Valentine's Weekend

How was your weekend? We had a lovely, somewhat quiet, Valentine's weekend. We both really enjoyed it though :)

We talked in advance about what we both wanted to do for Valentine's Day. I didn't really want to go out on the actual day because I knew every restaurant would be crowded and that is not the atmosphere I wanted to celebrate in. I did want to go out one night, but we decided that James would take me out on Friday night when it would be less busy and that we'd cook at home on Sunday and spend a nice, quiet evening at the house. It worked out really nicely!

After work on Friday we got dressed up and he took me to a really great place that serves fresh, local foods. I didn't take any pictures of the food as I was trying to be "in the moment" on our date.

I had the crispy, panko-crusted tofu with sauteed onion & apple topping, fingerling potatoes, broccolini, horseradish buerre blanc. It was amazing! The horseradish sauce was so good with the crispy tofu, my fingerling potatoes were cooked perfectly and the broccolini was delicious.

James had the scallops with sauteed spinach and apple-onion couscous. I can't speak to that, but he said it was very tasty and we both left stuffed. What a great meal!

We came home and exchanged gifts afterward.

Saturday was low-key. We relaxed a lot, which was awesome! We all need that from time to time, you know?

A really awesome thing happened on Saturday. We ordered a sewing machine for me! I've been wanting to get one for a while now to be able to do several different projects that just aren't possible without one. I am so excited! I'll have to share a sneak peek of what I've been up to since I got the machine yesterday. :)

On Sunday, James made me hot tea in my mug that I received from our church's 15 year anniversary. It was so sweet to get to be lazy and hang out in the bed while he made me tea and cooked me a wonderful breakfast! He made waffles, cheesy eggs and the best grits.

He also surprised me with some beautiful roses and the sweetest card. What a great way to wake up!


James also took me out shopping, which was so fun. He took me to Michael's and on my Instagram I was joking about how it looked like Kate Spade for Michael's:

Next, he took me to Joann's and I picked out some fabric for my new sewing projects. It was such a fun day!

I was also so happy because we got a lot of projects done around the house. My sweet husband repainted a bunch of areas that really needed touched up in our house and he caulked and painted baseboards, quarter round, and areas in the kitchen and bathroom. He worked so hard! I did some laundry, cooked our little Valentine's dinner and then we were able to relax and enjoy our evening.

For dinner I made Ina Garten's Bowties and Broccoli, roasted corn (Pinterest recipe, it was amazing!) and kale salad.

Such a great day!

Valentine's Decorations

I wanted to share a few crafts that I've worked on lately for Valentine's Day. :) Over the weekend I was able to take some time to just craft and decorate which was so nice.

The first thing I worked on was some bunting for the dining room in some pretty Valentine's colors.

I picked out pink, red and white sparkly papers from the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby and just cut them into triangles and strung them up with pink yarn that I had.

The next craft I worked on was a yarn wreath. I actually happened to have all the supplies on hand which was convenient! I use straw wreaths from any craft store (Joann's, Hobby Lobby, Michaels) and whatever color yarn I'd like. Then just wrap the yarn and secure with hot glue.

I usually use felt as decoration on my wreaths.

We got some pretty pink flowers from Kroger of all places and I made several arrangements around the house. They make me so happy!

I bought this sweet little vase at Target and thought it was just perfect for V-day!

Now I just need to bake some Valentine's treats....