Valentine’s Day is here and it is time to spread some love by giving a thoughtful DIY gift that is sure to let the people that matter know you care. This easy to make vegan, gluten-free caramel syrup is made from natural ingredients like sweet potato and maple syrup and tastes divine with a fresh, juicy apple.
There’s nothing like starting off the weekend with a good laugh… and that we did! Having some great friends over from Manhattan for a slumber party was the way to go. Six kids, four adults and five cats… I can definitely say it was a full house. The highlight of our evening was a trip to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center to see the hilarious comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. Of course I could not have my dear guests leave without tasting my latest caramel creation, which they loved!
February 14th is not only a day to show your significant other how much you love them, it is also the day to tell the people who touch your life that they are appreciated… family, friends, teachers just to name a few. This is where I came up my DIY Valentine gift idea. But do you know how this tradition dedicated to love began?
Saint Valentine’s Day originated as a Western Christian liturgical feast day recognizing at least 3 different saints by the name of Valentine or Valentines. Historical accounts indicate that Saint Valentine from Rome was imprisoned and killed because he was performing marriages after Emperor Claudius II outlawed this holy sacrament for young men. The Emperor felt that they would make better soldiers if they did not have wives or children. Cuckoo!
Others believe that due to the harsh treatment of the imprisoned Christians, Valentine helped them escape from the torture. Because of this act of heroism, he was then imprisoned himself where he fell in love with a women. Before his execution, he allegedly wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” and thus this romantic term is used worldwide still today.
Just think, this tradition that lasted centuries still exists and you can spread some love by making this beautifully assembled DIY gift idea.