It can seem a little tacky from all the commercials on TV and the hype that surrounds it, but, for every couple, Valentine’s Day is an important day in the year. You may make fun of how silly it can be, but a day to appreciate and celebrate romance, love and one another is welcomed by everybody. Whatever your feelings about the day, if your partner didn’t get you a gift you would feel a little bit let down.
Valentine’s Day gifts can be difficult to pick out. There are so many different paths you can take trying to get the perfect gift that shows that you care. You could choose something traditional; flowers and chocolates is always a favourite, or try and find something personal you know that your partner would like. Maybe a meal and a movie could be the perfect day for you and your loved one.
A bouquet of roses for Valentine’s Day is always a great gift, but try and remember what type of flowers you last saw in your partner’s house, or what you remember her telling you was her favourite. Remembering little details like that and being attentive can give you a ‘perfect boyfriend’ status.
The Valentine’s Day gift that is better than all others is the gift of time. Anything you do for Valentine’s Day that lets you and your partner spend more time together will be the best present they get. Whether it is taking them out to dinner or spending the evening at home with a movie and some candles, the best Valentine’s Day is spent as a couple.
Valentine’s Day is a day to show affection for your partner. Whether you do something small to show that you care or you go all out and make a day out of it, doing something for your loved one whatever you think of the day is important not because of the day, but because of what they mean to you.
Creating handmade soap has been a popular hobby ever since factories started mass-producing it. Many a hobbyist has claimed that washing with it when it’s made by hand is a more special experience than simply using a kind that was bought in a store. Making it yourself adds a personal touch that is irreplaceable.
There’s a variety of varying ways to create this craft. The following is a way that’s safe and does not cost very much money. It is also safe and can be finished in a reasonably short amount of time.
The method calls for the purchasing of a few unscented bars and then cutting them into smallish chunks before weighing them. Most molds that are sold for this purpose hold around two pounds or liquid in them. Then melt the chunks in the microwave until they are completely liquid. The essential oil of the desired scent is then stirred into the liquid, adding about 0.4 ounces of the oil per pound of the chunks. To add some color, use safe dyes that are made just for this project.
If you wish, you can add a solid item into the bar that will be in it when it hardens. For example, a small toy can be put into the mold so that a prize awaits the child after the whole bar has been used. Flower petals can also be thrown in to add a special additional scent.
After pouring the liquid into a mold, let it cool after wrapping the mold in plastic wrap. The mold can be left on the kitchen counter or placed in the fridge. Do not put it in the freezer, for this will destroy the creation.
If you mess up on a bar but do not want to waste the materials, then re-batch the handmade soap. Re-batching is when you take a messed up bar and grate it into shreds before heating it up to melt it again. After this has been done, you can add more fragrance or colors to fix it up the way it was originally intended.
A chocolate truffle is a type of chocolate confectionery, and though we all love chocolate, why is it that the truffle is such a prized treat? Classic chocolate truffles are made with a chocolate ganache centre, rolled into balls and coated in chocolate or cocoa powder.
Their name derives from the truffle used in European cooking. The highly prized fungus is known by chefs as “the diamond of the kitchen” for its powerful yet expensive flavour. “Because chocolate truffles are generally made in a lopsided, roundish shape about an inch in diameter – similar to the highly prized fungi – and because they are much sought after, the name fits perfectly”, reasons Carole Bloom in her book devoted to the chocolate treat. Chocolate truffles are however, a lot less expensive and arguably a lot tastier with a cup of tea!
If France is the country of love then there is nothing more romantic than a gift of chocolate truffles. They were first created in Chambery, France, by master Chocolatier M. Dufour. They soon spread to other countries in Europe and became available to the British public in 1902 when Prestat Chocolate Shop was opened in London.
There are many different variations on the traditional French chocolate truffle, but some of the best are American, Swiss and European truffles. Swiss truffles are freshly prepared and need to be consumed within a matter of days, making them perhaps the most prized truffles you can get. All truffles are rich in flavour and can contain centre ingredients from cream, melted chocolate, caramel, nuts, almonds, berries and fruits. For those of you who like a tipple many truffles come fuelled with alcohol like rum or liqueur.
Whatever type of truffle you go for, your friends and family are bound to love the rich, unique and chocolaty flavour. You could even make your own as a thoughtful Christmas gift.