There are three types of Valentine's Day people:
First, there are the people that I like to call the "OMFG IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY! LOVE YOU FOREVER AND ALWAYS BABY GIRL/BOY" people. These people are probably in a new relationship, probably no more than two months, three tops. Generally the relationship is made up of two teenagers who are newly exploring their extensive hormones and just can't wait to celebrate their love over a Big Mac. Gifts for this couple include a plush Cupid for the lady and some over-priced watch or other gadget for the guy, because let's face it, girls tend to spend more. Activities for this couple may include watching a movie (recommendations include P.S. I Love You or My Bloody Valentine in 3D, depending on relationship trends). My advice? Enjoy it while it lasts.
The next type of people are the "OH, IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY? I TOTALLY FORGOT. GOOD THING WE SAID NO GIFTS!" people. At this stage, the relationship has probably been consistant for a minimum of one year and the couple is starting to lose steam. They've seen each other naked and now they're just ambivalent towards each other. Generally this pair consists of young adults or middle-aged folks finally settling down. Romantic dates might include a low to mid priced dinner at a restauraunt downtown or a trip to the jewellery store to over-compensate for the lack of shared intimacy. The overachievers in this category may even propose. Let's hope the ring doesn't wreak of desperation... or a pear shaped diamond.
And finally, we have the "I HATE VALENTINE'S DAY AND ALL IT STANDS FOR, WHICH IS A CORPORATE SCAM CREATED TO DRAIN THE WALLETS OF THE LOVE SICK POPULATION" AKA the loners, AKA the singles. Romantic dates may include grooming your cat, feeding your fish, or updating your blog with tasty Macarons that you definitely didn't eat all by yourself. Whatevs. I'm independent and I like it.
These Macarons are great for sharing with your loved one, or throwing at each other if you're in to that sort of expression.
Cherry Topped Macarons with Orange Buttercream Frosting
1. Make your Macarons (Add 2-3 drops of red food colouring)
2. Add 1-2 tsp. orange extract to your favourite buttercream frosting recipe
3. Top with a maraschino cherry, using extra frosting as a glue.
Until next time, happy Valentine's Day!