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Dudes: There are 7 Things Your Girlfriend Really Wants for Valentine's Day ... and we know what they are.
Here are my credentials: I’m a girl. I’m a dating girl. I’ve had three guys propose this year. Take off your dubious hat and listen up, chaps. I know what I’m talking about, and I’m going to tell it the way you boys like to hear it. Straight up, straightforward, no mincing words.
Here’s what we’re avoiding: You know that moment when you’re in the middle of watching The Daily Show and your girl is doing the dishes REALLY LOUD in the kitchen? You know she’s sending a message, but you’re like, “I don’t get it…what did I do?” Yeah, that’s what we’re avoiding.
She may have said, “Don’t get me anything.” She’s lying.
She may have said, “I don’t even like Valentine's Day.” Forget that. Women’s brains track things subconsciously. Her action-tracker is on high alert for V-Day (and birthdays), even if she’ll never admit it.
As a public service to all males in the internet vicinity, here are seven things your girlfriend won’t tell you she wants. But she really does. Prepare to be kissed endlessly by your girl. You’re welcome.
1) She wants you to do something. No matter how many times you two say you’re not going to celebrate, YOU are going to celebrate. Do something for Valentine's Day. No excuses. The end.
2) She wants you to think ahead. There are no passes offered for poor planning. No grocery-store-flowers-on-the-way-home-from-work will be accepted. Conjure an idea, hunt, shop, conquer, and have it ready by the time she wakes up Valentine's Day morning.
3) She wants you to surprise her. You don’t have to break the bank, but give your girl a little surprise. No gift cards, no kitchenware. It can be a book, a massage, dinner at a secret spot, photos, handmade, homemade, preordered, unpretentious — lots of options here. Just make sure you surprise and delight her. Ten points.
4) She only wants two of four things. Still don’t know what to get her? Let’s make it easy. Girls like 1) Old things or new things and 2) Little things or big things. Just pick one from each list and you’re golden. A vintage ring you picked up from Etsy? Yep. A shiny new bike? Sure. A mid-sized toaster oven from your neighbor's garage sale? Not so much. Capiche?
5) She wants to see your handwriting. Write her a note. Make it more than 8 words.
6) She wants you to tell her specifics. Write it or say it, your girl wants to hear EXACTLY why you love her this Valentine's Day. None of this “you’re my angel” stuff. Lay it down boys, “I love watching your eyelashes when you’re watching Dexter. You’re just so pretty in the light of the T.V.” Seriously, we girls dig details.
7) She wants you to get creative. No red roses. No box of chocolates. No heart-shaped pizza, boys. Switch it up this year. Your girl seriously wants to see you care enough to get creative.
To help you out, we’re gonna walk you through the world’s easiest dessert. You can make this bad boy and treat your girl to a totally romantic dessert, even if you feel like a flub in the kitch. Check how easy this is…
One Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake Mix. Bake. Cut into squares.
Get out some glasses. Put whipped cream and hot fudge in the bottom. Layer cake squares and strawberries. Repeat.
When the glasses are full, you’re done. Get a spoon, call your lady.
She’ll be all, like, “Babe! You’re amazing! How did you know?!!!”
And then, she’ll secretly tally your points in her subconscious mind, and you shall be the victor.
Way to go, dude. You rocked that V-Day out.
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!