Friday, February 7, 2020

Oatmeal Salted Caramel Donuts - Valentine's Day Love It or Leave it? Feb SSS

Hey guys, yes speaking to the fella's and some of the ladies, Valentine's Day is a week away. Y'all do realize that right? I say that because life gets so busy and we roll from one day to the next not taking notice of the actual date unless we have to put it in a document or SHOCK write it down somewhere. At least this is how life has been working for me the last few months. I look up and think, wait, what?! It's the 7th of February?! HOW did that happen? When was the first? Oh yeah last Saturday. Geez...

So, with that being said. Valentine's Day, the day that retailers figured out long ago was a BIG money maker. Love, romance, show her how much you care with a diamond from Kay and so on.
How do you feel about Valentine's Day? Me? Let's explore this with some background...

Growing up my mom made a big deal out of every holiday. No joke. If nothing else, there was a wreath on the door, for every occasion and or holiday, and some sort of decorations on the entertainment center or console TV depending on the year. I received a card and she mailed one to her parents, each sister and each of her nieces and nephews. Once we got older, she added one to each grandchild. She still does it, her decorations have gotten more elaborate or tacky and she has a big container full for each holiday. She wears sweater vest in the winter along with a turtle neck to correspond with each holiday or event upcoming. Yes, she's one of those old ladies. Her earrings are always matching and her socks. Don't ask.

So when my boys were little, I did similar things. The door wreath, which I made, cards, which I made, a small treat, which usually was some sort of Russell Stover's chocolate.
Now the boys are grown and gone. I no longer do these things as they have expressed that "it was great when I was little" meaning mom please stop.
I only 'decorate' for Christmas, but I do have a wreath or garden flag for each season.

With all that being said, Valentine's Day for me is okay IF you tell your friends and family ALL year that you love them and care. I don't want flowers, a card, candy and special items on one day to prove your love for me. I want to "feel" like I matter ALL year long. Do I appreciate a special dinner, flowers, card, jewelry (hint hint) on Valentine's Day but it is not necessary.

Many times we have opted to go out on a different day to celebrate, reason? Crowds which we are neither one fond of and the price. We are cheap LOL I refuse to pay $49.95 for a steak dinner that on the 10th or 17th is only $19.95. It is frugal, it is being a good steward of things we are blessed with. 

We do something this time around that we forgot last time. We focus on each other, maybe not every single day, but in a way yes. We talk, laugh, cry, argue (yes we do) agree and agree to disagree in some areas. We respect one another, show love, care and concern for one another. Every day. Not just February 14th.

So where VD LOL Valentine's Day is concerned, I could take it or leave it.
Recipe at the bottom...

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        Oatmeal Salted Caramel Donuts
2/3 cup oats
2 TBSP steel cut oats
1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP of self rising flour
1 TBSP brown sugar or substitute
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp  vanilla extract
2 TBSP unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup milk, whatever you use, I use oat milk unsweetened
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
This will make 6 donuts. Grease the pan.
Spoon the mixture in each well. Spread if need be.
Place 5 salted caramel chips in each donut. or use whatever you would like. This recipe in the WW app recipe builder comes out to 2 points for 1 or 3 points for 2. Using the ingredients I had on hand. Always scan as some flour is higher in points.
Bake for 16 minutes.
You could ice these if you'd like but it will add points. I thought they were great as is.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I agree that we need to make each other a priority year round, but I also have to admit that I love the Valentine's Day stuff, getting cards, roses, all the trappings.
    This year we're skipping the dinner out too, Hubs is picking dinner up and we'll eat here in peace and quiet. Hopefully surrounded by cards and roses.

  2. Valentine's Day is not as big in Switzerland as it is in The U.S.
    Our retailers do like to sell some chocolate, flowers and jewellery, but the average Swiss guy is very good at ignoring this circus. "I don't need a designated day" they say. As long as they make an effort during the year once in a while that's fine. If not, it wouldn't kill them to at least write a nice card.

    I do hope you're going to have a nice V-Day!

  3. My mom celebrated all the holidays-big or small-and even tho Valentine's isnt my fave, I still love sending out care packages to all my nieces and nephews so they can get a little spoiled. I totally agree we should show love all year round but I think it's okay to splurge a little. 💕

  4. We almost never celebrate Valentine’s Day. We celebrate “Day After Valentine’s Day” with half off candy.

  5. Valentine's Day just has always seemed like a made-up Hallmark holiday, allowing merchants and such to rake in the bucks for it. I get the idea, but the markup in pricing seems crazy just to go out for a night on a weird holiday. Go out a few days after or before and enjoy it just the same!