For The Romantically Challanged Man

Valentine’s day is quickly approaching, and I bet there are some guys out there who are stressing out about what to get their special someone. It always seems so obvious and easy to think of dates and gift ideas, but for some reason guys just can never get it.

That’s why the ladies over at Man Crates have challenged me to create a mini wishlist to help the romantically challenged man this holiday.

  1. If you are looking to really impress a girl: Homemade baked goodies and flowers

If you are looking to make a really good impression on your special someone, bake! Trust me, if a guy goes out of his way to turn the heat up in the kitchen for his girl, he wont be dissapointed with the outcome. It doesn’t have to be anything intricate, simple chocolate chip cookies would do. Or you could even go a step further, and bake her favorite goodie! Don’t forget to throw in some flowers, because a girl is always expecting flowers on Valentine’s day. (Mine would definitely have to be white chocolate chip cookies, yummm) Toasted-Coconut-White-Chocolate-Chip-Cookies-1

Click here to get this toasted coconut white chocolate chip cookie recipe.

2. For the newbies: Her favorite candies and flowers

It’s so cliche, I know. But if you were lucky enough to find a new someone right before Valentine’s Day, it’s better to play it safe with good ole fashioned candy and flowers. Pick a cute basket and fill it with all her favorite candies! Of course you must add in some flowers. Try to avoid your average chocolates, like hershey bars and kisses. Buying your chocolate from an actual chocolate place is much more thoughtful and delicious.

One of my favorite gifts was a basket filled with every kind of white chocolate from my local chocolate store. I was in literal white chocolate heaven. 

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Click here to shop chocolate from one of my favorite local chocolate shops

3. For the Valentine’s veteran: Something New

So you and your girl have been together for a while and you’re stuck on what to get her? Thinking of a spontaneous and different date night will definitely make her and you happy! Ditch that same Italian restaurant you go to once a month and plan a fun picnic, or camping trip.

If you really want to go all out travel to a romantic new spot and treat yourselves to a couples spa day. Throw in some flowers and chocolates to make her feel extra special, and this Valentine’s Day will be one for the books.

 

What is your most memorable Valentine’s Day gift?

xoxox

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

Homemade Caramel Popcorn

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Ingredients:

4 tbsp. butter

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1/4 tsp. Vanilla

Olive Oil

Popcorn Kernels

Salt

Buttered Seasoning

Popcorn

  • Turn stove to med/low heat and add olive oil until there is a thin layer covering the bottom of your pan.
  • Allow the oil to heat for a little and add popcorn kernels until they cover the bottom of the pan. Make sure you cover the pan with a lid or the popcorn will pop everywhere
  • After the times between each popped kernels begins to slow, you can remove the pan and put your popcorn into a bowl.
  • Sprinkle as much salt and buttered seasoning, on the dry popcorn, as you prefer

Caramel Sauce

  • In a separate skillet add the butter, brown sugar and vanilla
  • Melt the brown sugar sauce on low heat, still until the butter is completely melted and the sauce is thin and almost of a liquid form. (If you put the stove on too high it will turn the sauce into a thick glob)
  • Take a table spoon and lightly drizzle the sauce onto your salted popcorn
  • Make sure to toss around the popcorn to make sure you get the sauce on all of the popcorn
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