February 13, 2012

Last-minute Valentine's Day ideas

Still searching for the perfect treats for the Valentines in your life?  Get inspired by these ideas:

Yogurt Parfaits and Smoothies:  Perfect and pink ways to greet the loves of your life on Valentine's morning.  What's more, these make for a simple and nutritious breakfast!
Cupcakes:  Spruce up your favorite cupcake recipe (ours is Wacky Cake) by adding some festive colors and hearts.  

Dairy-free, Egg-free Tiramisu:  Okay, so this recipe involves a few steps with some wait time in between.  This may be too late for Valentine's Day but there's nothing wrong with some post-Valentine's Day celebrating with this extra special labor of love. 

Aside from the sugary affections that you will surely bestow on your loved ones, add these simple loving touches:
  1. Cut sandwiches, pancakes, and tostadas into heart shapes.  Or arrange cut-up fruit in heart shapes in your kids' cereal bowls.
  2. Slip in a handwritten Valentine in your child's lunchbox.  Including an old photo of you with your child will earn you extra hugs!
  3. Add a little red to each meal.  If not with vitamin-rich strawberries or raspberries (frozen or fresh works), bell peppers, tomatoes, or other produce, include a red napkin as a reminder of the special day.

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