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?

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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:

Appetizer:

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

Salad:

Frisee and Green Apple Salad with Goat Cheese Toasts

Entree:

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

Side:

Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter

Dessert:

Naughty Ice Cream Sandwiches (omg!!)

Wine:

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!