While Husband and I definitely enjoy going out to dinner, for this Valentine’s Day, Husband insisted that he wanted to make dinner. He kept everything a total secret, and even had me come home from work a little later than usual (luckily I got stuck in some major traffic!) so that he can coordinate everything. The result was unbelievable. I started off the romantic day, however, waking up to the this lovely sight:
He MADE them! I love them so much. They look just as beautiful, last longer, came from the heart, and best of all – he didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg on them! We’re married. It’s my money too 🙂
We also exchanged gifts. I got him tons and tons ‘o candy (including the Reese’s hearts – I LOVE the holiday editions because they always have way more peanut butter in them). I also got him a slim wallet because lately he has been putting his credit cards and ID in his pocket, where they can get … lost. I filled it with a wallet-sized photo of us from the wedding and an iTunes gift card for him to fill up his iPad with apps!
I also got him the first “husband” card in honor of our first married Valentine’s Day:
As if the handmade flowers weren’t enough, he surprised me with something even sweeter. Leading up to our wedding, we had agreed to write our own vows. We spent quite a while writing and perfecting them, but then, the week leading up to the Big Day … for a variety of reasons – we decided not to go through with it. We spoke traditional vows at the ceremony, but the original vows were already written! I had kind of forgotten about all of this, until Husband set my gift down in front of me:
He typed his vows up and framed them. Himself. He matted them and created this whole spectacular presentation. And I’m floored. Again, as if this weren’t enough, then … there was the main event – dinner!
Obviously I wasn’t allowed in the kitchen, but hopefully the below photos will give you a good idea of our meal:
We started with the wine and cheese (the bottle of Estancia Pinot Noir was actually a bridal shower gift from my mother – she gave us a wine bottle cooler filled with bottles for future occasions (first Christmas as a married couple, first New Year’s, etc.)
Then we enjoyed a Valentine’s Day staple:
Oysters! I like mine with a bit of lemon and Tabasco Sauce.
Knowing my love for potatoes, he made an entire course out of them, including Spinach, Garlic and a Rouille (which he wouldn’t tell me the ingredients of because he said it was “unhealthy”).
The hardworking chef took a little bit of a break before the main event. Penny scrounged for scraps:
It’s a little blurry, but it was so cute, I couldn’t resist using it. She’s hard to photograph with all her wiggling around!
Finally, it was time for the main course:
LAMB! Ironically, I had been talking the night before about how much I love this dish … but we hardly ever have it. It was perfectly cooked and utterly delightful.
We were both stuffed, but after a little bit of time to digest, he brought out dessert:
Lemon Creme Brulee with a Raspberry Sauce Topping! Absolutely unreal.
After all of our festivities, we were all a little sleepy – we moved our early morning workout for the next day to the afternoon. Especially Penny. She was sacked: