5 Gifts Your Valentine Really Wants

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and I’m taking all of the stress out of finding the perfect giftfor your loved one just in time for the weekend! I can’t speak for everyone, but I know that for me, Valentine’s Day is about all of the chill things.

No need to make a big fuss or an impossible dinner reservation (we’ll be cooking up these scallops with porcini risotto again). The goal is to use this day to relax at home and indulge a little bit (macarons, anyone?) and these five gifts will help you and your significant other do just that!

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Joy Macarons’ Be My Valentine Gift Boxes make the perfect dessert! (photo: @JoyMacarons on Instagram)

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Snickerdoodle Blondies

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I’m coming to you live from I-35, and our car is full of these delicious snickerdoodle blondie brownies for our families. I highly recommend you consider making these treats as a pre-Christmas activity! You won’t regret it.

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YUM!

This recipe is from What’s Gaby Cooking, and as soon as I saw it, I knew we would have to make these for Christmas. They’re cinnamon-y, sugary, and they don’t require a ton of ingredients. In fact, for the first time ever, I only had to pick up one ingredient to bake something (eggs)! That is a major win.

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10 Last Minute Gifts to Buy 10 Days Before Christmas

It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but let’s not kid ourselves by saying it’s stress free. Every year, I tell myself I will start Christmas shopping earlier. Every year, I tell myself I will avoid the mall and buy all of my gifts online. And every year, I inevitably end up at the mall with all of the holiday shoppers asking myself where things went wrong.

So to help you out this holiday season, here are 10 items that you can easily write down, pick up (or ship – Hi, Amazon) just in time for Christmas. There’s something on this list for everyone – your foodie friend, your man friend, your friend that really loves pizza. Links below for easy shopping!

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos for Cinco de Mayo

Is there a better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with tacos and margaritas? I think not.

Also, I’m loving that two of my recent posts include “spicy” in the title.  My true essence.

This year, we’re celebrating with Pinch of Yum’s spicy shrimp tacos with garlic cilantro lime slaw. I meal prepped three different sauces on Sunday, and realized that each was green. Obviously I love my avocados and cilantro. And I looooove my garlic too. Thankfully, so does Hunter or he would have a hard time eating anything I cook for him. This garlic cilantro lime sauce is the kind of sauce that could really go with anything and everything…salads, fish, quesadillas, burgers, etc., so if you like the ingredients in its name, keep it nearby at all times.

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Cheers!

It’s important to note that these tacos have a delicious slaw. So basically, they are a salad. But in all honesty, if you did want to cut down on carbs, you could easily put these in lettuce wraps and they would be just as delicious. I’m a big fan of wrapping my food in romaine. It would also help offset the necessary fresh guac and cold bev that must be served alongside this entree.

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Mulled Wine + Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

Checking in from my home office (AKA bed!) It’s been a fabulous couple of days here, due in part to unseasonably nice December weather, two weeks off of work, and the arrival of Christmas week.

Hunter and I celebrating a friend's birthday at Henry's Majestic, in December, on the patio. Cheers.

Hunter and I celebrating a friend’s birthday at Henry’s Majestic, in December, on the patio. Cheers.

In spite of the warm temperatures, I decided mulled wine would be a good choice to prep for my friends during our annual Secret Santa party last weekend. Wine is flowing in all forms throughout the season (and year-round TBH), so why not mix it up and try a warm, spiced version for a change? Just pretend you’re somewhere that experiences snow on Christmas and you’re good to go.

I’m also sharing one of my favorite enchilada recipes (courtesy of my sweet friend Sue! Original recipe here) Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas. Basically a health food packed with nutrients! And cheese! My family recently started the tradition of preparing a Mexican feast on Christmas. Needless to say, I’m a big fan of the change. This year my mom has the enchiladas covered, so I decided to make these babies to kick off the week because you can never have enough Mexican food, am I right?

Let’s begin with the wine.

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