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Meatless Monday: Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Valentine’s Day Gift Guide!

With less than a week until Valentine’s Day, I hope you have your shopping done and menus planned!  But, if you don’t I have compiled a Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for the home, for the kitchen, for him, and for her.  I also included a great roasted red pepper soup that will kick off your meal with some spice!

FOR THE HOME:

Macaron Pillow

Macaron Pillow

$24

Available:  http://www.amazon.com/Melife%C2%AE-Creative-Macaron-Shaped-Cushion/dp/B00MRN5Z0I/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1423096788&sr=1-1&keywords=macaron+pillow

Love Star Sacre-Coeur Sparkle Heart Wall Vase

Sacre-Coeur Sparkle Heart Wall Vase

Love Star

$185

Available:  http://www.lovestar.com.au/product/all-that-glitters

Jo Malone Lavender Lovage Candle

Lavender Lovage Candle

Jo Malone

$65

Available:

http://www.jomalone.com/product/3560/29550/For-the-Home/Home-Candles/Lavender-Lovage-Home-Candle

Everyone Says I Love You Book

Everyone Says I Love You Book

There’s no better way to say “I love you” than saying it in different languages.  The “Everyone Says I Love You” pop-up book, illustrated by Beegee Tolpa, features iconic elements from each location; for example, the Statue of Liberty in the U.S., a gondola in Italy and an African safari.

$12.99

Available:  Papyrus Store Locations

Find your closest:  http://www.papyrusonline.com/store-directory

Man Candy and Cupcakes

Man Candy and Cupcakes

Add some sizzle and spice to your romantic life this Valentine’s Day by making your sweetheart some delicious treats from the brand new cookbook Man Candy and Cupcakes. Babe Scott’s new book features 40 of the most seductive and mouth-watering cupcake recipes paired alongside 4 simply irresistible and shirtless, hunky bakers who really know how to heat things up in the kitchen.

Get down on one knee and pop the question with the Six-Carat Cupcake – it’s a delectable carrot cake recipe with an edible ring on top. Or tell your sweetie how much he means to you with the I’m Nuts for You cupcake with Reese’s peanut butter cups mixed in. For the lonely hearts this Valentine’s Day, don’t be sad, just indulge yourself with the Lonesome Cowboy Cupcake – this salted caramel cupcake is the perfect combination of salty and sweet. These recipes and so many more are featured in the book.

Even if you’re not that handy in the kitchen, follow the step-by-step recipe instructions and your Valentine will absolutely melt.

$19.95

Available:  http://babescott.com/ 

The Love List:  A Guide to Getting Who You Want

The Love List: A Guide to Getting Who You Want

Elena Murzello cannot imagine going to the grocery store without a list. As she strolls through the aisles, she relies on her list to make sure she gets her must-haves and to help keep her from grabbing items she does not need. It was with this theory in mind that, at age twenty-one, she created a list of characteristics for a potential lifelong mate that still guides her love choices to this day.

In The Love List, Elena shares her real- life experiences as well as information gathered from more than a hundred single, divorced, and married men and women about the qualities they look for in a life partner. Abstracting details from her interviews she created a process that anyone can use to create his or her own lists. Along with introspective questions to ponder, Elena includes sample lists of characteristics, the top three traits both men and women seek in a partner, an exploration of different types of relationships, and ways to diversify a portfolio of suitors.

The Love List provides practical tips and personal stories to encourage single people to look deep within, take risks, and learn to rely on their own unique lists while searching for the perfect mate.

$11.66 (paperback)

Available:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Love-List-Guide-Getting/dp/1491700726

Chalkboard Napkin Rings

Chalkboard Napkin Rings

Mark and Graham

$15

Available:  http://www.markandgraham.com/products/chalkboard-napkin-rings/?cm_src=PIPRecentView

FOR THE KITCHEN:

Be Mine Spatula

Be Mine Spatula

Williams-Sonoma

$12.95

Available:  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/valentines-day-silicone-spatula/?pkey=cvalentines-day-bakeware&cm_src=valentines-day-bakeware||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-

Heart Ice Molds

Heart Ice Molds

Williams-Sonoma

$7.95

Available:  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/valentines-day-heart-ice-mold/?pkey=cvalentines-day-glassware-bar&cm_src=valentines-day-glassware-bar||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_–_-

Macaron Mug

Macaron Mug

Sur la Table

$5.95

Available:  http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1770320/Macaron+Espresso+Mug

Le Creuset Heart Cocotte

Heart Cocotte

Le Creuset

$200

Available:  http://www.lecreuset.com/valentines-day-gifts/heart-cocotte

FOR HIM:

Sees Classic Red Heart with Milk Chocolates

1 lb Classic Red Heart with Milk Chocolates

Sees

$23.70

Available:  http://www.sees.com/prod.cfm/valentines_day_gifts/classic_red_heart_with_milk_chocolates

Bacon Roses

Bacon Roses with Vase

Ditzy Blondes

$41.39

Available:  http://ditzyblondes.com/Bacon-Roses-Deluxe-in-a-vase-12-count-DBBRV.htm

Beats Pill Portable Speakers

Beats Pill Portable Speakers

Beats

$199.95

Available:  http://www.beatsbydre.com/speakers/pill-2.0/red/900-00091.html

Sandalwood Full Size Kit with Pure Brush

Sandalwood Full Size Kit with Pure Brush

The Art of Shaving

$120

Available:  http://www.theartofshaving.com/Sandalwood-Full-Size-Kit-with-Pure-Brush/00670535980605,default,pd.html?start=2&cgid=shaving-products-shaving-kits&navid=shaving-products-shaving-kits

American Hops Beer Soap--Made with Budweiser American Lager

American Hops Beer Soap–Made with Budweiser American Lager

The Beer Soap Company

$6.75

Available:  http://www.thebeersoapcompany.com/thebeersoap/alesbockslagers/budweiser.html

Black Leather Watch Box

Black Leather Watch Box

Personal Creations

$44.99

Available:  http://gifts.personalcreations.com/gifts/black-leather-watch-box-30021059

FOR HER:

Heartbreaker Crossbody

Heartbreaker Crossbody

Ora Delphine

$295

Available:  http://oradelphine.com/collections/hearts-collection-2015/products/heartbreaker-crossbody-garnet

CHEERS Necklace

CHEERS Necklace

Nissa Jewelry

$138

Available:  http://www.nissajewelry.com/cheers-necklace-limited-edition/

Champagne Charm

Champagne Charm

My Jet Set Candy

$158

Available:  http://www.myjetsetcandy.com/index.php/champagne-charm-498.html?

Floppy Brim Fedora

Floppy Brim Fedora

Rag and Bone

$195

Available:  http://www.rag-bone.com/floppy-brim-fedora/d/7787C17097

Textured Silk Top

Textured Silk Top

Rebecca Taylor

$250

Available:  http://www.rebeccataylor.com/blouses/textured-silk-top/invt/rt814534b006&bklist=icat,4,shop,rtshop,rtblouses

Morgan Lane Ruthie Top and PJs

Ruthie Top and Corey Shorts in Candy

Morgan Lane

$258 (top), $128 (shorts)

Available:  http://morgan-lane.com/

Diamond Sexy Necklace

Diamond Sexy Necklace

La Soula

$200

Available:  http://www.lasoula.com/collections/necklaces/products/sexy-diamond-necklace

Monica Sexy Satin Tee

Monica Sexy Satin Tee

Yasmin Joseph Lingerie

$60

Available:  http://yasminjosephlingerie.com/collections/smooth-me/products/monica-sexy-satin-tee-red-1

Rocsi Hearts on Fire Top

Rocsi Hearts on Fire Top

Rails

$138

Available:  http://www.railsclothing.com/collections/all-products/products/rocsi-hearts-on-fire

14k Yellow Gold and Pearl Supearlstar Earrings

14k Yellow Gold and Pearl Supearlstar Earrings

Mckenzie Liautaud

$485

Available:  http://www.mckenzieliautaud.com/collections/valentines-day-specials/products/supearlstar-14k-2

ROASTED RED PEPPER SOUP:

For roasting peppers:

6 Peppers (I obviously used a few red and yellow ones below!)

Method 1:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper or tin foil

Place peppers on cookie sheet

Roast in oven for 30-40 minutes or until skins of peppers are charred

While you roast them, turn the peppers once or twice during cooking

Remove the pan from the oven and immediately cover it tightly with aluminum foil

Set aside for 30 minutes, or until the peppers are cool enough to handle

Remove the stem from each pepper and cut them in quarters

Remove the peels and seeds and place the peppers in a bowl along with any juices that have collected

Discard the stems, peels, and seeds.

Method 2:

Since my fire alarm couldn’t go 2 minutes without going off, I had to improvise by making my peppers on the stove

Coat the bottom of a pan lightly with olive oil (you don’t want too much as you need the char on the peppers!)

Starting to Roast the Red Peppers

Starting to Roast the Red Peppers

Cook the peppers until the skins are charred, turning them twice during roasting

Follow the same method as above to cool, destem, and remove peppers seeds

Roasting the Red Peppers

Roasting the Red Peppers

Red pepper ingredients:

Roasted Red Peppers

1 Cup Onions

Chicken Broth

Thyme, Salt, Pepper, Smoked Paprika, Ancho Chili Powder

Roasted Red Pepper Soup Ingredients

Roasted Red Pepper Soup Ingredients

Place all ingredients in blender (minus spices)

Ingredients in blender

Ingredients in blender

Blend ingredients until smooth

Blended Red Pepper Soup Ingredients

Blended Red Pepper Soup Ingredients

Pour soup into crock pot and add spices (about 1 TSP each)

In the crock pot ready to be warmed

In the crock pot ready to be warmed

Let soup warm in crock pot on medium or low for a few hours

As it warms, taste and add spices as needed

Soup warming!

Soup warming!

Serve in a bowl topped with sour cream, or Greek yogurt!

Red Pepper Soup!

Red Pepper Soup!

Stay hungry…

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