Valentine's Day summons visions of truffles, roses, layer cakes, and steak dinners for two. There are a few ways to celebrate the day with your beloved:
- Dine out
- Cook a romantic meal (from scratch)
- Choose the Simple Way
Store-bought cupcakes can be dressed up with Bella Cupcake Couture wrappers and sweetheart roses (I found boxed cupcakes and sweethearts roses at Publix).
Chocolate-dipped strawberries aren't complicated to make, but you do need spare time. If you're in a rush, many groceries sell them.
I love gilding cupcakes.
For the entree, I pan-grilled steak, sliced it, and arranged it over romaine. Then I added toasted walnuts, green onions, and tomatoes .
Grilled Steak Salad
Grease a heavy grill pan (or spray with Pam). While the pan heats, season the steaks with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and chopped herbs. Sear steaks on both sides, flipping them in the opposite direction to create those lovely "grill" marks.
Let the meat rest, then slice. Toast walnuts in a pan. Chop green onions and tomatoes and toss into the salad. Add walnuts (chop). Serve with your favorite dressing and French bread.
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I made a heart topiary for the centerpiece (a wire heart with moss plus silk ivy --that's right, silk--from Kmart). I made an epic mess, but everyone loved it. And I can't kill the ivy.
The Foodie Friday Gallery .
If you missed Teeny Templeton's 2nd guest post, she made a Valentine's Day video with quick dessert ideas and tablescapes; she also announced the winner of the Williams-Sonoma gift card, along with other contests.
I'm Teeny Templeton, your intrepid guest blogger at Designs by Gollum. I've put together a little Valentine's Day idea video where the winner of the Williams-Sonoma gift card will be revealed. I loved making it and hope you enjoy it too!
A fun contest is going on at Facebook. Just pick your favorite "Teeny" video. The prize is a $100 gift card at Red Envelope.com. Be sure to leave a message so your name will go into the drawing. If you like copper, check out the Copper Cookware Give-away.
For more Valentine's Day ideas, a Free 51-page Ebook is available at Lulu.com.
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