I have to admit that since getting married, my husband and I have left Valentine's Day to languish on the sidelines while we got on with married life. The first year we celebrated by continuing with decorating our home late into the night and feasting on a romantic take-out pizza for two! And last year we managed to book a lovely restaurant, but we didn't get there until 11pm as we were totally preoccupied with prospective job applications... and I think my Valentine's Card is still tucked away in my husband's bedside table!
So this year I've decided to make a really romantic dinner for two, especially as it will be our last Valentine's before our new arrival in April! Here's my plan of action, feel free to use any of it or if you have any other suggestions please send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add them to this post. Happy Valentine's!! xxx
My Valentine's Plan of Action:
1. Decide on the Menu...
I need a menu that is romantic, delicious and most importantly, easy to prepare and cook so this is my chosen menu. Any recipes that are not already featured on my blog will be posted soon so please keep checking back if you fancy trying any out:
Starter: The Tastiest Tomato Soup
The colour of this soup is a stunning ruby red that is perfect for Valentine's and it is so easy to make this absolutely delicious soup from scratch. And trust me, once you've tasted this soup nothing from a tin will ever taste as good! I'll post this recipe soon so check back regularly!
Main Course: Lemon & Thyme Chicken Delight served with Couscous
This Chicken Recipe is already featured on my blog and is so simple and delicious I just had to utilise it for Valentine's (plus my husband adores it!). I've decided to pair it with a fantastically fragrant couscous that will cut down on the time it takes to prepare my usual roasted vegetable accompaniments. I'll post my twist on couscous soon so keep checking the recipe section.
Dessert: Valentine's Cupcakes
For dessert I'm going to make my tried and tested cupcakes in chocolate brownie and creamy vanilla flavours. This picture was a quick snap of some I made for a friends shower party but I'm going to decorate my Valentine's cupcakes with suitable red adornments! The recipe will of course be posted soon!
2. Set the Scene:
For once, my husband will be greeted with a perfectly laid table when he arrives home from work. I've even made swan napkins (instructional blog post coming soon!) and found some adorable heart shaped balloons to dot about our home.
3. Add a Few Surprises:
No Valentine's is complete without Chocolates and Champagne (or sparkling orange for me this year!). And luckily for me my husband has also embraced this year's Valentine's Plan and bought me some surprise chocolates... I've snuck in a picture of the gorgeous chocolates he thought he'd hidden so well so this'll have to be our little secret!
So, all that's left is for me to make a Valentine's Card.
And if this Valentine's Plan of Action doesn't restore a romantic Valentine's Day to our home then we'll be back to take-out pizza next year!
Happy Valentine's Everyone!! xxx