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15 Delicious And Romantic Recipes For This Year’s Valentine’s Day

15 Delicious And Romantic Recipes For This Year’s Valentine’s Day

The best part of Valentine’s Day is the food, and I say that as someone who is in a happy relationship. Before labelling me as a cynic, think about it. Chocolate, heart candy, dinners – these are central elements to the whole Valentine’s Day experience. If you’re anything like me, you prefer a home cooked meal best of all, and that’s where these recipes come in. They’re the perfect solution when it comes to creating some truly delicious and romantic fare. Also, if you looked closely enough, you may notice that a lot of these recipes contain aphrodisiac ingredients, just in case you’re interested in the second best thing about Valentine’s Day.

Breakfast

I’ll take mine in bed, thanks.

1. Red Velvet Pancakes


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    You may put on some weight just by looking at the recipe, but I can assure you that it’s worth it. What better way to start letting yourself go once securing your valentine?

    2. Pink Waffles

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      I’m really not much of a pink girl, but these are over the top enough for me to approve. Plus, I happen to one of those weirdos that rather likes things being sweetened and colored by beetroot juice. If that isn’t your jam, I suggest replacing it with pink food colouring.

      3. Gordon’s Eggs Benedict

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        I trust anyone that says things like “You’ve used so much oil, the U.S. want to invade the plate.” Plus, just being able to pull off a decent hollandaise is romantic as is.

        Dinner

        1. Oysters Kilpatrick

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          Oysters are already a traditionally romantic food, but adding bacon is always a bonus. As such, this makes for a lovely entree.

          2. One Pan Salmon with Roast Asparagus

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            Healthy. Simple. Delicious. Aphrodisiac. What else can I say?

            3. Beef and Beer Pie

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              Despite popular belief, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about the ladies. In fact, regardless of my ovaries, I would be delighted to be served this delicious comfort food. It would make for a nice counterbalance to the pink and red explosion we’re all subjected to during the day.

              4. Spaghetti and Meatballs

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                This may not sound particularly romantic, but an endorsement from Lady and the Tramp is good enough for me.

                Sweets

                Sometimes it’s preferable to skip straight to dessert…

                1. Love Bug Biscuits

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                  This is a cute little recipe for the kids, who are sure to love them.

                  2. Valentine Cupcakes

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                    Because I’ll take any excuse to have a cupcake.

                    3. Cookie Dough Truffles

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                      Why buy a box of chocolates when you can make your own? They’re so much more thoughtful and delicious!

                      4. Chocolate Mousse

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                        Because, chocolate. Do you really need more of an excuse?

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                        Drinks

                        Because what’s Valentine’s Day without some cocktails?

                        1. Chocolate Indulgence

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                          A dessert and a drink in one glass…clearly this romantic beverage was invented for me.

                          2. Espresso Martini

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                            For those who may need the caffeine boost for later on…

                            3. Pink Lemonade Margarita

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                              A fresh and zesty drink to remind you of young love.

                              4. The Scarlet O’Hara

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                                One of the greatest dramatic love stories of all time combined with southern charm. Frankly my dear, I’ll take another.

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                                Last Updated on October 23, 2018

                                Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                Science Says Knitting Makes Humans Warmer And Happier, Mentally

                                My mother was a great knitter and produced some wonderful garments such as Aran sweaters which were extremely fashionable when I was young. She also knitted while my father drove, which caused great amusement. I often wondered why she did that but I think I know the answer now.

                                Knitting is good for your mental health, according to some research studies. The Washington Post mentions a 2013 survey of about 3,500 knitters who were asked how they felt after a knitting session. Over 80% of them said they definitely felt happier. It is not a totally female occupation as more and more men take it up to get the same benefits. Harry Styles (One Direction) enjoys knitting. So does Russell Crowe although he does it to help him with anger management!

                                The Neural Knitwork Project

                                In Australia, Neural Knitworks was started to encourage people to knit and also become aware of neuroscience and mental health issues. Knit-ins were organized but garments were not the only things created. The knitters produced handmade neurons (1,665 of them!) to make a giant brain. The 2015 project will make more neural knitted networks (neural knitworks) and they will be visible online. You can see some more examples of woolly neurons on the Neural Knitworks Facebook page.

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                                While people knitted, crocheted and crafted yarn, they listened to experts talking about mental health issues such as addiction, dementia, depression, and how neurons work.

                                The knitting and neural connection

                                The human brain has about 80 billion neurons. Learning new skills, social interaction, and physical activity all help to forge neural connections which keep the brain healthy and active. They are creating networks to control movement and make memories. The knitters learn that as they create the woollen neurons, their own neurons are forming new pathways in their brains. Their creations are mimicking the processes in their brains to a certain extent. At the same time, their brains are registering new and interesting information as they learn interesting facts about the brain and how it works. I love the knitworks and networks pun. What a brilliant idea!

                                More mental health benefits from knitting

                                Betsan Corkhill is a physiotherapist and has published some results of completed studies on her website, appropriately named Stitchlinks. She conducted some experiments herself and found that knitting was really helpful in reducing panic and anxiety attacks.

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                                “You are using up an awful lot of brain capacity to perform a coordinated series of movements. The more capacity you take up by being involved in a complex task, the less capacity you have for bad thoughts.”- Betsan Corkhill

                                Knitters feel happier and in a better mood

                                Ann Futterman-Collier, Well Being Lab at Northern Arizona University, is very interested in how textile therapy (sewing, knitting, weaving and lace-making) can play an important role in mood repair and in lifting depressive states.

                                She researched 60 women and divided them into three different groups to do some writing, meditating and work with textiles. She monitored their heartbeat, blood pressure and saliva production. The women in the textiles group had the best results when their mood was assessed afterwards. They were in a better mood and had managed to reduce their negative thoughts better than those in the writing and meditation groups.

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                                “People who were given the task to make something actually had less of an inflammatory response in the face of a ‘stressor’.” – Dr. Futterman Collier

                                The dopamine effect on our happiness

                                Our brains produce a chemical called dopamine. This helps us to feel happy, more motivated, and assists also with focus and concentration. We get a boost of dopamine after sex, food, exercise, sleep, and creative activities.

                                There are medications to increase dopamine but there are lots of ways we can do it naturally. Textile therapy and crafting are the easiest and cheapest. We can create something and then admire it. In addition, this allows for a little bit of praise and congratulations. Although this is likely not your goal, all these can boost our dopamine and we just feel happier and more fulfilled. These are essential in facing new challenges and coping with disappointment in life.

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                                “Sometimes, people come up to me when I am knitting and they say things like, “Oh, I wish I could knit, but I’m just not the kind of person who can sit and waste time like that.” How can knitting be wasting time? First, I never just knit; I knit and think, knit and listen, knit and watch. Second, you aren’t wasting time if you get a useful or beautiful object at the end of it.” – Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much.

                                If you thought knitting and textiles were for old ladies, think again!

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