Love is in the air…I really like the idea of reserving a day to remind your loved ones that you, well, love them. This week, in addition to Valentine’s Day, it’s our anniversary so it’s generally a lovely week for us!
Dan and I have never really been a big Valentine’s Day couple. Flowers aren’t actually in season. I don’t especially need a bunch of heart-shaped jewelry. And with kids, sitters are expensive and date nights out are rare, so we don’t want to waste that precious time when restaurant’s are crowded and the service isn’t great. Plus, if Valentine’s Day is all about spending time with your sweethearts, I’d like to include the kids in that!
So we’ve still always done something special together, usually at home, with a really good meal and a really good bottle of wine. And since we went ahead and got married a couple of days before V-day we will go out for a date night to celebrate that!
Here are some ideas for a sweet, special Valentine’s day in with all of your special Valentine’s.
Recreate the Lady and the Tramp scene with a decadent pasta dinner:
Center a kid friendly meal around a special bottle of wine for the grown ups:
Salmon Pot Pie with Chateau Montelana Chardonnay while watching Bottle Shock.
Braised Lamb Shanks with Cannelini Beans from Food and Wine mag with a right bank Bordeaux
Pair a great bottle of Champagne with Pizza made by the kids.
Have the kids help you make a delicious decadent dessert:
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries from Savory Simple
Chocolate Whiskey Bundt Cake with Whiskey Caramel Sauce from Love and Olive Oil
Lighten things up a little with Eat, Live, Run’s Strawberry Cheesecake Squares
What are you doing to celebrate (or not) Valentine’s Day?