Steve and I are "Home Alone" tonight, (not like the Christmas movie of the same name... more like "Romeo and Juliet"... well, not like that either...I am having a hard time coming up with a good romantic movie that is like us... Brian Keith and Doris Day in "With 6 you Get Eggroll" comes to mind, yes, that one best describes us). Steve proposed to me on Valentines Day 34 years ago. You could say that today is an anniversary to us. I don't think we have been home alone for Valentines Day for about 34 years ... we have had couple of Valentines when the kids stayed with Grandma or friends once or twice I guess. It is nice to have sweet, intimate, moments, and to take pleasure in those moments when you can find them. I loved what my friend Roxy said about intimacy today, in her post titled "The Kiss". Check it out, its very sweet. Tonight I have planned a nice, intimate Valentine Dinner for Steve and I. I have set the table, and put the chicken on, done the potatoes, and baked a couple of things, and I have enjoyed an unusually quiet and peaceful day putting it together. In a few minutes, I am going to "pretty" myself up, and put on some nice music, and we will be ready. I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day, whether its is enjoyed with your precious kids, or watching a sweet movie and a little box of chocolates, or whether it is a quiet evening with the one you love. Here's our Menu
My friend Amy put this recipe on her blog a little while back, and I loved how she cooked it in a cast iron skillet.
Steamed Cauliflower and Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
Apple Sauce Raisin Muffins
Lavender Shortbread Cookies
Fresh Garden Salad
Cooked until done...
Or extra crispy.
Applesauce Raisin Muffins
Peel and slice potatoes lengthwise (so there is extra room for your cookie cutter).
Lay out your slices and cut the shapes out with a cookie cutter.
Chop up remaining edges into cubes.
Place potatoes in a bowl (I do the hearts first and then the leftover cubes).
Drizzle with olive oil, and mix until coated.
Add Parmesan Cheese, and toss and coat again.
Lay potato cutouts onto baking sheet side by side (for the extra cubed edges pour into pan and spread thin.. I kept them a little to the side, to keep the hearts free from the other pieces).
Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder...and more Parmesan if you want.
Bake at 350 uncovered for about 30 minutes... this will vary depending on the thickness of your potatoes.
Serve them up to your Valentines.