I LOVE Valentines Day and get very excited about celebrating with my family! This holiday has always been one of my favorites! It is the perfect excuse to show love to the people I love most! My husband and I always celebrate together on the weekend when crowds aren’t as bad, and to free up the actual day to celebrate with our boys.
I like to start the day off with a fun breakfast, include a special treat in their lunches and have a little family dinner party that night. I have already sent little packages to my two sons that live away from home (one is a missionary and one a college student) and now I am coming up with my game plan for those at home.
A couple years ago I told you all about my breakfast traditions and lots of other breakfast ideas from our site here. Since then I have posted my all time favorite waffle recipe here and buttermilk recipe here. I have also shared an easy and quick but so yummy that would be perfect for Valentines day with a few red berries scattered on top–they are called Dutch Baby or Hootenany as we like to call them here. Although there has been years when our morning were way to rushed for a cooked breakfast—but you can always leave a little love note with a bowl of cereal or a muffin (from the freezer) to grab and go!
For dinner we usually have heart shaped pizza, but after two of my boys were diagnosed with celiac disease we started serving different menu items that are all gluten free for our special night. One thing that hasn’t changed though is ‘love potion’. I put a piece of dry ice in my glass punch bowl and pour some kind of pink or red drink overtop and watch the fog start! When my kids were young, they got so excited about it! I plan to set my dining room, table with my best dishes and light candles, just for fun! Here is the dinner menu that I am considering for this year:
First I am making Flank Steak (we have lots of wonderful flank steak recipes here and I haven’t decided which one):
or these Hassleback (accordian) Potatoes:
and my husband’s favorite Steak House Wedge Salad:
Or if we are not in the mood for chocolate, I may consider this Sweetheart Custard Dessert?
Or this super easy, make ahead, (no bake) Cream Cheese Pie topped with cherries or try fresh berries. Yum!
What are your Valentine plans or traditions?
And a little ‘food for thought’ from my kitchen counter: