Ok. Here it goes… Hi. My name is Saren and I love Valentine’s Day.
I used to hate it– why should all the people in relationships get to celebrate!?! Then I realized how much love surrounds me everyday. Yes, I’m single. Yes, I’m a lawyer. Does that mean I should be cold and hateful? I make the choice to love and to see the love that surrounds me.
In many cultures, perhaps even in your family, expressions of love/like/appreciation are few and far between. Yet, according to many scientists, all humans share the same basic emotions. The concept of the universality of human emotion was first explored by Darwin who theorized that emotions were biologically based and had an adaptive value.
This is one day of the year where you can be cheesy and expressive. You have the emotions–why hold them back? If you focus on the love instead of the commercialization of the holiday, you can create a different reality.
If “I love you” is too much, a simple “thank you” or a smile can be enough to change someone’s day.
This weekend, I gathered a bunch of loved ones for “Craft Your Love”–cooking, camaraderie, and crafting expressions of love–it was a thing of beauty.
I cooked for these miraculous women in my V-Day attire…
I made a white bean dip with homemade corn tortilla chips, lemon rosemary and coconut oil roasted vegetables, preserved lemon and chickpea pasta with parsley and toasted almond pesto, and almost-raw peanut butter, chocolate and banana brownies.
almost-raw peanut butter, chocolate and banana brownies
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1 cup walnuts or almonds
- 1 cup pistachios
- 1/2 cup whole salted peanuts
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1/2 cup quality unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp natural vanilla
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup natural unsweetened peanut butter
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- In a blender or food processor, combine prunes, cherries, walnuts, pistachios, coconut oil and ¼ cup cocoa powder. Process until the brownie mixture is well blended. [The mixture should be sticky and hold together when pressed between your fingers. If it doesn't, add a little bit more coconut oil.]
- Line a baking pan (roughly 6 1/2 x 10) with parchment or wax paper and then spread the brownie mixture overtop, distributing as evenly as possible. Using a the back of a spoon, gently press down.
- Sprinkle peanuts over the brownie layer, pressing down gently on them to set into the mixture.
- Using the same blender or food processor, add: vanilla, banana, peanut butter, maple syrup and cocoa powder until mixture is well blended and the frosting develops a nice creamy texture.
- Spread frosting over brownie layer, spreading it out to distribute evenly.
- Place pan in freezer for about 45 minutes to one hour until mixture has set.
- Remove pan from freezer and, using both sides of wax or parchment paper, pull brownie slab out of the pan. Cut slab into 24 squares and store in freezer.
[adapted from inspirededibles.com]
Then we crafted expressions of love and love was felt in the crafting itself.
“The world is a wonderfully weird place, consensual reality is significantly flawed, no institution can be trusted, certainty is a mirage, security a delusion, and the tyranny of the dull mind forever threatens — but our lives are not as limited as we think they are, all things are possible, laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it’s love and love alone that really matters.” ~Tom Robbins
I love you. Happy Love Day.