Valentine’s Day was all about love this year. We had an amazing time as a family making memories. I decided to have a family party with my children. Most of the time I can be a boring mother. As I attempt to meet the demands of being a wife, mother of five, home schooling two of my children, dealing with two daughters with epilepsy, cooking all natural, and writing a blog, I tend to burn out! This year was different. I decided to to stretch myself and have something to look forward to. I definitely hyped up the concept of a party, so that my kids were already extremely excited.
For the evening, I baked some BBQ Chicken and potatoes. My children then became the waiters at a restaurant. They chopped vegetables and sliced oranges. As dinner time arrived, we set up a table in the living room with soft music and a candle. My husband and I dressed up. I wore a semi-formal dress from high school (I was shocked that I could get into it) and my husband wore a shirt and tie (which is way out of his comfort level, but he looked great!). Four out of my five kids dressed up as well. The evening went great as we tried to keep the two youngest off our laps, while we enjoyed our candle light dinner. We only had two mishaps in the kitchen. Plastic cups fell out of the cupboard the first time, and then a glass was broken not long after that.
We then proceeded with the games. While I was finishing the preparations, my youngest was jumping on the couch and took a dive over the arm of the couch. She gave herself a nice head injury that caused her to be quite pale and lethargic (head injuries and epilepsy are not a good combination). We then had a scavenger hunt consisting of heart clues. The kids had kites and some chocolate waiting for them. Next, we played Valentine’s Bingo. I made some coupons for prizes to win such as: camp out in a tent with mom or dad, a date with mom or dad, one free day off of school, etc. The finale of the night was a family dance. I decorated the room with Christmas lights and we danced to my husband”s favorite country music. The night was a blast and I plan to make it a tradition. It was so much fun that my four year old woke up the next morning and her first words were, “Is the party over?”
With all of this love, I would love to share this All Natural, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup recipe. These are a great treat to share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day. They taste amazing and are simple to make. I love the combination of chocolate, peanut butter, and honey.
All Natural Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
2 cups dark chocolate chips
1 TBSP olive oil
1 cup all natural peanut butter
1/2 cup honey
In a pan, melt 1 cup of the dark chocolate chips with 1/2 TBSP of olive oil. Stir until well blended.
Melted Dark Chocolate Chips with Olive Oil
While that is melting, in another pan add the peanut butter and honey. Heat and stir until well blended. Remove from heat.
Mixed All Natural Peanut Butter with Honey
Take a miniature muffin tin and began to scoop the dark chocolate into the bottom. Fill each muffin tin with enough melted chocolate to coat the bottom.
Melted Dark Chocolate Chips in Mini Muffin Tin
Place the muffin tin in the freezer for about 20 minutes to set the chocolate. The 20 minutes will also allow the peanut butter and honey time to cool. Remove the muffin tin from the freezer. Scoop a small spoonful of the peanut butter mixture on each cup. Spread the peanut butter with a knife to coat the chocolate evenly.
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Place the muffin tin back in the freezer. Use the same pan that was used to melt the dark chocolate chips. Add the other 1 cup of dark chocolate chips with the 1/2 TBSP of olive oil. Melt the chips and stir until well mixed. Remove the muffin tin from the freezer. Coat the peanut butter with the chocolate. Use a knife to smooth the tops of each chocolate peanut butter cup.
Melted Dark Chocolate Chips with Olive Oil Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups in Muffin Tins
Place the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups back into the freezer for another 20 minutes to allow them to set. Remove from the freezer. Take a knife and slip it into the side of each cup. The Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups will pop out with ease. Eat immediately or store in the freezer to retain the cup shape.
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All Natural Gluten Free Dairy Free Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups