Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Celebrating Valentine's Day!

Did you do anything special for Valentine's Day yesterday??  I hope so!

As I was out running errands yesterday, I had a couple different people randomly tell me that they don't celebrate "Hallmark holidays."  But the way I see it, why not take advantage of a day like Valentine's Day to make your family feel special and loved??

It really doesn't take much money or time to make memories and to make the day special for your husband and children!  You don't even have to set foot in a Hallmark store or buy any mass-produced Valentine's cards (unless you want to)!

Here's proof!

Look how my friend, Natalie, decorated her table for Valentine's Day!  Her menu?  Bagels and Strawberries!  I think even the busiest mom can pull that off!  :)

How would it make you feel to sit down to a plate like this??

I got up a bit earlier in order to make breakfast for my work-bound and school-bound family members.  It was not elaborate -- just some buttermilk pancakes and heart-shaped eggs.  (Although, I must confess that my eggs did not look nearly as pretty as these!)

Decorating for Valentine's Day is easy.  This is my buffet table in the foyer, which I like to decorate for special occasions.

Note that I didn't buy anything special.  I just moved some items there from other locations in my house -- my wedding picture, a picture of my hubby and me, the goblets from our wedding day, some appropriate Willow Tree collectibles, and a red heart-shaped candy bowl that I did pick up half-price after Valentine's Day last year for a dollar.  The red heart garland came from The Dollar Tree several years ago.

You can always delegate the decorating if you don't have the time and have older kids.  Hannah was the one who transformed our dining table into a thing of beauty!

Really, all this took was some M&Ms and heart-shaped candies which I bought (on sale).  I already had the candles and the red place mats and the red heart-shaped garland, which came from The Dollar Tree.  Just a few simple touches created a feeling of specialness for my family!

Of course, any table looks better with good food on it!  :)

So, I adorned mine with a special meal of Chicken Parmesan, Creamy Fettuccine, and Tossed Salad.  (Recipes coming soon!)

Those who had red shirts or heart-shaped jewelry or accessories put them on for dinner.  Some (like Amber!) even decorated a shirt for the occasion (by pinning on red hearts)!  :)

The children made homemade Valentines for Alan and me!

Matthew came to the table with some verses on true love from John chapter 3 to share with us!!  He impressed us all with his reading!!  It was a very sweet moment!  :)

I appreciated Tiffany for assembling the cake I had baked!  She made it look good!

And then Hannah decorated it with M&Ms!

It was a 3-layer masterpiece that delighted the chocolate lovers in our house!

I hope your Valentine's Day was as much fun as ours was!


Rebecca's Refining said...

Okay...SO I am one of those people that does not like to celebrate "Hallmark Holidays"! Maybe it is the lack of funds, or creativity, but in reality it probably is just laziness! I am working on this area, and I am trying to accumulate decorations and ideas to make the home more special for my family, not just at holidays, but every day!

Burlin has always bought something special for everyone on this day! This year, he ordered chocolate covered strawberries for Anna at school in Wisconsin, and flowers for Amber in Georgia! He bought the rest of the children (and for me) metal water bottles (for later use-practicality you know!) filled with all varieties of M&M's!

After Amber called to see what I was fixing special for my family for Valentine's Day...I quickly mixed a batch of blueberry pancakes! (After all, I can't let my sister "out-do" me!!haha) Fortunately for me, we had a one hour school delay! I wanted to make heart shaped pancakes, but could not find my metal heart cookie cutters anywhere! (I never think to use those things for anything other than Playdough, or the occasional cut out cookies at Christmas!)I was also out of eggs (so much for the protein to go along with the carbs!)

I thought Burlin was taking me out to dinner, so I had not planned a special meal. Although he did get home early, he didn't feel up to going out, so I call my beloved sister to see what she is making for dinner! I quickly put together her Chicken Parmesan , Fettuccine, and a salad! (I wasn't intending to copy her entire meal, it just worked out that way!) I also made Snicker Bars for dessert!

That Chocolate Cake looks delicious, but I don't know if I can deviate from the Mrs. Veal's Chocolate Cake recipe!!

busymomof10 said...


GOOD FOR YOU! You are making progress! So Proud of you! :)

I hope you enjoyed your Chicken Parmesan and Fettuccine as much as we did! It was so Yummy! :)

Sounds like you ended up having a special Valentine's Day too!

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