Friday is Valentine’s Day! What time of year do you think most people pop the question?
If you said sometime during a warm summer evening, you’d be wrong. It turns out that engagement ring season goes into full effect between Christmas and Valentine’s Day, with 39 per cent of proposals happening between Dec. 1 and Feb. 14. Most of which are around Valentine’s Day. So note to self, expect a lot of status update changes this week on Facebook. And those changes can be "from single to engaged" or from "in a relationship to single."
Apparently 53 per cent of women will break up with their boyfriend over an unhappy Valentine's Day!
So the pressure is on. But thankfully you don't have to spend a lot — like the saying goes, it's the thought that counts — but if you wait until the last minute she will know and the night will be a fizzled Friday for you both.
Ever wonder what everybody else is doing Friday?
• 60 per cent of Canadians will celebrate the lovers’ holiday.
• 51 per cent plan to give candy, while 37 per cent are giving flowers.
• 20 per cent are giving jewellery.
• 55 per cent are will pick up a Valentine’s Day card.
• 40 per cent will be shopping at discount stores, while 30 per cent will do their gift- giving online.
Speaking of online, Google has been tracking Valentine’s Day searches. No big surprise that searches for chocolate have jumped in recent weeks.
For example, milk chocolate was searched 37 per cent more than dark chocolate in the past month. During that same period, the number of searches for "healthy chocolate" surged 110 per cent. Is there even such a thing as "healthy chocolate?" And, here’s a kicker; Google found a 7 per cent increase in searches for "chocolate bacon cookies." Now THAT is something to make for the love of your life. I’ll save you the search.
Here’s the recipe from the Cooking Channel:
• 10 ounces bacon
• 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
• Pinch cayenne pepper
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
• 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
• 2 large eggs
• 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats. Cut the bacon into 1/2-inch pieces. Cook in a large skillet until golden and crispy, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove to drain on paper towels, reserving the fat. Strain the fat (to remove the bacon bits) and chill in the fridge until set.
Whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder and cayenne in a small bowl. With an electric mixer, beat the butter, chilled bacon fat, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each egg. Slowly add the flour mixture and stir to combine. Stir in the bacon and chocolate chunks.Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving 3 inches between each one.
Bake until set, 8 to 12 minutes.
As for the most romantic place in the country this Valentine’s Day, the award goes to Victoria, B.C.
Although if you have family or friends in Winnipeg, chances are you won’t be able to get a hold of them Friday. They might be "busy".
Winnipeg came in at number two this year on the most romantic cities in the nation. Quite frankly this cold can’t hurt the love department. As long as it’s kept indoors.
The list was put together by Amazon, and its saes of romance novels, relationship books, and a collection of romantic music CDs.
This survey should also include adult boutiques. After all, there could be single people buying romance books and listening to Michael Bublé, but not many single people are buying leather chaps and ceiling mirrors.
Here’s the Top 10 Most Romantic Cities in Canada:
1. Victoria, BC
2. Winnipeg, MB
3. Niagara Falls, ONT
4. Lethbridge, AB
5. North Vancouver, BC
6. Saskatoon, SASK
7. Kamloops, BC
8. Langley, BC
9. Edmonton, AB
10. Regina, SASK
There’s no Brandon because the survey was done for cities with a population greater than 80,000. We really need some romance to have our population hit that mark.
Speaking of kids, when it comes to kids Valentine’s, they really "do say the darndest things."
If you get a handmade card from your young child this Friday with a simple Happy Valentine’s Day, consider yourself lucky.
Here’s an example of some brutally honest cards:
Love you mom. You relly have a good sence of hummer. You are the best. I love you mom so much. I hope nothing ever happens to you. - Amanda, Age 5
Mom and Dad you are lucky you are alive. I love you very much. Happy Valentine's Day. - Noah, Age 6
My eyes are blue, I love you, and when its time to go night night, you tuck me in at night very tight. I love you with all my heart. I love you more than sushi, and that's allot of love. Thanks you for everything. I Love you mommy. - Hanna Age 8
Hi Mommy! How was your day? If your wondering how my day was, it was great. I didn't get in trouble or talked to one time today. You're the best mom ever. - Reece, age 8
I love you mom. Roses are red, violets are blue. you're in the shape of a heart and I love you. - Tyler, Age 7
My second valentine is for Miss Johnson. She is a great teacher. She is not on the Jedi Council, but is great with the force. - Nicholas, Age 7
I love you more than rainbows and beautiful blue skies. I love you more than buttercups and butterflies. I love you more than a COW. - Henry, Age 6
Dear Mom, I love you. You're doing a good job at not burping at my bus stop. Happy Valentine's Day. - Steven Age 6
I love you with all my butt. I would say heart but my butt is bigger. - Christopher, Age 7
Thanks mom for making me food so I don't die. Happy Valentine's Day. - Tina, Age 6
JOKE THIS WEEK
A little boy was attending his first wedding. After the service, his cousin asked him, "How many women can a man marry?"
"Sixteen," the boy responded.
His cousin was amazed that he knew the answer so quickly. "How do you know that?"
"Easy," the little boy said.
"All you have to do is add it up, like the Preacher said: 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer."
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 8, 2014