One of the coolest holidays Parks & Rec gave the world (aside from Treat Yo Self), is Galentine’s Day (spellcheck has yet to acknowledge this holiday), celebrating the gift of female friendship and love for girlfriends, on February 13th.
I love this idea and isn’t Valentine’s Day, in current form, about love? One of my best friends was lamenting to me about having the double whammy of being single and it is also her birthday. Having a birthday a few days before Christmas I can relate, especially when it now includes a toddlers wrapping paper frenzy on Christmas Day. What to give?
1. BOOK: YOU by Caroline Kepnes, a stalker novel that will make anyone jump up and down with joy to be single. Endorsed, and not surprisingly when you start reading it, by Stephen King, YOU is told in first person, tells the story of Joe Goldberg, a high school graduate who runs a bookstore. When a Natalie Portman look-a-like, named Beck flirts with him, he goes into hyperdrive, starting with Google and easily locates her social media profiles. She is his sole focus, but in this casual dating world, Beck’s interest ebbs and flows the way life does in a city offering so many opportunities and distractions. (NA)
2. DRINKS: It seems cliche, but a little rose can go a long way. Why not have a Galentine’s bottle of brut rose? Chocolates optional.
3. Skip the dark chocolates with sea salt caramel….wait, what was I writing about? Lost in a yum moment, and try making these healthy oat treats that are perfect for a post-workout and only take five minutes to make:
1 cup rolled oats
4 tablespoons of almond butter
1/4 cup of honey (you can use 1/3 but I find that overly sweet)
1 tsp. vanilla
1/3 cup dried cranberries (substitute/add-in 1/3 cup chocolate chips)
2 tsp chia seeds
1/4 cup chopped almonds (optional)
Combine all ingredients, roll into 1″ balls, put in the fridge to solidify for five minutes (or just pop one in and see if you need to) and you are good to go and thoughtful!
COOL, DISTANT TEEN:
4. BOOK: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer is perfect for that teen who thinks you can’t understand the intensity of their feelings, or anyone who has ever defined themselves by an act that was life-changing, but if it happened as an adult, might not have lead to such a disconnection with society as a result. The journey through a semester at The Wooden Barn, a special school for ‘fragile’ teens (no drugs), studying Sylvia Plath’s Bell Jar, is riveting.
5. Those goofy hearts, well, they want them. Grab a little box and eat the younglings in your life to a little corny love to let you know they care.
HAPPY GALENTINE’s DAY!