I met my husband when I took a Human Performance tennis class at Baylor. I had switched my scheduled class last minute to be with my friends. Hey, no shame. During class I kept lopping balls off toward other courts and this nice guy would toss them back as I ran like a dope after them.
That same guy thought I was doing it on purpose. I wasn’t…I am just miserable at tennis. Though I wasn’t purposefully hitting balls in his direction, I did notice that he was very sweet.
I was in my flirty stage that semester. I had a newfound confidence from working with guys at summer camp that I hadn’t had since coming from an all girls high school. I claim that that’s what made me open my big mouth and start chatting him up one day. Five and a half years later, we are married and still best buddies.
There’s your sap.
The thing about our relationship is that he always comes up with far better gifts for me than I do for him. I just can’t figure out what to give him. He’s humble, he’s not self-serving in any way, (aka humble), he likes tools, and he likes when I bake for him. These things go into finding a way to show him love.
Most often, I choose to go the baking route to show him love. For smaller holidays or every day little celebrations, I like to show him love with this simple gesture.
Though not every significant other is just like mine, I would suggest that most aren’t going to turn down your baked goods. 🙂
Today I’m sharing a little Valentine’s Day surprise that you can make very easily for your significant other.
Valentine’s Day Cinnamon Rolls
Here’s what you will need:
-One Can/Roll of Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls (I buy a smaller roll but feel free to go big!)
-A baking sheet or round cake pan
-Red Food Coloring (optional)
It really is that simple.
-The first thing I do is to crack open my can/roll of cinnamon rolls and lay them on a baking sheet. As I use a smaller package, I do not have enough rolls to fill a round cake pan so this is my method.
-Next I preheat the oven to 375 degrees for my nonstick sheet. Follow the directions on the can as they differ for sheets used, etc.
-The cinnamon rolls should bake for 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them to make sure the bottom of your rolls aren’t getting too crispy.
-Once done baking, allow the rolls to cool for a few minutes before icing. While waiting you can add a few drops of red food coloring to your icing and mix with knife or spoon.
-Use a knife to spread the icing onto the roll in a heart shape. Your rolls will still be warm enough to soften the icing. The heart will typically spread and drip a little bit but this is okay. Plan on serving immediately or freezing to keep the heart from drooping too much.
-Serve to your beau!
This is so so stupid easy and just a fun way to add some Valentine’s Day cheer to the rolls. It’s a simple and nice gesture to feed to your person too!
Looking for some other simple love ideas for your significant other? Check these out.
- Do a chore for them that they don’t enjoy. Every one of us has a chore we do not like to do. Mine is vacuuming. His is ehhhh probably laundry. When you serve the person you love in some way it says to them that you are thinking about them.
- Write a nice card or note. It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to do this. I love to surprise my husband with a note in his wallet or his car visor that tells him I’m proud of him and hope he has a good day. He even saves them which is sweet but embarrassing when I write it on a scrap of paper.
- Block out a time when you can be together with no distractions like phones, homework, tasks, etc. How often do we give people only part of our attention? I touched on this with loving on kids, but the same goes for adults: listening and spending time together makes such a difference. You can play a game together or just eat and chat.
- Give a little gift. I enjoy this probably more than he does, but I love getting little presents and tokens. I also like to do this for others…especially when it’s a surprise or not required. Little tokens like someone’s favorite coffee or a new book by an author they like can make someone’s day. When you give gifts that demonstrate thinking about that person, it shows you care about them.
I’m not sure if any of you all noticed, but these suggestions actually align with a VERY popular book by Gary Chapman called The 5 Love Languages. This book talks about how we each experience love in different ways. My crafting and baking for both the kids and hubs in my life suggest I really like to show love through gifts. This is because I often experience love through gifts – yep. I like stuff, experiences, all of that jazz. My husband, though he likes my baking, shows his love and experiences love in different ways. For him, though the baked good is nice, he likes that I am fulfilling a need for him -that of eating. I am serving him in some way. I know that may sound old school, but it really is a super interesting concept and something that can help you better understand those around you.
I hope these suggestions help as you look toward making the special person in your life feel valued this Valentine’s Day. I recommend checking out the book if you haven’t already and seeing if you learn something new along the way.
What are ways you like to show those around you love daily?