i plan to spend Valentine’s Day getting my car serviced! kidding. kind of. i will only spend *most* of Valentine’s Day getting my car serviced. she’s due for an oil change and i scheduled to get the windows tinted afterwards. since all of that will probably take a while, the dealership agreed to loan me a car. so really, i will probably drive myself to the mall and spend most of V Day shopping. no complaints about that!
then we plan to spend the evening cooking. B and i have a unique take on Valentine’s Day. we typically don’t do gifts or plan anything elaborate, but it’s fun to plan something special to eat. i think food is our love language. and we absolutely loooooove to eat out, we just don’t loooooove to eat out on Valentine’s Day. i don’t know…something about the crowds, the rushed service- it’s just too much pressure. it stresses us out. wow. the longer i type, the older and more crotchety we sound. ha! we are exciting people, i promise! so in lieu of dining out this year, we decided to cook a special meal at home. and no one does special meals better than Ina Garten. i received one of her cookbooks for Christmas, but haven’t had the time to try many of the recipes. actually, the only one i have tried was the chocolate cake with mocha frosting and omg. it was decadent. i baked it before a tough medical school week in which B had 4 (!) exams. because chocolate is the only way to cope during a week like that. see? told ya- food is our love language.
this pic was taken pre-baking as evidenced by the lack of flour on my clothes and chocolate on my face.
so here’s my Ina Garten inspired menu that my sweet Valentine and i have planned:
i have never in my life made rack of lamb. Ina makes it look pretty easy though. we will see. *fingers crossed*
i didn’t even know what tzatziki was until we moved to Houston and ate Greek food at Niko Niko’s. safe to say, i’m a fan.
we are still trying to decide on sides. there will definitely be restaurant style mashed potatoes…coarsely mashed, lots of garlic. yummy. but i still need a vegetable. leaning towards asparagus, brussel sprouts (that one does NOT thrill B), or maybe a greek-style salad with strawberries and feta.
for dessert i’m thinking chocolate covered strawberries or just to keep it really simple, maybe even picking up a mini bundt cake from Nothin’ Bundt Cakes. have you tried that place? oh my goshhhhhh. beyond delicious. and i know myself well enough to know that a nice dinner and a homemade dessert is just too much pressure.
hope we can pull it all off. i’ll report back…
to continue with the food theme, i thought it might be fun to do a foodie inspired photo card for B. because you know i’m not spending $4 on a real card. here’s what i got so far:
B, i love you more than a fat kid loves…
you and i will be together…
and i’m glad that Lola is living proof that you will still love me when i get big and…
that’s all i got so far. whatcha think? romantic, eh?
whatever love language you happen to speak- gifts, flowers, dinner out, dinner in, cuddling on the sofa, hanging with friends, skydiving (i met a girl this week who is going skydiving with her boyfriend! seriously! so rad.)- however YOU like to celebrate Valentines Day, i hope it’s super sweet.