Valentine's Day

Just popping in this happy Friday with some Valentine’s inspiration and love.

Below are my favorite Valentine’s treats and traditions. I’ll leave you on your own to explore handmade, rhyming Valentine cards and heart-shaped chandeliers. If there’s one thing I know, it’s my limits.

The kids are especially excited for our family candlelight dinner this year since I told them it may involve shrimp and creme brûlée (separately, of course) and because it isn’t showing up below, here are the brief details of our Valentine’s mailbox (another much anticipated activity).

If I could give each of you a cute, funny Valentine stuffed with chocolate, I would! I heart you so much. Thanks for being here day after day, for chiming in with comments and humor and insights, and for letting me indulge in a little sappiness over you. I love your guts. Very much.


11 Responses to Valentine’s Day Food + Tradition Faves

  1. carla says:

    Mel – you are my favorite person in the world (besides my hubby! 🙂 ) I tell all kinds of people about your blog because it saves me so much time, and every. single. recipe that I try on your blog is simply delish! We live 80 miles from a real grocery store so when it’s time to do my shopping every 2 months, I go to your blog, print out the recipes we are going to use, make my list, and head out for an (expensive) day of shopping “in the city.” I put the recipes in my recipe book holder on the counter, and they are there when I’m ready to cook. You have made my life so much easier and I appreciate you!! I have always loved to cook and bake, and your style fits our family perfectly! (except I usually cook with elk or deer rather than beef… haha, country living!!)

    • Mel says:

      That gives me flashbacks to when we lived two hours from Sam’s Club and a decent grocery store and I did monthly trips there the exact same way you are doing. You are awesome! Thanks for such a sweet comment. 🙂

  2. Leslie says:

    I made menu #1 for our fancy family vday dinner and everything was so fantastic!!!! So surprised I pulled off the Creme brûlée! Thanks for the detailed recipes!!! So so good!!

  3. Carolee says:

    Mel, I love your blog- my weekly menus consist of practically all recipes from your site! We’ve done the family candlelight dinner for valentines the past few years and it’s so fun! Thanks for your fun ideas, as well as so many easy, practical family meal ideas. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!

  4. Trisha says:

    I love your candlelight dinner tradition! I think we are going to try a simplified version of it this year. Thanks for the great idea!! I seriously love your blog. Like a lot.

  5. Ketz says:

    Hi Mel,
    I’ve only discovered your blog about a month ago, but since then it’s the only food blog I go to for recipes and I bet it will always be like that from now on…Your recipes are so delicious and easy at the same time (wich is what I’ve been looking for since I am not a good cook) !
    Thank you so much for putting this blog together, it has already started to change my life =)
    Love it !
    Lots of love and happy Valentine

  6. Fiona says:

    Hi Mel, I love and read your blog everyday even when there isn’t a new post, I simply love it. We don’t “do” Valentine’s Day, but I adore that rasberry strawberry cheesecake looking photo on this post, I will look at the recipe after I finish typing this. Thank you sincerely for all your hard work at putting this blog together I know it takes time and brain space, so good on you girl!

  7. Jen T says:

    Love you too Mel! Making your dark chocolate granola right now. My house smells divine! Yum!

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