insta-valentines

This year, instead of buying multi-packs of valentines to send to my loved ones (yes, I still communicate via snail mail–quite often–and even send valentines and Halloween cards, too), I went with a downloadable version from EatHealthyDesigns.

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There are three different packs of six for $3, or you can buy all three packs for $7.50, and right now they’re 10% off.  Since they’re printable, you could buy them TOMORROW and still impress your valentine on time!  And at that price (coupled with that fact that you can print as many as you’d like), you might as well hand them out like candy!

It’s obvious why they appealed to me–they’re food-related!  I love the ‘You are berry awesome’ and ‘I love you a latte’ the most. In fact, the whole website is full of fun gifts and apparel I’m dying to own, like the ‘you guac my world’ tank top.

Since we don’t own a color printer, my original plan was to print in black and white and color them myself.  However, because they are PDFs, they print in grayscale so I had to print them elsewhere.  No matter–I printed a few extras and saved them on my computer so I’ll have them for next year.  Now I just need to buy a stack of small envelopes for them all…

Disclaimer: EatHealthyDesigns did not compensate me for this post.  Heck, they don’t even know who I am!

 

 

how we spent Valentine’s Day

Growing up, my mom always made Valentine’s Day special. My favorite memory is the year we (Allison and I) came down to find Barbies and balloons at our chairs at the table. How fun.

Ever since Andrew and I started dating THIRTEEN YEARS ago on February 17, we’ve generally chosen to celebrate that milestone and keep V-day pretty low-key. I do, however, enjoy making a fuss about it anyway.

This year, I made strawberry smoothies and cinnamon rolls, served on the special Valentine plates and cups I’m sure I purchased at Target many years ago.

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I gave Andrew a bag full of candy and goodies, and he gave me the stuffed purple hippo I liked in the window of our local toy store on Main Street. (I still intend to go back and get hippo’s friend, the flying pig. Perhaps it will be on sale…)

Afterward, we headed to the gym where I was able to do two of my favorite classes. I still can’t believe Andrew made it two hours at the gym…I thought he’d surely revolt before the end.

Despite the cold, we took Hadrian to the dog park and weren’t the only ones there…but almost. No matter; all he really wants to do is play fetch with his toy. I got to sport my new snow pants that Andrew got me for our ‘anniversary.’

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We had a mini-date to Firefly, our local cupcake place, where I enjoyed half a chocolate-covered strawberry and half of a ‘white trash’ cupcake. Plain-Jane Andrew got his usual: vanilla cake with vanilla frosting. Leftovers were promptly taken to the Nyes’ house.

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For dinner, I whipped up some Ruebens (well, Andrew leaves off the kraut, swiss and thousand island, so his isn’t much of a Rueben), salad and soup the Nyes sent us home with. More V-day tableware: heart-shaped bowls!

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We spent the rest of the evening on the couch, watching the newest show we’re into, The Americans. So good.

It was a good day 🙂 AND, I still have the 17th to look forward to!

valentine’s day breakfast

In my continued effort to make something from each one of Pioneer Woman’s book of holidays, I decided to add ‘make special breakfast’ to my already busy day.

You’re shocked, I know.

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Of course, there was a card for Andrew and I grabbed the cute Valentines Day cups, plates and bowls that we use exactly once a year (if I get my act together).

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I made her ‘heuvos in a heart’ tortillas, which is a play on the better-known ‘egg in a hole.’

I also made chocolate cherry smoothies:

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Andrew was a bit surprised after his first sip, as he assumed it was blueberry or something. In his defense, I think I accidentally erred on the side of more chocolate rather than more cherry…or was it an accident!?

Anyway, it was a festive morning at our place. I might even have some special Pioneer Woman treats for tonight as a surprise…

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White chocolate-covered graham cracker s’mores! (Made with Nutella instead of chocolate and I cooked the marshmallows on the stove!)