Ever feel like time just breezes past you? I feel like I just blinked and I’ve been married to the man of my dreams for almost 9 months now. I feel like I’m finally settling in to my new home in Westchester, New York. And I feel like I couldn’t ask for anything else in the world.
I’m overwhelmed thinking about how blessed I am. All of my needs are met, and then some. Right now I’m sitting in a warm apartment cuddled up next to the absolute cuddliest dog in the world while my hard-working husband studies on the couch beside me. This is my family. Just as of 9 months ago. And every day of those 9 months I am reminded of how grateful I am for this life.
Moving away from friends and family was huge. But having no one to rely on besides each other was the best thing we could do for our marriage. I think to all the spits and spats we’ve had the last 9 months (which weren’t a lot), but being on our own has helped us learn how to be adults and what our relationship looks like down to the core.
I’m literally just laughing to myself thinking of our first little spat of marriage. It was on our honeymoon in California in the car as we drove from Camarillo up the US-1 to San Francisco. If you haven’t ever driven the US-1 that HAS to be on your bucket list! Literally soo beautiful! Anyways, we were driving and I was apparently supposed to be the Navigator in the relationship since I was in the passenger seat. I don’t know what it was, but I found out how GPS illiterate I was in that car on that drive. We’d been traveling North of course, but then all of a sudden started to see the ocean on our right, indicating we somehow had changed direction and were now going the opposite direction of our destination. How that happened, I have no idea. But in that car, in that moment, I realized if it was my job to work for peace in my new marriage with this man, I needed to step up my game as navigator.
Since then, my navigational challenges are laughed at by both of us more than the cause of a fight. The most freeing thing in a relationship is being able to laugh with each other at our faults. I know that when I pull a “Victoria” and do one thing or another, Paul is there to accept me regardless. I can be my goofy self, forgetful self, or clumsy self and feel ok. I feel blessed knowing that no matter what, I have my best friend there beside me.
Here today, as Valentine’s Day is coming up, I can’t help but think about the love of my life and all that we’ve shared this last year. We don’t have a lot, yet we are so content. We didn’t have many friends in our new home at first, but we’ve found joy in each other’s company and the little things. Both of us are busy, yet we’ve made a way to spend time with each other and fill each other’s “love tanks”.
It’s so easy to get caught up in material things with relationships. It’s easy to compare relationships and grow in jealousy. It’s easy to have endless want, instead of endless joy. Living in the richest county in the nation has taught me one thing. Love cannot be bought. And Joy doesn’t have a price tag. The biggest investment you can make is to invest in those you love by finding joy in the little things.
Today I have for you a little joy in the form of a yummy Valentine’s Day dessert. I, personally, probably find way too much joy in food and fun colors and shapes and textures. So this treat has it all!
It’s not your regular cheesecake.
But still packs on the decadence.
Made with a creamy cashew center, flavored with rich cacao powder, and colored with red beets…that’s right, beets! Your mind is going to blow with the fact that this cheesecake is also gluten free and dairy free.
Valentine's Red Velvet CheesecakePrint Recipe
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1 tbs cacao powder
- 2 cups cashews
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 tbs maca powder*
- 1 tbs cacao powder
- 2 tsp beet powder*
- 2 tbs maple syrup
- festive valentine's sprinkles
Start by soaking cashews overnight or for 8 hrs. Once soaked, drain water.
Prepare a 6 inch spring-form pan by lining it with parchment paper.
Now to make the crust. Blend dates, pecans, and cacao powder in a food processor until combined.
Spoon mixture into the bottom of prepared pan and press to the sides. Set aside.
For the center, blend cashews with coconut milk, vanilla, almond extract, maca powder, and maple syrup.
Divide mixture in half.
To one half add cacao powder and beet powder.
Spoon red mixture onto crust in spring-form pan.
Top with the vanilla-almond mixture.
Spread sprinkles on top.
Set in the freezer for 4 hours until set.
To serve, allow to sit out for 15 mins.
*Maca powder is rich in vitamins B, C, & E, as well as calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It is not necessary for this recipe to turn out delicious, but adds to the creamy texture and health benefits. *You can exchange the beet powder for beet juice. I like beet powder because it is more convenient for adding to recipes and can be added to water to create juice if desired for drinking. You can purchase the beet powder I used to make this recipe in the SHOP menu tab.
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