Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Him

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Are you a planner for Valentine’s Day? Or are you scrambling at the last minute?

I fall somewhere in between for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, and anniversaries. Sometimes I plan ahead well and other times I send people birthday gifts late… really late. Or I’ll be on my game and get a cute anniversary card weeks in advance and then keep it in my purse for 2 months past the anniversary.#theworst.

Well, if you are still trying to figure out what to get the guy in your life check out this list Price created to help you out do some shopping.

-Bath and Body-

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Shampoo and Conditioner – American Crew $20

A sure way to kick start his day is with a refreshing shower with this favorite shower products.

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Shaving/grooming products – Art of Shaving $20-$100

Grooming and shaving does not have to be the same old thing.  Mix up his habit with some great smelling products that will last all day.

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A cologne you both will love –$50-$120

Spend some dough on a dope scent! Fruit, floral woody, spicy?  Have him mix things up from season to season or for a special night out.

-Technology- 

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Headphones – Skullcandy $80

These headphones have a great rating, and they don’t break the bank. Plus, Bluetooth = no wires = no mishaps

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Firestick – Amazon $40

For those moments or days when you want to find the right thing to binge-watch. Get on it! You might as well, considering your cable bill is twice a much each month.

-Food and Drink- 

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Ice Cub Trays – glacio $15

Regular ice is for regular drinks. Make any drink special.

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His personal (and awesome) can/bottle coozie – Yeti Colster – $25

He will invite friends over just to show this off. You’ll be the hero for keeping his hands warm while keeping his drink cold. They make an amazing stainless steel drink holder as well. You cannot go wrong with either one.

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Meat and Cheese – Murray’s ($120)

For the fromageophiles in your life, any of Murray’s gift boxes would be a great option. Prices range from $50 for a Bacon Me Crazy box to the $120 French Connection box (pictured) to the $275 Weekend at Murray’s.

-Staying Active- 

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Running Shoes – Adidas $40 

Shoes are a tough sell but at least you’re expressing interest in his shoe-game and getting his old shoes left in the garage or used for mowing the lawn.

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Cooling Towel – Ergodyne $7

Speaking of mowing, he might need this for any outdoor activity. At less than $10 it’s an easy thing to keep in his car, truck, or boat and can be used any time.

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Fitness Membership  – Orange Theory

My husband has been attending classes at Orange Theory and has really been enjoying it. Yoga classes, spin classes, or rock climbing certificates are great ideas too so that your man can keep moving, gain strength, and gain confidence.

-Tools-

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Multitool – Victorinox $93

These little things are really great for…well everything!  You never know what you can use it for on the weekend, loose screws or cutting open a bag of carrots, this can handle it.

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Portable Battery – Car Jumper $50

Considering how easy it is to get a dead battery, this is always a good option to have stored on the spare tire area or trunk. For $50 it’s piece of mind he’ll make it home or at least the auto parts store 🙂

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What are you getting your special guy this Valentine’s Day?

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Whole30: Days 13-15 Recap

I am documenting my Whole 30 journey to help me see how far I’ve come and to keep me inspired through the whole process. I’m looking forward to the transformation in how I approach food, cook with it, and enjoy it. Read why taking on this challenging dietary adventure is so important to me HERE.

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{Day 13}

Saturday, February 14th

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

We had a nice day together as a family. We went to the Natick Mall to do some shopping and just get out of the house… hello cabin fever… before more snow dumped on us. So we spent a few hours there, even having out first Whole30 dining experience. I think I did a good job of picking out salads for us. For dinner I made a yummy Valentine’s Day dinner for us. Truthfully I missed the chocolate!! And wine!!!

Breakfast

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A Big Ass Sweet potato (Costco!) with 2 fried eggs, wholly guacamole, and Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde.

This was really good but so much. The potato was crazy big, but yummy. I didn’t eat all of it. Next time I would just make 1 potato for us to split.

And Costco has the best sweet potatoes, so much better than Trader Joe’s. But Trader Joe’s rocks the salsa.

Lunch

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Salads at California Pizza Kitchen: Roasted Veggie & Moroccan-Spiced Chicken

I did my best to avoid the non-compliant Whole30 things by requesting no dressing on the salad and to get oil and vinegar instead, and by omitting things like cranberries. I figured that if I slipped up, then I slipped up, but I’m not starting over. Maybe the dates had sulfates but if I left out every questionable thing then we would have just been eating lettuce and more lettuce. Either way, the salads were good, but damn I wanted pizza so badly.

* photos above from CPK website, our phones were dead

Dinner

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Steak with coocnut flour crusted sauteed shrimp, roasted potatoes, and spaghetti squash

I tried to make a good dinner that would be sweet and romantic for Valentine’s Day since we were staying in and doing W30. I went with the surf and turf theme with the steak and shrimp. I think it worked will for the night.

I do not suggest using coconut flour to coat shrimp. It burned off very easily and the kitchen got smokey! I will just roast them in the future.

Dessert

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Strawberries and Blueberries with Coconut Milk Whipped Cream

I really missed something sweet for Valentine’s Day so I whipped up come coconut milk to make ‘whipped cream’. It was good but would have been better with some vanilla extract, at the very least some vanilla bean caviar. I would try to make the whipped cream again.

{Day 14}

Sunday, February 15th

Another snowy day. Price sent over 2 hours outside shoveling with our neighbor’s visiting son, his husband, and another neighbor who parks in a spot in our driveway. It was such a bummer for him to do that again. On the other hand I enjoyed my day inside cooking. I made a roast by searing it on all sides and then roasting it in the oven for several hours.

Breakfast

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Waffled Breakfast Sandwich with sausage and guacamole

So freaking good!!! I really have been missing the fun breakfasts I normally make on the weekends so I had to come up with a version that would work, so, of course, I turned to the waffle iron to make a thicker version of my Waffled Hasbrowns to substitute as the bread. It was yummy but messy, still so worth it!

Recipes here…

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Homemade Paleo Breakfast Sausage

Lunch

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Meat sauce with spaghetti squash

I loved the meaty sauce that I had the other night so I used up the rest of the leftover spaghei squash from dinner the night before. I could eat this 3x a week, easily, but I do miss the cheese.

This was Price’s lunch…

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He had been craving wings so when he found this recipe from Against all Grain I had to make it for him. He really enjoyed them and has already requested them again. They were quick to make and the dairy free ranch was good, although I winged it sinc eI didn’t have everything on hand.

Dinner

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Pork shoulder with cauliflower rice

Oh man, this was so good. The pork was tender and so flavorful.

ItT was the first time I made cauliflower rice. It was really good but next time I would use olive oil to sautée it vs the coconut oil that I used. It just didn’t jive with the other flavors, but I liked the texture a lot. I will be making it again!

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I made the pork shoulder by searing it on all sides, then putting it in the oven with some carrots, celery, and onions and a large can of diced tomatoes. I cooked it at 325 for about 4 hours. So tender!!

{Day 15}

Monday, February 16th

Half way through!!! So exciting!

It was President’s Day so I had the day off with Autumn (price had to work.) I’ve been enjoying the extra time with Autumn, plus it is nice that I get to cook at home. I’m most proud of this experience that I have been able to resist noshing during the day, especially on those darn tasty Goldfish crackers.

Breakfast

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Quick version of Waffled Breakfast Sandwiches with some strawberries

I had made extra ‘buns’ when I made them on Sunday so I just reheated them while I made an egg. I used a generous amount of guac on the ‘buns’.

Lunch

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Sauteed pieces of chicken breasts on a salad with radishes, celery, and grape tomatoes

Autumn liked this as well. She, of course, had already eaten her lunch but decided she wanted this as well. So we shared 🙂

Dinner

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Pork shoulder with roasted green beans and grape tomatoes with leftover cauliflower rice

I love roasting green beans and tomatoes like this. It is quick to prepare and so delicious.

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Things are going well. The hardest part during these few days was trying to eat out. I am glad that we are doing Whole30 as it made us stick to salads instead of getting pizzas at CPK but I miss cheese. It was the first time I really missed cheese. At least we are half way through now!!

Happy Valentine’s Day

I hope that you have a fantastic Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Tulips

My special valentine sent me flowers today at work. Tulips are my favorite and I just love how they brighten up my mood whenever I look over to them.

We are relaxing and getting some Chinese take-out tonight. We haven’t had Chinese food in months and I’ve been craving it. I can’t wait to go home and have a spring roll. It’s the little things in life, esp sharing those things with the people you love.

What are your plans tonight?

Biscoff Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

This has to be a yummiest and easiest dessert that you can whip up for Valentine’s Day. Perfect for a last minute idea for any occasion really. In total this took me 20 minutes to do and I’m sure someone could do it even faster. I love fast desserts. Mainly because I don’t want anything to take too long and because I would rather eat chips so why would I want to spend a ton of time on something sweet. Whip up a batch up these Biscoff Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries and I swear you will enjoy them. I would not steer you wrong!

 

 

Plus stuffed strawberries are so much better than chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine’s Day. When you get a massive chocolate covered strawberry you have to take at least 2 bites of it and when you do the chocolate cracks and falls off. You instantly rush your hand to your mouth to catch those bits so they don’t fall on your new outfit, all the while looking ridiculous= not sexy.

 

 

Ever since I made my Biscoff Muddy Buddies, I have been thinking of making another treat using Biscoff. I love cheesecake stuffed strawberries, so I figured the next best thing would be to add Biscoff spread to the cheesecake mixture. But I knew I could not just leave it there… Oh no, I had to use Biscoff Cookies as well! I ended up processing the cookies to create crumbs that I could dip the strawberries into. I love the aroma of the cookies as I processed them. Oh killer. It was well worth a wait to get the crumbs on there since these suckers were so good.

Biscoff Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

*Serves 4*

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of large strawberries
  • 4 oz of cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 cup Biscoff Spread
  • 4 Biscoff Cookies

Process

  1. Cut the top off of each strawberry. Using a paring knife, gently hallow out the center of the strawberry by carefully inserting the knife 1/8″ of an inch from the edge of the strawberry. The point of the knife needs to be angled towards the center of the strawberry. Carefully work the knife around the entire strawberry completing the circular cut. As you remove the knife, gently apply pressure to the pull the core of the strawberry out. Repeat this process until you have cored all the strawberries.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and Biscoff spread until it have a smooth, consistently mixed cheesecake mixture. Put the mixture into a sandwich bag, massage it to a corner of the bag, twist the extra bag in your hand, and then cut a small portion of the tip off the bag.
  3. In a food processor, blend the Biscoff cookies until a fine crumb as been achieved. Put the crumbs in a small bowl for dipping.
  4. To fill the strawberries, insert the tip of the filled bag info the hallow core of the strawberry. Squeeze the bag to force some of the mixture out. As the strawberry begins to fill, slowly pull the bag out of the strawberry allowing more to fill the berry. Fill the berry until some of the cheesecake mixture is out of the strawberry.
  5. Once the strawberries have been filled, gently dip the filled portion into the cookies crumbs.

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