Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Valentine Inspiration: Lovely Meal Ideas

Alright, so today I'm wondering...how do you fuel up and start your day on the 14th?  Maybe some heart shaped waffles?  That's what we usually like to do.  You can click any of these items to get some specifics on the products.  Aren't they fun?  I think they'd make Valentine's Day just a bit more special for sure.  I can personally vouch for the Snoqualmie Falls Pancake and Waffle Mix.  We wouldn't use anything else...well except for homemade!


Snoqualmie Falls Nutra Rich Pancake Mix, 24-Ounce (Pack of 4)  Chef's Choice 830 WafflePro Heart Waffle IronRibbed Batter Bowl - Red
DII Flame Red and White Checkers Napkin Set of 4 Waechtersbach Fun Factory Dinner Plates, Cherry, Set of 4Pearls Stemless Red Wine Set of 4

Do you have any special plans for dinner this year?  Lunch?  Take out?  Dine in?  Fancy restaurant?  Your favorite hole in the wall?  Meal with the whole family?  How do you celebrate?  I'd sure love to hear...

Found a few more inspirations for your Love Day meals.   I haven't had much opportunity to enjoy cooking lately due to my arthritis being a terdy bird, but all these recipes from some fabulous folks sure inspire me to give it a go as soon as my body allows!  Hope you find something here that makes your mouth water!  You'll find a little inspiration for ambiance, drinks, appetizers, and main dishes.  Enjoy!

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A Little Ambiance
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When you are setting the table, don't forget the flowers.
Whether you get them from your sweetie or find some for your self,
they always make the day feel more special!





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And a few candles sure seem to set the mood and create a cozy atmosphere.


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Refreshments Served in Style
What is your beverage of choice?  We love to do a little mixing.
We've got nothing against alcohol, our taste buds just don't seem to fancy it.
Same goes with coffee.  I know, right?!  Bummer for us.  
But there are plenty of alternatives.  Here are a couple of our favorites.
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Bubbly Raspberry Lemonade
Product Image    Meyer Lemon Comsumer Pack7-UP 12oz. Glass bottle 24ct.


Minute Maid Raspberry Lemonade
Freshly Cut Lemon Slices
A Little Bit of Bubbly...7-UP
This makes a sweet and refreshing, bubbly lemonade.  Pink to boot!






Pomegranate Spritzer


Pomegranate Juice 6 X 16 Ounce Case        Canada Dry Ginger Ale, 12 oz Can (Pack of 24)
Pomegranate Juice
Bubbly Factor...Ginger Ale
Beautiful red color, tangy fruit flavor with a mildly sweet fizz.






Sparkling Apple Cider
Of course it's Martinelli's!

Martinelli, Juice Sprklng Cider, 250 ML (Pack of 12)



A new one to try...






Pomegranate Citrus Juice


Pomegranate-Citrus Juice
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How do you like to serve your refreshments?




Aren't these carafes/pitchers sleek and beautiful.  I found a mini
version at Value Village a while back.  Maybe I'll bust that out!

BonJour French Press Replacement Glass Carafe 8-Cup Universal Design



Drink Me Tag with Ribbon
Love this.

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Need some goblets?  We use these as our every day glasses, 
and they seem to make every day and every meal feel special.  




Libbey 12-Piece Goblet Party Set  




These are always fun.  Stemless wine glasses...
with a very affordable price tag.


Libbey Vina Stemless 17-Ounce White Wine Glasses, Set of 4


Whatever you serve your refreshments in...
take a moment to make them feel special!





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For Starters...
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Goat Cheese and Fig Jam
Best served with water crackers.  For presentation, drizzle fig jam over
goat cheese log and surround with crackers.  Lovely and delicious!


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Stuffed Mushrooms
Don't these look elegant and delicious!

Stuffed with Brie
TPW_5064
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Stuffed with Sausage, Onions, and Cheese
Stuffed Mushrooms
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Savory Greens, Tomatoes, and Goat Cheese Tarts
This makes my mouth water!

Arugula, Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart
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Fill Me Up Buttercup
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Pantry Pasta for Two
Easy but looks so divine.

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Down Home Spaghetti and Meatballs
All time favorite...would be perfect for a family dinner.


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Simple Roast Chicken and Vegetables
Beautiful and delicious...table for two or for the whole family!

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Grilled Chicken Under A Brick

Grilled Chicken Under a Brick
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Chicken Marsala


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Pan Fried Ribeye Steak with Roasted 
Garlic and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Although I've never met Ree Drummond, I sure trust her recipes.
Every meal always looks so rustic and beautiful.  Can't beat it!

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Ina's Beef Bourguignon
So incredibly delicious.  I've had it and can't wait to make it myself!


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Buttered Rosemary Rolls
Yes please.


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Okay, now pick your jaw up off the floor, and wipe the drool from your chin.
Doesn't this all look so delicioius???
So many options out there...and all totally doable.  Go for it!

Or.......if you're planning to kick back and have a fun, relaxed evening...
whether it's just the two of you...
all the kids joining you...
party for one...
or with a big group of friends...
and you want to keep it simple?  Try some...

Heart Shaped Pepperoni Pizza
Too fun.  Who wouldn't get a kick out of this?


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Hope you all have fun figuring out the food that will help you celebrate this year!
For me, food is where it's at.  The way to my heart is through my stomach...for sure!

Much love to you and yours,
Enjoy tomorrow...Valentine Inspiration: Sweet Treats and Lovely Packaging.

3 comments:

  1. You are making me hungry! ...Heart shaped pepperonies. Creative idea.

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  2. My mouth is watering looking at all those gorgeous food pics. We usually have dinner at home. The crowds are too much for me on Valentine's Day! Hope you and your hubby have a special day!

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  3. Let me tell you ladies...my mouth is still watering. We usually kick it at home too, but this year we were thinking of getting fancy and going to the Old Spaghetti Factory to spice things up for Cooper. :) Life is good with a little one. Hope you both have a lovely Valentine's Day!

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