It’s a family affair at around here. We’ve never had much luck with sitters (although the hubby’s parents offered babysit tonight—hooray for date night!) and rather than be disappointed year after year, we just make the day about the girls. No gift expectations, no stress over fitting a date night in on a certain date.
We just make it a fun, silly day for the girls. We’ve enjoyed candlelight dinner for five, heart-shaped pizza and red soda floats. I’ve made them heart-shaped pancakes, baked cookies and served cereal in heart-shaped bowls. This year, I have a few new tricks up my sleeve.
Strawberries are on sale this week, so I’m thinking parfaits! Of course, it’s easy to get carried away with Valentine’s Day desserts. The real trick is coming up with a family dinner everyone can enjoy—without going overboard on the grocery budget. It is No Spend Month, after all.
Sticking with the red theme, I can go with tomato or pepper based items. Maybe tomato-basil soup or chili—both are inexpensive, and I already have most of the ingredients on hand. I was also considering lasagna—I can use my mini-heart cookie cutters to carve designs into the noodles. The girls would get a huge kick out of that one.
While I’m cutting heart shapes, I think I’ll have a little fun with the girls’ lunches. Heart designs in their tortilla wraps, heart-shaped sandwiches. Oh, I love the cheesy! And, I think I’ve just decided to go with crusty grilled sandwiches, cut into heart shapes, for Valentine’s Day. I can pair it with tomato-basil soup for a light, festive meal. It should be fun.
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