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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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                                                              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                              • (1) Research
                                                              • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                              • (3) Creating the outline
                                                              • (4) Drafting the content
                                                              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                              • (6) Revision
                                                              • (7) etc.

                                                              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                              2. Change Your Environment

                                                              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                              6. Get a Buddy

                                                              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                              Reality check:

                                                              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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