Mami Talks: Fun DIY Valentine's Day Gifts

Mami Talks: Fun DIY Valentine's Day Gifts

Looking to do something different this Valentine’s Day? Try a DIY Valentine’s Day! Creating a do-it-yourself Valentine’s Day does not need to be very costly.

Thinking of a spa day as a V-Day gift? You can recreate the services offered at a favorite spa with ingredients found in most kitchen pantries. Enjoy dining at an upscale restaurant? Try your hand at setting the mood with candles, soft music and making a romantic meal. The following are a few DIY Valentine’s Day ideas to help you pamper that special someone:

DIY Strawberry Peppermint Scrub
(courtesy of Bonding Over Beauty)


2 pureed strawberries
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
4 drops of peppermint oil

Mix all the ingredients well together. (The strawberries helps to shed dead skin cells and the sugar granules exfoliate even delicate skin). To use, apply the mixture, rub feet (or face) gently in a circular motions and rinse well with warm water. Mixture can last up to a week in the fridge.

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas’ Wine Braised Short Ribs
(Serves 4)


2 large yellow onions, sliced
4 pounds beef short ribs (8 ribs)
salt & pepper
1 tablespoon grape seed oil
1 cup dry red wine
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Extract
2 teaspoons sugar
2 cups beef broth
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
Juice of 1 lime
1 cinnamon stick
8 cloves garlic, minced


1.     Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Coat a roasting pan or Dutch oven with cooking spray. Evenly place sliced yellow onions in the bottom of pan; set aside.

2.     Generously season ribs with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ribs and sear on all sides, about 2 minutes per side, then transfer to roasting pan; set aside.

3.     In a small saucepan, add wine, vanilla extract and sugar; whisk and place over medium-high heat, reduce by half then remove from heat. In a large saucepan add beef broth; place over medium-high heat and reduce by half. Then add tomatoes, tomato sauce, lime juice, and cinnamon stick; stir to combine and remove from heat; set aside.

Pour reduced wine mixture over ribs, top with minced garlic then pour tomato mixture over ribs. Cover and place in oven. Braise until ribs are fork tender about 3-3½ hours. Turn halfway through cooking time. Serve ribs on home-style mashed potatoes and top with a spoonful of braising liquid, onions and tomatoes.

Remember that your effort, time and patience in creating a DIY Valentine’s Day is a special and unique way to show someone you care.