Since I’ve been MIA lately, I guess it’s only fair that I fill in the gaps between now and February. This year marked Jarid and my third Valentine’s Day together. Much like last year, we decided ahead of time that battling the wait list at restaurants and going out to dinner was not worth the effort… besides, staying in is MUCH more fun 😉 Valentine’s Day morning, I had heated up the oven and made him a special little treat for breakfast…
They didn’t look too pretty, but he loved them! The glass crayon, I found in our wedding stuff that’s been in storage downstairs… originally, I’d gotten it to write on the windows of our getaway car, but we never used them! What a perfect way to make the husband feel special 🙂 I guess I got a little carried away with writing on things, because I moved on to the bathroom where I left him a note on the mirror as well…
Don’t think for a second that I wasn’t planning on cropping my bedhead out of that picture 😀 Soon it was time to leave for work and to go about our day. Luckily, Jarid’s new State job has allowed us to ride in to work together! In case you can’t tell, I’m loving it.
Later at work, I received a dozen, beautiful red roses with a sweet note from the hubs. Is it just me, or are these classic flowers the definition of romantic? Even more so, the note is what stole my heart. After work, I had a fun little scavenger hunt (which I found via Pinterest, thanks to the Dating Divas) for Jarid to find his Valentine’s Day gift, which was a simple little basket full of goodies (things I know he enjoys).
Some Crush orange soda, a Hershey’s Cookies N’ Cream bar, Snickers, Butterfinger, Take 5, orange Tic Tacs, and some awesome Jordan pants were all packed into the V-day basket I’d prepared.
I had one other surprise for him… a home made dinner! I failed as a blogger and didn’t snap a photo (although, it wasn’t super photogenic anyway), but it totally hit the spot. I used Pastariso Brown Rice Vegetable Pasta (shown below) to create a healthy chicken alfredo dish using cauliflower, nutritional yeast, unsweetened Almond Breeze and Brummel & Brown for the sauce! Here’s a link to the recipe I adapted.
Anyhow, we ended up spending our Valentine’s night cuddled up on the couch catching up on some of our favorite shows. Recently, we got through the entire series of LOST, which I never watched while it was on TV, but was totally intrigued with after watching the first episode. Our friends, Mike & Julie turned us on to it and we’ve been hooked ever since! Anyway, Since Valentine’s I HAVE taken some meal pics, in effort to redeem myself 🙂
Top left was from a double date that Jarid and I had with Mike & Julie (filet, salad, and broccoli), just below that was an after church tradition (Wegman’s!!–brown rice california roll with salmon, roasted butternut squash, muhrooms, and other veggies), top right was a leftover meal eaten at my desk (extra lean beef burger with a side of butternut squash, potatoes, and onions all roasted in the oven), bottom left was TACOS (they’ve been in our weekly rotation lately, made with extra lean beef and corn tortillas with greek yogurt for sour cream), followed by a grain free, microwavable english muffin with strawberry jam and coconut oil, and lastly, NSA mint Sweet Frog froyo (THE BEST–I’ve been having it a lot lately!)
Since I’ve had quite a few people ask for the english muffin recipe, here goes:
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 2 tsp. coconut Flour
- 1/4 tsp. baking Soda
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 tbsp. olive oil/coconut oil/melted ghee
- pinch of salt (to taste)
- Whisk together the oil and egg. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients. Add the dry into the wet ingredients and stir until there are no lumps.
- Spray a bowl or ramekin with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the batter, spreading the top out with a spatula (it helps if you spray it with cooking spray first)
- Microwave on high for approx. 2 minutes (depending how strong your microwave is)
- Remove the muffin from the bowl, cut in half, and spread with goodies!
Next time, I’m totally slapping some turkey bacon, laughing cow cheese, and an egg on that baby! 😉