Posted: 7:09 pm Monday, February 12th, 2018
Valentine’s Day. A day intended for the celebration of love, somehow has turned into a celebration of loneliness. You know what I’m referring to: everyone who isn’t in a romantic relationship writing off V-Day as a “commercial holiday” or claiming that they’ll be alone forever. There are thousands of people who plan to use the day to mope around, eat chocolate, cry and watch the Notebook. And I get it. Valentine’s Day can be really sad and lonely. But only if you choose to make it that way.
Remember Valentine’s Day when we were kids? I do. I would wake up in the morning and my parents would have chocolates and stuffed animals out on the kitchen table for my brother and I. We would go to school and in our cubbies we would find little cards from our classmates. Our teachers would give out candies and we would cut out hearts using construction paper. There was absolutely zero romance involved, and it was still such a special, fun day full of love. Why did it all have to change?
Romantic relationships aren’t the only relationships we have in our lives. We have friends, family and coworkers. Even the relationships you have with your mailman or crossing guard can somehow be meaningful. Therefore, we should celebrate all of the relationships we have! Love all the special people you do have in your life, and stop harping on the fact that you have yet to find your Ryan Gosling. Throw a Gal-entine’s Day party for all your gal pals. Or throw a Bro-mance party for all your bros. Or both!
Just make sure to whip up a yummy treat for these parties. I suggest chocolate truffles. The recipe I use only requires two main ingredients and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Because, c’mon, who doesn’t love chocolate?
Here’s the recipe for Valentine’s Day Truffles:
3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups of heavy cream
Toppings of your choice
What to do:
Step 1. Take a medium sized pot and place on the stove to low heat.
Step 2. Slowly begin adding your chocolate chips, stirring with a spatula to assure the chocolate doesn’t stick and burn.
Step 3. In addition to your chocolate chips, slowly add your heavy cream. Stir together.
Step 4. Continue slowly adding your ingredients while stirring until the mixture becomes smooth.
Step 5. Once there are no lumps, turn off the heat and take the pot off the burner and let sit for a minute or two.
Step 6. Prepare a bread pan by placing parchment paper inside to form a layer between the pan and the chocolate mixture.
Step 7. Slowly pour the mixture into the bread pan and spread out evenly.
Step 8. Place the bread pan into the fridge for 1 hour.
Step 9. Remove the bread pan from the fridge, and then place into the freezer for another hour.
Step 10. Once the mixture is firm like clay, begin forming 1/2 inch balls with your hands.
Step 11. Roll the truffles around in a plate of the topping you choose. I chose almonds, cocoa powder, and chocolate sprinkles.
Step 12. I suggest freezing before serving again, or you can dress up a cute box or bucket full of these guys to give out to your loved ones!
This Valentine’s Day I encourage you to focus on the love you do have in your life, not the love you are missing.
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