On Monday I wrote about using Valentine’s Day to show your love while avoiding commercialism: make your own cards for free, and send them equally to friends and lovers. But now it’s time to talk about the real reason to celebrate Valentine’s Day:
“But Alicia,” you say, “isn’t buying a ton of chocolate/sprinkles/heart-shaped food just playing into Valentine’s Day consumerism? Which you just said you hate?”
Well, yeah. But I love food, and if people want to make fantastic, holiday-themed desserts and feed them to me, I’m usually down. May as well embrace it, because I know you’ll probably be doing some Valentine’s Day baking anyway. Let’s talk ideas.
My personal favorite? A bouquet of bacon roses!
I made these last year using the bacon roses tutorial from Instructables with a few tweaks. I’m not sure why you would ruin a perfectly good muffin pan by drilling holes in it unless you intend to make bacon roses on a weekly basis–do yourself a favor and just buy a disposable pan at the dollar store. Bacon roses do take quite a bit of time, but the wow factor is worth it.
A much easier way to get your Valentine’s Day fix is to go with the time-honored combination of sweet + salty. Check out these decadent, overflowing dark chocolate nut butter cups from PaleOMG and tell me you don’t want one right this second:
Now, I know it’s chilly outside right now, but if you have an ice cream maker, what about Salted Nut & Caramel Ice Cream from The Paleo Parents? This recipe illustrates why I both need an ice cream maker and should never have an ice cream maker, because this stuff would be in my freezer all the time.
I’m a big fan of “fun size” desserts for a couple reasons. They’re portable, so you can hide a box of them in someone special’s lunch/purse/murse-or-man-bag for a Valentine’s Day surprise. I can also act really clever by eating a dozen and then innocently explaining, “But they’re fun size so it’s really like I only ate two real brownies!” Uh-huh. Sure.
Paleo Chocolate Chunk Brownie Bites are a perfect example of this fun size phenomenon, so I will sing the praises of this recipe from Holly Would If She Could. I can’t wait til my five pound sack of almond flour comes in so I can bake these and nom them all.
I realize everything here is full of sugar, but V-Day is one of those special occasions where the Paleo diet can benefit from both literal and figurative loosening of the belt. Indulging every now and then is a blast, and if you’re eating chocolate in the name of love, who can tell you no?
Hope you all enjoy a lovely Valentine’s Day, or a lovely regular February 14th if you don’t mark it as a special day. Will you be making anything particularly delicious to celebrate?