Part of a three post series on love & sweets for the day of Valentine. View post two and three soon.
For a blog which espouses love, you would think I would be all over Valentine’s Day.
While I certainly do not shun the holiday, it has degenerated into a reason for singles and couples alike to forget the blessings they have been given and yearn for something they do not have.
Whereas the day can be a beautiful chance to TELL someone of your affection, it is often warped into a day where people come to EXPECT affection perfection. As a society, we have the habit of turning the day into an expectation of what kind of love we will RECEIVE, rather than a chance to GIVE voluminously.
May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
-Henry David Thoreau
H.D. Thoreau is onto something when he hints at loving SO BIG that we should never have to worry about having held back love. Now knowing we are humans, and imperfect at that, this may be only theoretically possible. However, why not try……..my challenge to you to recapture the meaning in this season of love!
How can we do this? Well, to practice this self-giving love: do something covert and anonymous. This is the best way to practice self-giving (this is sooooo Abnegation faction if you have read Divergent)! Send a family who you know is struggling some groceries. Shovel the sidewalk and driveway of a neighbor, or better yet, a random house you drive by. Pay for the persons’ coffee behind you…and run! Leave a coffee shop giftcard/note in one of the library cubbies at the local library. You get the vibe.
If you are not familiar with this kind of thing, you have to check out the site of Pittsburgh’s own Secret Agent L. She lives her life inspiring other to live this way. She rocks.
Ok now, are you looking for a sweet treat? Try this “covertly healthy” pink coconut/chocolate treat. Give someone (as well as yourself) the gift of luxurious sweetness wrapped around a healthy core. I PROMISE noone will ever know your secret. Unless you tell. 😉
Start with some beautiful organic beets.
Shred them into a bowl.
Add some shredded coconut and some gorgeous local honey.
Roll into beautiful magenta balls. Pause and admire them.
hidden heart of mine/enrobed in a crackling shell/yielding to soft
Dark Chocolate Beet Bon Bons
Adapted from the brillance over at Fig and Fauna.
- 1-2 raw beets, grated into about 1/2 a cup
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
- 2 Tbsp raw, local honey
- 1 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil + 1 Tbsp to melt w/chocolate
- 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli squares)
Grate the beets until you have 1/2 cup. Depending on size, this may take 1 or 2 medium beets or 1 large. In a bowl, mix together the beets, coconut, honey and melted coconut oil. Form balls and place on some parchment paper. Place in refrigerator until ready to cover in chocolate.
In a double boiler or small pan over boiling water, slowly melt chocolate and coconut oil. Slowly pour chocolate over the balls, swirling them around until covered. Let them sit until hardened, placing in fridge to quicken (15-20 min)
Share with someone you love. Eat some as well.
This healthy and delicious treats (which do not taste like beets!) will keep a few days in the refrigerator.