Valentines Day Dessert Guide

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I smell sex and Candy, By Marcy Playground is playing right now as I type this, coincidence?? It’s funny because this is my ode to Valentines Day post….

Aside from my music playing in the background, The sweetest holiday (maybe the saddest for some), is this Friday. I’m pretty simple to please when it comes to Valentines day and this is why: I don’t really like box chocolates like I used to. Most are overpriced and have too much sugar and other artificial crap in them. I don’t care to dine out for dinner on Valentines day because even if I were able to get a reservation, the place would be too busy for me, lots of loud noise and slow service. Also, lets not forget I work in a kitchen and will be stuck working  on Friday anyways. While I do love flowers, I don’t really care to receive them because after about a week they begin to look sad as they slowly die and that makes me sad.

So if you’re going to do anything for me on Valentines day to win my heart and make me happy, make me something sweet from your kitchen. I love cookies and chocolate, hint, hint. I’ve put together a list of some of the desserts from my blog that are excellent to make for your sweetheart this weekend. If you want my advise for giving the best gift, make a card from scratch, write the nicest message to your love, and tie it to a box of one of these specially made home goods with love. Anything from scratch automatically wins my affection ❤

For The Love of Sweets!

Pies/Cakes:

I don’t know about you, but I am always down to get into some good pie and or cake even when it’s not my birthday!

Pie Dough: There is nothing wrong with baking a pie for the one you love. Use this recipe for your basic pie dough and fill it with your favorite flavors. Bake me away!

Grain Free Crust: If someone you love has a Gluten allergy or is 86ing gluten from their life, no worries, use this crust instead!

Spiced Carrot Cake: I absolutely LOVE carrot cake. I LOVE it so much this is the recipe being used for my wedding cake! If your looking to blow the mind of your sweetheart, bake this cake. Moist and very tasteful!

Angel Food Cake: A very heavenly treat! I love eating this cake with fresh cut strawberries, ice cream and or whipped cream! You’ll feel like your on cloud 9 after one bite!

Cookies:

Snickerdoodles: (GF/Refined Sugar Free/Vegan) These little guys are made from almond flour, but that’s okay because they are still pretty great!

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Thin Mints: If you missed your local girl scout this year, don’t worry, I got you covered! & seriously, who doesn’t LOVE thin mints!?!?

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Peanut Butter Blossoms: Peanut butter and chocolate, nuff said!

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Cocoa Cookies: This is my fiance’s personal favorite cookie.

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Macarons: This recipe is a bit harder to make, but once complete they are worth the struggle. These also make awesome ice cream sandwiches!

Chocolates:

Truffles: (Dairy Free/Vegan/GF) This is probably the easiest and fastest recipe on here. 2 of my favorite kinds!

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Almond Joys: (Gluten Free/Vegan) My favorite candy and this is my number 1 pick for Valentines day. Just like the candy except way way better for you!

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Misc. Desserts:

Coconut Rice Pudding: (Vegan/GF/Dairy Free/Refined Sugar Free) Another really good dish to make! Carmelized bananas really make this dish!

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Cannolis: No caption necessary!

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Happy Valentines day to all my followers out there!

Love, Amanda! xoxo

Tang

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Not to confuse this drink with the powdered orange drank that is popular with breakfast. I’m calling this juice I whipped up the other morning for my breakfast tang because of the tart spiciness that is derived from the flavor of the drink once it’s consumed. I don’t always add ginger into drinks but when I do it’s because I know the spicy flavor will balance very well with the rest of the ingredients in the drink. The combination of 2 citrus in the drink (orange and lemon) adds an awesome tart feeling in the mouth that is then softened by the sweet natural sugars in the apple.

The flavors in the juice really pop in your mouth, it feels invigorating. This version of tang is a very enjoyable juice to drink. I had a few people on my faceboook page requesting the recipe for this drink so here it is.

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Tang: Serves: 1

Mise en Place:

-1/2 Orange

-1/4 Lemon

-2 Small Chunks Ginger (About 2″ in size), Peeled

-1 Apple

-3 Handfuls Spinach

-1 Carrot

Method of Prep:

-If your using a juicer, Place all the ingredients, one at a time, in the juicer and allow all the juice to flow into a container.

-Pour juice into a shaker filled with ice and shake up to mix.

-Pour into drinking glass of choice, fill with ice.

Enjoy!

-**If you don’t have a juicer, you can use a vitamix or other high speed blender. Slowly add in each ingredient until Blended. I recommend first removing the seeds from the apple and lemon/orange and also cutting the apple into 1/4ths. If mixture is too thick upon blending, add in a little water to loosen it up. Blend for 1 minute.

-Once everything is blended, stain through a fine mesh stainer to remove the pulp.

-Stir juice with a spoon and pour into drinking glass over ice.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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Rumor has it there’s a super bowl game going on tomorrow; talk about a Sunday-funday, eh. Anyways, if you’re a last-minute planner or for lack of a better term a procrastinator, I’ve got a dip for you that is always a huge hit amongst a group of football advocates and alcohol connoisseurs. If you’re hosting a party of your own for the big game and looking to please a crowd, spinach artichoke dip is a great compliment. If you’re looking for more snack ideas, be sure to check out last years Superbowl post for other healthy alternatives and quick recipes!

Of course this doesn’t have to be made just for football season. This is a great dip to serve for birthday parties, picnics or appetizers before a holiday feast! You can serve this dip hot or cold and it only takes 15 minutes, if that, to assemble. If you’re a big cheese head, you can sprinkle your favorite cheese on top and bake it in the oven until melted. Extra cheese is always okay.

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Gluten Free/Vegetarian/Grain Free

Mise en Place:

-1 Can Artichoke Hearts, drained, rough chop

-1 10 OZ Pack Frozen Spinach, Thawed, drained

-1 8 OZ Pack Cream Cheese, softened

-1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

-1 Teaspoon Salt

-1 Teaspoon Paprika

-1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

-Tortilla chips (or desired food to dip with)

Method of Prep:

-Drain the chopped spinach and make sure to squeeze out as much excess water as possible.

-In a large bowl add all ingredients and mix well to combine with a spoon.

-Taste and adjust seasonings if possible. I started out small with using a teaspoon of each spice. You may find that it’s not enough. Just add a little more at a time and keep tasting until it meets your satisfaction.

-If you plan to bake your dip, pop it in the oven at 350 degrees and bake for 15 minutes or until hot.

Enjoy!

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