Dana Slatkin

Ten Farmgirl Finds for Valentine’s Day

It’s hard not to love Valentine’s Day. But when did it become as material as Christmas? Do you really need to go out and buy another swoon-worthy present for your soulmate? Or load up the kids with more toys?

I say it’s a perfect holiday to spend in the kitchen, making a meal from the heart. Tell your Valentines how much you love them on paper. Give out plenty of hugs. Then treat yourself instead.

And don’t forget to kiss the cook!

Here are a few goodies on my wish list….(if you want more info, click on the name)

polaroid instant print camera1. Polaroid Instant Print Camera with 5 packs of film

Definitely on top of my most wanted list! This retro camera may keep my photo albums from extinction. It comes in a rainbow of colors, but the cherry red is so lovable.

2. Set of 6 Wooden Spoons

I’d rather receive a bouquet of these lovely long-stemmed spoons than roses. You can’t lick flowers!

groovy glass vase3. Groovy Glass Vase

Simple and stylish, this vase makes any garden stems look tasteful. No danger of it tipping over, either.

swiss army knife4. Victorinox Swiss Army Lite Pocket Knife in Red

How do you fit a knife blade, scissors, nail file, screwdriver, toothpick, tweezers, pen and light in 2 ¼ inches? Ask the Swiss. All I know is this makes me look like a hero nearly every day of the week. Comes with a lifetime guarantee.

dry oil spray5. Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil Spray

This blend of natural oils beats all the expensive creams and potions I used to use, hands down. It comes in a spray so you can apply it sparingly and evenly. It will last a long time, but since I’m out, it’s on my wish list.

nutrituional yeast6. Nutritional Yeast Seasoning

If you haven’t seen this mentioned in a vegan recipe, or you ignored it because it sounds so unappetizing, time to give it a go. Nutritional yeast is a game-changer for your cooking. Salty, nutty and cheesy all in one, it adds umami goodness to salads, dressings, avocado toast, popcorn, eggs, you name it. Plus it’s full of B vitamins and protein. When I tried it in this recipe, I knew I needed more.

kombu7. Kombu Seaweed

Fall in love with seaweed? Yep, here’s another superfood that packs enough flavor and nutrition to earn its place in my pantry. Kombu is high in iodine, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. It helps make your beans more digestible. And the thick long strips are easy to sneak in and out of soups, cooking water for pasta and rice, beans, and marinara sauce. Not just another pretty sea vegetable.

toothpaste8. Nature’s Gate Toothpaste (Anise Flavor))

You’re probably laughing that there’s toothpaste on my list. But I can’t get enough of this one. And I wish more of my friends would use it, so their breath would smell like a box of Good + Plenty too. A must for Valentines kissing!

lip gloss9. By Terry Lip Gloss

A friend turned me on to this rose-scented gloss and now it’s an addiction. I’m saving up so I can put one in my purse, car, bathroom, and kitchen drawer.

prep bowls10. Rainbow Prep Bowls

This time of year, rainbows of any kind are needed! The colors of these adorable prep bowls make me happy. I use them all the time in my classes and on the dining table — for salt and pepper, chile flakes, and my kids’ daily vitamins. I should probably stop giving them away as gifts.

Share with our readers some of the goodies on your Valentine’s wish list in the box below!

Happy Valentine’s Day, and thank you for being my Valentines!

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  1. JOHN says:

    Hi Dana:
    My computer had a fit and sent out my message before I was finished.

    Thanks for the perspective of a woman who realizes paying an exorbitant amount for roses that will be dead in a few days, or paying double the usual menu prices for a prix fixe meal (which restaurants do on all special occasions) is not a sign of love – its just what “is expected” a guy will do – IF HE KNOWS WHAT’S GOOD FOR HIM. Love is expressed every day in many and varied ways…not with a $$$$, but with a concerned and caring thought. That being said, few women see Valentine’s Day as a commercial trap..they just want to be reassured someone cares. Necessity to celebrate is not the same as thoughtful unprovoked emotions and caring. Thanks…and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Dana Slatkin says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more, John. Hope you’re feeling the love this week!

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