Our Valentine’s Day Meal

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Very exciting news!

I was over at Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's website and checking out the Frequently Asked Questions page I see that she now approves of cocoa if you are able to eat the full GAPS diet and no longer have digestive issues!

Here is the question and Dr. Campbell-McBride's answer:

When can cocoa be introduced?

Cocoa is SCD illegal. However, I find that many people can start having it occasionally on the Full GAPS Diet, once the digestive symptoms are gone. Find pure organic cocoa powder [affiliate link]. Mixing the powder with some honey [affiliate link] and sour cream makes a delicious dessert, and you can add it to your homemade ice cream or cakes. After trying it for the first time, observe your patient for any reactions. Cocoa is very rich in magnesium and some essential amino acids and, unless your digestive system is not ready for it, there is no need to avoid it.

Valentine's Day Meal

My husband and I were remarried in 2007 after being divorced for fifteen years.   Quite by accident we planned our second wedding to commence on the date that our divorce was final, so we were quite literally divorced for exactly fifteen years.

For most of my life I did not care much for Valentine's Day, but now that we have remarried, I want to celebrate this day of love. I know, I know. It's a holiday contrived with commercialism and Hallmark charges an arm and a leg for cards, but I love the pink and red hearts of it all.

My husband has been working very hard lately and I asked him to try to be home by 6pm on Valentine's Day, he said he would do his best, and he did finally get home by 8:30pm.  I happened to be running late so it turned out okay.

Here is what we had for our meal:

  • Top Sirloin Steak, fried in a skillet with butter
  • Sauteed Mushrooms, sliced and cooked in butter
  • Beets, steamed, peeled, sliced and cut into heart shapes
  • Beet greens
  • Salad
  • Chocolate and Peanut Butter Heart Cookies

As you can see, we had a candlelit dinner.  About five minutes into the meal I asked my husband how do people eat with candlelight?  I could hardly see my plate.  Maybe they use more candles, and/or taller candles?  I will have to experiment with that.  We ended up turning on the kitchen light because it was simply too dim to see!

I downloaded some free romantic songs from Amazon, as well as this album: Candlelight – Romantic Dinner Party Music With Relaxing Instrumental Piano which was only $5.99 and contains 44 romantic songs. My husband doesn't really feel comfortable with too much “sissy” stuff like this, so I went through and picked out the songs that were not too sappy for his sake. 🙂

We had a very nice dinner together.  The top sirloin was quite tasty, and the cookies were scrumptious!

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day?

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies

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7 comments to Our Valentine’s Day Meal

  • Magda Velecky

    That looks lovely Starlene!
    We don’t really celebrate V-Day. Hubby gets me the requisite flowers every year though I tell him I don’t really need them. This year I bought the boys (hubby and my older son who’s 6.5) some goodies: natural orange chocolate sticks, yummy European alpine chocolate and some ice cream. Hubby bought me a new laptop a couple of weeks before so I considered that a gift. I didn’t cook anything special.

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    Starlene Reply:

    @Magda, thank you and thanks for sharing your Valentine’s Day with me. 🙂

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  • Alicia

    Your dinner looks amazing! Can’t wait to see the recipe for the cookies!! Looks yummy!
    Didn’t really do anything, my family was sick. (My birthday was on the 12th and everyone was sick) I had bought some candy and had some for each of them when they got up….I need to put more effort into planning these things!

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    Starlene Reply:

    @Alicia, oh boy! Now the pressure is on to find that recipe! LOL! I don’t think I want to make another batch, or I’ll just eat them all. 🙂 I’m sorry you and your family were sick. It’s hard to do anything when everyone is sick! Before I started doing GAPS it took all of my energy for days before and days after to do anything special. I would wipe myself out. I hadn’t really thought about that lately, how it doesn’t affect me to do a special meal whereas a year ago I would have been wiped out. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

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  • Alicia

    No, no pressure!! LOL! I think I have decided to start the GAPS on March 1….so…we will see how things go! Thanks so much for your blog, I love it!

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    Starlene Reply:

    @Alicia, okay, I won’t stress about finding that recipe. Hopefully I’ll run across it sooner or later, or maybe I’ll just have to figure out a new recipe. Thank you for the kind words, I’m glad you are enjoying my GAPS journey. And congratulations on starting your GAPS journey! 🙂

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  • […] found the recipe for the cookies I mentioned in my Valentine’s Day Meal post. These were so yummy!  Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride says if you no longer have digestive issues, […]

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