- Howaboutwe | Love + Sex | Wed, Jan 25, 2012 8:49 AM EST | Comments
Single or sort-of-single on V-day? You can still celebrate! Couples don't have a lock on this holiday.
By Kevin Armento for HowAboutWe
Single on Valentine's Day...'nuff said? There are all kinds of guides out there about how to take your mind off it, or ice cream away the dread, or scrounge up a last-minute date at all costs.
But you know what's better than trying to suppress any and every reminder that you're single? Doing things you might actually enjoy! Here are five to consider:
Related: 10 Signs You Need to Go On a Date
Look, you're feeling that urge more than ever to be coupled, to lay in bed with someone, maybe even to get knocked up - so take those natural impulses and exorcise them elsewhere, in a productive way. That "treat yourself to a night in" advice doesn't work unless you actually accomplish something. Paint a room you've been putting off, clean out the attic, finish the novel that's been on your nightstand for three months. The cathartic chemical charge you'll get from crossing something off a list will be so much bette...Read More »
- Howaboutwe | Love + Sex | Tue, Jan 24, 2012 4:23 PM EST | Comments
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- Howaboutwe | Love + Sex | Mon, Jan 23, 2012 3:35 PM EST | Comments
If a brownie swirl sundae's what he really wants, why buy him a heart-shaped box of chocolates?
By Nikki Metzgar for HowAboutWe
Valentine's Day is coming -- and store aisles (and restaurant ads) are practically shouting at you that heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and expensive roast duck dinners for two are the components of a romantic evening. We all know that's not true for everyone, but now comes the hard part-actually figuring out what is romantic in time for your Valentine's Day date.
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In other words, be thoughtful. The most romantic thing you can do is show that you know the person you're in a relationship with and act on that knowledge. Maybe the best night your girlfriend could dream of is to get drunk on margaritas and go home for sex. So why take her for a steak dinner? Maybe he loves cooking, and you don't care for it, but you spring for the sushi making class anyway. A dozen red roses might be romantic in Hollywood, but it wont mean a thing to the girl who loves lilies, just like an expensive watch won't woo the guy wh
- Southern Living | Shine Food | Wed, Jan 18, 2012 4:45 PM EST | Comments
Charm your sweeties this Valentine's Day with confections such as our ultra-easy truffles, sparkly cookies, and chocolaty cherries.
Peanut Butter Truffles, Homemade Chocolate-Dipped Caramels, and Sweetheart Sugar Cookies
Peanut Butter Truffles
Makes: about 2 dozen Hands-on time: 20 min. Total time: 3 hr., 30 min.
If you overbeat the chocolate mixture in Step 2, beat in 2 to 3 Tbsp. more whipping cream to return mixture to a smooth consistency.
1 (12-oz.) package semisweet chocolate morsels
½ cup whipping cream
3 Tbsp. creamy peanut butter
¾ cup finely chopped, lightly salted roasted peanuts
1. Microwave first 3 ingredients in a medium-size microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 to 1½ minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Let cool 10 minutes.
2. Beat chocolate mixture at medium speed with an electric mixer 1 to 2 minutes or until whipped and smooth. Cover and chill 2 hours or until firm.
3. Shape chocolate mixture into 1-inch balls, using a small ice-cream scoop. Roll in chopped peanuts. (If chocolate mixture becomes too sof...Read More »
- Oprah.com | Shine Food | Tue, Jan 24, 2012 6:03 PM EST | CommentsStrawberry Whoopie Pies
Photo: Anna Williams
Baked's signature whoopie pies-two delicious strawberry cookies sandwiching strawberry-meringue filling-are sure to warm any heart.
To make cookies: Put 1 cup (about 5 ounces) stemmed and halved strawberries in a food processor and pulse in short bursts just until they are chopped into small pieces (about 4 to 5 pulses), and set aside. (Be careful not to puree them.) Sift 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda and 3/4 tsp. salt into a medium bowl, and set aside.
Put 2 cups light brown sugar and 2/3 cup canola oil in a large bowl and mix well, using the back of a spoon to break up any lumps in sugar. Whisk in chopped strawberries and 1/2 cup plain yogurt until combined, then whisk in 2 large eggs, one at a time, just until combined. Fold in flour mixture in two parts, being careful not to overwork the batter. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°. Using a measuring spoon, drop a heapin...Read More »