It just occurred to me that Valentine’s Day is this week. THIS WEEK! I don’t know how it crept up one me (you too?!) so fast, but it’s here, so I figured I should at least start thinking about what I’ll be doing that day. This year my heart belongs to my hubby of nearly 10 years, and of course, my two silly little pups. We usually don’t make a big fuss about Valentine’s Day these days, it always seems a little overrated. But, we do try to do at least a little something to make the day special.
If you’re looking for some Valentine’s Day ideas for him, or her, I’ve got a few suggestions! (*Note, all recipes mentioned can be found below) First, for the peanut butter lover in your house, why not make some homemade peanut butter cups? They are easy to make, and deeeelicious! I made these last year for Ryan and plan to make them again this year because they were a total hit! They make great gifts for the kids, and friends as well! If peanut butter isn’t their thing, then certainly, they aren’t human! Kiiiiiding. If peanut butter isn’t their thing, chocolate chips cookies must be?! Another fun idea is to make heart-shaped chocolate chip cookies, and then dip half of the cookie in white chocolate or a candy coating.
One of the worst Valentine’s Days that I can recall was when I worked as a server at Red Lobster during college. Valentine’s Day happened to fall on a Saturday which meant even more love birds were out to celebrate that day. We were SLAMMED and I was working the lunch and dinner shift. I made great money, but man, I walked out of there EXHAUSTED! If going out for dinner isn’t your thing, it is SO easy to put together a great meal at home. Below are a few suggestions. This year I’ll be making Artichoke Spinach Dip for an appetizer, and Italian Love Nests, Cheesy Garlic Bread, and a lettuce salad with greek dressing for dinner.For dessert, you really can’t go wrong with homemade Chocolate Molten Lava Cakes. I’ve made these at least three times in the last month and they are always a hit!
Unfortunately I have no Valentine’s Day decoration ideas for you, but I did find a few cute ideas on Pinterest! And the only idea I have for something fun to do at home would be to watch sappy Valnetine’s Day movies! You know… like “When Harry met Sally” or “Crazy Stupid Love” or my favorite, “The Notebook.”
However you decide to spend Valentine’s Day, I hope you have a great day! To view any of the recipes below, just click a picture. Hover your mouse over any image to get the title of the recipe. :)
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups – You can buy a boring bag of peanut butter cups from the store OR you can make your own peanut butter cups that are absolutely phenomenal!
Dipped Chocolate Chip Cookies – Super soft chocolate chip cookies are cut into hearts, with half dipped in white chocolate, then topped with sprinkles. A perfect way to say “I love you!”
Molten Chocolate Lava Cake – Soft moist cake surrounds ooey gooey chocolate in the middle. A dessert that looks SO impressive yet only take minutes to make!
Warm Spinach Artichoke Dip – Creamy, cheesy, warm Spinach Artichoke Dip made with four different types of cheese! This stuff is goooood!
Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta – Italian Chicken Sausage Pasta with an alfredo/marinara sauce combo is an easy pasta recipe that comes together quickly, perfect for an easy weeknight meal or even entertaining!
Italian Love Nests (Cheesy Pasta Cups) – Angel Hair Pasta combined with your favorite sauce and parmesan cheese, is twisted and baked in muffin tins to form cheesy pasta cups, otherwise known as “Love Nests.”
Perfect Cheesy Garlic Bread – Somehow, garlic bread seems to be the perfect side dish for SO many recipes. It goes great with pastas, soups, even salads. This recipe has just the right amount of butter, garlic, and cheese which makes it the perfect Cheesy Garlic Bread!
Homemade Greek Salad Dressing – Panera’s Greek Salad is one of my favorite salads of all-time. I finally decided to figure out how to make it at home. A greek salad is all about the dressing (and the feta!) and this recipe does not disappoint!