Valentine’s Day has never been of much amusement for me.

Don’t get me wrong,

I love all the holiday-themed foods and crafts of hearts & cupids just like anyone…

But that is usually the extent as to how far my love goes for the holiday.

Raw Chocolate Hearts - Fork & Beans

Maybe it was all those bitter years of loneliness

that damaged this upcoming holiday’s reputation with myself.

I am giggling writing that.

In all fairness, it’s just that I didn’t understand why I needed one day to say “I love you.”

In fact, growing up in my household,

saying those words were {still are} a requirement for everything.

Greeting each other.

At the end of a phone conversation.

Leaving for school.

Coming home from school.

Saying good-bye.

And it was {still is} followed in this progression:

Hug, “I love you,” “I love you too,” side of the cheek hug, kiss in the air.

Not doing that is like taking oxygen away from my lungs…

{now that I think about it, it’s probably just my OCD}

It’s to the point though, that if you do not say “I love you” after saying good-bye on the phone,

the other person will call you back, yelling,

“I SAID, ‘I LOVE YOU!’ NOW SAY IT BACK!!!”

I love my family.

Raw Chocolate Hearts - Fork & Beans

These hearts are a work in progress. They stand as a good foundation to work from.

Raw Chocolate Hearts Recipe

Adapted from Sarma Melngailis’s Living Raw Food book

gluten, dairy, refined sugar free, raw

makes 30 hearts

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 c. coconut oil, melted
  • 3 Tb raw cocoa powder (if you don’t have this, you can always use the regular cocoa powder)
  • 2 Tb maple syrup
  • dash of vanilla extract (optional)
  • heart candy mold

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Using a spoon, gently add chocolate mix into heart candy mold.
  3. Freeze for 10-15 minutes.

Raw Chocolate Hearts - Fork & Beans

So while you are planning your Valentine’s gift, meal, event for that special someone,

don’t forget to tell them that you love them right this moment.

You can even throw in a side cheek hug in there if you like.

And if they don’t say it back,

yell at them.

A tried and true method for forcing out an “I love you.”

Fact.