Please join me in five steps to a homemade Valentine’s Day. My Valentine’s Day has grown into a tradition celebrated once a year. It’s a tradition with romance, fun and delicious food. I’m sharing it with you, just in case you were looking for a new and fun way to spend a homemade Valentine this year. It’s time tested, as we probably have been doing this for over ten years!
Here are five romantic, fun, and memorable ways to celebrate your Valentine’s Day.
1. Prepare for Valentine’s Day by stocking up on your favorite Valentine candy – we chose the Yum Earth organic pops & gummy fruits this year. A whole big box came in the mail, and boy was I excited. And it was so sweet to get a personalized Valentine message on my candy.https://yumearth.com/products/valentines-day-lollipops
2. Pick out a card or make a card. I have not decided what I will do yet, but I am leaning toward making one. If you make a card, there are plenty of templates out there, and you can design one at Canva.com. I love flowers and can’t wait for my red roses. The most important gift is sharing our love.
3. Prepare a special romantic meal and pretend your home is a restaurant. First, choose a type of food (like Italian). We are doing Italian Restaurant for Valentine’s Day. Decorate with candles on the table, and you are all set.
Plan a delicious menu! Our menu will be is fresh, crisped salad with Italian dressing, spaghetti and meatballs, Italian bread, and spumoni ice cream for dessert (actually, this year we’re having Havanna Alfajores from Argentina with whipped cream).
We both love to cook and Don will be making the spaghetti & meatballs and I’ll do the Italian bread, salad, and whipped cream. Our spaghetti recipe is from The New Times Cook Book. I’ve always been told that a good and often used book has worn pages, and ours is falling apart lol. The bread recipe is from King Arthur Baking: Italian Bread 101. They even have a video that shows you how to braid the bread on the site. Tips on crisping the salad: Wash and then wrap the lettuce gently in a cotton tea towel (we use the Ikea tea towels with the red stripe) and refrigerate.
4. Choose music to go with the theme of your dinner. It’s an Italian restaurant so we’ll be playing selections from Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. Music sets the mood!
5. Decide on a movie. Every year we watch the original Lady and the Tramp. We have seen it many times, but it never gets old. We especially love the scene where Lady and the Tramp share a strand of spaghetti. We actually worked on the remake of the film a few years ago in Savannah, Ga. It was exciting to see this scene come alive from an animated film to live-action featuring real dogs and people.https://www.shopdisney.com/lady-and-the-tramp-dvd-signature-collection-477459540225.html?isProductSearch=0&plpPosition=18&searchType=autosuggest
The Oldest Love Story
So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bare a son.
And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the Lord, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.
And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath born him. Ruth 4:13-15 (KJV)
The Book of Ruth demonstrates God’s love for us through the love story of Boaz and Ruth. Ruth and her mother-in-law, Naomi, devotion to each other are endearing. Although, only 2400 words, the Book of Ruth is powerful and beautiful. The Book of Ruth takes place in 1150 BCE making it one of the oldest love stories. This wonderful couple is also King David’s great-grandparents, ancestors of Jesus Christ.
- Overnight starter
- 3/4 cup (85g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup (113g) lukewarm water
- 1/8 teaspoon instant yeast or active dry yeast
- 2 teaspoons instant yeast or active dry yeast
- 3/4 cup (170g) lukewarm water
- 2 3/4 cups (326g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons (8g) salt
- 1 large egg white, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
- sesame seeds