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5 (Fairly) Easy Desserts to Impress Your Sweetheart on Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day DessertsWant to do something sweet (literally) for your sweetie? Whether you’re at ease in the kitchen or just learning your way around, try your hand at one of these heartwarming desserts.

You can earn a lot of brownie points for the effort put forth in making something homemade this Valentine’s Day.

Thankfully, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in this month’s food and cooking magazines with recipes inspired by everything from the traditional sweet staple (chocolate) to the popular color of the season (red).

Even if you’re crunched for time or want to slowly test the waters, these five fairly easy Valentine’s Day desserts will help you impress your sweetheart with your thoughtfulness.

Chocolate-Cinnamon Pudding, Taste of the South: Pudding isn’t just for kids anymore, not with this dressed-up version topped with chocolate shavings and cinnamon sticks. You’ll have to use the stovetop to make this dessert—no instant shortcuts here—so if you can manage that, you can pull this one off. But, judging by the photo, it looks like it’s worth the risk.

Valentine Sorbet Sandwiches, Everyday Food: A lighter, heart-healthier version of the ice cream sandwich, this treat makes use of sorbet that’s store-bought for a time-saving bonus. The cookie part of the sandwich is made from scratch but isn’t too complicated for a curious or experienced baker to pull off. Some may want to have a store-bought backup just in case.

Red Velvet Cheesecake, Food Network Magazine: This incorporates (almost) all you need for a perfect night: chocolate, red velvet and decadent cheesecake. The magazine says this recipe clocks in at a little over 30 minutes of active preparation, but you’ll want to keep in mind that you’ll have to chill this treat for at least four hours before you can slice and serve.

Strawberry Jam Cake, Cooking With Paula Deen: This fresh confection is perfect for the person who’s not much of a chocolate fan. The light cake gets its berry flavor from strawberry jam spread between its layers, which are then topped with a frosting that incorporates fresh berries. This one’s a little higher on the difficulty level but definitely not impossible.

“Puppy Love” Cherry Crunchies, Every Day With Rachael Ray: You read that right. If the love of your life (at least right now) is your four-legged friend, remember him or her this Valentine’s Day with these dog biscuits flavored with dried cherries. Bonus points for using heart-shaped cookie cutters when cutting out the dough. But either way, your pooch will love you.

The 10 Magazines for a Lazy Sunday Afternoon

The 10 Best Magazines for a Lazy Sunday Afternoon

The 10 Magazines for a Lazy Sunday AfternoonPut down the phone, flip off the TV, shut the laptop and give yourself some time this afternoon to enjoy your favorite magazines.

There’s no definite end to the emails that need answering and the household chores that need finishing, not to mention the texts, calls and voicemails that fill an average week. But rather than running yourself ragged to prepare for next week, give yourself an hour or two this afternoon to curl up with your favorite magazines and just enjoy the day.

If the thought is incredible but you’re not sure where to begin, we give you the 10 best magazines to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. But remember–your enjoyment of these magazines depends on how well you can tune out all those other distractions for a bit. Happy reading!

1. Whole Living - Delicious recipes, skincare ideas, exercises–Whole Living has everything you need to think about pampering yourself for a bit. After a long week, you deserve a little time to focus on yourself, and this is a great place to start.

Whole Living Magazine

2. InStyle - You know this is the magazine you always buy when you’ve got to sit on a plane for a while or travel in the car. It’s packed with great style secrets, details of celeb lives and beautiful accessories to boot.

InStyle Magazine

 3. Fast Company - Though you’re not at work, it’s always nice to entertain that entrepreneurial side of your brain. Read about some of the top companies in the nation, how they got where they are and how they’re forging into the future.

Fast Company Magazine

4. Prevention - Great advice on health and preventative health, from anti-aging tips to the best ways to lose weight. Cozy up to this magazine for some inspiration to make healthy decisions in the coming week.

Prevention Magazine

5. Modern Dog - Perhaps your furry little friend is sitting beside you as you relax; perhaps not. In either case, you can enjoy this glossy that covers everything pertaining to your pet. From great deals on pet products to the best ways to bond with your dog, this one has you covered.

Modern Dog Magazine

6. Wallpaper* - Fill your artistic needs with this high-end magazine that features the best in art, design and culture across the globe.

Wallpaper Magazine

7. Mac Life - Put your feet up and read about what’s new in the Mac world. If you’ve ever referred to yourself as a gadget geek (or secretly relate to the term), this one’s for you!

Mac Life Magazine

8. Martha Stewart Weddings - Even if you’ve already walked down the aisle or you don’t plan to in the near future, it’s always fun to just flip through the pages of a wedding magazine and look at beautiful dresses, diamonds and fun wedding decor.

Martha Stewart Weddings

9. Every Day with Rachael Ray - You’re busy, and Rachael understands that. This magazine is a great go-to for busy cooks who want to strike balance in all areas of home life. Find great recipes, tips and menu planners to help you simplify your busy life.

Every Day with Rachael Ray

 10. GQ - The best in fashion, gadgets and entertainment for young professional men, GQ will make you feel distinguished–even if you are sitting around in your pajamas on a Sunday afternoon.

GQ Magazine



The 10 Best Magazines to Keep in the Kitchen

Make sense of everything that goes on in your kitchen with these must-have magazines. You’ll never have to wonder what to cook or how to store, budget or plan ahead again.

There’s a seemingly endless list of dilemmas we face in the kitchen—from how to best store fresh produce to organizing grocery lists and preparing healthy, but quick (of course) meals. Often, the answers to these culinary conundrums come a little too late—if we’re even aware to seek them out at all. But that’s exactly why these ten magazines made our list of must-haves in the kitchen.

Cook’s Illustrated: Even if the trial and error behind each recipe doesn’t interest you, the double-page spread of reader-submitted tips is packed with enough useful storage, organization and prep advice to make this worthwhile.

Everyday Food: This Martha Stewart publication not only makes the grade for its very convenient size, but also for its in-season profiles and multiple recipes in every issue that help you get the most out of  the freshest fruits and veggies.

Cooking Light: Lighter eating doesn’t have to mean blah. Not with these made-over meals that trim the fat and calories from foods you’ll actually want to eat. Budget-conscious beer and wine pairing advice and recommendations included.

Family Circle: Who isn’t trying to feed a family on a budget these days—much less trying to make it healthy, fast, tasty and exciting? It may sound impossible, but these recipes cover a lot of ground for less—and even break down the cost per serving.

Every Day With Rachael Ray: Take that budgeting and meal planning a step further with Rachael’s weeknight planner, shopping list and projected grocery bill in each issue. You’ll never get halfway through a recipe and realize you forgot an ingredient.

Food Network Magazine: Your favorite cooking celebs bring out the fun in food with creative presentation and recipes “copied” from famous restaurants. Each issue’s tear-out booklet features 50 variations on one food, like milkshakes, burgers and more.

EatingWell: Snacking can be the slippery slope that derails the best of us when it comes to healthy eating. Not so with these low-fat, low-cal treats that include everything from cookies and pies to prepared fruits and, yes, even cheesecake.

Vegetarian Times: Even if your diet isn’t meat-free, these recipes are worth having on hand for any guests—or for incorporating a vegetarian night into your own regimen. Regardless, it’s a great resource for hearty salads and sides.

YUM Food & Fun for Kids: Banish summer boredom or come to the rescue on rainy days with nutritious snack ideas and creative desserts kids can help make themselves. Your little ones will be well-fed—and entertained.

Cookbook Digest: Cookbook addicts, this is for you—one way or another. This magazine previews new cookbooks and lets you “try” multiple recipes before you buy, meaning you may add less—or more—to your collection.