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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Planning our Valentine's Day...




Hello there dear hearts.. 
Hope you are all doing well.. 

Valentine's Day is tomorrow, eh!

We are expecting a big snowstorm here in New Brunswick tonight and all day tomorrow so I imagine that it will make short plans for a lot of couples..
We had planned on staying home anyway.. 

My plan is to make us something delicious and will set une table pour deux... smile..

We are never too old for romance and he is very dear to my heart as I think I am to his.. smile.. 

It is worth the time to do something a little special..
We need to take every opportunity to celebrate the wonderful and good things of life.. 

So... 
I am planning on setting the table with this china and linens.. 

I mean to add some valentine touches, though.. 

Here is an idea for you.. 
an old page of music can be a romantic place mat..

Mismatched silver is lovely when tied together with an old piece of lace and cloth napkins.. Right?

Perhaps some lovely romantic music can be playing...

Have you heard the song.. 
He Walked the Line... LOL.. just kidding. 

And I must not forget the candles... 
They really help set the mood... 

Now.. 
The food..  
 One of our favorites is this recipe for a rub for a whole chicken.. 

Here is the recipe in case you would like to use it.. 
Chicken Rub.. 
4 tsp. sea salt 
3 T. paprika
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. dried thyme 
1 tsp. hot pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. black pepper.. 
Mix together well.. 
Wash and dry your whole chicken well 
Rub mixture on front and back of chicken. 
Place in a large zip lock bag and put in your fridge for over night or several hours.. 
Roast your chicken as usual but baste every 30 minutes.. 
This looks like a BBQ chicken ... 


Probably I will make a loaf of homemade bread.. 
The no knead one only takes a couple of minutes and adds to the meal.. 
A nice green salad, baked potato and probably some type of veggie.. 
Then dessert.. 

I did make this cake.. 

Zucchini Pie
2/3 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of butter
1 tsp. of vanilla
1 egg
1 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 cup of grated zucchini  
1/2 cup of nuts or raisins,,,
Just cream the sugar, butter and vanilla.. Then add egg and mix well.. 
Sift in the flour, soda and spices and mix for a minute or so.. 
Add the zucchini and stir well.. 
Pour into a greased 9 inch pie pan..
Bake in a 350 degrees F. oven for 25 minutes.

Turn out onto a rack and cool.. 
Meanwhile stir up an icing for the top.. 
1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
3 T. butter
1/4 tsp. cloves
3-5 tsp. coffee cream or can milk.. (whole milk will do)
Whisk together and spread on.. 
I have posted on this one before ... 
It is not fancy but just so satisfying and old fashioned.. 
We do not need many sweets really but I will try to make something chocolate, too.. 
Just because... smile.. 



Do you girls think it is important to celebrate special days? 
Here is my opinion.. smile.. 

When you are younger and have children it takes a bit more effort to do something special but I really think that Valentine's Day is a special time to celebrate.. 
Marriages need to celebrate.. 
Even if money is scarce there are so many simple ways to plan a special evening for you and your sweetheart.. 
Even if you have to wait until the kids are in bed or perhaps make them a part of some of it.. 

Thanks so much for your sweet visit and comments.. 

Enjoy your day tomorrow.. 

John 3:16 is the sweetest love story ever told.. 

For God So Loved the World

16 “For God so loved the world,[a] that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.


Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

LINKED TO.. THE PIN JUNKIE

15 comments:

  1. Evening Faye
    Looks and sounds wonderful . I am cooking a nice pork roast for Papa with all the trimmings and baking a cake for desert .Hope you both have a wonderful Valentines day ! It is to snow here tomorrow as well .

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  2. Love your china and everything looks delicious. I too will try to make a special supper for tomorrow night. My hubby brought me home a beautiful pot of tulips today--spring bulbs are my favourite and I love to watch them growing.
    Have a wonderful valentines day even with all the snow we will be getting.
    Mary

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  3. Evening Faye, I agree, sounds and looks so wonderful, always pretty china and good food. happy Valentines Day, Francine.

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  4. Hi Faye. I love the pretty table setting and china for Valentine's Day. The menu sounds delicious and I'm thinking it will be a good idea to stay home and cozy during the storm. Have a lovely day.

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  5. Oh, Faye, your table is lovely as always. I think we will be snowed in tomorrow so I can spend all day cooking and baking! I haven't decided what we'll have yet, but I will make something special! Thanks for the rub recipe! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. Sounds like you have a perfect day planned. Enjoy. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  7. Sounds wonderful, and looks so good!
    We are snowed in too!

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  8. you are so right, Faye, and your dinner will be wonderful. Stay safe, warm and cozy! that cake sounds delicious. xo

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  9. Happy Valentines Day!
    Oh my yummy.
    I would love some of that cake.
    Warm Woolie Hugs

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  10. Happy Valentine's Day, Faye.

    I love your china and matching linens, they are beautiful.

    We were lucky just to get the rain last night, I hope the storm is over. Did you fare the same?

    Laurie

    Laurie

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  11. Faye, this is such an encouraging place to pop in. Thank you for your gentle reminders that seem to come from such a big heart - never in a condescending way. Thank you! :) I am writing this chicken rub recipe down too. Oh, and I LOVE the top photo there - such a cozy spot in your home. LOVE!

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  12. Hello sweet Faye,it all sounds wonderful and beautiful! Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours.Be blessed,Jen

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  13. Happy Valentine's Day! I love the idea of using sheet music as a place mat and having mismatched silverware. So cute! That dessert looks fabulous :)

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  14. Everything's so beautiful and inviting... and SO worth every effort!

    Hugs,
    Kelley~

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  15. Love your crockery Faye and the idea of mismatched cutlery tied together is fabulous!

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