Valentine’s Day

If you don’t know this about me yet, you should.  I don’t like hearts.  This has been true for a very long time, but I didn’t quite realize it or know how to articulate it until I fell in love with stars.  So, for example, while you’ll never catch me wearing heart jewelry, don’t be surprised to find a star here or there on my accessories.  I love artsy looking, misshapen stars the best of all, but there’s certainly a place in my heart (haha! this is getting really punny) for the perfect 5-pointed stars. (Note our wall hangings in the picture of our couch below.)

So, even though I have this aversion to hearts, there’s one day a year that I love hearts….Valentine’s Day.  I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day since I was a little girl.  I liked making valentines for my classmates and my family members and I always dressed up in the traditional red, white, and pink.  I’ll never forget the day I was sick on Valentine’s Day in 3rd grade.  I hated 3rd grade and cried every morning before school because I didn’t want to go, but on Valentine’s Day, I cried because I couldn’t go and I wanted to.  I was all dressed and ready to celebrate in my red corduroy knickers with white tights with the little red hearts on them, and a pink sweater or turtleneck or something, and then I had to stay home.  That was one sad day!  (Which, speaking of Valentine’s colors, this might come as another surprise to those of you who know of my attachment to wearing earth-tones in practically all of my outfits, but to this day, I still dress up in red and/or pink.  This year, on the Friday before Valentine’s day, one of my Para Educators at school said, “Amy – I don’t think I’ve ever seen you wear pink before!” to which I replied, “That’s because I haven’t.  I wear pink once a year!”)

I mentioned to Kyle that I think I like Valentine’s day so much because it’s my one day a year to celebrate something I usually ignore: hearts and the color pink.  And when I say celebrate, I mean it.  Check out what I had for breakfast:

(I would have uploaded the picture of me eating my actual doughnut, but it’s on my phone and I’m ashamed to say that I’m not savvy enough to know how to put a picture from my phone on the computer yet…)

Anyway, that’s how my day started.  And, boy oh boy, was  it a delicious way to begin celebrating Valentine’s Day.  (It was a treat from my Valentine, too.  He gave me six of those “free doughnut” Valentines!  How sweet!  (literally) )

Then, the major celebrating took place during dinner.  I made a couple of things I’ve never made before, which is always fun.  I spent all afternoon in the kitchen, which is like being in heaven for me.

We started out with shrimp and *red* cocktail sauce.  Yum! We haven’t had that in ages!

Next came the main course.  (Everything was made from scratch – except, of course, for the wine.  We haven’t gotten into wine making yet!)  We had Chicken Cordon Bleu, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and my famous easy asparagus, with a bottle of *red* wine.

Here I am plating our dinners.

(Look closely and you can see that we have *red* pots, and I’m using a *red* rubber scraper!)

Here’s a close-up so you can see our dinner.  The chicken has a slice of prosciutto and a bit of cheese rolled up inside it.

And finally – my personal favorite from the night.  My first *Red* Velvet Cake. (As was the case with the dinner, the cake and frosting were both made from scratch, too.)

(Too bad you can’t tell how nice and *red* it is from this photo.)

This is how much we enjoyed it; we couldn’t even open our eyes!

Oh – he caught me with the camera!

And one last image for you….

YUMMM!

Hope you had something equally enjoyable on your Valentine’s Day (even if it wasn’t heart shaped or pink or red.)  Love to you all!

(And – P.S. Kyle has something he needs to share on the blog soon about a certain exchange with Jake Locker.  I’m just going to leave it at that.  You’ll have to wait for his explanation.)