Friday, February 14, 2014

Recipe Ideas for Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! My husband and I don't really celebrate this holiday together, as he says it is a holiday made up by Hallmark - but today is a special Valentine's Day for me since I was treated to a day off of work because of the snow! I usually try to make a nice dinner to celebrate, and one year I went all out and made lobster with drawn butter. I'm not feeling as ambitious today, but I still hope to make something kind of special. Do you have any special dinner plans?

I put this post together to share a few dinner ideas for tonight and some treat ideas in case you still want to make something to share with your friends and family. Some are really easy, and some aren't as easy, but they are all delicious! I would also like to run a fun giveaway (I'm thinking something festive and Valentine's Day related) on the blog later today. If I reach 400 likes on my Facebook page by the end of today, I'll be doing a giveaway. I only have 3 likes to go! *If you share this blog post on your Facebook profile page (and make sure to tag my page in the post so I know you posted), then you will get an automatic entry for the giveaway if I do reach the 400 likes! Check back on the blog later tonight to see if I made it and for the giveaway details. 

Recipe Ideas for Valentine's Day

These pretzel, hershey kiss and M & M treats are so easy to make and they are fun to make with kids. They are also very tasty!
Chocolate Pretzel Treats 
Cookie dough truffles are always a big hit! They are a bit time consuming, but fairly easy to make. They are easier to eat - and kids love them.
Cookie Dough Truffles 
Easy truffles made with cocoa powder are also a very nice treat. These are best for lovers of chocolate.
Easy chocolate truffles made with cocoa powder 
For the grownups - dark chocolate red wine truffles with seas salt or sugar. Amazing!
Dark Chocolate Red Wine Truffle 
For the healthy indulgent - dark chocolate raspberry truffles. The filling is simply a raspberry!
Dark chocolate raspberry truffles 
If cupcakes are more your thing, these toasted almond joy cupcakes are quite yummy!
Toasted Almond Joy Cupcake 

DINNERS - I think that soups are a great meal for Valentine's Day. They are warm and comforting and loaded with ingredients that you love. Here are a few of my absolute favorites.

Italian Wedding Soup - how could this soup not be perfect for Valentine's Day? The homemade meatballs are a must!
Italian Wedding Soup 
Zuppa Toscana - I have never met anyone who does not love this soup. It is filled with potatoes, Italian sausage, kale, and the most amazing flavor. I know you will love it too!
Zuppa Toscana
Here is a hearty and comforting soup for the vegetarian in your life. This cheese tortellini soup with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and chickpeas will knock their socks off!
Cheese Tortellini Soup with Sun Dried Tomatoes, Artichoke Hearts and Chickpeas 

And...this meal isn't soup, but it is such a good meal that I thought it needed to be on here. Baked chicken taquitos are always a fave in my home.
Baked Chicken Taquitos 
I hope you enjoy these treat and dinner ideas! And I hope all of your Valentine's Day dreams come true!