Friday, February 14th, 2014

Happy Valentine’s Day Hot Stuff

P1290496Happy Love Day! I’m celebrating Valentine’s Day with Belle and Conor (and Seamus) today because they’re all home for a second snow day… Will we survive? I don’t know. It’s really iffy at the moment. I’m thinking the only way to keep us all from getting stir-crazy and turning on one another is to have activities. Yesterday we were actually snowed-in, so I cooked, but today the sun is shining, so I’m keeping the oven off and taking a REAL snow day, meaning we do fun stuff. So right now, the schedule looks like this:

We stop watching Kung Fu Panda.

Change out of the sweatpants uniform we’ve been wearing since Wednesday night (and perhaps I put a bra on for the first time in 2 days).

Face the disaster that is the kitchen. I baked and cooked all day yesterday—my reflex reaction whenever we’re hunkered down during a natural disaster and there’s a chance we might lose power—so although we have pumpkin bread, gluten-free chocolate chip brownie cookies, and sausage-spinach-white bean- gratin aplenty, it looks like a bomb went off in my sink.

Don snow gear.

Go sledding!

Eat lunch.

Eat Candy.


Watch some Olympics.

Make the kids go outside one more time before the sun sets.

Drink hot cocoa.

Figure out dinner. To be honest I don’t love the idea of going out for Valentine’s. Around these parts it’s all cheesy theme meals with sensual entrees and pink cocktails. No thank you. But do I want to cook? Not really. It’s a pickle. So instead, I will just imagine what my dream Valentine’s Day dinner would be, one that someone made for me:

First, either a big gluttonous platter of raw oysters or some smoked salmon with little toasts. Then the filet mignon with cognac dijon sauce that I had once in Paris at the restaurant Chez Georges. Perfectly cooked asparagus. A nice piece of runny cheese. Lots of champagne. End it with a bowl of berries topped with fresh whipped cream. That’s the dream. The reality? I heard someone mention Thai take-out. Hmmm. I’ll keep you posted. Until then–lots of love and don’t forget to treat yourself!


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