eachother. I am living in the dorms so I dont have a kitchen to make my amazing boyfriend good food, but I am looking forward to making it a special day for both of us.

  40. Posted February 5, 2013 at 3:29 PM | Permalink

    Although I have a lovely husband that always makes Valentine’s Day special, I often really enjoy making little gifts of love for friends and family. I like to bring myself back to my youth when you would exchange silly Barbie or Strawberry Shortcake Valentine’s with my all of my classmates. What is wrong with a day that celebrates love? I choose to focus on all the love I have in my life, not just with my significant other :)

    I plan on making treats for my loved ones using lots of red sprinkles!

  41. Andrea
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:01 PM | Permalink

    I have to admit that I am pretty excited about Valentine’s Day. The kids and I have been working on our valentine’s. We’ve decorated the house. Plus, I have been planning a few surprises for their breakfast and lunch boxes. And at the end of the day, when all the kids are in bed, I am looking forward to having a glass of wine with my husband. Happy Valentine’s Day!!

  42. Brianna
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM | Permalink

    Briannane’s day is about showing appreciation for someone you love. I may be single, but my best friend and I love each other! We’re going to celebrate life by buying each other chocolate, watch ‘Pride and Prejudice’, and take comfort in knowing that no matter what, we’ll always be friends :)

  43. Maryfran Hrynik
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM | Permalink

    We will be in Mexico on Valentine’s day enjoying the sun and surf, renewing friendships and sharing love.

    I love your site! First discovery was the strawberry jalapeño preserves last year..yum!

  44. Libby
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:34 PM | Permalink

    Oh, I love Valentine’s Day.
    I’ve had a darling boyfriend for the past few years but I never did, before and I loved it anyway. Sure, I love him but I don’t give him most of my attention on V-Day (hopefully he feels it on every other day). But I just adore the idea of a day dedicated to love and I try to celebrate it in all of its forms. I like to leave Valentines on my friends’ cars, or send out treats to the ones who live far away.
    This year, all of our friends are coming over for a potluck dinner on Valentine’s Day so that we can share in love and chocolate and noms all together.
    And I am totally making these little chocolate treats.

  45. DB
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM | Permalink

    My Mother in Law will be visiting, need I say more?

    I would love to try Videri Chocolates!

  46. robby
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:42 PM | Permalink

    I feel conflicted about Valentine’s Day. On the one hand, I hate it because it feels artificial and commercialized. And all those “every kiss begins with K” ads make me want to puke. On the other hand, how can it be wrong to celebrate love? And if that goes hand in hand with eating chocolate? Even better!

  47. manda
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

    A little bit dread. This is my second v-day with my husband and he is much better at the romance than me (just trying to get the laundry done). Great giveaway!

  48. Philby
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM | Permalink

    I feel pretty neutral towards Valentine’s Day this year. I like having an excuse to do something special to show my boyfriend how much I care about him, and vice versa, but I don’t like getting caught up in the commercial aspect of the holiday. Anyways, looking forward to maybe a nice dinner and a movie, and also maybe some tasty chocolate :)

  49. Anu
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to V-day! It’s another opportunity to show your loved ones how much you appreciate them. I’ll be going out on a mother-daughter date! My Mom is my best friend and I know we’ll have fun!

  50. Arianna
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 5:59 PM | Permalink

    I’m excited for Valentine’s Day because my boyfriend is going to cook dinner for once!

  51. Phoebe Mack
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM | Permalink

    Oh, Valentine’s day, thou elusive holiday. I say elusive, because never have I ever had an actual significant other when this holiday rolls around. I may hold onto one for nearly a year, I have had one mere days before, I actually have met a girl I thought was the one, picking over that after-holiday-themed-sale-candy, literally the day after, but however I have spent it, it has never been with a long held romantic interest. I’ve tried first dates, friend dates, club-hopping, ice-cream and telly-watching, but this year I’ve decided, fuck-it-all, the people I truly love in my life are my family, so this year I will be cooking for them, and I think it will be the best V-Day yet. Happy Valentine’s Day.

  52. Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:04 PM | Permalink

    For me, Valentine’s Day has always been like my best friend’s dog. I get to play with it, and feed it treats, and cuddle with it, but I don’t have the hassle of taking it potty or bringing it inside when it starts its incessant barking. I get to enjoy all the perks without any responsibility. The same is true with my Valentine’s Days. I get to eat much chocolate, watch sappy movies with friends, and I’ve never had the hassle of maintaining a love-relationship. Grant it, having a boo will be so exhilarating when that time comes, but for now, I’m enjoying the bright colors and yummy foods of Valentine’s Day with great vigor. :]

  53. Elizabeth
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:32 PM | Permalink

    I’ll take treats for students and coworkers, than curl up with my cat and watch old movies on the telly. Just my speed!

  54. Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM | Permalink

    Haha, I have to admit when I first read the word “lovenadas” I thought: “How appropriate for the Valentines Cynic. Love. Nada.”

    :)

    Anyway – I’m actually really excited for Valentines Day this year. It’s my second one with my hubby, and I can’t wait for an excuse to love on him a little extra!

  55. Rachael
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM | Permalink

    This is my first married Valentines day, but sadly I’ll be spending it alone! My husband will be across the country on a business trip. Sympathy win??

  56. Posted February 5, 2013 at 8:02 PM | Permalink

    i used to live in raleigh so thanks for letting me know about videri! i’ve had a series of negative things happen since the new year so haven’t had a chance to think about valentine’s day. it’s a great excuse for some chocolate!

  57. karen
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 8:04 PM | Permalink

    I’m not a big fan of valentine’s day – one of those days that sets people up for disappointment. It feels so manipulated to make people spend $ and feel bad. So my partner and I have started to celebrate Groundhog’s Day instead. Much more fun!

  58. Posted February 5, 2013 at 8:33 PM | Permalink

    Valentine’s camping sounds so lovely; I’m jealous.

    This year, unlike basically every other year ever, I’m really dreading Valentine’s Day. My husband and I are strapped broke, and we’ve had such a rough time of things lately: I had surgery three weeks ago and am still barely able to walk around, we’ve been struggling with separation-anxiety training for our dog, and we’ve both been in a winter-blues fog to beat the devil. Maybe we could use a little chocolate! (and/or booze)

  59. Jen P
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM | Permalink

    I’m pretty meh about Valentine’s Day, although I loved it as a child. I think when it is focused on family and friendship rather than romantic love, it can be a sweet holiday.

  60. Betsy
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM | Permalink

    When I was a kid, enjoyed creating homemade valentines. I do the same thing as an adult now. Sometimes, I’ll go all out and do a gourment dinner, depends on my schedule. This year, thinking of how to reach out to someone far away and not accessible. Chocolate is always de riguer for Valentine’s Day whether it is a yummy bar of Chocolove, or a chocolate pave, maybe this year it will be a chocolate empanada!

  61. Christina
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM | Permalink

    I’ll be cooking a simple dinner for my husband and we’ll finish it off with copious amounts of chocolate mousse. Valentine’s Day isn’t a huge event – it’s just another day that I get to show my honey how much I love him.
    (And a really good reason to eat chocolate.)

  62. Posted February 5, 2013 at 9:57 PM | Permalink

    Those look delicious. I saw some on another blog made with strawberry chunks, cream cheese and sugar. Both look delicious!

  63. Deb K
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM | Permalink

    I am looking forward to Valentine’s Day as this year my man is going to cook for me! I can’t wait to see what he makes “-)

  64. LB
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    Before I had kids, I used to kind of make it special for hubby by cooking a romantic multi-course dinner. Then, we had a baby, which turned the home cooked meal to romantic takeout. Then, the baby became a toddler that sapped all my brain power, which ended any sort of pre-planning or making Valentine’s Day more special than the other days. *sigh*

  65. Allison
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:06 PM | Permalink

    I’m looking forward to Valentine’s this year, but I’m pretty swamped with school/work, so I think it’s going to be a simple dinner at home with the boyfriend.

    By the way, the pink peppercorn chocolate sounds delicious!

  66. Amber
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:14 PM | Permalink

    Oooh. Camping in the back yard sounds pretty dreamy. Valentine’s day has definitely grown on me over the past few years. It’s such a lighthearted, low-stress holiday.

  67. Sloane
    Posted February 5, 2013 at 11:17 PM | Permalink

    Although I’ve never been a big fan of singles-awareness-day, I’m really looking forward to it this year. Last year, one of my best guy friends surprised me with chocolates and adorable homemade Lego jewelry, claiming I was a girl who deserved to have something special on Valentines day, even if I didn’t have a special someone. I’ve been planning fun ways to surprise him this year and am really looking forward to repaying his nice gesture.

  68. Posted February 6, 2013 at 12:05 AM | Permalink

    those look delicious & so cute!

  69. Danna
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 12:44 AM | Permalink

    We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day. But we’ll be spending the evening with friends. There will likely be chocolate involved.

  70. Karen
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 1:38 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for all your recipes and ideas. I am definitely saving the one for the filling in this recipe because it looks like it would work well in so many other things. This is our 29th Valentine`s Day this year, so it will be hard to do something we have not already done. It is our daughter`s first with a boyfriend though, so it`s kind of fun watching young love.

  71. Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:00 AM | Permalink

    Last year on Valentine’s Day, our mailman knocked on my door and sang a Johnny Gill song to me from the doorstep. I was mortified: http://www.spidatter.com/2012/02/valentines-dayoff-to-good-start.html

    Just hoping that doesn’t happen again, and I’ll be fine :)

  72. Vivian
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:08 AM | Permalink

    My 1st VDay with a newborn and toddler so if the kids stay asleep the hubby and I can eat chocolate and watch a movie before bed.

  73. Posted February 6, 2013 at 2:17 AM | Permalink

    Gosh I’m excited! For the first 3 and a half years of my relationship with my lovely homme we were doing a long-distance relationship (I’m Australian) so we were never together for Valentines Day! We are now together so this is only our second one together yet. I have done a strip of photobooth photos that I have DIY’d with my small stamp set by printing little cute notes on them and funny jokes between us.

    I am a big cook so I will certainly be doing special things for Valentines day. Seeing we are both big fans of brunches, I am going to be doing a champagne breakfast/brunch and eggs in the shape of love hearts! (naaaaaw!)

    Thank you so much for this wonderful giveaway- may the best man/lady win!

    xoxoxo

  74. Sara C
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:15 AM | Permalink

    Although there is no significant other in my life, I love Valentine’s Day! A reason to love, color everything pink and red, cut out heart shapes and bake chocolate goodies! What’s not to love?

  75. Michelle
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:56 AM | Permalink

    Valentine’s day has never held much importance to me as a day to celebrate, if anything, a time to share the fallen frangipani flowers that I love with my nearest and dearest friends. I have recently married, and like the sea salt and pink peppercorn chocolate flavours it will be a bitter sweet occasion to share.

  76. JC
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 5:57 AM | Permalink

    Valentines Day has almost always been a “single” affair for me… only one truly romantic evening has ever come out of it. Otherwise it has always been an exchange of cardboard cards in elementary school, chocolate roses between friends, or a package from my family while studying away from home. Why should this just be a day for lovers, instead of everyone you love? Just a day to reaffirm your appreciation and care for everyone in your life. ~ <3

  77. michelle
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 9:07 AM | Permalink

    This year we’ll be cozying up at home – no more jockeying for reservations and feeling bad for the wait staff on valentine’s day. I’m just starting to think about what I’ll make us for dinner. As long as there are chocolates and candles on the table, it will feel a little extra special!

  78. Susan Christy
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 9:35 AM | Permalink

    I have always loved Valentine’s Day – I collect heart shaped items, or things with hearts on them. Even my Christmas tree has all heart ornaments. I love being in love, and being loved and all the mushy stuff that goes along with that.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  79. Ruth
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM | Permalink

    Not feeling all that excited… but it seems like perhaps some sea salt chocolate could change that!

  80. Shannon Vetter
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 10:58 AM | Permalink

    I am looking forward to Valentine’s this year. My husband and I are going out to see a band play. Last year, we ended up getting each other the exact same gift, Videri Chocolates and some Belgian Cherry Lambic.

  81. Teresa
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 11:16 AM | Permalink

    I’ve never been a fan of commercialized Valentine’s Day nonsense…in fact, a high school boyfriend, determined to give me chocolate for Valentine’s Day, actually snuck into my room to hide the chocolates on the 14th (so that he gave me V-day choc ON the day like a good boyfriend) and alerted me on the 17th because he was afraid I’d just break up with him if he did it overtly. I guess I’m a scary anti-Valentine’s Day kind of gal.
    Instead I do Valentine’s Day as a friendship day. I live far away from my friends and so send them handcrafted valentines on the 14th. It works better that way; the shops remind me I ought to start crafting them (and give me a heads up on the year’s over-used phrases to avoid) and since there’s no way to escape the actual day, it’s a good reminder to get to the post office (a step I often forget).
    If I have a special someone in my life I generally give them a present in the middle of March or April when there’s no other reason to give a gift so that it’s clear that I appreciate them and not just because it’s the done thing to do. I don’t need a reminder to dote on my honey.

  82. Posted February 6, 2013 at 1:50 PM | Permalink

    normally I loathe this holiday but with my blog I can have fun making heart shaped treats. my mood’s been much better this year with this distraction. I love these empanadas! They are so lovely and delicate.

  83. Grace
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM | Permalink

    Valentine is a very special day for me. I married on this day in 1982. My beloved husband always sent me a beautiful flower and box of dark chocolate.

    Although my husband passed away, I still give myself
    a box of chocolate we used enjoy together as Valentine
    day present.

    Thank God ! last Thanksgiving day, I became a grandmother. I don’t have to give myself a present
    instead I will give a beautiful flower and box of chocolate to my beloved granddaughter Abby.

  84. Posted February 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM | Permalink

    The Aztec ruler Montezuma believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac and routinely drank it before entering his harem, thus increasing chocolate’s popularity and its association with love and romance. As it turns out, he was ahead of his time. Modern-day scientists have linked the chemical phenylethylamine in chocolate to feelings of excitement, attraction and even pleasure. It’s no wonder men love gifting women with boxes of chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Need I say more? :)

  85. AJ
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

    I work early mornings to afternoons, and my boyfriend works afternoons to 4am. So I wont see him on V-day. I think it will be me and the cats hanging out doing yoga then watching Walking Dead!!!! So unromantic but I am excited. Chocolate would be the icing on the proverbial cake…. ;)

  86. Posted February 6, 2013 at 4:15 PM | Permalink

    This Valentine’s Day will be the last one my husband and I share alone. Our first child is due March 8th, so after this year, children’s activities will take over.

    Hopefully, we’ll be able to strike a balance and steal a few moments to ourselves each year.

  87. Kathleen
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM | Permalink

    Really looking forward to V day as I have two little girlies coming over to bake with me…will be putting the lovanadas on the baking list

  88. Pam
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 8:12 PM | Permalink

    I am pretty excited for this year’s V-Day… I am coming up on 2 years with my boy and I am hoping that this year he can surprise me with something nice!

  89. Rachel
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM | Permalink

    Valentine’s Day will be pretty low-key this year, as hubby and I will be spending it with our 8-month old. After baby goes to bed though, I’ll be making this seductive hot chocolate with merlot and cayenne: http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/grain-free-goodies/gourmet-hot-chocolate-2-ways/. ;-)

  90. rachel
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 9:45 PM | Permalink

    I like Vday. I always feel like I should do more, but don’t. We also celebrate Chinese New Year, which is just a few days before Vday this year. So I guess I’ll be doing lots of red decorations. :)

  91. Autumn C.
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM | Permalink

    I love Valentine’s Day! Chocolate is my favorite!

  92. Vanessa
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 10:59 PM | Permalink

    I’m pretty apathetic to the whole thing. It’s really just an excuse for me to find discounted chocolate in stores on the following days. :)

  93. Rachel R
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 11:25 PM | Permalink

    I have almost been married for three, so this year for valentines day I’m not sure how to handle it. Do I go big like I have done in previous years or do I keep it low key. I told my husband to just get my flowers but I kinda want a secret surprise, so everything is still in the air.

  94. Kristina
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 11:42 PM | Permalink

    I’ve gripped about a lot lately: laying of my amazing staff 1/31/13, living in my crap apartment, burn out…but valentine’s day is one of the reminders that comes around and if you’re paying attention it can spur you to create sparks and be thankful for all the little and big loves in your life. Thanks for the opportunity to win some yummy chocolate treats. I love it!

  95. Catherine Mae
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 12:43 AM | Permalink

    Well I am excited because we just got a new dog (his name is Boomer, and before we got it from a family friend they found him tied to a pole really abused) so I am spending it with him. Going to buy him a dog toy and a bone! He is going to be spoiled, hopefully he just doesn’t leave me any ‘treats’ in the home!

  96. kcc
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 7:55 AM | Permalink

    married over 30 years now ( didn’t know the ancients read this, did you?), and there is a great difficulty this year, as for the last few, to make valentine’s day really reflect what i feel about my husband. we don’t do cards, flowers, boxes of chocolates, dinners out. i would like to give him a few poems from neruda and others, to let him know i’m seriously into him still. a bottle of wine and a decent dinner at home are the mainstays— and homemade heart cookies.

  97. Elizabeth
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 8:00 AM | Permalink

    I usually celebrate valentines day by making valentines for all my friends out of my calendar from the previous year. This year graduate school may tamper my creativity, but I will make up for it with more glitter!

  98. Posted February 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM | Permalink

    I’m not a huge Valentine’s Day person, but I just got married in December, so I feel like I’ll make an extra effort this year to kick things off on the right foot!

  99. Ashley
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

    My fiance will be away for work on Valentine’s Day, but we are celebrating the next weekend. I am planning the morning and he is planning the afternoon. I love Valentine’s Day!

  100. Kaitlyn
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM | Permalink

    For the past four years I was so excited for valentines day. I had an amazing fiance I spend the last four valentines days however we called things off back in October and I haven’t been myself ever since. After the break up I decided to focus on myself. I have been working out everyday and focusing on school. I now have a new guy in my life but things still don’t feel the same. I asked the guy if he celebrated valentines day, he said. He also works off shore and will not be in town for valentines day. I went to the store and saw all the valentines stuff and kinda felt depressed so I bought valentines for my little brother and sister to fill the void. Thankfully I will work an 8 hour shift on valentines day and have a night class to keep my mind of the day.

  101. Rodney Crisp
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM | Permalink

    I truly believe this Valentine’s Day is going to be amazing. I’m not not deployed this year, my wife and I are closer than ever, aaaaand my wife will be receiving a fantastic Valentine Chocolate Gift Basket this year. This is going to be our best yet. Thanks to Videri Chocolate Factory.

  102. Evan
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM | Permalink

    Oh, man. We have never, in eleven years, celebrated Valentines Day… But we do love to share a good chocolate bar together most nights of the year. Actually, I found your site because I was searching online for a card for him (which I have never done before) because I feel like we need to reconnect (having a toddler is not good for couple time!!!). So send us some chocolate love so we can reconnect in style! (And, gotta say, I am psyched to have found your blog… And can’t wait to try the above recipe!) Love, Evan

  103. Posted February 7, 2013 at 12:35 PM | Permalink

    I feel conflicted about it. I don’t want to be told to appreciate someone on a certain day. But I don’t want to be a killjoy either.

  104. Shannon
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 2:29 PM | Permalink

    Valentine’s Day has certainly shifted since becoming a mother/parent. We decorate the house with construction paper and focus more on hands on activities than romance between my husband and I. Reflective of pretty much every day I suppose!

  105. Rupa
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

    Y’know, I’m actually feeling good about Valentine’s Day this year. I’m sending a little surprise “love-package” to my beau and I can’t wait for him to find what’s inside! Even though I don’t really buy into the whole overly commercialized aspect of VDay, it’s just an excuse to do something nice for someone you care about, and that’s all that really matters to me. I don’t mind whether he plans this big thing for me for VDay, I just want to send some love his way.

  106. Meryl
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM | Permalink

    I’m going to eat lots of chocolate, but that’s nothing new!

  107. Louis
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 3:21 PM | Permalink

    I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, but I’d love to win this chocolate!

  108. Gabriela
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM | Permalink

    Valentines day this year seems a little gloomy both me and my bf are experiencing a lot of financial problems and i am not sure if we will get to do anything but as long as i get to share the day with him i know he will make it all better.

  109. Grace D
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM | Permalink

    I’m generally excited for Valentine’s day this year. I’ve always loved making valentines with my mom(doilies, garlands, heart-shaped bookmarks) and eating an excessive amount of candy(wax lips and taffy filled dark chocolates). My room mate has been cutting out valentine’s since January, so it’s hard not to notice it coming up. It’ll be my second Valentine’s day with my beau this year, though not as big of a deal as it felt like last year(he was sick, but set up a nice home-cooked dinner at his place with lights strung across the ceiling). This year we’re trying to get reservations at a wonderful restaurant(uses only organic, city based community garden produce

    I’ll be sending my grandmother some valentine garlands and a painting I made for her this past fall(she’s a watercolor artist). I’ll also be going to visit my mom during the day; my sister and I are making her brunch(plus some lavender, rose petal chocolate bark) and we’re gonna wrap ourselves in some blankets to watch Woman of the Year!

  110. Amy
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 8:12 PM | Permalink

    A little sad that my man will be across the country on Valentine’s Day, but looking forward to making up for his absence next weekend!

  111. Sally DePoala
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:03 PM | Permalink

    My husband made dinner reservations for us at Diamond Mills for a Valentine’s Day !

  112. Ttrockwood
    Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:27 PM | Permalink

    This year i will be single……still.
    I am meeting a few of my girlfriends at one of their apartments and we are going to cook a vegetarian chili, gossip, drink too much champagne and pass around pints of haagen daz chocolate sorbet

  113. Posted February 7, 2013 at 10:36 PM | Permalink

    I’m super excited about Valentine’s day this year, even though we don’t have any specific plans. Valentine’s day is just one of those holidays I love – any reason to be mushy with my significant other is always awesome!

  114. bn100
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 3:44 AM | Permalink

    Don’t really celebrate it.

  115. Emily Ethington
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 10:41 AM | Permalink

    Amazing and lovley holiday.

  116. Anna
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 12:47 PM | Permalink

    I just love Valentine’s Day. I start out about a week before making exotic chocolates cookies a special no flour chocolate cake dipped strawberries, Dipped pretzels. I also make truffles. I am fortunate enough to have a tempering machine and go to town with it it is my favorite time of year. I hope to get lingerie from my husband, I am hoping He goes to Victoria Secrets and buys me the sexiest lingerie So I hope you all have a Happy Valentines Day I am going to try these cookies out they look yummy.

    Love YA

    Anna

  117. Liz
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    Valentine’s day huh. Well, I don’t think to much about it.l I have only really liked the day because of all the treats. Also, in elementary school we would make boxes for everyone to bring valentine’s and I definitely loved that.
    This year my friends are having a Discount Valentine’s day so we will gather on the 15th and party with cheap decorations and candy.

  118. Amanda
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 3:46 PM | Permalink

    I’m pumped about Valentine’s day this year–I had a valentine-making party with my friends last night and I’m ready to share the love with all of my valentines.

  119. Posted February 8, 2013 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

    We’ve never really made a big deal out of Valentine’s day (especially since my guy’s birthday is just a couple days after), but these past couple years, I’ve been using it as an excuse to get some schmoopy heart-themed baking in. (Doesn’t everyone need more cake in their lives!)
    So thanks for giving me another amazing-looking pastry to try! : )

  120. Posted February 8, 2013 at 8:31 PM | Permalink

    i just had a baby a week ago so i don’t think my husband and i will be doing anything special this year. it’s already been special!

  121. Carolsue
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 8:58 PM | Permalink

    Valentine’s Day isn’t much of a big deal. Hubby always gets me a card and flowers, so there is that! We don’t go out that night because it’s always too crowded. So I am kind of ambivalant about it

  122. Natalie
    Posted February 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM | Permalink

    I dislike the commercial aspect of the day but love any excuse to love on my family. My husband and I have our own special love day – May 1, the anniversary of our engagement. Going on nine years!

  123. Posted February 8, 2013 at 11:32 PM | Permalink

    I usually look forward to St. Valentine’s day but the sad fact is that my lovely husband is not and never has been in the habit of giving gifts, so it is usually a disappointment. I shouldn’t be disappointed because I don’t get birthday or Christmas presents either. And I’m not alone; he doesn’t buy gifts for other family members (even his mom!) either. So, I think I’ll just buy myself a little something instead. ;)

  124. Ann
    Posted February 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM | Permalink

    For us, it’s so NOT about going out, buying things, or making a splash. We simply feel we need quality, quiet time together, as if no one else exists in the world – even if just for an hour. We have plenty of love, just not a lot of quality time.

  125. kcc
    Posted February 18, 2013 at 10:16 AM | Permalink

    hi! thank you so very much for choosing my entry and sending the amazing chocolate. my husband was quite surprised– i said something publicly about him!?!–and i think he really liked it. the chocolates are beautifully packaged— right away you know this is something special— and so very very delicious. what a fun addition to our day! thanks again, karen

  126. Posted February 27, 2013 at 9:08 PM | Permalink

    These look delicious and what a wonderful giveaway. I wish I had discovered your blog sooner!

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