Thursday, February 14, 2013

happy valentine's day! + ideas for a dinner date night...

Happy Valentine's Day, loves! What are your plans tonight? We're staying in and cooking (I'm making this for dessert and I CAN'T WAIT). There's nothing I love more than a relaxed night in with nothing to do but go all out for dinner and spend really good time together. I know a lot of people (maybe you) hate Valentine's Day, and while I've never been one for enormous teddy bears that you have to haul around all day or singing Valentine telegrams designed specifically to embarrass you, I can get behind a day especially for reflecting on and being thankful for who we have in ours lives - whether it's a husband, your boyfriend, your parents, your girlfriends. It's easy to take our relationships for granted, and I think it's sweet and necessary to stop every once in a while simply to notice the blessing of the people around you.

On that note, my friend Shanna of Food Loves Writing wrote the loveliest post about being intentional with your time with your loved one. She writes this about creating meaningful time together:

We don’t do this because we’re sappy or silly or romantics—we do it because we’re not. We do it to purposefully seek connection, even when what motivates us is realizing how we’ve forgotten to seek it again. We do it because in those moments of facing each other, seeing eye to eye, asking questions and listening to answers, endeavoring to both know and be known, we remind ourselves of the gift right before us, the one we find too easy not to stop and see.

How beautiful is that?

If you're planning on staying in and cooking tonight, here are some ideas for your menu! Just click on the captions to see the full recipes!

rosemary salmon over avocado pasta

beef bourguignon with baguette dumplings

scallops and shrimp with tomato and feta

one of my absolute favorite meals ever: braised pork ragu

black truffle pasta is date night perfection: incredibly simple, insanely decadent

Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a day filled with love, laughter, and fabulous food. :)


  1. That black truffle pasta sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing the link! :)

    1. It's one of my absolute favorite meals, hands down. And it takes like 10 minutes from start to finish! Can't beat that :)

  2. We stayed in and cooked on Valentine's day - i love all these ideas! I always try to make some kind of "fancy" dinner so it doesn't just feel like any other day :) I want to try that black truffle pasta

    1. Hope y'all had a great Valentine's Day, Ashley! The black truffle pasta is one of my very favorite meals- so quick, easy, and delicious!!!

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