Sometimes, when two people love each other they go away for Valentine’s weekend. Stay at a resort. Eat sushi. Conquer their fear of massages. And sometimes...they buy waffle attachments for their (totally awesome) countertop griddle. I seriously love that thing.
V-Day with a toddler and a newborn is a little different than your average cinema-worthy, romance-laden event. I will admit, though, I wasted most of my kid-free Valentine’s when a perfect storm of my high expectations met my stubbornly minimal communication anyway. Year after year, poor Ike would struggle to find the perfect balance of surprise, romance and that not-too-expensive-but-not-too-cheap-but-also-thoughtful gift to no avail.
It doesn’t help that our V-days have been plagued by a series of comic fails. Our first married Valentine’s, Ike made surprise reservations. The surprise was soon on us when the restaurant was only serving their $75+ Valentine’s menu. We left and had to wait, sad and hungry, at another place with all the other people who hadn’t made reservations but decided to go out for Valentine’s.
And that’s just one year. There’s also the year I burned our crock pot chicken cacciatore. The year I accidently bought a rotten eggplant for our eggplant parmesan. The time I told Ike I didn’t want a gift and he believed me. And that time we decided to get take-out Chick-Fil-A and I got over-the-top disappointed when Ike forgot to ask for ketchup.
Last year, Ike and I enjoyed our first post-kid, kid-free weekend for V-day. As the list above attests, it was the classic, romantic weekend. As much as I look forward to our next kid-free weekend (dare to dream!), I think this Valentine’s was one of the sweetest ever. Need proof? Just take a gander at the valentines we created for Elliott's class!
My life is kind of a rollercoaster right now. Some days I wake up, ready to face the day and attend to two tiny humans. And some days I want to be free of nap schedules, feeding demands and fussing of both the newborn and toddler brand. On top of all that, I’m still dealing with our recent move. Oy to the Vey!
Living with kids is really the longest/shortest time of your life and I think I’ll treasure this Valentine’s because of that. Because no matter how many times I buy the wrong thing on my speed-shopping expeditions or how often I have to change because of one body fluid or another, I need to remember to stop and appreciate this sweet period. Bottom line: There’s a lot of love in my life.
And this Valentine’s we celebrated all the love in one of my favorite ways. FOOD. If you want a recipe for the sweetest V-day ever, here are a few dishes to try.
Pioneer Woman Waffles (plus 1/2 C chocolate chips)
Homemade Whipped Cream
Real Maple Syrup (aka liquid gold)
Theme: Go big or be sad you don’t have homemade whipped cream.
Mocha Truffles from Sally’s Candy Addiction Cookbook
Pro-Tip: Surprising your hubby with a candy cookbook from his favorite baking blog (yes, he really does have one of those) is the gift that keeps on giving. So far he’s made Vanilla Buttercreams, Peanut Butter Cups, York Peppermint Patty Cupcakes, Rollo Blondies and Deep Dish Cookie Cake. YUM. So to celebrate his new sweet passion, we got some candy dipping tools and a candy thermometer which we’re going to take for a test drive this weekend with our first attempt at fudge.
I think I’ll highlight more of our sweet candy adventures in more delicious detail soon! Stay tuned.