Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and it’s a reminder to show our loved ones that we don’t take them for granted. Remember actions speak louder than words…
What small acts of love do you perform?
Making pretty lace wasn’t quite our forte, but we loved the overall concept.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
What was something special you did this weekend?
I love chocolate covered strawberries… I know they’re very cliché around Valentine’s Day, but with the berries on sale and dark chocolate at home, who can resist? So Hubster, Pumpkin & I indulged in this perfect ending to our day.
I like my chocolate covered strawberries simple & classic; no sprinkles or multiple types of chocolate drizzled overtop. The photo isn’t the best, but I didn’t have time to retake it before hands were getting in the way.
What cliché food items do you still indulge in?
Happy Early Valentine’s Day Everyone!
Hubster & I always make homemade Valentine’s for one another. In lieu of a Valentine’s Day card for Hubster this year, I made a perpetual Valentine for our home. Now I just need to get him to hand it up…
I started by painting a base coat on a blank canvas and blended a few shades together. Then I used a darker paint and stenciled it over the base color. Last, I glue button on the canvas in a heart shape and I wrote him a special note on the back of the frame. The brown and blue match our bedroom decor well (colors are a bit off in the picture).
I’m also working on another button art panel for our living room (not a heart though)…
When is the last time you made or received a homemade Valentine?
The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach
Before Hubster, I never put too much thought into the holiday! Yes, I do think it’s a bit commercial, but I also love a day where everyone is a little nicer to each other. I just love when he makes a homemade valentine for me, they’re so much more thoughtful that a store-bought card (how can someone else put your emotions, experiences and memories into words?).
It has been my tradition to make a formal coursed meal every year for Hubster. I make everything from scratch, the pasta, dressings and even the butter for the bread/rolls. There are usually a few similarities from the previous years, but the tradition of our favorites makes the day extra special.
Valentine’s Day Menu 2010
First Course – Baked Sweet Asparagus
Second Course – French Onion Soup
Third Course – Caesar Salad
Fourth Course – Raspberry Sorbet
Fifth Course – Meat & Cheese Ravioli
Sixth Course – Roast Chicken & Roasted New Potatoes
Seventh Course – Ribbon Salad
Eight Course – Almond Ice Cream with Berries
Ninth Course – Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake
Meal served with oregano Parmeseam breadsticks and whipped unsalted butter.
Bath Salts, Valentine Edition:
51% of me wanted to have a productive weekend, 49% of me just wanted to melt into the couch with a book and a bag of cookies. Since work and life have been so hectic, I knew I wouldn’t be productive unless I pampered myself first. I got a jump-start on being productive, but making a treat to help me relax. Bath salts are so easy to make, I decided to whip up a batch.
Ingredients: 1 c. sea salt, 1 c. Epsom salt, 1 c. baking soda, 1 tsp. liquid glycerin, 10 drops of essential oil, a few drops of food coloring
Directions: Mix these ingredients together in a bowl, breaking up all the small clumps, then separate into smaller batches. You can store them in decorative glass bottles, plastic baggies or in a decorative glass canister with a beautiful scoop. When it’s time to enjoy, just dissolve into steamy hot bath water.
*I used red food coloring to make my salts pink, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner.
*I used almond essential oil this time, but I also like lavender (relaxing), lemon (energizing), etc…
*Mist salt with water, add a bit more glycerin and press into plastic molds to make heart-shaped bath salts.
*I made a batch and separated them into decorative little bottles to include in my Out Of Town Baskets for my wedding. I think they make great favors for baby or bridal showers, stocking stuffer or as a thank you gesture.