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Published February 12, 2014, 03:24 PM

Happy ‘Galentine’s Day’: Celebrate the women in your life with fun activities

CASSELTON, N.D. – Feb. 14 may be for lovers, but Feb. 13 is for the ladies. On “Galentine’s Day,” today, your relationship status doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you take the time to celebrate the women in your life.

By: Meredith Holt, INFORUM

CASSELTON, N.D. – Feb. 14 may be for lovers, but Feb. 13 is for the ladies.

On “Galentine’s Day,” today, your relationship status doesn’t matter. All that matters is that you take the time to celebrate the women in your life.

The idea comes from an episode of NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” in which the show’s go-getter protagonist, Leslie Knope, throws a brunch party for her girlfriends.

She explains:

“What’s Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lillith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”

Since the episode first aired in 2010, the idea has caught on.

Thousands of posts on Tumblr and Instagram are tagged #galentinesday. Graphic artists sell “Ladies celebrating ladies” and Galentine’s Day cards on Etsy. Michaels craft store sent out an e-blast Jan. 28 featuring ideas for a “Valentine’s Day Girls Brunch.”

Last year, Nichole Bye, 28, of Casselton, planned a Galentine’s Day celebration for her closest girlfriends. They got pedicures and went out for dessert, complete with a red tablecloth and gift bags filled with candy, candles and soap.

This year, she’s expanding the celebration to include moms, aunts and cousins and rented out the Fargo Theatre to show “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (“one of the best chick flicks ever”) with a dessert buffet.

“It’s so fun to celebrate with your girlfriends, and we don’t take enough time to do that,” she says.

Here are five ways to celebrate your girlfriends this Galentine’s Day:

Galentine’s brunch

To stick with Leslie’s original “Lillith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas” idea, throw a Galentine’s Day brunch.

You can go out or stay in, prepare everything yourself or ask everyone to pitch in. But make sure mimosas are on the menu.

For a fun potluck contribution with a touch of red, try these waffle sandwiches from Cooking Light.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Waffle Sandwiches

Ingredients (makes four)

4 ounces light cream cheese (about ½ cup)

4 teaspoons brown sugar

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

¾ cup sliced strawberries

8 frozen multigrain waffles, toasted

Directions

1. Place first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended.

2. Gently fold in strawberries. Spread about 3 tablespoons cream cheese mixture over each of 4 waffles.

3. Top sandwiches with remaining 4 waffles.

Recipe from Cooking Light

Galentine’s spa day

Borrow an idea from Bye’s inaugural Galentine’s Day celebration and take your bestie to The Nail Bar in downtown Fargo for a pedi and a cocktail, or save money and do your pampering yourself.

Pinterest is home to dozens of recipes for DIY spa treatments using common household items, like this chocolate face mask from Hey It’s Lulu. Just try not to lick your face (or do).

Dark Chocolate Face Mask

Ingredients

¼ of a dark chocolate bar

1½ teaspoons organic honey

1/3 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon yogurt

Directions

1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, or over low heat.

2. Once the chocolate’s completely melted, mix in all the other ingredients. However, mix the yogurt in slowly so the mixture doesn’t get too runny.

3. Once the mixture is cool enough to apply to your face, keep it on for at least 15 minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.

Recipe from Hey It’s Lulu

Other treatments

• Mix brown sugar with honey for a lip, face or body scrub.

• Mix a kiwi with half a cucumber for a face mask.

• Cut a potato in half, dip it in coarse sea salt and rub it on elbows and feet to remove dry skin and calluses.

• Use green tea with lemon as a facial toner.

Source: Babble.com

Galentine’s dinner

Minneapolis-based blogger Lee Hersh, 23, of Fit Foodie Finds, planned what she calls a “bloggressive” dinner with four of her blogger friends for a “Healthy Valentine’s Day Dinner Party.”

The five-course meal of walnut-encrusted scallops, lamb shoulder, lemon ginger asparagus, flourless chocolate cake and Hersh’s own fresh-squeezed drink sticks to her clean-eating philosophy, and it’s paleo-friendly, too.

Here’s the recipe for the Fit Foodie’s drink:

Blood Orange and Grapefruit Mocktail

Ingredients

juice from 1 grapefruit

juice from 1 fresh blood orange

1/3 cup water

1 teaspoon coconut sugar

optional: 1-2 ounces rum or vodka

ice cubes

Directions

1. Cut the grapefruit and blood orange in half and squeeze the juice out.

2. Mix in the water and coconut sugar.

3. Add a few ice cubes.

Recipe from Fit Foodie Finds

Galentine’s night out

Round up the troops for martinis at the HoDo or check out comic Amber Preston, who’s doing four 21-plus shows this weekend (7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday) at The Hub’s new comedy venue, Prime Comedy Club.

Tickets cost $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show and are available at available at the Tickets300 box office, Sickies Garage, Tickets300.com, or by calling (866) 300-8300. Fees may apply.

Galentine’s night in

If you’d rather stay in, rent a few chick flicks, pop some popcorn and settle in for a night of laughter and tears. Or, set up a Valentine’s Day craft you can do together as a group, like these cute but simple kitchen towels.

Hand-Stamped Valentine’s Day Kitchen Towels

Materials

plain kitchen towels

a few potatoes

small cookie or vegetable cutter

sharp knife

fabric paint

1 foam brush per paint color

Directions

1. Cut the potato in half, either lengthwise or width-wise, depending on the size of the stamp you want to make. Place the cut ends face down on a towel for a few minutes to soak up some of the juice.

2. Use the cookie or vegetable cutter to slice down into the potato at least a half-inch.

3. Remove the cutter and use your knife to slice around the whole outside of the potato without cutting all the way through it.

4. Carefully peel away the slice you just made, being careful not to break any pieces off your shape.

5. Paint the stamp with foam paint and press onto towel.

6. Hang finished towels to dry and follow the directions on the fabric paint to make sure the pattern sets permanently.

From Work It, Mom!

Readers can reach Forum reporter Meredith Holt at (701) 241-5590

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