Are you guys ready for Valentine's Day? I'm pretty much a fan of any holiday that involves decorations and festive treats. Valentine's Day also adds a little reason to celebrate when we're trapped in the dead of winter. It's a day to celebrate love and acknowledge all of the people in our lives that we care about! Maybe we should do that every day anyway, but with everything that goes on in our lives, it's good to have an entire day dedicated to making sure it's known.
The fact that love gets its own day shows how important it is us. While all of the traditional Valentine's Day stuff, like flowers, chocolate, and hearts, is fun (or at least it should be, people who don't like Valentine's Day because they think they'll be forever alone!), obviously love is more than just a cute card or bouquet of long-stem roses. Love can apply to many things, not just the relationship between significant others, and I think Valentine's Day can represent that too. Don't we love our family, friends, and pets? And what if we tried our best to love everyone, even the people that make it so difficult to do so? You don't have to let people walk all over you, and you don't have to change the things you believe in. You just have to give others a chance and recognize through it all, they're people too.
I'll be the first to admit that this isn't easy for me. Why should I go out of the way to make someone who I believe has treated me unfairly feel loved?
Because you don't know what's happening in their lives that made them react to you in a certain way. Because wouldn't you want people to respect you even if they didn't agree with you? Because even in their act against you, you have the opportunity to learn about yourself and grow. Because we all have something to teach and learn from each other.
I think that one of the best reasons is that it can be the best gift to ourselves to let go negative feelings and embrace everything that exists for us to experience (it's like a two for one!). There are plenty of reasons to be angry or depressed if you look at the world today, but by infusing a little bit of the love you have to give into it, you're helping to make it a little bit better.
Perhaps the way you'll show someone some love is by making these Chocolate Caramel Chews! They're quick and easy and a reminder that just a little bit of sweetness can go a long way, in the food we eat and the way we treat other people.
Chocolate Caramel Chews
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Makes about 14 truffles
3/4 c. sunflower seeds
10 caramels (I used JJ's Sweets Cocomels)
1 tbsp. cocoa powder
- Process sunflower seeds in a food processor until they're crumbled.
- Add the caramels and cocoa powder and blend. If necessary, add water 1 tbsp. at a time until a sticky dough forms.
- Roll the dough into balls, and freeze for 15 minutes.
- Store in the fridge.