Saturday, February 14, 2009

Luck of the Draw—Valentine’s Day


The other day during a commercial break Calvin asked if I wanted a pajama-gram for Valentine’s Day. It made me laugh because, well, just because it did and he’s never suggested a pajama-gram before. Later he asked me if I wanted a whatever-they-advertise-on-O’Reilly-gram for Valentine’s Day. Still later he asked me what I did want for Valentine’s Day—candy, flowers, chocolate, dinner at a restaurant (he stopped before he offered diamonds). I had already picked up a $5 red and white bouquet so he wouldn’t have to brave the chaos and I assured him our twenty year tradition of a steak and shrimp dinner at home was still perfect for me. We had a wonderful meal with a nice salad, mashed cheese potatoes, steamed vegetables, shrimp and steak. We both enjoy fixing and eating a good meal together. Happy Valentine's Day to us.

Cali and I made Jill’s Sugar Cookies this morning. They are so very good. I really like the recipe. Cali and Ande both have the patience to fight dough and make cut-out cookies, whereas I roll it into little balls. Cali cut the cookies while I mixed the frosting. We’re a good team in the kitchen and visiting made it even more fun. Note of encouragement to young mothers, if you wait long enough it’s really fun to cook with your kids in the kitchen.

This week we also used Amy’s grilled salmon recipe. It was wonderful and I am excited to use it again.
A happy Valentine's Day to you.

6 comments:

Hannah said...

Your tradition sounds like ours and I really wouldn't change it!

AND I never make sugar cookies because they seem like a lot of work for a cookie that isn't at the top of my list. Mya loves to cut them out now, so it is comforting to know that someday I will actually be happy that she wants to cut them out :)

Becka said...

Happy Valentines Day Jane :) I can't wait until I have someone special to share a shrimp and steak dinner with... although, I would have taken Calvin up on the diamonds suggestion... thats just me though...

Kim Sue said...

even at 9 - there is a big difference cooking with Carly than a couple years ago :o) and then there is the delightful feeling when MY mom asked me TWICE this weekend for cooking tips for things I had cooked for them!

Amy said...

I love your tradition of making your own meal...it's always my preference. Time spent in the kitchen with Jim is heaven to me.

Lucy said...

I like meals at home on big holidays. I think that will be our tradition as well. I love that Calvin offered you a pajama-gram.

michelle said...

Yum!