Thursday, February 18, 2010

Valentine's Recap

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!


Single Blonde in the City said...

What a fun tradition!!! The meal looks like it was fantastic. I have yet to try a cake ball, but I hear they're delish. Hope you're doing well.

Dee said...

Looks yummy

Martha said...

What a nice way to celebrate. Gets the creative juices flowing, and the meal looked delicious.

I Love Baby Quilts! said...

That box is so cute that you made!