Matt and I have a Valentine's Day tradition. Instead of battling crowds at restaurants and movie theaters and struggling to come up with the perfect gift, we do it DIY. We each make each other a handmade Valentine. I cook dinner, and Matt is responsible for dessert. Of course, I always make a paper Valentine but Matt is more creative. One year he put a video on my iPod. This year he painted me a picture. So sweet and thoughtful! Here's what I came up with this year.
I took a small jewelry box, covered it with some paper and attached a little heart chain to the top of the box. It was fun watching him open it up.
On special occasions I usually make steak since we rarely eat red meat. This year I made Ina Garten's Steakhouse Filets with Roquefort Chive Sauce, Anne Burrell's Pommes Chef Anne and home Caesar Salad. Of course, it was tasty! I only wish that the sauce was thicker and the potatoes looked nicer. Behold:
In making Matt responsible for dessert, I always hope that one day he'll be adventurous enough to actually make dessert from scratch. However, when he comes home with delicious cake balls, I don't mind that he lets someone else prepare our Valentine sweets. Yum!