IT'S ALMOST ST. VALENTINE'S DAYOn this Valentine's Day Eve, it's cold and windy and I have no desire to go out or do anything. Although I do prefer to spend all holidays safely at home; this nasty weather zaps all my enthusiasm. We will be missing the brunt of this next big storm, but we will still get a couple of inches. But it is the cold that is scary. But again, it is almost over and it looks to be moderating by this time next week.
One positive thing, Valentine's Day is Friday, so that means celebrating all weekend. My preference is for easy, casual, comfy foods and a casual celebration. Here are some of my choices.
I love pizza, yes I admit it, but who doesn't. It really is the most perfect food. Although we do have one local pizzeria that makes the greatest heart shaped pizzas anytime of the year; making one of your own is very simple. We all know what a heart shape looks like, so this dough was free hand shaped into a heart and then add the usual topping and bake. Parmesan dusted bread sticks are just from a refrigerated dough twisted, baked and sprinkled with cheese.
Another one of my favorite foods is grilled cheese and tomato soup. And with this cold Winter weather there is nothing more comforting.
When I make my heart shaped grilled cheese, I assemble it and grill it with the traditional shape and then use a cookie cutter to shape it. It is much easier to grill it uncut than it is cut into heart shape.
I think heart shaped pancakes are many peoples go-to Valentine's Day breakfast treat. With pancakes, again, I cut the heart shape after they are grilled.
I found a package of heart shaped cookie cutters at The Christmas Tree Shops.
And, since I don't drink any alcoholic beverages, "mocktails" are my choice. One I love in the Summer, but I think it is perfect for Valentine's Day, Shirley Temple.
Simply, ginger ale, Grenadian, and ice. Or you can choose a Roy Roger, another one of my favorites, substitute cola for the ginger ale.
And no Valentine's Day would be complete with out a little gift. For Valentine's Day, like other holidays, I love gift baskets filled with small personal or unique items. Of course they should be dressed festively for the day.
One activity I try to incorporate in all holiday celebrations is popping party crackers. They are not easy to find for all holidays, but I found this set around Christmas time and thought they would work great for Valentine's Day. They are in simple red polka dots and red and white stripes.
I hope every one stays safe and warm and has a wonderful holiday weekend.
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY