Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentines Dinner

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.  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

Roast Chicken
Valentine Potatoes

Steamed Cauliflower and Broccoli with Cheese Sauce

Apple Sauce Raisin Muffins

Fresh Garden Salad

Lavender Shortbread Cookies   


Valentines Potatoes

Cooked until done...

Or extra crispy.

Applesauce Raisin Muffins

Lavender Shortbread

Valentine Potatoes

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.


  1. Firstly, I love your new blog look!

    Hope you both had a really lovely evening. What a romantic your husband is, proposing on Valentines Day! My husband proposed when we were at his friend's wedding, he was the best man.

    I have also seen the recipe for lavender shortbread. In fact it is in my new cookbook that I am cooking through so I am interested to hear how you liked it!

  2. Dear Pammie, So happy for a time for you to be alone and to take pleasure in this day made for couples and love. I love how you always create an atmosphere of holiday. Your family has many wonderful memories to treasure.
    Love all you do to inspire us ladies.
    Blessings, Roxy
    Thanks for the link to me in your post.

  3. Hope you had a wonderful evening, Pam. Knowing that the way to man's heart is through his stomach, I reckon all would have been well ;) That was a feast fit for a king.
    Love, A x

  4. I love it!! I love the fact that you made it so special for Mr. Steve and yourself, to just enjoy and good meal and being with each other. Quiet and romantic. Love those Valentine potatoes, what a awesome idea. Glad you were both blessed!
    Love ya,

  5. Oh what a lovely valentines dinner mom! I love your menu, and those cookies are so so beautiful!! I am missing your blog so so much! I don't have a lot of time but I was able to get some internet while we are at lunch lol! I just love your Valentines Sachets! I went over to craft gawker and had to see your picture!! SO beautiful! I love your header also! It is so lovely!

    Missing you so much Mom! I hope to be uploading some post soon!


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  7. Dinner sounds good, have a great evening.