Here are 20 Valentine’s Day Treats to Melt His Heart

It seems like Christmas and New Year’s were just yesterday, but in reality, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. How will you be showing your love this year? Since we all know that the best way to the heart is through the stomach, we’re betting you’re planning on some sweet treats!

So go beyond cookies or the typical box of chocolates for some tasty dishes sure to delight your valentine, whether that valentine is your husband, your kids, or your best friend! Buzzfeed put together a list of their favorites, and it inspired us to make our own. This Valentine’s Day, why not make:

Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

We ALL get those little conversation heart candies every Valentine’s Day, but does anybody actually like them? Let’s make them better! Keep the sweet whimsy while upgrading the taste with these cool and creative cookies sure to please your sweetheart.

Candy Conversation Hearts


Is your valentine one of the few people who actually eats those conversation hearts because he likes them, not just because of tradition? Totally blow his mind and make his day by whipping up some homemade versions!

Cheesecake Conversation Hearts


Just one more twist on those conversation hearts! These ones are made from cheesecake, and are perfectly portioned for dessert-for-two. Bonus— the creator of this treat, Hungry Happenings, also offers versions that get their colors from all-natural fruit purees!

Heart-Shaped Pizza


Valentine’s Day is sweet, but that doesn’t mean the food has to be! Try savory options like this simple pizza . . .

Tomato Heart Tarts


. . . these easy tarts made with tomato, mustard and puff pastry . . .

Tomato Soup and Heart-Shaped Grilled Cheese


. . . or this easy twist on grilled cheese and tomato soup!

Heart-Shaped Egg


Begin your celebrating right at the start of Valentine’s Day with some breakfast love! These heart-shaped eggs are one of the easiest ways to do it, and the clever technique makes sure even the YOLKS get in on the holiday action.

Heart Eggs-in-Toast


Want something just a little fancier than that last heart-egg idea? Then try this egg-in-toast recipe for a simple and special breakfast.

Pink Valentine Pancakes


Not a fan of eggs, or just want breakfast to be REALLY special? Then try these pancakes, which are not only heart-shaped, but PINK! And if your sweetie doesn’t like the color or you don’t like baking with food coloring, just leave the colorant out for natural-but-still-festive pancakes.

Easy Chocolate Croissants


Things don’t have to be heart-shaped to be perfect for the day of love! After all, what says romance more than chocolate wrapped inside a warm croissant? You can even use Valentine’s Day candy to make them!

Pomegranate Chocolates

Pomegranate Chocolates

Skip that box of chocolates everybody else buys last-minute and make THESE treats instead. The combination of chocolate and pomegranate seeds is not only delicious and romantic, they’re – dare we say it? – pretty sexy, too!

Hidden Heart Chocolate Cake


Is your love new? Are you somebody’s secret admirer? Or do you just want your Valentine’s treat to be a surprise? Then try making your sweetheart this cake that’s quite literally filled with love.

Easy Heart Cake


Feeling more out-spoken and want to just go for it with a heart-shaped cake, but don’t have a special pan? Use this method to bake it that only needs regular cake pans to make!

Heart-Shaped Cupcakes


Cupcakes were absolutely MADE for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think? These little cuties are not only topped with themed decorations, they’re actually in the shape of hearts, too!

Nutella Soufflé


Want to impress your valentine with a dessert that’s really special? Try making a soufflé, and not just any soufflé— a NUTELLA one!

Chocolate Panini


Can’t get enough of Nutella? Then you’ll definitely want to try these panini, which also include semisweet chocolate chips for an extra-chocolatey, crispy treat.

Raspberry White Chocolate Cheesecake


These flavors don’t scream romance— they whisper it, sweet-nothing-style. And the fact that they’re featured in a cheesecake just makes it even more special and sophisticated.

White and Dark Chocolate Pudding Parfaits


Want more desserts built for sharing during a romantic night in? Try these pudding parfaits that can be adjusted to your personal tastes – white or dark chocolate, raspberries or strawberries – and are totally easy to make . . .

Strawberry Mousse with Meringue Hearts


. . . or this decadent strawberry mousse, made with only a few common ingredients.

Strawberry Men


Need a treat that’s a little healthier but still sweet and fun? Try these strawberry “men” that will delight your kids or any valentine with a sense of humor and whimsy.

Secret Ingredient for Making Softbatch Chocolate Chip Cookies

For such a simple, classic treat, chocolate chip cookies have a lot of variations— and lots of ways to bake them all! Love thin and crispy? Need nuts in yours? Like ones that are a little cakey?

There’s a method to make them out there. At this time of year, though, there’s only one version we really want: soft, rich, moist, and tasting like they just came out of the oven even days later! Thankfully, there’s an easy way to get them, and it involves a crazy, unexpected ingredient.

The idea comes to us from Averie Cooks, and we’re betting you’ll be as excited about it as we are. If you love ooey-gooey melt-in-your-mouth cookies, then this is the recipe you’ve been looking for.

Averie Cooks discovered that all you need is an extra ingredient to create soft, moist and tender chocolate chip cookies. The secret ingredient? Cream cheese! Can you believe it? Check out this delicious recipe for when you want an extra special treat.

Soft Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 28 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes


½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

¼ cup cream cheese, softened (don’t use fat-free, light or whipped)

¾ cup light brown sugar, packed

¼ cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt, optional and to taste

2 ¼ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks

Want the full delicious recipe? Of course you do! Averie’s sharing the full, printable how-to over on her Averie Cooks site, so be sure to head there for your copy.

So what’s going on here? The cream cheese is simply replacing some of the butter you typically use in a chocolate chip cookie recipe, and that single swap makes a HUGE difference. The cookies that come out are an absolutely perfect “softbatch” style that holds the chewy, rich moisture for days.

Averie elaborates:

They’re so soft, moist, and with a richness to the dough like no other cookies I’ve tried. The dough seems more buttery, which is ironic since there’s actually less butter used, not more.

I can’t taste the cream cheese, but it adds depth, density, and richness that my regular chocolate chip cookies don’t have [. . .] The cookies are super soft without being cakey, and remind me of Softbatch cookies. The edges are slightly chewy, and the thick interiors are soft, tender, and moist.

Doesn’t get better than that, now does it?! Do you think you’ll give this secret ingredient a try? Have you ever baked with cream cheese in your cookies before? How do you prefer your cookies?

Tell us what you think and how these turn out for you, and of course, be sure to visit the Averie Cooks site for more information and tips!

Low-Carb Recipes We Can’t Keep on the Down Low

When it comes to counting carbs, these recipes are the lowest of the low… but they’re all so satisfying and easy to make, we just can’t keep them on the down low!

No-Carb Cloud Bread

Cloud Bread

We’ll see your low-carb and make it no-carb. We know the one carb indulgence you can’t give up is bread… until now.

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna 1

Zucchini is a master of disguise, and this time its masquerading as lasagna noodles. Any way you slice it, zucchini is an awesomely versatile vegetable for when you want more of the good stuff but don’t feel like salad.

Rosemary Portobello Chicken


Humble chicken is our favorite meat for a special-but-simple meal. This recipe combines it with rosemary and portobello mushrooms, and cooks up in a single skillet.

Flank Steak Roulade


This dish both sounds and looks fancy, but we wouldn’t be sharing it with you if it weren’t totally doable in your kitchen. Take ordinary flank steak, fill it with fabulous Greek-inspired flavors, then sear and roast in the the oven for taste that’s just right.

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Buffalo Cauliflower

Buffalo wings are so not diet food–but then again, these healthy vegetarian cauliflower florets baked in finger-lickin’ buffalo sauce don’t taste like diet food either.

Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken


The secret to keeping the breading on these chicken breasts low-carb? Most of it is parmesan cheese!

Pizza Stuffed Chicken


Don’t cry, carb haters–there is a pizza out there for you! These tasty spirals of baked chicken are filled with a classic pizza combo of mozzarella, pepperoni, and marinara.

One-Pan Harvest Chicken


This delicious combination of all the best fall fruit and veggies – sweet potato, brussels sprouts, shallots, and apples – topped with bacon and a perfectly-seasoned chicken is cooked on a sheet pan for super easy clean-up.

Fajita Flank Steak


Another fabulous sheet pan dinner with some south-of-the-border flair, this fajita flank steak cooks the veggies with the fajita-seasoned meat and lime juice for maximum flavor.

Grilled Zucchini Rolls


Here’s an idea that will tick all the boxes for low-carb vegetarians. You’ll have just as much rolling up these grilled zucchini slices with goat cheese and roasted red peppers as you will eating them.

Honey Glazed Sheet Pan Salmon


When you’re in a hurry and out of school night dinner ideas, you can’t do better than sheet pan salmon. This dish is simple, healthy, and colorful, with broccoli, sweet potato, and fresh salmon.

Cauliflower Biscuit Bites


Craving a sausage egg and biscuit sandwich, but not craving those carbs? This genius biscuit recipe uses “cauli-flour”, so it’s completely wheat-free!

Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

Doesn’t it seem like tomatoes and cheese were just made for each other? Add some elegance to your plate with this upgrade on caprese salad.

Zucchini Pizzas

Zucchini Pizzas

So you’re throwing a party and carbs aren’t on the guest list–but these mini veggies pizzas using zucchini rounds instead of crust are definitely invited.

Cheesy Broccolini Spaghetti Squash

Cheesy Broccolini Spaghetti Squash 2

Spaghetti squash “noodles” and broccolini get tossed with two kinds of cheeses for an enlightened spaghetti squash lasagna. You can bake this spaghetti squash casserole recipe right in the shells for an impressive presentation— and for fewer bowls to clean up after dinner!

Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin 1

Call us the meat matchmakers, because this recipe doubles up the flavor with bacon and pork tenderloin. Your poor pork tenderloin is lonely without carbs, so wrap it up in the sweet embrace of bacon.


Why You Shouldn’t Get Lemon Water at Restaurants

When you go out to eat, one of the first questions your waiter is likely to ask is, “What would you like to drink?” Like clockwork, your party will rattle off their go-to drink orders — and we would be willing to bet this is one of them: water with lemon.

Lemon water has been a popular beverage for decades, not just for its crisp, refreshing taste, but for the recently trendy idea that lemon water is super healthy for you.

Now, this notion isn’t totally wrong. Lemon water has been proven to help cleanse your system, get your skin looking gorgeous, and even keep your body at a healthy weight. It’s no wonder celebrities everywhere swear by this simple drink, what with these amazing benefits!

lemon halves on white background

But while we would definitely encourage you to try drinking more lemon water during your day-to-day (especially in some hot water, first thing in the morning, which is supposed to start your body off on the right foot) there is one place where you might want to stick to regular H2O. It’s a little surprising, but a restaurant is the last place you want to enjoy a lemon in your water.

You’re probably thinking that’s crazy, remembering that there’s a least one person in your crew that orders a lemon water everywhere you go out to eat. Well, they may not know this downright disgusting fact about the drink they think is HELPING their system.

A 2007 study in the Journal of Environmental Health tested 76 lemons from 21 restaurants for germs and discovered nearly 70 percent of the lemon slices were covered in bacteria, viruses, and other microbes — including disease-causing E. coli. Another ABC investigation testing one lemon at 10 different restaurants found that half the wedges contained human waste, which we don’t even like thinking about.

So why are lemon wedges incredibly contaminated? As it turns out, restaurant health standards tend to be less strict for garnishes.

The ABC investigation noticed that restaurant workers often grabbed lemons without gloves or tongs. Say they didn’t scrub their hands thoroughly after using the bathroom or touching another germ-ridden spot…that means there’s a good chance they’re covering your lemon slice in bacteria before plopping it right in your ice water.


As nasty as these findings are, experts say that the average immune system is equipt to handle these kinds of germs. It doesn’t make it any less unpleasant to think about, but the odds of contracting some kind of infection or illness from a dirty lemon are slim.

Still, we wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to avoid ordering lemon waters from here on out.


Make the Best Buttercream Frosting in Any Flavor With Her Easy Recipe

Stop looking and stop the presses, y’all— we’ve found the buttercream recipe to end all buttercream recipes.

Not only does this recipe create the best-looking and best-tasting frosting, but Tessa from Handle the Heat also shows us how to make flavors from strawberry to salted caramel to citrus and beyond.

Seriously, I’ve never seen a more helpful frosting post— and I’ve seen a lot! Watch how she makes it, then read on for more tips and tricks.

You’ll Need

–3 cups powdered sugar, sifted

–8 ounces (2 sticks or 1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

–1/4 teaspoon fine salt

–2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

–1 to 2 tablespoons cream

Want the full, printable recipe and instructions on how to make this buttercream strawberry, chocolate, mint, and basically every other flavor you can dream? You know you do!

Head over to the Handle the Heat site for the print-out and tips for tons of flavor combinations, then tell us which one you’ll be making!


Why You Should Put a Bowl on Top of Your Cake Before You Cut It

When you imagine cutting a cake, you probably imagine using a large serving knife to cut randomly sized triangles from the outside of your cake, right? Well, there are a few problems with that willy-nilly technique — namely, not cutting even pieces for everyone present.

Be honest, when the job of cake cutting is bequeathed to you, it can be pretty stressful. Personally, I tend to give some people huge pieces while other people get teeny-tiny pieces and the cake itself gets completely mangled as I try to cut evenly triangular pieces. In the end, nobody gets a fair slice and your beautiful cake ends up lopsided or hacked up.

If you’re working with a large, round cake, there’s a really simple way to slice up the dessert so that everyone gets an evenly sized piece. All you need to do is make a guideline in the center frosting of the cake that you can follow all the way around.

The best way to do that? With an average bowl from your kitchen.

Plain, round cake.

On the Rachel Ray Show, they demonstrate how a regular sized salad bowl or mixing bowl can make the sticky job of cake cutting so incredibly easy. This is a hack that caterers and restaurant pros use on a daily basis, and now they’re sharing this clever industry trick with the rest of us.

They start by taking a bowl that will fit within the center of your cake and still allow for five or six inches around the outside edge; this will, obviously, depending on the size of the cake you’re working with.

Place the bowl directly in the center of your cake and use the edge of it as a guide. Using a large knife, cut around the outside of your bowl, essentially creating a smaller cake within the larger cake.

To see the final step of this hack in action, you’ll have to watch the Rachel Ray video below. But trust us, this is a brilliant tip that any party host will be glad to know for the next time they’re serving a large group!

Hosting for a crowd can be overwhelming and it’s little tricks like this that make you the ultimate planner.

What do you think of this cake cutting hack? Do you have a different way of cutting a cake that’s a little unusual? If you’re looking for some other unique ways to hack this problem, check out one of our favorite tips here.


How To Make Chocolate Cake With Avocado Instead Of Eggs And Butter

Despite being one of the top super foods on the planet, avocado is also one of the most versatile nutriments when it comes to cooking. The thing is you can easily combine it in salads and in savory meals, but its creaminess makes it a perfect addition to sweet recipes too.

If you still have doubts about the slight bitterness of the fruit, don’t worry as it’s taken over by chocolate, thus making the recipe a nutritious and super healthy combination.


Why Use Avocados?

Avocados are an actual storehouse of nutrients, including potassium, vitamin K and folate. The fruit is also abundant in healthy fats, which increases the bioavailability of nutrients like boron, calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium and the vitamins – B-complex, C, E, and K.

These fats have been proved to naturally reduce LDL (“bad”cholesterol) while increasing HDL (“good”cholesterol) thus protecting against heart disease.

The healthy fats in avocados improve brain mitochondrial function thus protecting against cognitive decline.

In addition, avocados improve testosterone in men and progesterone in women, thus regulating hormonal balance. Plus, this fruit prevents estrogen dominance caused by endocrine disruptors.

All in all, avocados improve your health on many different levels. And, not just on the inside, but on the outside as well. This fruit is packed with antioxidants that boost soluble collagen content in the skin and fight aging caused by free radical damage.

Avocado Chocolate Cake Recipe


3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

5 tbsps. organic cacao powder

2 tbsps. baking powder

2 tsps. baking soda

1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1/4 cup extra-virgin coconut oil

1 ripe mashed avocado

2 cups water

2 tbsps. white vinegar

2 tsps. vanilla extract

2 cups raw coconut sugar


Preheat the oven to 350.

Grease and flour two 9” round cake pans.

Mix all dry ingredients, except sugar, in a large bowl.

Mix all wet ingredients, including the avocado, in another bowl. Add the sugar whisking thoroughly.

Making a small dent in the dry ingredients slowly pour the wet batter while stirring constantly. Make sure you don’t over-stir.

Use the two pans to divide the batter evenly.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Cool for 15-20 minutes then take the cakes out of the pans. Leave them to cool completely.

Optionally, you can frost the cakes by mixing 2 ripe mashed avocados, 1 cup of fine-grain or powdered coconut sugar and 5 tbsps. of cacao powder. Whisk the frosting until you get a thick, rich texture.

Frost the cakes only when they’re completely cool. Start by frosting one of the cakes first then place the second cake on top of the layer of frosting. Continue by frosting the top and sides. Bon appetite!


This is the Ideal Breakfast if You Want to Lose Belly Fat!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Starting your day with a healthy, nutritious meal can make you feel more energized and prepared for the day to come.

On the other hand, skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day, usually in the evening, which is the worst. One carefully selected breakfast can make all the difference when it comes to weight loss and can help you shed off the extra weight easily.

According to a study from 2008 you can eliminate the abdominal fat only by consuming one thing – eggs.

They are packed with proteins

Breakfast should be rich in proteins in order to satisfy your hunger and keep you full for longer. That’s why eggs are perfect because they’re rich in proteins.

One medium sized egg contains 6-7gr. of protein which is just the right amount to kick start your day.

Practical choice

Hard-boiled eggs are not just healthy and nutritious, they’re practical as well. You can prepare it anywhere and eat it anywhere as well. They’re low in calories but will give you a sense of satiety which will last until your next meal.


Your perfect breakfast is consisted of one hard-boiled egg and one apple. Combined they have approximately 160 calories, which is just enough for breakfast if you want to shed some pounds.

This meal should be enough to keep you away from unhealthy foods like processed meat and foods with large amounts of sugar, which is what’s causing all those extra pounds in the first place.


20 Reasons Why You Should Eat An Entire Avocado Every Day

There’s no question avocado is one of the most health-beneficial fruits on the planet. Avocados are a real storehouse of nutrients that come in a small package. Plus, this fruit is so versatile that you can combine it in anything from salads to desserts.

A number of studies have confirmed the amazing health benefits of regular consumption of avocado. Below, we’ve compiled the top 20.

#1 Abundant in Healthy Fats

Avocados abound in healthy fats such as monounsaturated fats. These fats are extremely important for reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke as well as LDL blood cholesterol levels.

#2 Supports Weight Loss

Avocados are a great addition to any weight loss diet plan. According to a study published in Nutrition Journal, just ½ an avocado on the lunch menu can promote weight loss in people who are overweight. One of the reasons is that avocados are full of fiber, thus keeping you full longer.

#3 Blood Pressure Control

Avocados are abundant in potassium, the most important mineral for reducing sodium effects on the body. One avocado packs 28% of the recommended daily allowance of potassium. Avocados also contain high amount of healthy fats, which is why you should cut down your fat intake from other foods in order to balance the fat levels. According to the American Heart Association, this natural source of potassium is extremely beneficial for keeping blood pressure under control.

#4 Improves Cardiovascular Health

High blood cholesterol levels, which double the risk of heart disease, affect 1 in 3 Americans. But, health experts advise that eating avocados on a regular basis can significantly reduce LDL cholesterol in your blood and improve heart health. Avocados act on many levels to improve cardiovascular health. This fruit:

#5 Reduces Blood Triglycerides

#6 Reduces Total Cholesterol Levels

#7 Reduces LDL Cholesterol (bad cholesterol)

#8 Increases HDL (good) cholesterol

#9 Rich in Nutrients

Avocados pack a wide array of nutrients including more than 20 minerals and vitamins in a single serving:

Vitamin C – 33%

Vitamin E – 21%

Vitamin B6 – 26%

Vitamin K – 53%

Copper – 19%

Folate – 41%

Potassium – 28%

Pantothenic Acid – 28%

#10 Better Nutrient Absorption

It’s not only important to supply your body with nutrients; it’s even more important that these nutrients are well-absorbed. This particularly refers to nutrients that are fat-soluble such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K and vitamin D. And, avocados provide both nutrients and healthy fats to make sure these nutrients are completely absorbed in the body.

#11 Improve Antioxidant Absorption

Adding ½ an avocado to a salad containing carrots, lettuce and spinach, significantly improves absorption of antioxidants found in these vegetables. In other words, you absorb 8.3 times alpha-carotene, 13.6 times beta-carotene and 4.3 times lutein.

#12 Diabetes Protection

Affecting nearly 40% of the American population, diabetes is the most prevalent disease in the US at present. However, this fruit is extremely beneficial for keeping blood sugar levels balanced thus minimizing the risk of diabetes. According to a study, ½ an avocado with lunch prevents blood sugar levels from rising.

#13 Pain Relief

Avocado extract is beneficial for reducing symptoms of arthritis (osteoarthritis). It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which also relieve other forms of inflammation-caused pain.

#14 Reduce Inflammation

A number of studies confirm that chronic inflammation is the underlying cause of most modern diseases including allergies, Alzheimer’s, asthma, heart disease, and cancer.

But, the oleic acid in avocados, the same monounsaturated fat found in olive oil, can effectively reduce inflammation.

#15 Improves Eye Health

Macular degeneration is the major cause of blindness in the US. Zeaxanthin and lutein, two powerful antioxidants found in avocados, have been found extremely beneficial for treatment of this condition. In fact, avocado is considered the best source of lutein among fruits.

#16 Great Addition to a Pregnancy Diet Plan

Avocado is a great addition to pregnancy diet plans because it’s high in potassium, vitamin B6, folate and vitamin C. Vitamin B6 is beneficial for fetal tissue and brain growth. Plus, folate or folic acid is essential for healthy fetal development during the early pregnancy stage. It also reduces morning sickness.

#17 Anti-Cancer Protection

A number of studies have found that avocado can help in fighting cancer. Avocado extract can possibly inhibit prostate cancer cell growth. It also reduces the side effects of chemotherapy.

#18 Bone Health

Avocados are abundant in vitamin K, folate, copper and various other bone-healthy nutrients. When consumed regularly, avocados make bones stronger.

#19 Improved Digestion

Fiber is the essential part of any healthy, well-balanced diet because it improves digestive system function. A single fruit packs 13g fiber, which equals 54% of the recommended daily allowance.

#20 Mood Booster

The high levels of vitamins and minerals in avocados, particularly folate and potassium, are highly beneficial for improving mood and preventing mood changes. A number of studies have found a link between depression and low potassium levels. Folate is also important for reducing the symptoms of depression.

Fast And Effective Diet – Lose 10 Pounds in 7 Days

This is an easy but very effective diet in which you will lose 10 pounds in 1 week.It abounds with useful ingredients, and has proven fast and effect.


First get a glass of cold water with lemon juice, on empty stomach for purification of toxins and activation of metabolism. Half an hour after you drink water with lemon you should eat two apples or two oranges.

You can get a large grapefruit instead. You can add one handful of nuts, almonds, or hazelnuts, the nuts that contain antioxidants are the most useful ones for women, they clean the body from free radicals and activate the metabolism.


This diet allows consumption of meat, and it can be cooked chicken or veal. You should also eat one pot (2 cups)  of sour milk Yogurt.


A fresh seasonal salad with olive oil and very little salt.


The meal should be before 6 pm. It consists of two hard boiled eggs plus cucumber salad or green salad with olive oil and a little salt. After 6 pm do not eat anything.

Make a liter of green tea (in 1 liter of water put 4 bags of tea), which is to drink before bedtime.

This is the menu for about a week or 10 days, depending on the weight you want to lose. In 7 days you should lose 10 pounds. We wish you success!