You must know by now that I love traditions – especially holiday traditions!
Valentine’s Day just happens to be one of my favorites!
Somewhere around baby number three we realized that finding a sitter and heading out to eat on Valentine’s Day was more expensive and stressful then it was worth.
So I made a special meal for the entire family – and served it by candlelight.
A tradition was born.
This year was no exception! But since we had a church activity on Valentine’s day – we celebrated early. Dagmar was our chef for the evening and decorated the table with candles and napkins.
It is amazing how beautiful 25 cent silk flowers from the thrift store look in candlelight! It’s also amazing how candlelight covers up the baskets of unfolded laundry, the piles of toys, and the school books that never got put away!
Notice the napkins? Over twelve years ago I bought some nice red cotton material, cut it into napkins and hemmed them up. We’ve used them for Christmas and Valentine’s Day ever since!
The menu varies somewhat from year to year – but always includes red jello with Cool Whip. This year Dagmar got fancy with a heart mold and conversation hearts!
An Italian dish – like cavatini or lasagna is almost always our main dish. This year it was a yummy sausage lasagna! She added a lettuce salad and freshly baked baguettes. We filled our garage sale stemmed glasses with pink lemonade to drink.
Dessert is always cream puffs – always!
They are filled with French vanilla cream and topped with chocolate ganache. Yummy! This year we fancied up the plates a little with Smucker’s raspberry plate-scapers.
There is usually a card or two to open, maybe a small gift or chocolate treat.
It’s a simple, but very special way to celebrate with my Valentine’s.
What better way to say “I Love You” then with food!
Happy Valentine’s Day!