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Danish Christmas Day Rice Pudding with Cherry Sauce Recipe (Risalamande)

In Denmark, many Danes end Christmas Day dinner with an almond and rice pudding dessert with cherry sauce called Risalamande (pronounced rees-sil-lā-mon-de. ) Actually you can make and eat Risalamande any time of the year but it is often associated with Christmas because one of the ingredients in Risalamande is a rice porridge called Risengrød (pronounced risen-groo with a hint of a d sound at the end) which again, you can eat any time of the year. It is a tradition to serve Risengrød as part of Christmas Eve dinner and put some outside for the gnomes (similar to bribing Santa Claus with cookies and milk.) If you don’t thank the gnomes (Nisse in Danish, Tomte in other Scandinavian countries) for protecting the family from harm with a bowl of porridge on Christmas Eve, the nisser (plural for nisse) will get mad and play tricks on you.  But you don’t want to give all of the leftover porridge to the gnomes! By the time Christmas day rolls around, the nisser should be fat and happy a

17 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Men, Women, and Couples

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I know, I know. You don’t need a special holiday like Valentine’s Day to show your spouse or significant other how much you love them.

But I like to anyway.

The only problem I have with picking out a meaningful or thoughtful Valentine’s Day gift is that I’ve used up all of my good gift giving ideas during Christmas and by February, I’m out of ideas. 

You too?

17 fun Valentine presents for men and women

I put together a list of unique and fun Valentine’s Day gift ideas for men and women. Some are couple gifts because why not share the love on Valentine’s Day, right?

17 Unusual Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Fun Couples

1. Clever Pair Fox Mug Set – Mr and Mrs Fox mugs for a foxy couple!

2. Event Tickets – Treat your love to tickets to see their favorite sports team, band, show, or movie.

3. Beyond Your Wildest Dreams Pillowcase Set – for the Wild Thing that makes your heart sing.

4. Homemade Morse Code Bracelet – Use Honestly WFT’s tutorial to make a personalized message to your love in Morse Code like I love you.

morse code bracelet

5. Five Amour Minutes Pillowcase Set -  I like the Victorian, yet playful, font.

6. Cooking classes – Husband and I want to take a cooking class together for fun but haven’t gotten around to it (this year, maybe?) If you don’t have a local option, consider the gift of an online food or cooking class from Craftsy.

7.  Simply Dalek-table Mug for your favorite Doctor Who fan!

8. Me Without You – A sweet but not too mushy little book to let your love know how much they mean to you.

9. Milk Chocolate Anatomical Hearts – On our first Valentine’s Day, I told Husband he captured my heart. Then I gave it to him in the form of chocolate that looks like an anatomical heart. I guess he likes crazy girls because we’ve been together ever since! 

10. Human Heart Pendant and Necklace – For your fun loving gal who appreciates a unique spin on the traditional heart shaped Valentine’s Day jewelry.

11. Mai Autumn Folk Art Valentine by Christine Lindstrom Painting Print – consider giving an art print that doubles as a Valentine’s Day gift AND a card!

12. Bike Chain Heart – Show your favorite cyclist how much you love him or her with a heart made from a recycled bike chain.

13. The Velveteen Rabbit  – Husband is Mr. Romance! He bookmarked the passage where the velveteen rabbit learns how toys become real and gave it to me for our first Valentine’s Day.  Awwww…

14. The Man Can Bath and Body Gift Set for Men – Pamper your guy with this 100% natural skin care set that includes soap, shave gel, bay rum oil, hand butter, a body mitt and packed in a paint can.

15. DIY Valentine Light Bulb – I can’t tell you how much I love this. Recycling can be romantic, who knew?! Read the tutorial on Design Sponge.


16. My Husband Rocks! and My Wife Rocks! His and Hers t-shirts – I gave Husband a set of these t shirts for Valentine’s Day.  We always get smiles and fun reactions when we wear our shirts together or separately. I made husband and wife rocks shirts with and without the heart available in my store LNW Creative Gifts.

16. I Think I am in Friend Love with You – a funny and cute book for a friend or during the beginning of what is turning into a romantic relationship.


What are your favorite kind Valentine’s Day gifts to give or receive?

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