Un-Bake My Heart

Over the years I have learned that Valentine’s Day seems to only be a big deal when you have no one to share it with.   Bryan and I have come to celebrate the day of love with a small note or a few flowers, realizing that it is the rest of the year that really makes a relationship special.  However, I think that something small and thoughtful is always appropriate.  So, whether you are looking for something easy to make for your special valentine or on a random night “just because”, I have 2 no bake recipes below that are sure to be a hit…

First, Spiced Yogurt Parfait with Dried Fruit Compote…

For this quick and fairly “healthy” dessert I took 2 small containers of plain, nonfat Greek yogurt and stirred in 2 tablespoons of honey, 1/4 of a teaspoon each of ground cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla extract.  I then dove into my cupboard for dried fruit, I came up with raisins, figs and cranberries!!! I combined them and tossed a cup of them in a small saucepan with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup of port.  Simmered for about 5 minutes and let cool.  Layer them in a glass and serve.  Just sweet enough to be special…

Next I made Ice Cream Parfait with Raspberry Jam and Shortbread Cookies

I love grocery shopping, and I love grocery shopping even more when I have a few hours to spend wondering around Whole Foods Market.  Although, I find much of what they sell to be overpriced I can’t help myself!!  When I don’t have time to make something from scratch I think that WF has the best variety of quality items that just help make your “easy” recipe impressive.  I used Hagan Daaz Vanilla Ice Cream (the kind with only 5 ingredients!!!), raspberry jam with seeds and Effie’s Oatcakes.  By microwaving the jam for about 40 seconds I was able to easily spoon it over the ice cream like it was more like a sauce.  I crushed the cookies in a plastic sandwich bag and that was it!!! Feel free to switch up the flavors.

I admit that since I spend my day whipping up sweet treats I am not always ready to jump into another project when I get home.  The two ideas that I present here not only save a little time, but they allow you to create something a little different that show others you love them enough to “cook”… well kind of!!!

For a yummy CHOCOLATE recipe and some ideas for planning a special night please visit my good friend Phoebe’s blog, The Design Lab. Phoebe owns her own interior design company that focuses on welcoming and unique designs that allow her clients to easily create their own beautiful space.  This month she asked me to contribute to her post with a valentine inspired recipe for something chocolate to accompany her table design.  It was great fun and I hope you enjoy visiting her site.

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