Monday, February 9, 2015

Hack Stack: Valentine's Day Style


Attention! Fall in line. In just six days, your main squeeze, love, spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, partner or standby date will have certain expectations of you. I'm talking about Valentine's Day, peeps, that most Hallmark of holidays. Ignore it at your peril. 

A wise person sees the potential for rebound payoff by honoring your love pups' affection and loyalty with a Valentine's Day acknowledgement. If it's a girl, anything that their friends will oooooohhh and awwwwwww over will suffice. I think girls are pretty easy at Valentine's Day. Guys...a little trickier. The old adage about "the way to a man's heart" is still true. Get thee to the kitchen. It's time for a little sugar for your sugar. Don't forget to get the kiddos involved, too.

Last but not least, have a little heart and remember those who have lost loved ones. If you know someone who has been recently widowed, give them a call, too.

Here's some Valentine's Day hacks for this week:

valentine's day dipped pretzel twists rods

1. Get the kids in the act with candy melt dipped pretzels. This great idea comes from the blog 5 Minutes for Mom (which is also a really great name for a Mom blog). 

There's nothing easy than melting some Wilton Candy Melts, dipping in the pretzels and adding colored sugar or sprinkles. And they look really cool!! 

Oreo Cheesecake Cookies.  Only 6 ingredients + 12 minutes of baking.

2. Oreo Cheesecake Cookies, anyone? This recipe started on the blog Baker by Nature, but was given a twist for Valentine's Day by the genius at the blog Nest & Posies. This is a super easy recipe with only five ingredients - or six, if you add food coloring to get the festive pink color!

Do you know anyone who wouldn't love these? If you do, send me their share. I'll take care of them for you.

Strawberry Brownie Kabobs 

3. Want a healthier (ish...) choice? How about Strawberry Brownie Kebobs?  Okay, it's probably no healthier...but it does have a strawberry. This idea comes from the folks at Buzzfeed (Buzzfeed is one of my favorite sites, in all their various incarnations). Prepackaged brownie bites, marshmallows and strawberries on a stick. Drizzle a bit of melted chocolate. Bam. You're the best valentine ever.

wine gummies 1

4. Okay, you're frustrated by the lack of adult valentine hacks. How about this one - definitely for adults only: Wine Gummies. I have to confess, I love this idea from Thrive for Style. Why arrive with a bottle of wine? Anyone can do that, and you don't even have to do much advance planning...


5. So, I guess that was a perfect lead in for the suggestion of a bottle of wine. But, really, there's no originality in that! On to number 6...


6. Too many sweets? Then check this out: Mozzarella Cheese Filled Hearts with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto, courtesy of the blog Hungry Happenings. Every guy I know would inhale these.

Well, there's a start for you...make those plans, peeps! You only have till Saturday, and if you mess it up, it won't be may fault.

Do you  have a favorite Valentine's Day gift or activity? Can it be put into print and read by minors (Yes, Janie & Shady...and Stephen...I mean you...maybe Al Penwasser, too...)? Share it in the comments. 

29 comments:

  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo, and happy V-Day week to you and your hubzam!

    It was nice of you to remind us about people who have lost loved ones. Holidays like Christmas and Valentine's Day can be tough for those folks. On Valentine's Day 20 years ago my mother collapsed to the floor and needed to be rushed to the hospital where she was promptly admitted to the ICU. Late the next night she died. My father never got a chance to give her the large, beautiful V-Day card he had picked out for her. It was very sad and for the next seven years until his death I felt very badly for him every time Valentine's Day rolled around and he revisited those painful memories. As you might recall me telling you, my dad died Christmas Day which has put a major damper on that holiday for the rest of the family. Such is life.

    The V-day treats you posted about look tempting, but Mrs. Shady knows that I never touch sweets, wine or cheese. She knows the way to my heart is to cook me a light, healthy meal with lots of veggies and fruit for dessert. She and I have spent many V-Days dining at one of our favorite restaurants. They include Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fish City Grill and Red Lobster.

    Happy Monday, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. You are my food idol. There's such wisdom in that approach! Light, clean, healthy. Great idea.

      When sad things happen around the holidays, I think everyone hangs that on the "holiday peg" and the two are never separated after that point. My favorite grandmothers had birthdays in December and it was always associated with the holiday; we had to make sure we had birthday presents and Christmas presents ready to celebrate. My great grandmother's birthday was Dec. 9 and the year she died, she told me there was a chance she wouldn't make it to her birthday (it was Thanksgiving Day!). She wasn't hospitalized or sick at the time - as far as I could see. But they admitted her on her birthday and she died on Dec. 13. So...always associated with December.

      I'm dragging this morning, Shady! But it's time to get on the ball - you have a great day, soldier.

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    2. He is not that well behaved with his eating habits. I don't believe it.

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    3. Doubting Thomas? I assure you it's true what I wrote about my eating habits. Who needs a thick, juicy steak when you can munch on a handful of parsley? F.Y.I. I'll soon be back down to my original weight - 9 pounds, 7 ounces!

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    4. My name ain't Thomas, and I never said nothin' about holes in someone's side.

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  2. Mrs. Penwasser has never been jazzed about Valentines. For years, I just thought her nonchalance was just crazy talk so I insisted on buying chocolates, flowers and in classic "What the hell were you thinking?" fashion, lingerie. Now, I've become numb and just buy her some wild flowers from the supermarket.
    On the upside, along with my birthday and anniversary, I'm pretty much a lock for maritals that day.

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    1. Bwahahaha....No surprises for birthday and anniversary?

      Hubzam and I are pretty much immune to the influence of Hallmark. Thanks, Al!

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  3. My wife is pretty easy regarding Valentine's Day -- she doesn't want a lot of artificial hoopla just because it's a certain day of the calendar, but I'd guess she'd probably be hurt if I forgot it entirely. Card, candy, and maybe one red rose works well -- and then we can spend the saved gift money on something fun. Like we're going to see a comedy act the following night and making it a special date. ;)

    But the day before Valentine's Day is ALSO important this year -- I'm taking my eight-year-old granddaughter to a Daddy-Daughter dance (or GrandDaddy-GrandDaughter dance). :)

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    1. Your granddaughter will never forget that. You've given me a whole new opinion of you, Chris (the old one was good, too.).

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  4. Ha, what do you mean kids? I'd love to try candy melt dipped pretzels...

    I got a sugar rush just reading this. Thank God for that last one. I love the idea of those cheese filled hearts. Mmm, red pepper pesto. Give me that over a sugar overload any day.

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    1. Sweet and salty is pretty yummy. The problem with the other suggestions is that I'd only want one and then I'd be stuck with several dozen.

      I'm with you - the last one, or the strawberries, would be my pick.

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  5. Chocolates and a glass of wine would do, and a dinner out!

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    1. Nothing wrong with that! Your wisdom is showing, Linda...

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  6. I guess it's a good thing I'm single then huh? No expectations on me! ;)

    When I was growing up my mom always made Valentine's Day special for us kids with a few decorations, treats, and cards. :)

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    1. When the older kids were young, I did the same thing. I've kind of gotten away from it with my last son, but I am prone to make heart shaped food on Feb. 14.

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  7. That will sure fill one up with ease and make pleasing a breeze. The cats have no expectations though, so I am safe haha

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    1. Rhymin' from Pat could be their treat
      They'd show their thanks with dough mashin' feet

      (Why do cat's do that?)

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  8. Love some chocolate and I don't want to cook or go out that day-too crazy! I want to pick a film that my hubby must sit with me and watch! Pizza night which we don't have often so that will be a treat

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    1. We've been binge watching on an Amazon trial offer, ha ha.

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  9. Those wine gummies look the most delectable to me :)

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    1. I hope I used the word delectable correctly, I don't know what it means :P

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    2. That one cracked me up, Michael. Happy Valentine's Day (I know I'm the first!!).

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  10. The Wooters man is opposed to holidays. At first I thought he didn't mean it. I've gradually come to accept it. There will be no mention of Valentines with Wooters. I will buy a little treat for myself.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Awwwww, give me his number...I have some ideas for him and possibly a threat to his person.

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    2. Thanks for the offer, but I don't need anything special from him because he treats me so beautifully all the time.

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  11. Saturday? That's almost a whole week away!

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    1. At the risk of being sexist, males need the "heads up" on Valentine's Day...you're welcome.

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    1. What flavor is the evil pop tart? Ammonia? Tripe? I'm intrigued.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo