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Share Your Love with Sweethearts and Family

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, January 24, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

This Valentine’s Day, we’ve got you covered with world-changing chocolate, conscientious body care and beautifully responsible blooms like roses and Gerbera daisies that are grown and produced to meet our commitment to ethical trade, the environment and the highest quality, thanks to our Whole Trade® Guarantee.

But perhaps you’re looking for a little something extra outside the box of chocolates? This could be your year to start a new tradition perfectly suited for the two of you.

Here are a few ideas for how to share your love with your sweetheart.

  • Make your partner’s favorite meal and pack it for a Valentine’s lunch surprise.
  • Leave a few love notes in unexpected places — under the toothpaste, taped to the steering wheel or inside a shoe!
  • Have a picnic, whether it’s outdoors or indoors by the fire.
  • For a creative twist on a romantic dinner, organize a four-course menu and have each course begin with L, O, V or E. Perhaps Lentil Tapenade for a starter, an oven-roasted veggie as a side dish, Veal Scaloppini with Swiss Chard and Barley for the main course and Espresso Pots de Crème for dessert?
  • Revisit your first date by re-creating the first meal you had together or putting together a playlist of music that reminds you of when you met.

Don’t forget your parents, siblings and kids on this love-filled day — we all know romantic love isn’t the only thing that matters. Here are a few ideas for sharing your love with your family who loves you (and not just because they have to).

  • Craft placemats made out of family photos for a Valentine’s Day meal.
  • Cook a meal together, or have each member of the family make a dish. At the table, share one thing you love about each family member while enjoying the fruits of your collective labor.
  • Grab a big bowl of popcorn, pull out the old home movies and enjoy the memories!
  • Make heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast or heart-shaped sweet treats for dessert, like these Chocolate Cookies.
  • Have a family of performers? Play a love-themed game of charades or have a family talent show.

There are more thoughtful ways of making the day special than you can shake a long-stem rose at; this is just a start!

How will you share your love this Valentine’s Day?

Category: Food & Recipes

 

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KJ says ...
TIP: Great way to start off your Valentines day morning? The best chocolate-ly coffee to ease and sooth you and your honey's loving feelings... Head your way over the Specialty department and pick up some Organic Ravens brew whole bean coffee, then swing by the chocolate island and treat your self to a container of Raw Cacao powder, scoot your cart to grocery and get hooked up with 100% raw blue agave syrup. Don't forget to make your last stop at floral, to get her... well you know! Directions: Brew up some deadly delicious ravens brew coffee. While that's brewing, get your coffee mug and put in two tablespoons of Raw Cacao powder (or more if your like me and love your chocolate) then on a 5 second count add in your agave syrup, the consistency should be like semi-thick chocolate syrup. Last step, pour in that joe, stir up and cheers to a day full of love. P.S I dare you to lick the syrup spoon... Remember to leave some for the coffee. (: KJ
01/24/2012 11:45:39 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@KJ This sounds amazing! Your sweetheart must love when Valentine's Day rolls around. Thanks for sharing your tips!
01/25/2012 10:54:36 AM CST
KJ says ...
Don't forget the Seafood department has got ya covered with a verity of fresh, live & sustainably harvested oysters. The amazing seafood team can put together beautiful oyster platters for you and your honey for Valentines day & will give you great pairings. Just call ahead of time and we'll have it ready whatever time you'd like em for your special day. Visit Speciality and pair those delicious oysters with Wine, cheese,crackers & olives. Then head on over to Whole-body and pick up some great smelling candles you've been having your eye on. Happy Valentines day, From the Seafood Team in Seattle!
01/24/2012 11:28:18 PM CST
Sandra says ...
Great ideas, especially the Espresso Pots de Crème for dessert and the Craft placemats made out of family photos for a Valentine’s Day meal. I can't wait to try it out Sandra/ Happy Valentines Day, Spread the Love and Joy to all you see!
01/29/2012 2:38:25 AM CST