Valentine’s Day is a mere four days away and I know some of you out there haven’t planned anything, myself included! Well, I’m here to help you out, friend. I’ve put together a last minute menu for a delicious home cooked meal as well as a few tips for making it just a wee bit special. With just a little effort, you’ll be on your way to a romantic evening with your honey!
A clean house or at least a clean dining room
Sorry folks, but nothing says mood-killer like a pile of dirty underwear you have to move off the table in order to eat your fancy dinner. Throw it in a closet, under the bed or in the washer. For the big night, you don’t have to fold laundry or scrub the floors – just find a good hiding spot.
Dim lights and candles
Turn on a few lamps and light a few candles. It’ll do wonders!
I’m a firm believer that fresh flowers can brighten anyone’s day. They don’t have to be expensive or outrageous. A small arrangement will do.
Appetizer and Wine
Pick up your favorite cheese and bottle of wine to enjoy while you finish up dinner in the kitchen. Some of my favorite conversations with the hubs happen while we are standing at the kitchen stove with a glass of wine. One of my new favorites is La Crema Pinot Noir.
I fell in love with this recipe when my sister-in-law insisted we make it for Christmas dinner a couple of years ago. It is fairly easy and the results will please anyone! You can make the herbed butter a day a head for a little more free time in the kitchen on V-Day.
I know, I know…garlic…at a romantic dinner? But come on, garlic is much like bacon as it makes everything better. If you’re both eating it then you don’t have to worry about garlic breath because you’ll both have it! I made this recipe a couple of weeks ago and it is sooooooo easy and can compliment almost any dish.
Another easy side dish and one of our favorites! The key is to get really fresh, really awesome tomatoes. I don’t use a recipe for mine; just a little olive oil, salt, pepper and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Broil in oven for a few minutes until nice and bubbly. If you need a recipe, link is above in title.
And for dessert: Macarons!
Macarons are the perfect after dinner treat. They are light, have interesting flavors and don’t send you in to that I-ate-too-much coma. Pick some up at your favorite sweet treat bakery or if you’re feeling ambitious try this recipe for Lemon Macarons with Cranberry-Mascarpone Filling…yum!
I hope you all have a fabulous Valentine’s Day whether spent with your honey, your friends or you beloved pet! I would love to hear how you plan on celebrating AND if you try any of the dishes here! Happy Valentine’s Day, loves!