The day of love is right around the corner, and what better way to say “I love you” than with a gift from the heart. I am sharing some easy Valentines day ideas to make this day a little more fun, and festive for your husband and your kids.
Say I love you with a special meal
Make a special meal with your kids to celebrate the day. Start the day with heart shaped, chocolate chip pancakes, topped strawberries. This is a simple, yet fun way to make the day extra sweet. The kids can even help make the pancakes, which is always a fun way to get them involved.
Homemade heart shaped pizza’s for dinner
Here is our simple, and delicious 7 ingredient dough recipe…
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 cups of white baking flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoon yeast (make a little hole on top of flour to pour in the yeast)
- 1 tsp dried or fresh diced oregano
- 1 tsp dried or fresh diced basil
I make our dough using a bread maker on the dough setting. You can also use a kitchen aid mixer with a dough hook. Just make sure the dough is able to rise or at least an hour.
Easy Berry Crumble for Dessert
This paleo, and gluten free dessert is as easy as it is delicious! Everyone will love this Valentines Day treat, and you won’t feel guilty about it.
- 6 cups fresh or frozen black berries, raspberries, blueberries, or any combo of these.
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- (for the topping) 1 almond flour or almond meal
- 1 cup whole GF rolled oats
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)
- 1 stick of grass fed butter (metled)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350F.
Add the berries, lemon juice, 1/4 c. maple syrup to baking dish.
In a medium bowl combine the almond flour, rolled oats, salt, cinnamon, and pecans. Pour in the melted butter, 1/4 cup maple syrup. Stir together until until well mixed. Let sit for a minute or two to thicken up.
Layer mixture over the berries with your hands or large spoon.
Bake uncovered until the berries are bubbling and topping is brown, about 45-55 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes for the berry layer to thicken up. Serve warm. Makes 10 servings
Celebrate with a family movie night
Celebrate the this special night as a family and create a fun and cozy nook to snack on some treats, and snuggle up and watch a movie.
This is such a simple, and fun idea to make a movie night just a little more special. The kids will love it! And after they go to bed, mom and dad can have some time to relax and enjoy special alone time for Valentines Day too!
Celebrate with a date night
If you are planning to go on a date night just the two of you, here are a few alternative ideas to celebrate Valentines Day.
Consider going on your Valentines Day date the night before or after the 14th. This can sometimes save you money and ensure your able to get a reservation at a popular restaurant. A lot of times we are not able to celebrate holidays on the actual day because of my husbands work schedule, but we make it a priority to celebrate sometime in the same next week.
Don’t stress if your holiday looks alternative compared to everyone else’s. It is more about the thought behind the holiday…which is to show your loved one’s how much they mean to you, rather than a Instagram perfect photo or story about how you celebrated, or what gifts you gave/received!
Have a date night at home. If you have little one’s this is a great option to celebrate and not have to pay a babysitter. Plan a special meal you both love, with drinks, and set the mood with candles, and a nice table scape. Put the kids to bed and enjoy a meal just the two of you. Talk about why you love each other and what you’re thankful for in the other. Some of the best dates we have ever had have been at home, where we are relaxed, and just talk and visit with each other. Don’t get me wrong I love going out for a special meal, but sometimes it is just not possible. So don’t let that stop you from enjoying a great time with your spouse.
So, no matter how you celebrate Valentines Day this year, I hope it is filled with special moments with your loved ones and that they truly know how much they are loved!
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