Happy Valentine's Day, friends! To help spread that lovin' feeling, I'm sharing some of my favorite pins from the So Sweet board that I curate on Pinterest. Aren't they fun?
Kevin and I actually celebrated V-Day a couple of days early this year. On Saturday evening, I whipped up a special dinner from our new favorite cookbook, Everyday Food: Fresh Flavor Fast.
Asian Salmon Patties + Chinese Noodles with Sesame Dressing
While I was busy in the kitchen, Kevin banned me from the back porch so that he could set up his super secret surprise. I had no clue what he was up to, except that he'd spent a few hours earlier in the day running around town picking things up and that power tools came out of the garage at some point.
After dinner (which was delicious -- definitely a recipe we'll be using again!), Kevin asked me to make some hot chocolate while he got everything ready outside for the big reveal. It was chilly and in the low 50's, so I secretly hoped that Kev had bought us a fire pit.
When everything was ready, I walked over to the sliding glass doors and closed my eyes. Kevin pulled back the blinds and let me outside. My heart melted when I realized what he'd been up to. There was a hammock hanging, complete with pillows and blankets for snuggling.
Opposite the hammock a was sheet/movie screen that was suspended from the overhead beams. Projected onto it from his laptop was Serendipity, one of my favorites! (Seriously, how can you go wrong with John Cusack?) There were twinkle lights, too.
The pictures really don't do it justice. Kevin had transformed our sad little turquoise patio into the most magical of places! This is seriously the sweetest surprise I've ever had... and we didn't even have to leave the house. Kev also bought me a lovely polka dot nightgown. He said it's so that I can finally toss the ratty, old chai-stained one that I ruined several months back (but have been too lazy to replace). Boy, does he know me! ;o)
Do you and your Valentine have special plans? Whatever they are, I hope that your day is filled with lots of love. (And a little chocolate, too!)