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The Great Valentine’s Day Healthy Bake-Off

February 14, 2014

I’m feeling the loooooooove today! I’ve got my red pants on (sweatpants, you know I don’t wear “real” pants), the house is decked out with chocolate and cinnamon hearts and Louman is filled with cookies!

As I’ve mentioned, Valentine’s Day is my favourite day of the year! I’ll be spending it doing what I do best, making balls.

But tonight I am planning a romantic dinner with my lovahhhh. By planning I mean I have yet to think of what I’m going to make and unless I rush to the grocery store post-work, we may be eating lava cake for dinner. I’m okay with that.

the-great-vday-bakeoffMore than anything I am excited to be spending Valentine’s Day with C. While we have had V-Day dates in the past, we’ve never been together on the actual holiday.

As requested, here’s our story πŸ™‚

Despite having gone to school together for four years, C and I only met each other on my graduation night. And because life works in the cruelest of ways, I moved to NYC the next day. Maybe not love at first sight, but certainly infatuation. After 5 days together (across a 5 month time-span) I met his parents, day 6 he was my boyfriend and day 10 I was with his family for Christmas. Despite the inconvenience of NYC-San Francisco, NYC-Montreal and Toronto-Montreal, we have found a way to make our relationship work. Finally 2.5 years later we are living in the same city. I’m excited to celebrate this milestone (without any furniture) and how fortunate I am to have found the love of my life.

Now to celebrate my love for all of you I am hosting my first ever link-up! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you may have noticed that each day this week I posted a different sweet treat to share with your Valentine, whoever they are! And even better, all of them are healthy!

Now I’m passing the torch to you. I am SO excited to see what delicious treats you came up with and who you will be sharing them with. But before I do, let’s recap this week.

On Sunday, we got the ball rolling with some Double Chocolate Cherry Cookies and I introduced you to my most prized possession, my cookie jar named Louman.

double chocolate cherry cookiesMonday was all about breakfast! You didn’t think I’d do a bake-off without including breakfast right? Of course I made my all-time favourite with a twist, Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls!

banana fosters cinnamon rollsWednesday I listened to your requests and shared my love to my fellow bloggers with these Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies

Coconut Oatmeal Lace Cookies copieAnd on Thursday I took back everything I said about lemon and finished with a bang with these Black Bean Lava Cakes.

Black Bean Lava CakeNow it’s your turn! You have until Sunday to link-up with your Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats. I cannot wait to check each one of them out!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    February 14, 2014 at 7:19 am

    love your story!! It must feel amazing to be in the same spot now. Sorry I didn’t get around to baking, breakfast has been the only thing I can manage this week. Have a wonderful date night tonight and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    February 14, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Look at you!! So many people have already linked up. You’re amazing, and everyone can see it. HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! Enjoy this day with your love!! πŸ™‚

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    Joanne
    February 14, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Aww that is such a sweet story! But if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be!!

    You baked up so many fabulous healthful things for V-Day! I still haven’t really figured out what I’m making, so this is definitely inspirational!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 14, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Thanks for hosting this link up and forcing me to make something Valentinesy. Otherwise I was probably going to post a tofu recipe today… not so romantic, huh? πŸ˜›

    Hope you and C have a great evening! Loved reading about your story! πŸ™‚

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    February 14, 2014 at 6:29 am

    And you were worried about no one linking up! Muah! Happy Valentine’s lovely <3 <3

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    Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut
    February 14, 2014 at 5:47 am

    So the plan was to make balls for this bake-off…then I realized balls don’t require baking!! So I linked up half a zillion other semi-healthy dessert recipes. πŸ™‚

    Happy Valentine’s day, girl!!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    February 14, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Aw I just love your love story. Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day together and I totally think after all of your hard work baking in the kitchen and organizing this link up, you deserve to have dessert for dinner. Thank you for the link-up fun!

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan
    February 14, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Black bean lava cakes for dinner, with maybe some lemon swiss roll for dessert sounds good to me! πŸ™‚
    Love yours and C’s story – so happy for yall!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 14, 2014 at 3:38 am

    So stoked for this link up- we need more originality in blog world πŸ˜‰

    Here’s to 2015 where you write our Valentine’s day story πŸ˜‰

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    [email protected]
    February 14, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Awww I looove your love story!! And so happy you finally are settled in together – furniture is overrated anyway.
    I want to eat Lava Cakes all day! Seriously, I’m sitting here at the airport post breakfast and all I want is chocolate.
    Enjoy your Valentine – thank you for hosting!! Mine are chocolatefree and the recipe is partly stolen from you – but trust me on chufa/tigernut. It’s like crack.

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    Selena @ thenutritiouskitchen.com
    February 14, 2014 at 2:07 am

    That might have been of the cutest and most real “love stories” I have ever read! Ahh so happy for you that you both finally ended up not only in the same city but living together! Your story sounds like a movie, I lovee it : )
    And the whole eating chocolate cake for dinner?! Um yes please, sounds exactly how I’ll be spending my v-day with Joey except with wine + netflix πŸ™‚
    Loved all your healthy v-day bake off recipes this week girl!

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    [email protected] Apple of My Eye
    February 14, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Mhmm love all these tasty treats and your love story! You guys must have a great connection to survive all that time apart <3. Just added my Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles to the linkup! Thanks for hosting πŸ˜€

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