Valentine’s Day Date Surprises

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.

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!

A cute new outfit from Grandma

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

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.

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

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

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

In 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.

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

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls
or use sunflower seed butter or almond butter instead of PB
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

35 comments on “Valentine’s Day Date Surprises”

  1. happy valentines day to you and your family!!! skylar DOUBLE scored!! wow such cute clothes!! I remember valentines day was so fun in school and my mom always got me something cute like pajamas or some candies! :) its so nice to feel loved :)

  2. I love those kind of dates. Delicious! Definitely my favorite way to eat them.

    No Vday surprises for this girl. I’ve had a BF for 4 of the last 5 years, and yet I’ve never had a surprise! Hrumph. People don’t like to surprise me because I’m 1) super nosy and 2) say I hate surprises. So I either find out beforehand, or get annoyed if the surprise is too surprising…but I wouldn’t say no to flowers :)

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  4. Think it is great that Skylar is more into the cards than the gifts. And she got some nice gifts.

    Very tricky with the “date surprise”. Looks like a great combo though :)

    Valentine’s day surprise: I’ll be using my Laura Secord Groupon tomorrow to buy discounted Valentine’s candy and then surprise my hubby with all the chocolate :)

    I only really discovered medjool dates about 4 years ago. Since then they have become a staple in the house. Also got my hubby and my parents on to them :)

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you, Scott & Skylar.

  5. I like both kind of dates but these days I get more of the edible kind. You know how it is with kids…haha! As for surprises; I’m kinda neutral with them, but lean more towards not liking them. The control freak that lives inside me likes to know what’s going on at all times. :)

    PS….Skylar is getting SO tall!!! And what a great smile she has….

  6. I love dates, I could eat them all day, though I try not to because of the sugar content.
    My boyfriend surprised me yesterday by taking me to a Valentine’s Day event at Animal Acres, a farm sanctuary outside of LA. He was sneaky and told me we were going hiking. It was awesome!
    Skylar is so sweet, I was literally just thinking 5 minutes before I read this about how as a kid I was taught to open the card before the gift and how I always had to pretend to care more about the card than the gift. I guess some kids actually do! I care more about the card and the thought behind it now, of course, but as a kid it was all about the presents for me haha.

  7. hi averie!

    surprised this weekend? my husband got me some tulips (my favorite flower). i like surprises because I usually plan everything out and know what’s going on, so to have something happen that hasn’t been planned – that’s really neat to me!

    dates (the food) are a little too sweet for me so i don’t snack on them. i can deal with their sweetness if they’re an ingredient to a recipe, however!

    the other kind of dates – I haven’t been on one in a long time, though date-night with my husband is something that i look forward to.



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

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  10. i am glad to visit on your site, i have get ideas that how to surprise my boyfriend on valentines day…for more ideas…

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