Thank you, Mom for making every little holiday a big deal growing up...you taught us well. Loving any excuse to make a regular day a special day. We used the "good" silverware last night. Candles, cloth napkins, pink bows, and lots of homemade heart-shaped cookies. I shall now retire the pink heart-stamped kitchen love towels. Sigh.
And our special Cupid-inspired Menu? Cilantro salad with crunchy noodles, garlic bread and Joel's recipe for AMAZING cream-sauce with shrimp over bowtie noodles (shallots, garlic, fresh parsley, sundried tomatoes...heaven!) And it simmered all day...delishioso!Bonus: We didn't spend money on each other, and yet it was such a special day! Hand-written cards, a kiss, and an evening spent with all of us around the table. Yummy.
My favorite part? When everyone was laughing at Lainey while she ate, and she had a big smile on her face 'cuz she knew she was being funny. A bowtie noodle would go in her mouth and would come slipping right back out...the kids said it looked like a receipt coming out of a cash register, so every time she did it, they would say "Cha-ching! Sale complete!" and then everyone would roar...including her.