Everyone warns you that romance evaporates when you have a baby. They caution you to keep the spark alive in your marriage and to not let the baby darn you of that will to live. Seems a little dramatic to us but then again that hasn’t been close to our experience. Yes, we can’t dote on each other like we used to when it was just the two of us but that doesn’t mean we’re skipping St. Valentine’s Day this year. In fact we’re actually planning a whole Valentine’s Week of sorts that starts on Saturday morning with a trip to Dunwell’s Doughnuts after baby swim class or maybe a visit to the new vegan cafe Little Choc Apothecary for spiced hot cocoa and peanut butter banana crepes. Then we’re taking a drive to Montauk to show our baby the ocean for the first time. There will be presents of course of TBA later, I’m making a special vegan cheesecake (Recipe being posted this Friday) and a collection of Madeline books* for the littlest Shannon.
We’re making some of our favorite dinners like Vegano Pozole Verde (pictured above), Kale & Lemon Pesto Pasta with Heirloom Tomatoes and Belgium Vegan Sweet Potato Stoemp with Sausages. We’re experimenting with some new smoothie ideas and we plan on posting the best ones. We’re treating ourselves to a marathon of new Face Off episodes because well – it’s awesome.
But you guys hear about us all the time… this post is all about getting some hints, tips and ideas from some of the coolest vegans around like cookbook author and vegan baking revolutionary Julie Hasson, The adorable couple behind Upton’s Naturals Seitan Dan Staackmann and Nicole Sopko, Vegan Mos Ethan Ciment and Michael Suchman and introducing the new honorary Shannon/our 1st ever assistant – Danielle Legg!
There’s a lot of great ideas here for treating your sweetie right this Valentine’s Day but this is our 5th year doing this feature and you can always click here to check out past editions to see what other superstar vegans like Isa Moskowitz , Colleen Patrick Goudreau, The Herbivore Clothing Company’s Josh Hooten and Michelle Schwegmann , Vaute Couture‘s Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, Terry Hope Romero, Our Hen House‘s Jasmin Singer and Mariann Sullivan and so many more!