Thursday, February 7, 2008

Countdown to Valentine's...


I know there are a lot of cynics out there that hate this day... but I freaking love it! And I always have - not just when I've been in a relationship. I think it's also a fun time to send sweet nothings to family and friends. No, I really do get why some people loathe it - I was atually DUMPED on Valentine's once and the guy had the nerve to give me a bag of Valentine Hershey kisses. Seriously? "I don't wanna be with you, but have some chocolate." Whatev... I met the hub that following April. I even have married friends who "veto" the holiday because they think it's just a ridiculous commercial ploy. (Um, actually I'm thinking your husband brainwashed you to believe that so he doesn't have to buy you flowers.)

Anyway, yes, I love any reason to celebrate anything, so I love Valentine's Day! After each holiday, I look for the next one on the calendar. So after Christmas and New Year's, I look forward to Valentine's. And it's not that the hub and I do anything over the top for it... I just think it's fun. We used to always go out somewhere swanky, but one year we decided to stay in for whatever reason and do fondue. We put on jammies and just chilled out together over a fondue pot. It was so much fun that we've done it every year since. It's kind of become our little Valentine's Day tradition (and really the only time we break out the fondue pot). The really dorky part is that we put on Valentine PJ's. The hub has this great white pair with big red hearts all over them. I'm sure he'd die if his friends ever saw him in those... haha! So I'm totally counting down the days till our fondue evening next week. We'll probably go shopping Wednesday night and get all the meat and veggies and cut them up ahead of time. All the time is in the prep work - so we like to have it all ready come heart day. We usually do filet, chicken, shrimp, and sometimes pork. And some veggies - usually just mushrooms I think. Oh and my favorite - cheese fondue with bread and apples to start. We also make some yummy dipping sauces for everything. I totally model the whole thing after my usual feast at Dante's. Mmmm...

So it'll be a cozy evening at home for us. It actually works better that way this time of year - unless V-day falls on a weekend. My work schedule wears me out during tax season - so getting dolled up to go into town to a restaurant will have my head on the table before the second course. Do any of y'all have any fun Valentine traditions? Or maybe just some exciting plans? My dad is taking my mom to the mountains for the weekend. It was so sweet - he arranged the whole thing back in December and told her about it over Christmas. She's SO excited. My dad can be such a romantic. Tell me your plans!

5 comments:

Somewhere Between Pinot and Pacifiers said...

Yum...I have not had fondue in forever. That sounds like so much fun, and I sure you will have a better time than going out. I love the pj's too-How cute and sweet!

Britt said...

I love that tradition! We did fondue last year (out) and we haven't decided what we want to do this year.

I'm like you, I enjoy Valentine's day! Corporate holiday - who cares, it's a great day to celebrate with your significant other.

Liz said...

I love Valentine's Day too! My Hubby however does try to pull the "it's a made up holiday by Hallmark to try to make me pay double the price for something..." blah blah blah!

I don't even care about the flowers and chocolate really. We always stay in and I usually cook our favorite meal of filet mignon and asparagus and then every year I make a new dessert that I can somehow make/bake into a heart shape.

LSU Melanie said...

Love the fondue idea:) We have a nice pot that we have NEVER used...While dating we too went out to eat at nice places, but the service isnt that good b/c the places are always soo packed...SO, husband and parents in law, go to this dive called The Swamp Room. The have really good cheeseburgers...after reading this, we sound pretty cheesy, but it is very romantic and is our "tradition":)

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Valentine's Day is NOT a real holiday! I keep trying to tell you this!

The fondue does sound yum though.