Fastest way to the heart…is through the stomach.

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Forget gifts. There’s an even better way to show how much you appreciate your soul mate on Valentine’s Day. Make a homemade treat. What’s that old adage … “The best way to a man’s heart is through is stomach.” Well I think that is the truth and it works for women too. Roses are lovely and shiny baubles are pretty, but nothing speaks so highly of your love than you slaving away in the kitchen and emerging with something delectable.

Traditionally chocolate is a very popular treat shared by many on Valentine’s Day. I think this is the perfect time to whip up a batch of homemade Mexican Chocolate ice cream. Dig out your ice cream maker and the recipe book that came with it. Find the basic chocolate ice cream recipe and add in a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper and a half cup or so of dark chocolate chips that you have chopped up.

Or, what is better than homemade chocolate chip cookies? Not much. For Valentine’s Day, have the cookie dough ready in advance. Then just after dinner pop some cookies into the oven. When they are done serve up the hot cookies with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream.

There’s nothing wrong with being a little cheesy either. I found a Red Cheese Fondue posted on Odell Brewing’s Facebook page that sounds amazing. It only uses 8 oz. of beer. You can enjoy sharing the rest of the six-pack together.

Breakfast is a perfect way to set the day of love off right. Make heart-shaped pancakes.

If you have kids like I do and have switched from romantic Valentine’s Day celebrations to fun, sugar-filled celebrations for the kids, making homemade Valentine’s Pop Tarts will make your little ones happy, happy, happy.

For those who like to spice things up a bit, this Ancho Chili-Cinnamon Chocolate Bark recipe will do the trick. In fact the whole series where I found this recipe, 17 Heart-Melting Valentine’s Day Treats  has a whole bunch of great recipes to try.

So this year, head out to the grocery store to pick up some ingredients and then take over the kitchen to whip up a bit of sweetness for your sugar baby. Take my word for it, they’ll love you even more for it.




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