Love is in the Air!
This year marks 19 years with Anthony as my Valentine but life wasn’t always so idyllic. In 1991, my best friend and I made a pact to wear all black to school on Valentine’s Day, then went to see the quintessential romance flick The Silence of the Lambs at the local movie theater, followed by a visit to the diner to drown our sorrows in a plate heaped with cheese fries.
What I’m trying to say is that I’ve been on both sides of the Valentine’s Day fence and whether you’re celebrating or not, I’ve got some links to make your Monday a bit brighter (or darker).
FOOD AND DESSERTS
Why don’t you whip up some cheesecake pops or a Red Velvet cake for your sweetie? Bakerella has those and scads of other adorable dessert ideas for you!
The Smitten Kitchen is offering up a recipe for white and dark hearted brownies that look scrumptious!
If you’re in New York City, skip on down to Jacques Torres Chocolates–my fave!–and pick up some artisan chocolates. I bought my mother and sister their own boxes for Mother’s Day last year and they were quite the hit!
Trying to steer clear of goodies? Try this protein rich heart-shaped hard boiled egg by Anna The Red’s Bento Factory–it’s too cute for words!
Don’t feel like cooking and the idea of going to a restaurant on Valentine’s Day strikes fear into your heart? Why don’t you just order out for a heart-shaped pizza from Papa John’s?
Martha Stewart is my go-to girl for crafts and clever things and this quick and easy Heart Bookmark would be perfect for your favorite bookworm!
Martha also provides a quick way to get that lovin’ feeling! All you need is a button-down shirt, some red and pink felt, and a pair of scissors to make these whimsical button decorations.
A sweet and festive decoration using pages from old books, Dottie Angel’s craft is easy and can be displayed year-round.
BOOKS, MUSIC, MOVIES
Looking for a romantic read? Goodreads has an entire list devoted to The Best Romance Novels of the Twentieth Century.
Getting over a bad breakup? How about The Top 100 Breakup Songs of All Time as compiled by Em and Lo. At the top of the (alphabetical) list? 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Simon and Garfunkel.
The Fifty Greatest and Ten Worst Romance movies as voted by users on IMDb. With WALL*E coming in at number 10, I’m not sure how much stock to put into this list…
How compatible are you and your mate based solely on your names? This very scientific Love Calculator will let you know! Ant and I come in at 75% compatible, in case you were wondering.
Be Mine! Cutie Pie! Hug Me! Sweetheart Candies have been around for over a century but how much do you really know about them?
Do other nations celebrate Valentine’s Day? Wiki tells all!
Wishing all of my friends and visitors a Happy Valentine’s Day! Do you have any special plans or are you keeping it low key?