Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Set the Mood this Valentines Day

Valentines day is next week.  Are you ready?  Last year in lieu of going out to a restaurant, I decided I wanted to prepare a special meal at home.  It was beautiful, we were alone and not in a room full of strangers, I controlled our food quantity and seasonings.  I saw this on my husband's calendar several weeks ago "dinner with Cindy", so I am now thinking about what to do.  If he is planning something, I would not want to rob him of his blessing.  I may do my meal on Sunday, but we do go out often.  We actually just got home from a week in the sun with a couple of special dinners out.  When ever I do make our special meal, my menu has not been decided; but I do know I will be making Red Velvet cup cakes 
(especially since I found silicone heart shaped cup cake molds).  
The following link is a blog with a very interesting recipe~~  
Had I not found the heart molds I think I would be making Red Velvet Whoopie Pies (I'll try it some other time)  Well, enough about me and what I will make, this is for you.

We all want to set the mood for romance, don't we.  We will fix our hair to our best ability, put on our 
make-up, his favorite dress or outfit, light a scented candle (by the way...if you are preparing a scrumptious meal and filling the house with great aroma of cooking, you don't want to compete with it), set the table with your good china.  It doesn't have to be a complicated meal.  A simple Shrimp Scampi (look on line for recipes~~you should be able find a simple one), some grilled or roasted asparagus topped with some slivered almonds, salad of cut up avocado, tomato (about equal parts), a little arugula, thinly sliced red onion or shallots on top, and a simple balsamic vinaigrette. Just make it something out of the ordinary and it will be special.  I almost always google recipes, read several and come up with my own ideas from what I see.

Now, if you are in the season of life with young kids at home, you may need to be creative for a solution for a romantic evening alone.  How about trading kids with a friend on Saturday and Sunday night; you will each have one quiet night alone.  When the kids are over, opt for chicken nuggets and pasta salad with broccoli and bow-ties or mac and cheese.  With a little bit of advanced planning, you can set the mood for a quiet romantic evening at home, whether it be on Valentines Day or any other day.  You have all that is needed for a timelessly beautiful evening.  Make the magic happen.  Have a truly beautiful celebration of your love.

 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is (springs) from God; 
and he who loves [his fellowmen] is begotten (born) 
of God and is coming [progressively] to know and understand God [to perceive and recognize and get a better and clearer knowledge of Him]. 
1 John 4: 7 Amplified Version 

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