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Double-Decker Coconut Berry Sandwich

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I’ve been single for two years.

Sure, I’ve gone on dates, and even a blind date.

But it’s been quite a while since my last serious relationship. I kinda like being single! (Not that I want to be single forever, but it’s fun for now.) My roommate is single at the moment, too, and so we were each others’ date for Valentine’s Day—for breakfast, at least.


I made us each a bowl of this: Hot Fudge Oatmeal.

It was a very low-key Valentine’s Day. Emily cleaned around the house, and I did blog work (including dealing with a giant tech-issue headache. Running this blog takes a lot more work than it might seem!) I also tested a few recipe experiments. The best one of the day was peanut butter maple fudge. Yummmmm…

Later, I incorporated the leftover strawberries into my lunch:

coconut butter sandwich


Double-Decker Coconut Berry Sandwich

(Really more of a concept than a recipe.)

  • Fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Soft coconut butter or Homemade Coconut Butter
  • Bread of choice
  • optional: jam, chocolate chips, etc.

To assemble the sandwich: Spread a layer of coconut butter on one or both slices of the bread (or pita, sandwich thin, etc. Optional: layer on some jam and/or chocolate chips. (You can also opt for a sprinkle of sugar or stevia if you have an extreme sweet tooth and want more of a cake-like sandwich.) Slice the strawberries on top and close up your sandwich. Eat!

For this particular sandwich, I used a Mrs. Bairds whole-grain grillin thin. They’re vegan, and they’re really good! (I’d originally bought the package so I could have a bun for my Amy’s Bistro burger at a party last week.)

coconut butter sandwich

That’s my giant salad in the background, with a boring (but delicious) olive-oil vinaigrette. Not the prettiest background choice for a photoshoot, but when I am hungry I don’t want to bother with a photoshoot. I just want to eat! (It’s one of the reasons I rarely post about my savory meals. Who wants to stop and take photos while your dinner gets cold?)

love sandwich

love sandwich

Question of the Day:

Would you rather be single or in a relationship?

Being single is definitely easier, but I don’t want to be single forever… I’ve set such high standards that sometimes I worry I will be! The things you have to work for are the most rewarding, and I guess it depends on the other person in the relationship. I’ve had some really fun, meaningful relationships and one that was not-so-great from the very beginning. (It was a high school fling, though, so maybe it shouldn’t even count!)

My favorite Valentine’s Day was when my boyfriend surprised me.

But this year, my single friends and I had a “girls-only” night, and that was pretty fun too. I made a chocolate truffle pie for the night… the recipe will be in tomorrow’s post!

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. I am single, but I’d rather be in a relationship. I’ve been single for way too long. most of my life. I’m at the point where I’d really just like someone to be there, someone to depend on! And that sandwich looks so delicious

  2. Being a married lady- it’s a wonderful thing to be in a relationship! I wouldn’t have it any other way! :)
    Your breakfast is looking delicious! Mmmmmm! I want a big bowl of those oats!

  3. When I was single I never really minded it, I would always go out with my girlfriends on Valentine’s day instead but I must admit it is very nice to spend it with my boyfriend this year, it made the day have more meaning!

  4. It’s like a healthy strawberry shortcake!!
    I can’t wait until summer when berries are back in season!!

  5. Michaela says:

    Looks so good!
    Being single definitely has a lot of positive sides to it. For example, I was travelling so much recently, constantly moving, too, so it was great that I was single. But I wish I was in a relationship, to be honest. I am ready to settle somewhere (with that I mean location-wise ;)) and would love to meet “the one” :)
    I think all singles should reunite on Valentine´s Day!!

  6. Relationship for sure, but there were MANY years I loved being single. I dated a lot, but never found that spark! But 1 year ago today I married my very best friend – so now I don’t want to spend another Valentine’s day alone!!

    Looks beautiful!


  7. I can’t say I mind being single at this point in my life. I am very independent and really love spending time with my friends a roommates a lot right now. I’m sure after college I’ll want the comfort of a relationship though.

  8. Elaine says:

    I am single and happy, but would not mind being in a relationship. I constantly have to remind myself there are men worth having out there…. My work exposes me to a constant stream of dead beat dad’s. I so need to change jobs.

  9. Ilana says:

    I was thinking, you know, it’s beautiful for people in relationships to use V-day as an excuse to dote upon eachother, but I think the true meaning of Valentine’s Day is about being open to the love all around you, particularly between you and people who you’re NOT in a significant relationship with, but more like how you relate to the rest of the world. So many people regard only small groups of people as worthy of attention and love and allow the rest of the world to pass by while others (you for instance!) are so full of love and openness for the world around them, it spills over everything they do.

  10. Kelsey @ Clean Teen Kelsey says:

    Katie! I miss you! I haven’t commented or blogged in forever. :( this post is great though. That sandwich looks to die for. I’m single, always have been, but i’m in high school still so I think that’s how it should be. :)

  11. Barb says:

    I’m all for being single and loving it – I think it makes you more comfortable with who you are, and really lets you find yourself. HOWEVER, i absolutely love being in a relationship and experiencing things with someone else. I think this is for me because I have a strong sense of who I am, and being with my boyfriend has actually enhanced me as a person, and not changed me :)

    Happy Valentines Day! <3

  12. Kimberly says:

    I’m married. I love it. BUT. . . I really loved being single. My high school students lament that they aren’t in a relationship when V Day rolls around, but my very best memory of Valentine’s day is when I was single. Made myself some super yummy dinner, ate a pint of ice cream, painted my toe nails and watched what ever I wanted! Sometimes I miss those days. Being single is fun, and being married is great!

  13. I’m married, and I absolutely LOVE married life. It’s like a sleepover with your best friend that never ends. I think it is awesome that you set high standards when it comes to dating. No need to settle!

    Coconut butter is the best – I ate it on a sweet potato last night.

  14. Crystal says:

    Hey Katie! New fan that is still going through the recipe mountains you’ve created in your blog so I can stuff my face with ooey-gooey healthy deliciousness! :)

    I am married, and I love being married. My husband and I have gone through many difficulties in our marriage (the hardest being long distance…while we were married…long story, but it has a very happy ending), and I think Valentines day is a commercial excuse for people to buy stuff. It may sound negative of me, but while we were apart we had to find creative ways to show each other our thoughts and feelings. So aside from many webcam dates with each other and our kids, we wrote each other snail-mail, sent each other homemade cards, one-liner “I’m thinking of you” emails, and surprise presents in the mail. And we were able to persevere through it, no matter how hard. Valentines Day for us, then, isn’t about getting presents because of a titled day….it’s just a reminder of everything we’ve gone through, and how much better each day is because of it.

    I hope that everyone finds what I have…because honestly, it’s great! :)

    And try the sandwich with your banana butter (which I made with almond/hazelnut butter instead of pb)…..DELISH!!!!!! Lol….it’s what I had for breakfast….. 😀

    1. I agree with you 100%! I feel like people use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to NOT pay attention to each other and show love to each other every other day of the year.

      It’s like, “Ok I’ve shown my love on Valentine’s Day. Now I’m good for the year.”

      But still, Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays… because of all the chocolate ;).

      1. Crystal says:

        Mmmm…chocolate!!! Have to agree with you on that one! 😉

  15. Lynn says:

    Having one year of marrige under my belt, I admit I still miss the single gal days… sometimes. Its not that going out with expectations of meeting Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong, but the joy of being around my other single friends and just letting go! I love my hubs, but every once in a while I need a good girls nite out!

  16. Tonya Parker says:

    I have been married for 8.5 years and I can’t imagine having spent that time with anyone else. So, while I loved the freedom of single-hood, married ain’t too shabby either.

  17. The hot fudge oatmeal looks delicious – I am so going to have to try that.

    I too am single and loving it (right now at least)! Sounds like you had a great Valentine’s Day with your roommate…that is my favorite way to spend the holiday also, with friends!

  18. Laurie says:

    I have to admit after being married for almost 17 years that I can’t imagine life any other way. I have an amazing husband who is so thoughtful and caring. We have our differences at times but he is my BEST friend. I have to admit that I didn’t ever really like being single. I was always on the lookout for Mr. Right and to me that was stressful.

    Thanks for such an amazing blog Katie. My kids LOVED the cornbread and cookie dough pie I made last night for Valentine’s day. In fact, my 7 year old said it was the BEST he had ever had. He will not eat beans, because in his opinion they taste yucky, so my secret ingredient is going to continue to stay a secret in that pie. Thanks for all of the fun and amazing recipes.

    1. Awww that makes me so incredibly happy!! :) :)

  19. Suzy says:

    “Old” married lady here, been with my sweetie for 16 years. I always thought I’d be single til I met him, he was my destiny.

    I am loving the idea of the strawberry sandwich, maybe even with a lil bit of that chocolate shaved on it.

    Thanks for a sweet and chocolatey giveaway!

  20. Moni'sMeals says:

    Great breakfast idea here!
    I have been married for 8 years (together 11) and I am so super lucky. I truly believe it happens when you least expect so keep that in mind. :)
    My guy is the best, but he is lucky too… I make bake and cook because I love it, BUT this means he is stoked too.
    We went to dinner last night, I opened his card and burst into tears AT the resturant! So UNLIKE me but what he wrote was so meaningful and romantic. ahhhhhh. :)

  21. Rebekah says:

    Mmm, yum!

    Loved what you said about being single vs. being in a relationship. I can so relate…Glad to know I’m not alone in my thoughts! :)

  22. Kaley Shoaf says:

    That strawberry sandwich also looks like a delicious breakfast!

  23. Samantha says:

    Single is the best thing for me right now and whether I love it or not I make the most of it. :)

    I took the time to read these comments because it makes me happy to see the relationship ones that are with their best friends and really happy. That would be worth striving for.

    Not sure what the future holds for me, but I work hard to make the most of it…even if I am single for life. :)

    1. I know! I feel the same way as you :). Reading these comments is giving me hope making me feel much less cynical. Especially when you look around America and see so many divorces, it’s nice to hear all these comments from people who are in great relationships.

      1. Samantha says:

        I know, there is some beautiful stories here. I came back to get caught up and read more. :)

  24. Renee Allen says:

    Being married is the ultimate best! (Is that redundant?) Being single is next, then dating or exploring relationships. Dating is full of highs and lows and a bit stressful, but it’s fun when it’s working well. Once you get married, you look back to those single/dating days and think, “I’m so glad I’m not there anymore.” It can be fun though! Enjoy whatever mode you are in! (which it sounds like you are :))

  25. That looks like the best, healthiest strawberry shortcake ever! Love it! I’m married now, and love it, but being single was fun. I actually LOVED dating, and always had so much fun. Especially in group dates. But marriage really is the best. Hope you continue to enjoy all the great things about being single! And hope you find someone special when you’re ready. :)

  26. I had been single for a LONG time but have been dating the same guy for two years. When you’re perpetually single, I think you fixate on what you don’t have and not what you do. As a single gal, you do have so much more freedom to do what you want, just worry about your own schedule, etc, etc… Of course, I’m really happy in my relationship so I wouldn’t want to go back, but I think the key takeaway is to remember there are good and bad things to both! Focus on the good, enjoy it, there is a LOT less drama being single too. :-)

  27. Yum!
    These both look great.
    I’m with you. You have to embrace your stage. I enjoyed my single Valentine’s before I was married and now I LOVE my forever Valentine.

  28. That’s my idea of a sandwich. It looks awesome!

    I’ve been married for what feels like a lifetime…oh wait, it has been :) I love my husband and feel blessed that we’ve made it work for a decade and a half of either being married or being together, and we have a beautiful daughter and I couldn’t imagine my life any other way!

  29. Coconut butter and strawberries? Yes, please!

  30. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE your blog. You make my mouth water every day! Not to mention, I get a giggle out of fooling my kids into eating healthy. :-) Thanks for the ammunition!

  31. Lisa Kline says:

    Random Question — I want to make the fudge, and I’ll need to make my own coconut butter as I’ve never seen it anywhere before!

    2 questions:

    1.) Where can you find already made coconut butter?

    2.) If I make my own, how do I store it?

    1. Lisa Kline says:

      Oh! And I prefer being in a relationship ONLY if it is a happy one. Otherwise, I’d rather be single.

      No settling!

      1. I buy Artisana brand, which I find at Whole Foods. You can buy it online too… or go to and contact them and they’ll tell you places in your area where you can get the coconut butter :).

        1. Oh, and you can store it in a glass jar, unfridged.

          1. Lisa Kline says:

            I’ll check Whole Foods this weekend…maybe Mom’s Organic has it…thanks!

  32. Raylene says:

    I’ve been in a relationship on Valentine’s Day for the past few years (although with different guys haha), but one of my favourite Valentine’s Days has to be the last year I was single and made up a poem about who needs a guy when we have chocolate, ice cream and each other 😀 I probably haven’t put that much thought into a Valentine’s card since that year! If In won the chocolate, I’d have to share it with her too! 😀

  33. Lauren Theis says:

    I would LOVE that chocolate…. but can you send me some of that Coconut Sandwich, too? Your meals and photos never cease to amaze. :)

  34. Tara says:

    I’m married – and it’s absolutely the way to go for me! Of course, it stinks for everyone else because I found Mr. Right and there was only one…j/k But, he’s absolutely the right one for me and though it’s not perfect, we grow together, and that’s what makes it a true love story I think :).

    1. Tara says:

      end here’s my email :)

    2. LOL!

      Well, maybe there’s a Mr. Almost Right left ;).

  35. Aja says:

    I’m in a relationship so I have to say I’d rather be in a relationship. :) Honestly, I love being in a relationship.

  36. I mentor a college student, and somehow during one of our sessions, she said that she was jealous that I’m engaged because she’s single, especially on Valentine’s Day. I told her that I didn’t meet “the one” until way after college. And that she has enough to deal with, more opportunities to explore to become a more well-rounded person so she’d have more to offer when she inevitably finds “the one” someday! Being in a relationship is great, but it shouldn’t mean that your life is any less full without one, just different.

  37. Shaina says:

    That sandwich looks so good I may ALMOST trade my wonderful husband.. well…. almost…. I wouldn’t, in all reality, trade him for the all of the tea (or money, these days) in China, even if he is bad for my vegan diet! Thank you for this blog, so that I can take him down this road with me even though he doesn’t know it (what he doesn’t know is good for him :)

  38. Betsy says:

    Both are great! Beware of “the grass is always greener” way of thinking…there are pros and cons to being single and being in a relationship! Somehow though, the more men I meet, the more I like my dog.

    Also, the frosting shots were a HIT last night!

  39. Gabrielle says:

    I love your optimism, Katie! I have dated a lot but never been in a long-term relationship, and even though I’m lonely sometimes, I’m honestly really enjoying the single life right now. I’m living abroad right now, and it’s great to be doing my own thing! I look forward to someday being in a committed relationship, and then married, but I’m enjoying my early 20s as a single gal right now. :)

  40. Autumn says:

    I am sure that your standards are not to high! I was told all of the time that I would be single forever because my standards were way too high… but I never lowered them and I celebrated my 2 year wedding Anniversary this past Monday (Feb. 13th). My uncompromising criteria was …. A good Christian gentleman… that I thought was attractive… made me laugh… and didn’t smoke. I am soo glad I didn’t lower them or compromise. There will always be compromise…. But be careful what you compromise on.
    Also being single was great… you don’t always realize that when you are single. You can still be lonely in a marriage… a husband does not replace the spot in your heart that is meant for your girlfriends… God makes a new spot for your husband.

    Don’t rush…. It all happens when it’s supposed to. God might still be preparing him to be your husband!!

  41. Heather says:

    Katie – I just ordered some product from Nutiva called Coconut Manna – can that be used as coconut butter in your recipes?

    1. I *think* it’s the same, but I’ve never actually tried it.

      1. heather says:

        Thanks! I will give it a try and see! Thanks for the response! Much appreciated!

        1. Nathalie says:

          I can say it is the same! Taste is a bit different from Artisana, but it IS coconut butter =D

  42. That looks like a heavenly lunch!! I’ve actually never had a boyfriend around Valentines Day, so I guess when I say I like spending it alone I don’t know what I’m missing! There’s something to be said, though, about just pampering yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed my V-Day without a man 😀

  43. Kelly says:

    I am single for 2 years also. Like you also, my best friend is single too. We are having a great time together. But I know if she wasn’t single too It would be harder.

  44. Sherry says:

    CHOCOLATE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUM!

  45. Katherine D. says:

    I totally boycotted valentines day. But I’m loving the chocolate giveaway – consider me entered!

    katherinedibello (at) gmail (Dot) com

  46. Sandy B says:

    It’s been so long that I’m not so sure about relationships; we’ll see! So, I guess I would like to be single with someone for benefits! (And those benefits also include fixing the hot water tank, lifting heavy things, etc.).

    Question: You coconut butter looks moist and spreadable. How does that work when you’re just pulsing coconut? I obviously haven’t tried doing this myself yet, but I will.

    1. I actually used Artisana this time. It’s solid when cold, but if you warm it up it gets soft and melty.
      But it works the same when you use homemade… at least, it should!

  47. Amber K says:

    I love my husband, so it was definitely fun spending the day together. But back when I was single I never did anything fun on Valentine’s Day. I might actually have enjoyed the day if I’d planned to get together with my other single friends back then.

  48. Ohh that sandwich looks delicious and makes me think that I *must* try coconut butter very soon! I’m single and have been for a little while now. My life is full with great things and I’m very busy but I also would love someone to share it with! Here’s hoping they come along this year!

  49. Sara B says:

    Definitely in love with your blog! I have an amazing husband who shows me all year long how much he loves me not just today! If your significant other only appreciates you on valentines day they are failing the other 364 days of the year!

  50. vogelstar says:

    I think that when you are in a place in your life where you are completely comfortable with being by yourself, you are better able to spot someone to welcome into your life because he or she will just sort of meld in – that’s what happened with me at least.

    PS I made a modified version of your one minute mocha cake for my valentine yesturday and he devoured it, you can see a photo of it though mine sort of exploded so I called it a molten lava cake :)

    1. It’s adorable!!

      I love his quote, too :).

  51. I agree with you: taking photos when you want to eat is so hard! So many of my pics come out just so-so because I wasn’t patient enough to set things up nicely. It takes strong willpower to be a food photographer when you just want the subject matter in your mouth!

  52. Samantha says:

    Been in a relationship for almost 2 years now with my on again off again high school sweet heart, and I LOVE it mostly because I’m head over heels for him :) Hopefully this time it sticks, I’m staying optimistic!

    And by the way, for our valentines day dessert I made your famous chocolate bar pie and topped it with raspberry cheesecake sauce..he said it was one of the best desserts he’s ever had, and I have to agree, thanks for making our tummies happy haha <3

  53. Meg says:

    I am so excited! I have been wanting to try the sweet riot chocolate (and here it is, on my favorite chocolate blog, of course!) not to mention these yummy recipes… thanks!

  54. Bridget says:

    Being single has some great benefits, but with the right guy, you never really give them up. He should encourage your independence and understand the importance of girl time as part of your life. So to me, with a marriage you are only gaining, not losing!

  55. Erica says:

    I’d love to be entered in to win! And, I am in a loving serious relationship, and have a beautiful daughter who was a surprise! Ooops, but being single was nice, enjoy it! :)

  56. Elizabeth says:

    I do like being in a relationship, don’t get me wrong, but being single is definitely not a bad thing. There was a day when I realized, “I have the option to date (or not date) anybody I want!” and it made me feel so empowered!

    (Good thing I love my boyfriend very much, and I enjoy choosing not to date anybody else ;). That’s always a plus!)

  57. Oh girl, I’ve been single for 18 months and like you have gone on dates but my standards are high. I’ve been burned pretty darn badly in the past, but have had 3 serious long-term relationships. I don’t live in a city that is super easy to meet people in but I still have faith that I’ll meet the right person when the time is right! But I hear you on having such high standards that I sometimes worry about it never happening haha!

    It is also a LOT easier to enjoy being single when you have single friends! A lot of my friends are coupled up but I always REALLY enjoy my time with the friends I have that are single.

    I love your berry sandwich, it looks like a good old-fashioned English cream tea that I would enjoy growing up (my parents are Brits!).

  58. Cheeze says:

    I loved being single but when i saw my guy for the first time, i knew something was up! I’ve had a handful of experiences where I’ve seen someone and felt a small jolt of lightning hit me. I remember feeling so weird I had to sit down. I got to know him through friends we became acquaintances. About a year later he had been single for a while and so was I, I started telling myself that we would start dating and fall in love. I started psyching myself up. Then I, MYSELF, asked him out at a party we were both at…..flash forward 9 years and he still tells me loves me every day . So always go after what you want!!!

    ps. Made a single blackberry/cranberry muffin yesterday that was ahhmazzing…thanks!!!

  59. whitney says:

    I just bought some strawberries, im excited to try this oatmeal recipe for breakfast tomorrow!

  60. i’ve been in a relationship for 15 years, but before we met i was single for a long time and my longest relationship was 2 months. don’t settle – you’ll meet the right person eventually so enjoy your bachelorette days while you can!

  61. Nathalie says:

    I’ve been single my whole life. Unless you count one really (really really) short stint where I guy I liked said he also liked me. This was right before he moved halfway across the country. Better to have loved and lost, I suppose? Girls’ night is DEFINITELY fun though. I’ve been having pudding-and-movie nights with other girl teachers I’m friends with, recently ^_^ Your recipes have been a hit with them!

    This recipe amuses me because you see concoctions like this in the convenience stores, here in Japan! They’re usually cream and strawberries, and maybe custard too. Sometimes they use mikan (mandarin oranges), and/or other mixed fruit. It’s almost a standby.

    1. Ahhhhh mikans! Those were my absolute favorite things when I was a little girl in Japan. Thanks for mentioning them and bringing back the memory :).

  62. Mmmm…that sandwich looks absolutley delicious. I will definitely be re-creating that in my own kitchen! :-) Divine! <3 I love being in a relationship, but it can definitely be challenging and hard! I've only ever had one boyfriend in my whole life, who I met at 24 (so I spent lots of time as a happy and content single lady!) and who I'm still with at (nearly!) 27 – love is definitely a learning curve, but incredbily beautiful, rewarding, and amazing. :-) I love being with Tom – he is my best friend! :-) So glad you had a lovely day, and thank you again for this gorgeous sweet-tooth treat – I'm so looking forward to eating this! 😀 xyx

  63. Angel says:

    Comment, comment, comment. (Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate!) : ) Relationship? I’m married, so I have to go with yes, relationship – although I admit that sometimes it is really hard. My husband and I are almost total opposites on most things – except our faith. That one thing is enough, though, to help us through the tough times.

  64. I like both! I was single for three years and loved it but also felt lonely at times, of course. I’m in a relationship now and wouldn’t trade it for anything. Both are important to figure out what you want and who you are. I think!

  65. I know what you mean about setting yourself high standards…but there is just no point in settling for anything less? i’d rather be single than in a relationship because i ‘feel as though i should be’. I’m single at the moment and to be honest that’s pretty ok with me because i have so much more of me to figure out and another person would be a distraction, but i have to admit there are times when i’d like a soulmate. when it happens it happens…c’est la vie! I belive in the whole ‘be happy with yourself and the rest will fall into place’ philosophy.

  66. Albizia says:

    I have been single for way too long following the principle “Better off alone than in bad company” but I am not a teenager anymore and I feel like being in a peaceful relationship that gives more meaning to my life. Unfortunately, I still cannot find Mr. Right. I would be happy to share the Valentine’s day treats with him.

    Peanut butter maple fudge? This sounds good. I can’t wait to see the result.

  67. Nancy says:

    Hold onto your high standards, you will meet the right guy at the right time! I married a nice guy when I was 21, but he wasn’t the right one for me, we divorced 6 years later. No big drama, just not right. Later the same year I met Mr. Right, and we have been married for 23 years! In my Valentine yesterday, he told me, “I am hopelessly in love with you, I cannot imagine spending the rest of my life without you in it! I am head over heels in love with all of you, from your nose to your toes!”- that was how most of it went. I cried! We have 2 terrific kids, one is now in college, one in high school. There have been some challenges, some disagreements along the way, etc., but we have always respected each other, and most of all TALKED with each other. Listen to your intuition. Talk about your futures, your plans, your dreams, and about REALITY. Who will clean the house? Seriously, day to day stuff is so important to discuss! My first hubby and I fought about what he thought was “women’s work” often! It was because of his culture. I tell my kids to not date anybody they would not marry, because there is this quirky thing called “falling in love” that makes you kind of see with tunnel vision sometimes. You have to think with your head, because at some point, a lot of the thinkgs you think are funny about that person might not be anymore. Okay, I am done! I wish you the BEST, and I will be a frequent visitor since I just found your blog, and I am sharing with my friends. I also pinned some things on Pinterest. Hugs!

    1. Aww thanks, Nancy. I love your advice to not date anyone you wouldn’t marry. It’s so true… it happens so often that everyone else can see a guy (or girl) is bad news, but the other person in the relationship is blinded by love!

  68. Mags0277 says:

    i read this blog everyday! i really love chocolate and make the chocolate cake recipe almost every night hehehe. but i would love to win the CHOCOLATE BARS!

  69. Keith says:

    I cannot believe how many beautiful single women visit this blog. Not to mention our beautiful, single hostess.


    That said, as seemingly the only guy on here, I like being in a relationship, but I’m not a fan of Valentine’s Day…but that’s mainly b/c I don’t think there needs to be an excuse to be romantic or sexy or playful or what-have-you just one day a year. I don’t confine that stuff to special occasions or phony holidays.


    1. Crystal says:

      Keith, keep up that attitude (and more friendly, flattering words) and you’ll find more than one of these “beautiful, single women” will end up emailing you! 😉

      1. Keith says:

        Come to me, my pretty. Mwhah-hahahaaa.

        Er…or something more suave.

        Fingers crossed, Crystal.

  70. Caitlin says:

    The strawberry sandwich looks delicious! Definitely going to try the coconut butter! And I would love to try a Sweet Riot chocolate bar! =)

  71. Rebecca says:

    Easier? Ha! Relationships do require some work—but being single is *definitely* more difficult AND more expensive! You have to clean, fix, etc. everything in your home/apartment yourself (and pay for it all yourself! Splitting the rent for a 1-bedroom apartment sounds HEAVENLY!). Cooking for one is way more expensive and you can’t split the cooking and other similar chores (although, personally, I don’t consider cooking a chore). Always having to be the one to take off work to wait for repairmen, installation appointments…doing all of the pet walks/care…and so on and so forth.

    Trust me, I could go on and on…

    Sorry—but it always drives me crazy when people say “Oh, I envy being single.” Guess what?!?!? You can CHOOSE to get out of your relationship and be single. You can’t just choose to be in a relationship and—poof—a boyfriend/girlfriend appears.

    So, yes, relationships take work. But so does being single—and you don’t even have anyone to share the burden (of cost, chores and life).

  72. Isabella says:

    Hello! I’ve been reading this blog for months, and I just realized that I have never commented on it! Anyway, I am currently single, but I’m also 19 so I’m not in a rush :) And this was the first Valentines Day in a while that I didn’t have a sweetheart! No worries though because right now I’m in New Orleans celebrating Mardi Gras 😀

    And I gotta say that your recipes are amazingly flipping FANTASTIC!

  73. Kristabel says:

    I have been looking for recipes to use the coconut butter that I received, I am finding so many good ones on your blog!

  74. Jon says:

    Wow, that looks pretty tasty! I am sure you will soon have people knocking at your door with cooking skills like that! As for the question of the day, I have been married for almost 12 years and would not change it for the world!

  75. Kat says:

    I am engaged to my fiance of 6 years. we are getting married this September. I hope to NEVER be single again. The last time I was single was a short time right after graduating high school when my ex and I split up after a 2 year relationship, and I dated someone online for a month before meeting my fiance in college. I haven’t truly been single since before I was 16… I don’t know how to be single.

  76. Kaity W says:

    From the time I hit grade 6 I always “had” to be in a relationship; which looking back, especially with multiple younger sisters who are now around that age, seems so gosh awful. Obviously in grade school they were nothing serious but I was a serial monogamous dater. When one ended I just slipped right into another one with no time to deal with the aftermath! I loved being a “we” and never a “me”… up until a long and serious relationship ended with someone I very much adored. So I was out of school, in the real world, for the first time actually mourning the end of a great relationship and before I knew it a year had passed and I absolutely LOVED being single. It was great! I was actually really dreading getting close enough for a relationship to bloom because I was enjoying living my life and putting myself first, chasing what I wanted to do in life.
    Nooowwww, I’m married to my best friend of 8 years and I wouldn’t change a thing. I think it’s all about the mindset. If you love yourself and your life as a “me” it will be just as great as an “us”, you transition with your mindset no matter what the circumstance. Hence “you can’t run away from your problems, they only follow you”. If you’re an unhappy single you’ll be an unhappy couple!
    I’m really appreciative for that long stretch of singledom.

  77. Emilia says:

    I definitely enjoy my single Valentine’s Day, though I choose to celebrate the holiday as love for everyone around me, not just a single individual, no matter what. This sandwich looks delicious, like a more exciting version of PB & J, I’m in! :)

  78. Jessica says:

    I have been married for 3 years next month, and it is wonderful! But, like most everyone else, the single years were pretty great. Living alone, with my own space was nice. I am a clean freak and I could keep my apartment spick and span without anyone messing it up. I am learning to not be such a control freak, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

  79. ashley says:

    V Days with gal pals are always a good thing. Especially when yummy breakfasts are involved!

    I’m currently dating and having a lot of fun with that. After getting out of a 3.5 year relationship in 2010, it’s been important to date and have fun. I’m excited to get back into a relationship at some point, but want it to be the right time with (hopefully) the right person!


  80. Melissa says:

    I’m gonna try this tomorrow, can’t wait! =)

  81. Meg says:

    I understand using a sandwich thin for this recipe but why on earth wouldn’t you bring a normal-sized whole wheat vegan bun to the party?

    1. I don’t know if you’re a vegan, too… If you are, you know how difficult it is to find vegan burger buns at a normal (non-health-food) grocery store. My kroger doesn’t sell any, and I had no time to go to Whole Foods. I bought these as a way to fit in at the party, so I wasn’t the only one eating a bun-less burger ;).

      1. Sara Dane says:

        I was wondering what bread you used in the picture…what are your favorite vegan breads? Any chance you know of any vegan and gf bread products?

        1. I think it was Mrs. Bairds. Orowheat sandwich thins are vegan, too… as is their double fiber bread and their whole wheat bread. Or Rudi’s makes some great vegan breads. I don’t know about gf vegan breads, though :-?.

  82. Kate says:

    I have a amazing fiance and I love him so much!