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Heart-Shaped Meatloaf and Sweet Cheese Stuffed Strawberries for Valentine's Day

Teresa is from the Southern state of Alabama. Raising a large family on a small budget, she's learned to cook delicious food efficiently.

Valentine's Day Love

Valentine's Day Love

Make It Special

Making this Valentine’s Day a day (and night) to remember will be easy with these two special recipes for your romantic dinner.

Something easy and simple to make your day less complicated so you have time to set the mood for your planned event.

One thing we must keep in mind on this Valentine’s day is to remember to continue to show our love for one another the remaining 364 days of the year as well as on February 14th.

Strawberries

Strawberries

Sweet Cream Cheese and Walnut Stuffed Strawberries

Looking for the perfect complement to the champagne you ordered for tonight? These stuffed strawberries with just a hint of lightly sweetened cream cheese and walnut filling will be the answer! Romance is 100% guaranteed.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Yield: 20 stuffed strawberries

Ingredients

  • 20 strawberries
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Cut up two strawberries. Remove the stems from each of the remaining strawberries, make a foundation for strawberries to balance. Using the tip as a starting point, trim most of it away, but not completely through the stem, slice each strawberry into four sections.
  2. Mix cream cheese until creamy. Add the strawberries, walnuts, and powdered sugar. Dollop a bit of the mixture into each strawberry.
Heart-shaped mini meatloaf

Heart-shaped mini meatloaf

Heart-Shaped Mini Meatloaves

These adorable mini meatloaves are just as tasty as their larger counterparts.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 mini meatloaves

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup stuffing mix
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup ketchup, divided

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Combine the milk and packaged stuffing in a big mixing container; mix completely and let sit for about 5 minutes. Put the next three ingredients on the list together and blend well together.
  3. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter or use your hands to form eight little loaves shaped like a heart on the cooking sheet. Put the mixture that you made with the ground beef inside the forms. Smooth ketchup over the shapes.
  4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until done (internal temperature should be 160°F). Cool 5 minutes before serving.

How to Set a Romantic Scene for Your Dinner

Setting the scene is just as important as knowing the history and the company you share it with.

Red or pink balloons or red heart garlands that can be found at almost any party supply store will add to the romantic setting. Adding flowers should, also, be a priority.

Get creative by making a unique bouquet using pink, red, and white flowers in vases. Place the vase in the same room that the two of you will be in for the evening.

Candlelight is a romantic way to set the atmosphere. Red cinnamon fragranced candles can be placed on the table, but don't stop there. Place the candles all around the dining room.

Once you have set the scene for the room's ambiance, start setting the table as the top priority for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner.

Create a centerpiece using a red or white bowl filled with water. Sprinkle white or dark red rose petals on top to float. Another idea is heart-shaped floating candles from your local stores. Choose the smallest ones you can find and add two to your rose bowl.

Scatter rose petals all over the tabletop to add a nice touch, but don't forget the decorate the long-stemmed glasses with red ribbons to serve romantic red cocktails for Valentine's Day.

History of St. Valentine and Valentine’s Day

Every year on February 14th, people exchange candy, cards, gifts, and flowers with a special “valentine.” It is a day of romance named after Saint Valentine, which is called Valentine’s Day.

It is really not known for sure who is Saint Valentine after more than 1,700 years. He has become a legend in history. There is a possibility that there were several men named Valentine.

The fascinating tale that follows is partly based on facts and partly based on tradition.

Christianity was rapidly spreading. During the year 270; signs of this new religion, including houses of worship, were appearing everywhere. Christian sacrifice during the third century was rampant. There was no kindness toward Christianity in these years before Constantine. Claudius, the reigning emperor of the time, was a warlord, intent only on preserving his empire and routing his enemies. Christianity was not on his like list. His primary interests were military, and he would stoop to nothing to ensure that his mighty army remained loyal to him.

Claudius decided to pass a law forbidding anyone to get married so he could build his army. Obviously, this was an outrage. Was he serious? No marriage?

Valentine was a Christian priest in Rome. He knew the Bible told that marriage was honored by God. In God's eyes, marriage was lawful according to the Christian faith. Knowing this fact, Valentine took it upon himself to perform Christian marriages for those who sought it—contrary to the law. The priest performed the marriages in secret for the couples who desired to be married.

For Valentine's actions against the laws of the emperor, he was condemned to torture and death. He was beaten violently, then beheaded. Valentine was martyred for his faith.

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