{Weekend Roundup} I LOVE this week

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!


This is us 7 years ago.

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.

020914 valentines collage

Recreate the Lady and the Tramp scene with a decadent pasta dinner:

spaghetti and meatballs kids cooking collage
Spaghetti and Meatballs made by the kids
Pasta Carbonara with Leeks and Lemons from Alexandra Cooks
This Linguini and Clams recipe from Cooking with Books

Center a kid friendly meal around a special bottle of wine for the grown ups:

Salmon pot pie complete
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?


  1. Sundai says

    We watched “Bottleshock” over the weekend! Need to check out that CM chard and I’m sure it would be delicious with a salmon potpie. Happy anniversary!

    • says

      Thanks! We’re going on a date night to celebrate tonight; cant wait!
      I am definitely thinking salmon potpie is the way to go this weekend if the weather stays as cold and dreary as it is. And I think Bottleshock is free with our Amazon membership. Win win!

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