Can’t think of anything better to do for Valentine’s Day, or really, any other time of year for that special someone besides chocolates, roses, or naming a star after them to prove your devotion? Here are some things you can do all year to keep the spark going…
Champagne: Pop a bottle for no other reason besides the fact that you and your loved one are awesome and you want to celebrate your love with some bubbly. Take it up a notch by saying something sweet to each other in a private toast.
Bake a Pie: Yes. A pie. Not cookies, not a cake made from a box mix, but a nice homemade pie. It’s shockingly easy to do if you get pre-made crust. Go to the refrigerated isle of your grocery store and get the ready-made kind. No one will ever know. Don’t have a pie tin and don’t want to buy one? Go to the freezer section of your grocery store and get the pie crusts that come with a tinfoil tin. Here’s an amazing, super simple recipe to try from Family Honey:
Grandma Grace’s Honey Peach Strawberry Pie
1 Pie Pan
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2 Pie crusts (1 for top and 1 for bottom)
2/3 Cup Honey
3 Cups sliced peaches, fresh or frozen
1 Cup strawberries—sliced in half
1 Tablespoon Butter
1 1/2 Tablespoon Cornstarch
In medium saucepan—that has a cover—simmer honey until it comes to light boil. At this time, add peaches and strawberries. Mix ingredients. Cover pot with lid and return saucepan to heat, simmer mixture for five minutes, remove from heat, add butter and let cool then sprinkle the cornstarch over mixture. Mix. (Please don’t worry about tiny cornstarch lumps) Pour into pie pan lined with pie crust. Cover top with other pie crust, poke holes for ventilation or design into a lattice. Put pie on cookie sheet—this is one juicy pie.
Bake for 35 minutes or until crust is golden brown and peaches are bubbling.
Popcorn and Wine: Make homemade popcorn and split a bottle of wine. Don’t know how to make homemade popcorn? Here’s how:
Light stove to high. Thinly coat bottom of pot with oil. Place 2 or 3 kernels in the bottom and cover with lid. Once kernels start to pop add 1/3 to 1/2 cup popcorn to pot. Cover, but leave a slight crack to let some steam out. Toss the popcorn lightly while popping so popcorn at bottom of pot doesn’t burn. Wait until pops are about a second or two apart and then dump into a bowl immediately. Salt and/or butter (melt it) to your heart’s content.
Plan a Vacation: It doesn’t matter if you can go next week or next year. Starting plans about where you can go together can be fun. Buy a travel book on the destination of your choice. Read it over and plot together. Researching online does the trick too. Places like Groupon.com and LivingSocial.com offer screaming deals on packages — some all-inclusive!
Drive-in Movie: Unfortunately there are not a lot around these days, but if you have one in your area, GO TONIGHT. Find a drive-in near you now.
Sexual Fantasy: Do you have something sexy you want to try with your partner, but haven’t because you just don’t know how he/she would feel about it? Maybe you are just shy or even lazy! Dare each other to share one doable sexual fantasy. Take turns making the other’s come true.
Frame a Picture: With Facebook and all the other digital gadgets we have, sometimes we forget to print things out. Take the time to develop a picture or two.
Silk Sheets: Get some now. They feel amazing.
Brunch at Home: Sleep in. Make it or order in, but make sure you have your Mimosa and Bloody Mary fixings on hand. Eat in sexy lingerie or robes with nothing underneath or maybe nothing on at all…
Massages: Sure, not very original in concept, but you can shake things up a lot with a massage! Get some nice essential oils that smell relaxing to you so when you give each other nice long romantic rubs, you’ll get some aromatherapy out of it as well.
New Activity: Choose something that neither of you might not be familiar with, but are both curious about so that you can grow in it together. Group cooking classes, dance lessons, karate, sky diving — whatever floats your boat!