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30 Valentine’s Day Recipes

30 Valentine’s Day Recipes

Impress your Valentine this year by cooking them a beautiful meal, or serving them a stunning cocktail. Preparing a special meal for someone is a romantic way to show them you care, so check out our handpicked selection of delicious Valentine’s Day breakfasts, dinners, desserts and drinks.

Breakfast

1. Strawberry Sprinkle Funfetti Pancakes

Strawberry Sprinkle Funfetti Pancakes

    Make these fun pancakes as a tasty breakfast surprise for your partner.

    2. Heart-Shaped Toast Cups

    Heart-Shaped Toast Cups

      If you prefer savory to sweet, try this simple and quick recipe to make amazing bacon and egg toast cups.

      3. Soft Sweet Cherry Bread With Almond Glaze

      Soft Sweet Cherry Bread With Almond Glaze

        If you love cherries, this wickedly sweet recipe is perfect for you. Try serving alongside coffee and strawberries for the perfect Valentine’s Day breakfast!

        4. Roasted Heart Potatoes

        Roasted Heart Potatoes

          Start Valentine’s Day right by serving up these cute potatoes alongside scrambled eggs.

          5. Avocado Valentine’s Day Toast

          Avocado Toast

            If you’re running low on time, put a smile in on your loved one’s face by making them this sweet avocado heart-decorated toast.

            Main Dishes

            6. Warm Lobster And Potato Salad With Truffled Mayonnaise

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            Warm Lobster And Potato Salad With Truffled Mayonnaise

              This tasty Valentine’s Day recipe is sure to impress your guests.

              7. Steak And Sticky Red Wine Shallots

              Steak And Sticky Red Wine Shallots

                This delicious, luxurious dish, has only a five minute preparation time.

                8. Valentine’s Day Salad

                Heart-Shaped Mozzarella Salad

                  This romantic take on the Caprese salad is a simple and sweet way to show your love to someone.

                  9. French Onion Beef Short Ribs

                  French Onion Beef Short Ribs

                    This delicious and luxurious recipe is great for lovers who are also meat lovers.

                    10. Mixed Grill

                    Mixed Grill

                      If your partner loves seafood, cook them this delicious recipe for two.

                      11. Stuffed Chicken Breast And Asparagus

                      Stuffed Chicken And Asparagus

                        This delicious chicken dish is fairly simple to make, but so delicious, it could be served in a restaurant!

                        12. Eggplant Parmesan
                        Eggplant Parmesan

                          This is a great vegetarian dinner option for Valentine’s Day. It’s both flavorsome and cheesy!

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                          13. Marinated Shrimp Scampi
                          Marinated Shrimp Scampi for Two

                            This is a simple and light Valentine’s recipe, with only a handful of ingredients.

                            14. Sundried Tomato Fettuccine

                            Sundried Tomato Fettuccine

                              This tasty pasta recipe is both hearty and filling.

                              15. Heart Shaped Sushi

                              Valentine's Day Heart Shaped Sushi

                                Impress your loved one this Valentine’s Day by preparing them some cute heart-shaped sushi.

                                Desserts

                                16. No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

                                Valentine's Day No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

                                  If you are a beginner in the kitchen, this recipe is a simple way to make a dessert that is guaranteed to be good and impress at the same time.

                                  17. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

                                  Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

                                    This dessert is simple to make, impressive to look at and delicious to eat – perfect!

                                    18. Fondue For Two

                                    Foudue For Two

                                      This dessert fondue is simple to make, and you can customize it by using any fruit you want.

                                      19. Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cakes

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                                      Mini Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cakes

                                        If you fancy trying your hand at something more challenging, make these beautiful small cakes to impress your lover this Valentine’s Day.

                                        20. Chef John’s Chocolate Lava Cake

                                        Chef John's Chocolate Lava Cake

                                          This dish is perfect for any chocolate lover. Filling, sweet and luxurious – the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

                                          21. Merlot-Poached Pears With Vanilla And Cinnamon

                                          Merlot-Poached Pears With Vanilla Cinnamon

                                            This unique dish is stunning to look at, but still simple to cook.

                                            22. Red Velvet Brownies

                                            Red Velvet Brownies

                                              This sweet, moist brownie recipe is heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth.

                                              23. Fruit Pizza

                                              Fruit Pizza

                                                This fruit pizza recipe is creamy and tart, a tasty dessert alternative for anyone who prefers fruit to chocolate.

                                                24. Brownie Mix Truffles

                                                Brownie Mix Truffles

                                                  Try making these cute cake pops for someone you know who loves chocolate.

                                                  25. Jell-O Strawberry Parfait

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                                                  Jello Strawberry Parfait

                                                    This easy and delicious recipe has only three ingredients – Jell-O, fresh fruit, and Cool Whip topping. Perfect!

                                                    Drinks

                                                    26. Godiva Chocolate Martini

                                                    Godiva Chocolate Martini

                                                      This two-minute luxurious cocktail is easy to make – simply add the creams and vodkas together, mix, and serve to your loved one!

                                                      27. Red Velvet Milkshakes

                                                      Red Velvet Milkshakes

                                                        Try these easy-to-make Valentine’s Day milkshakes with your partner, your friends or your children!

                                                        28. Cosmopolitan Raspberry Twist

                                                        Cosmopolitan Raspberry Twist

                                                          This tasty cocktail adds a refreshing and light raspberry twist to the classic Cosmopolitan – perfect for anyone who loves their cocktails light and refreshing.

                                                          29. Raspberry Limeade Mocktail

                                                          Raspberry Limeade Mocktail

                                                            Try this refreshing alcohol-free recipe, which uses only a handful of ingredients – including fresh raspberries!

                                                            30. White Strawberry Sangria

                                                            White Strawberry Sangria

                                                              This decorative cocktail is the ideal Valentine’s Day drink for couples who enjoy both cocktails and white wine. Not to mention an abundance of strawberries.

                                                              Do you have any Valentine’s Day recipes that you love to cook? Comment your recipes below!

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                                                              Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                              In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                              Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                              Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                              Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                              Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                              The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                              There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                              How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                              According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                              Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                              Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                              The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                              Listen carefully:

                                                              We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                              The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                              Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                              8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                              There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                              Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                              1. Pray Daily

                                                              You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                              When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                              Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                              Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                              2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                              A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                              By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                              Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                              If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                              This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                              How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                              3. Smile Often

                                                              Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                              Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                              Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                              The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                              4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                              A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                              When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                              Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                              Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                              5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                              I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                              Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                              What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                              6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                              God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                              I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                              I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                              7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                              You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                              How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                              First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                              If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                              If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                              If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                              Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                              8. Go Exercise

                                                              Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                              The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                              You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                              12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                              It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                              Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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