Valentine’s Day Date Surprises


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This morning we opened a few Valentine’s Day surprises that Skylar’s grandparents sent her in the mail and that I had picked up.

Valentines gifts on countertop

I gave Scott the card I got for him.   As I mentioned, we decided not to exchange gifts for Valentine’s Day.  Or any holiday.

Skylar scored though!

Young girl holding a bunch of new clothes

A cute new outfit from Grandma

Two outfits for young girl on countertop

She loves getting cards.  More so than the actual gift, I think.

Young girl reading a Valentines card

I was happy that she enjoyed a few little surprises. She’s clutching the card I gave her with chocolate in it.  She is more into the card than the chocolate.

Woman and young girl on couch smiling while girl holds card

The Date Surprise that I am referring to in the post title would be a few of these…

Hand holding split Date with peanut butter and chocolate chips

….Medjool Dates with Surprises in the middle:  Peanut Butter + Chocolate Chips

Chocolate chips, dates and peanut butter

And you thought I actually had a hot date. That would be Madeline.

Dates with peanut butter and chocolate chips in middleIn my Being Thankful for & Grateful post, both Chocolate and Peanut Butter made the cut of 7 items.  So you’d better believe these are right up my alley.  And you thought I had a hot date surprise.  Wrong.

From my last post and recipe for Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes, I am glad those looked good to you!  Anything that takes less than 5 minutes to make is my kinda recipe.  I hope it’s yours, too.

Microwave Blueberry Banana Oat Cakes

And it sounds like there are some major blueberry fans reading.  Me too!


1. Did anyone surprise you with anything for Valentine’s Day weekend so far? I realize Valentine’s Day isn’t technically until tomorrow so maybe there’s hope if you haven’t been swept off your feet, yet.

For me, no surprises.  And I’m not holding my breath for any.  I told Scott until Item #1 is handled, no spending money.   And I am so close to having it handled!

2. Do you like dates? The fruit or the event, take your pick.

I love medjool dates so much.  They are like nature’s candy and it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really got into them.  They are the foundation for all my dessert balls. I have an entire post dedicated to all my dessert ball recipes.


Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Close up of two Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
or use sunflower seed butter or almond butter instead of PB
Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls in container
So yes, I am a fan of dates because they’re in all my Ball Recipes
Are you a fan of dates?  Feel free to tell me about all your hot dates, too!
3. Are you a fan of surprises?
Good surprises, yes, of course!
Bad surprises, i.e. car repairs, home repairs, pop quizzes, etc., not a fan of those kind of surprises.  At all.
Happy Valentine’s Day

P.S. If you’re just catching up on posts from the weekend, here are mine since Friday

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  1. Skylar is adorable its awesome to see kids get excited about things other than candy! I love dates, who doesn’t?