Happy Valentine’s Day, lovely readers! I hope the day is treating you well so far. Nick and I are not really Valentine’s Day kind of people, mostly because we’re not into crowded restaurants and giant stuffed animals. We like to keep things simple. In fact, I just asked Nicholas and neither of us can even remember what we did for V-day last year. Just the other day he actually said to me, “So, is Valentine’s Day always on February 14th, or is it one of those things that just happens randomly?” I laughed and laughed. This will be our last lovey-dovey holiday as a childless couple, though, so we thought it’d be nice to celebrate quietly at home. Are you ready for the menu? It’s very fancy.
- Spring mix salad (loosely based on this one)
- Crescent rolls from a can
- Frozen lasagna
- Chocolate covered fruit
Very fancy, I’m telling you. I’ll be slaving over that frozen lasagna for hours. All sarcasm aside, I guess the salad will be the hardest part. But if I’m feeling tired after a long day of work I am not at all opposed to making it as simple as possible. As for the chocolate-covered fruit, I had big plans for trying this approach (spotted on Pinterest, of course):
The description said this was created with the help of an ice cube tray. So genius, right? Fill an ice tray with melted chocolate, put strawberries in, and then freeze them. Nick and I gave it a shot last night while dinner was cooking. In real life, though, we just couldn’t figure it out. I think it’s one of those things that works out better on the internet. Or we’re just not that smart in the kitchen. Could go either way. Nevertheless, here’s what we ended up doing.
We just held the strawberries by their stems and dipped them one at a time into the chocolate (white chocolate chips melted in the microwave with a little vegetable oil to smooth it out), then placed each upside-down in the ice cube tray to harden. It took a little finagling to get ‘em in there upside down, but we just kind of went with it. We tossed some chopped up banana in the leftover chocolate (fishing each piece out with a toothpick), piled them on top of the strawberries, then poured the rest of the chocolate over the whole operation for good measure. It may not look beautiful, but it’s a heckuva lot easier to store in the fridge than a cookie sheet covered in wax paper and I have a feeling it’s going to be crazy delicious.
So that’s our big Valentine’s Day plan. A day at work, gorging ourselves on frozen lasagna, and picking chocolate-covered fruit out of an ice cube tray with our bare hands. Hopefully not on the couch, but eating at the table versus on the couch is an ongoing point of contention in our house so we’ll see who wins this battle. It will all be very romantic, I’m sure. And actually, the best V-day I could imagine.