Valentines Day

Valentines Day dinner table

Something you might not know about me is I love a reason to celebrate! I enjoy  making a special meal for my family, it fills my tank to give them extra LOVE. A holiday gives me a reason for these shenanigans. With Valentine’s Day around the corner one of my dear friends asked me if I would tell her what I was cooking up for my family, I thought you might like to see how I hope my day shakes out. Let’s see if I can translate to paper. 

Recently, I decided to have candy and treats to take the back seat when it comes to celebrating. I’m not saying we absolutely don’t have treats, it’s not the focus of our celebrations. Instead, I enhance the holidays with decorations and music. I always have flowers on the table, pink roses set the tone for this holiday. I found a cute mouse for Jude at DownEast Basics it was 30 percent off! You could cut a red heart out of construction paper and tie to a favorite toy animal. 

Valentine’s day is on Friday. I plan to get up a few minutes early and make Jude’s favorite pancakes. I will cut them into hearts using a cookie cutter. Smashed raspberries will replace the maple syrup. I found pink paper straws for his milk that were left over from a previous party, you can find them at any party store. I made a placemat out of craft paper. I’m sure he’ll end up pulling it out and dumping his whole breakfast everywhere but hey, it’s the thought that counts. I’ve made a heart template out of construction paper I’ll use to make a dusted cinnamon heart over his yogurt. Coffee is on and you’ve got a festive breakfast!  

I’ll arrive home on Valentine’s having worked a full day and my energy tank might be low. To make things easier I’ll be setting the table the night before and making a stew in the crockpot. With everything ready I can slide in form work, throw some slippers on, tell Alexa to play songs by Marvin Gay and fill up a boozy drink. Hooray it’s Friday!

This year I bought a set of festive cloth napkins one less thing to buy next Valentines Day! I picked up some handmade heart chocolates at Harmons, our local market. They’ll make a simple and sweet ending to dinner alongside a cup of decaf. 

Fun Fact: 

Did you know that historians don’t know exactly who Saint Valentine is? There are two stories, one from Christian descent and one from Roman. Here is a link for the story.

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