Valentine's + Surprises + Recipes = Oh My

Oy this has been some week!  Luckily we’re on the downhill slide :).  Not that I want to wish my life away or anything!

So I just thought I’d share my Valentine’s Day, not that we did anything grand or spectacular… but still 🙂  Ok don’t make to much fun of some of the photos, the first ones were ALL taken with my cell phone.  It was a lot less obvious than my big camera at work :).

Why what is this?  Oh, it looks like flowers huh?

I opened the box to 2 dozen Purple roses.  Purple my fave!

Yup, that’s my sweetheart!

Are they not gorgeous!  Oh and please ignore my messy desk!  Apparently my desk is a dumping ground some days!

I kept the box to get them home with.  Great transportation right there!  Back when I took my floral class I learned to buckle my flowers in to get them home.  Works great!

Now all morning hubs was trying to play it off like he didn’t get me anything but I got him the wallet. Truth be told, I didn’t care.  I knew better because I know him, but if he didn’t get me anything, that was fine by me.  And I am speaking honestly here!  Not just saying that because I should.  Just sayin!

Next, whatever could this box be?

I saw the blue bag and so thought of Santa’s bag… LOL

Another Awe moment 🙂

One box to another box….

To another box.  I’d have almost sworn he  did this on purpose, but it came from Amazon so I guess they did it…

And whatever could it be?  White plates!

Now at work, try telling people your husband got you white plates for Valentine’s Day.  Trust me, you’ll get some weird, odd, strange looks.  I’m sure people even put him in the “bad” gift giver category and I just laughed.  I told him that’s what I wanted.  Now sadly enough I told my mom the same thing when she asked because I was afraid no one would get me any, so I wound up with 2 sets so mom is taking hers back.  That made me feel bad!

But truthfully, I didn’t want a set.  I really just wanted 1.  Now try doubly hard to explain that one.  I swear I haven’t lost my mind!  Cross my heart!  People at work looked at me strange though!  But I don’t tell them so much that I have a blog.  I just told them I like to photograph food, which gets some even weirder stares.

My kitchen is green & yellow, aka John Deere colors.  My plates are Fiesta Ware Shamrock & Sunshine.  Now I may not always be the best at photographing my finished food product, but when I do, those colors put a weird cast on to my food.  I wanted a white plate because they reflect back.  And I’m not crazy about the round white, I like the square white!

Anyway hubby got me a serving of 16 which is 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 bowls & 4 coffee mugs.  So be prepared to see them.  They probably won’t be exclusively seen, but you’ll see them.  Plus in this picture you’ll notice a large white plate under the smaller.  Mom got me that for Valentine’s Day.  The small dipping bowls and 2 funky square spoons we got while in Texas over the weekend at World Market.

Yes, I think I had a good Valentine’s Day.  Truthfully I didn’t need or want anything!

So then we’d talked about going out to dinner for Valentine’s Day but then met up for lunch instead.  So when hubby asked if I wanted to go out to dinner I told him no.  Save our money and we’ll go home and cook something.  While in Texas at World Market we found the cutest pasta.  It’s in the shape of hearts.  I told him I wanted to make something with Pasta for dinner :).

So we settled for Spaghetti.

Now if you know anything about us, very seldom do we use just store bought sketti (that’s spaghetti) sauce, or if we do, we usually jugge (don’t know how to spell but I can say it… like make it better, add our own twist to it, etc) it up.  Last night was no different.  We actually used store bought sketti (remember spaghetti) sauce and added hamburger, spices, mushrooms, red bell pepper & onion to it, plus a can of crushed tomatoes b/c hubby grabbed the wrong can.  Hey no biggie to me!

Now doesn’t this look scrumptious?

Hey look, it’s a white plate.  And yes, in case you wondered, I washed it :).

Just in to making the sauce I made the comment, wouldn’t bread be good to go with it?  Well we didn’t have any bread b/c we haven’t been keeping any in the house, so I told him I’d make beer bread.  A girl at work gave me the recipe.  4 ingredients.  That’s it!  It did however take an hour to bake, so it just gave the sauce longer to simmer and marinate together!

If you know us, we also don’t drink beer, but we do like to cook with it from time to time.  It’s great in chili or making a pizza crust with some bisquick or in this case, making beer bread.  I hate beer but love beer bread.

Easy Beer Bread

16 oz. beer – not dark ale
3 c. self rising flour
1/3 c. sugar
1 teaspoon salt
Mix all together. Spray pan with non-stick and put in 350 oven for 1 hour.

I feel like we had a fabulous Valentine’s Day Dinner in.  It was a snap even!  No tv on.  No radio on.  We sat at the table and enjoyed each other’s company over great food!

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!

Easy Beer Bread

by Nicole
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Keywords: bake bread side appetizer self rising flour Beer American
Ingredients
  • 16 oz. beer – not dark ale
  • 3 c. self rising flour
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
Mix all together.
Spray pan with non-stick and put in 350 oven for 1 hour.
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  1. That's funny you are the second blog that I have read that made spaghetti for dinner using that heart shaped pasta. It looks so cute! PS the food photographs really well on those white plates.

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