Valentine’s Gifties

This year was the 5th Valentine’s Day my husband and I have celebrated together.¬† Neither of us like to go too overboard on Valentine’s Day, but my hubby does spoil me ūüôā

I got him a Valentine’s swag bag full of all kinds of stuff he enjoys:

…Like turkey jerky, chocolates, and gift cards to his favorite places to grab lunch or coffee during the week.¬† It wasn’t a big extravagent Valentine’s Day gift, but I think he enjoyed the thought behind it!

Then, that morning when I got in my car to leave for work, I saw this:

To my sheer delight, I discovered that he had made a mixed CD full of Valentine’s Day music…”our song,” the song from our wedding video, and even a few cute silly Valentine’s Day songs.¬† LOVE him!

Of course you know I was all teary-eyed as I drove into work.¬† ūüėČ

…And what’s in the big red box, you ask?¬† This gorgeous watch!

We went out to dinner together and I enjoyed an early treat night (so no treats this weekend!!), then walked around our local mall for a little while to burn off some calories.¬† It was a lovely evening spent with the amazing husband I’m so blessed to be married to.

How was your Valentine’s Day?


My Fantasy Valentine’s Day Menu

I love to cook.¬† But since I started training for my competition,¬†my meals have¬†certainly not been very exciting (hello chicken and brown rice!),¬†and my “treat meals” have been mostly¬†enjoyed out at restaurants.

What’s even sadder is that T got me a gorgeous KitchenAid mixer for Christmas, which I had¬†been¬†lusting after¬†forever, and I haven’t even used it yet!

Hey, beautiful. I owe you a date ūüôā

So is it crazy that I’ve been fantasizing about cooking up a big delicious meal for me and my sweetheart?¬† If I had my ways, here’s what I’d be in the kitchen making on Valentine’s Day…

Valentine’s Day Menu for Two:


Panko-Crusted Crab Cake Bites with Roasted Pepper-Chive Aioli


Frisee and Green Apple Salad with Goat Cheese Toasts


Mama’s Meatballs¬†and Menden’s marinara sauce, served over fresh spaghetti noodles


Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter


Naughty Ice Cream Sandwiches (omg!!)


Layer Cake Malbec

Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day?¬† Are you planning a night out with your sweetheart, a cozy night in, or a fun night out with the girls?

If you try any of these recipes, please let me know!