This series is sponsored by Ghirardelli Chocolate and Josh Cellars. I’m delighted to share my original opinions and ideas as part of their #asweetpairing campaign.

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It’s day 8 of the Valentine Planner. We did it. We made it to party day! Woo hoo! Do you give out Valentines to your friends? I usually fill out the leftovers and hand them out to co-workers and friends. It’s fun to pretend I’m 8. Today I’m handing out sweet treats in these adorable gift bags.

Now that party day is here, we only have two days left until the big day. It’s a good day to revisit the other activities you want to complete between now and Sunday. Wrap up your shopping today including gifts for your boo and everything you need for your menu plan. Since Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday, I’m pushing the easy button and making Red Wine Pot Roast in the slow cooker using up the last of the Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.

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For an easy dessert, I recommend making a Ghirardelli Valentine’s Impressions cheese ball. Did I mention the milk chocolate/white chocolate version of these is my most favorite of all? They are so creamy and delicious and they elevate my chocolate chip cheese ball recipe to the next level.


Ghirardelli Chocolate Pieces Cheese Ball

8 oz bar of cream cheese (softened)
1 stick of butter (softened)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tables spoons brown sugar
3/4 cup of powdered sugar
1 cup Ghirardelli chocolates chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Mix together first five ingredients until fluffy. Fold in chocolate pieces. Roll out onto parchment paper and form into ball. Place in rounded bowl to help retain ball shape and twist paper to seal. Chill at least one hour. Just before serving, roll ball in pecans to cover. Serve with your choice of grahams.

On to Day 9. We are almost there.


Posts in this Series…

Valentine Planner – Day 1 – Plan

Valentine Planner – Day 2 – Let’s Get It Started

Valentine Planner – Day 3 – Relax & Refresh

Valentine Planner – Day 4 – Bless Your Heart

Valentine Planner – Day 5 – Protect Your Sanity

Valentine Planner – Day 6 – Bless Here Heart

Valentine Planner – Day 7 – Treat Yourself

Valentine Planner – Day 8 – Party & Shop

Valentine Planner – Day 9 – Prep & Play

Valentine Planner – Day 10 – Celebrate