Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Confessional

I confess. I'm not a romantic. At least not nearly as romantic as my big teddy bear of a husband. He always can find the perfect gifts and say the sweetest things. But when it comes to Valentines Day, I dominate!

I love Valentines Day. Like the commercial on TV says- Valentines Day is for not only saying I Love You, but I Love Us. I plan for months what small (we never spend a lot because it really IS the thought that counts) gift I can get him. I read through racks and racks of cards to find the one that says exactly what I feel. And I cook! Again, it's all about the food.

A lot of couples choose to go out to eat for Valentines Day, and while that's okay for them, it doesn't work so well for us. First, it's expensive! Secondly, no matter where we choose to go, we wait forever in lines. So a few years back we decided to do the extravagant meal at home, spend our time with the kids and save a lot of money.

The same meal is made every year. I think my family would protest if I ever tried to change up the menu! The only thing that varies is dessert. I always make Steak with Parmesan Crab Sauce, Crab Legs with melted butter, baked potatoes with sour cream and chives, a side salad, Tuxedoed Strawberries, Jello Hearts, and dessert. I usually keep the dessert simple since everything else to prepare keeps me busy. These Cake Truffles look easy or I might just go with one of my faves- Praline Cheesecake.

How will you be spending your Valentines Day this year?