I love Valentine’s Day. Yes, it’s gotten too commercial but what holiday hasn’t? Valentine’s Day is special because it makes me stop and take a day to say, “Hey, I’m not taking you for granted.” Or, “How about we have a lunchtime date today?” It also gives me an excuse to wrangle an extra hug or two along with an “I love you” out of my teens. (No, I’m not above bribery when it comes to hugging my nearly as tall as me children.) We celebrate Valentine’s day simply with a special dinner cooked at home, chocolates, and homemade cards. You might call it very stylishly frugal.
This year we’re having my friend, Stephanie’s, beets and whole wheat pasta, dish with pureed beets. Beets are delicious and nutritious and there’s nothing like their natural color in cooking. This dish will be served with a green salad and some sort of meat, because it’s a special occasion.
Gingham bags filled with chocolates
A box of chocolates from the grocery store is transformed into festive little treats when a couple of pieces are placed in a gingham bag and tied with a ribbon. They’re easy to sew and I use these same little bags at Christmas time, when they’re filled with malt balls, tied with a Christmas ribbon, and tucked into a stocking.
Happy Valentine’s Day and thank you for reading Go Gingham!
How do you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Any special traditions?