Be My Valentine?

Even though I am not into mushy Valentine’s day celebrations like boxes of chocolate’s and cheesy cards, I do love the excuse to dress in an extra-girly pink outfit and putting some food coloring in my mash potatoes to make them pink (I’m a dork, I know.).  What are you doing for Valentine’s Day?


Happy ♥ Day

Hope everyone has a fabulous Valentine’s Day.  Tonight I am going to make a fabulous dinner (I am avoiding restaurants on V-day due to obvious reasons) and just enjoy a night in with some great food & wine.

{My heart patterned dress from Forever 21}

{a surprise gift from a co-worker left on my desk this morning}

{my DIY heart manicure}

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and the best way to a man’s heart?  His stomach.  This delicious cheesecake recipe will be sure to make him ga-ga over you. 🙂

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  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup sour cream  
  • 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 (1-ounce) bottles red food coloring
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened  
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar; press mixture into bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Beat 3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese and 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar at medium-low speed with an electric mixer 1 minute. Add eggs and next 6 ingredients, mixing on low speed just until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared crust.
  3. Bake at 325° for 10 minutes; reduce heat to 300°, and bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until center is firm. Run knife along outer edge of cheesecake. Turn oven off. Let cheesecake stand in oven 30 minutes. Remove cheesecake from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Cover and chill 8 hours.
  4. Beat 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese and 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth; gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla, beating until smooth. Spread evenly over top of cheesecake. Remove sides of springform pan. Garnish, if desired.

*short-cut tip:  Buy Graham Cracker ready crust and just follow cake mix recipe.

Valentine ♥

My favorite part of Valentine’s Day as a kid was passing out unique card to my classmates and waiting for special V-day cards from my peers.  My little Valentines always had my favorite cartoons like Strawberry Shortcake, Smurfs, or Ninja Turtles- yes I was kind of a big deal! 🙂

We are never too old to pass out Valentine’s but a treat will get you much further.  Bring something special into the office or to your friend’s place and celebrate the cheesy holiday!

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{classic red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting}

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{heart-shaped red velvet whoopie pies}

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{pretty little cake truffles}

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{adorable cinnamon rolles}

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{perfect V-day breakfast}