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Planning a Fun Valentine’s Day

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Are you planning a fun Valentines Day? I don’t go crazy with valentines decorations but I do add a bit of pink to my white sofa in my family room. Pillows and a throw are a nice cozy touch. I don’t buy a lot, but I put out some Valentines candy for “Handy”. He’s my sweet eater and he enjoys the love!

I used to do more when I had kiddos at home, but they aren’t around at this time of the year, so it’s just us. When Kenny and Annie were young, I always made homemade Valentines for them and I decorated the house with crafts. Emma wanted nothing to do with my homemade cards and proudly distributed her store bought beauties. I always added in something extra–much to her chagrin. LOL.

I decided to try my hand at making a small Valentines project this week just to see if I’ve still got it! My idea was to make 3-D hanging hearts, cut out from pages of an old book. Turns out the book was so old that just cutting the fragile paper was a challenge. My project turned into just some old sheet music and my cut-out hearts on my table. I’m loving this cozy little corner of my family room. It’s where I sit at night and watch TV with “Handy” or read a book.

Valentine's Day Decor
Cozy Corner

If you have kids, I think Valentine’s craft and baking projects are such a fun pastime for these littles who are cooped up in the house. Pinterest has a ton of great ideas for any ability level.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Plans

Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday this year, I will have time to plan a nice dinner. Salmon is a healthy, but also elegant dish to make for the occasion. The color of salmon also lends itself to a pretty amazing holiday meal. Salmon, along with baked asparagus and Herbed brown rice, will be a delicious dinner.

Baked Lemon Salmon

This is a quick and healthy meal, but also so elegant that it makes a beautiful dish for a romantic dinner
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Salmon, Healthy Eating, Quick Meal
Servings: 2 People

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon filets
  • 2 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp Simply Organic All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375ยฐ
  • Line 9 x 9 baking dish with foil (makes for an easy clean-up)
  • Place salmon filets, skin side down, in the dish and drizzle with oil. Using a basting brush, make sure the oil coats the top of the salmon
  • Squeeze the juice of a lemon on each filet (1/2 per piece)
  • Sprinkle with seasonings and top with slices of the second lemon
  • Cover with foil and bake in oven for 15 minutes or until filets are flaky

Notes

If you’re not watching your caloric intake, you can also top each filet with a pat of butter.ย 
You can also substitute seasoning with what ever you like. ย I sometime use Herbs de Provence or Italian Seasoning.

Herbed Brown Rice

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice check the packaging, some brown rices need to be rinsed before use.
  • 1/2 small onion, diced
  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2ยผ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp salt optional
  • 1 tsp Simply Organic All-Purpose Seasoning
  • 1 tsp butter optional

Instructions

  • Heat oil over medium heat in medium saucepan
  • Add onions and saute until transparent
  • Add garlic and cook one more minute, stirring continually
  • Add rice and mix throughly with onion/garlic mixture
  • Add chicken broth, spices and butter. Bring to boil and stir once
  • Cover with a tight lid or foil, reduce heat to simmer and cook for 45 minutes
  • Remove from heat and let stand (covered) for 5-10 minutes longer
  • Fluff rice before serving

It’s pretty easy to plan a fun Valentine’s Day with very little work. Some simple pink tulips or roses can add a festive atmosphere to your home. I’m planning to set a pretty table for this special day.

Valentine's Day Table

Next week I’m going to talk about making your bedroom a romantic, peaceful haven.

Peace,

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2 Comments

    1. Thanks Laura – I’m not much of a “Valentine’s” decor gal but I’m liking the little romantic touches during a time that’s kinda blah!

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