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Recipe Roundup for Valentine’s Day


Look! I’m here, I’m alive! Pregnancy makes you lazy…or, er, more lazy. It also makes you crazy…or, er, more crazy. What with doctor’s appointments and making sure you’ve registered for everything you need to and fielding all the great suggestions from friends and also trying to keep your money in check so you don’t go overboard, it’s a lot.

Also, I think an expectant parent should have maternity leave for all 40 weeks, plus when the baby actually comes. ‘Cause I could really use some time to start nesting and make a bunch of freezer meals. I ONLY HAVE THREE MONTHS LEFT!

(Pregnancy also causes outbursts.)

Anyway, because it’s still dreaded “fall back” and we won’t get that extra sunshine in the evening until March (and also, pregnancy again), I don’t have a recipe for you. Instead, let’s talk Valentine’s Day. It’s a popular holiday characterized by chocolate that lasts a moment on the lips and forever on the hips, flowers that wilt, and dinner reservations that cost way more than you should be spending.

But love is in the air and so for those who celebrate on Valentine’s Day or any other day of the year, I’ve rounded up some recipes that you may enjoy!

Jenn and Holly christmas

These are a Few of my Favorite Things

Honestly, it could just be me, but I cannot stop myself from clicking on those gift guides and seeing what someone else thinks I should buy my loved ones. But then my frugality kicks...


Chocolate Almond Cheesecake

Because cheesecake should be as ingrained in the holidays as that main course.


Vanilla Cherry Ball Cookies

These vanilla cookies have a special surprise - a maraschino cherry in the center. Then, the cookie is dipped in vanilla icing. So good, these bite-sized morsels will delight.

Chewy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola Bars

Chewy Peanut Butter and Honey Granola Bars

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SpreadTheMagic #CollectiveBias We are a peanut butter household. I say that and what I mean is that we have...

Grilled Chicken Tacos

Spicy and Sweet Chicken Tacos

A sweet and spicy combination for chicken means the best of both worlds and enjoyable by all. Grill your chicken for a nice tailgate and football game watch party!


Tuesday Lately 9.8.15

Well, well, well, if it isn’t you. Welcome to another Tuesday Lately! This is only the third (maybe second?) Tuesday Lately, but I really enjoy doing them because it’s something different and just gives...

sauteed cobia

Sautéed Cobia with Tomatoes and Capers

Cobia is a flaky and delicate white fish that demands a simple preparation and simple topping, but when you taste this dish all together, you'll be wowed.


Tuesday Lately 8.29.15

Oh summer… There’s officially only 23 days left until the first day of fall, which makes me both happy and sad at the same time. I don’t love the scorching heat of Florida summers,...

Brussels Sprouts Aglio e Olio

Pasta Aglio e Olio with Brussels Sprouts

This Pasta Aglio e Olio with Brussels Sprouts recipe is a simple Italian pasta dish you'll want to make many times over. Aglio e Olio stands for "garlic and oil" and makes for a...