Together with you (and food)

Happy Valentine’s Day. :)

Andrew and I don’t normally do a big shebang for Valentine’s Day. As with most things we do, we keep things pretty chill. I bought a couple of bottles of wine, as well as some cheese and crackers, and chocolate to dip treats into. Last year we did a chocolate fondue night and it was a lot of fun, so I thought we’d continue that this year with cheese and wine!

It’s been a while since Andrew and I have had a night in together just us, so it was long overdue. He surprised me with flowers on Friday with a cheeky, “Flowers are more special not on Valentine’s Day.” And then yesterday he came home again with a bouquet of daisies. I couldn’t tell you the last time he bought me flowers, let alone twice in a week, so I was glowing.

I had bought him some candy, but I put a little bit more effort into our “dinner.” I wanted everything to look nice and it had been a long time since we had a date night, so I put out some candles and really made it look pretty. I was happy with how it turned out!

I’ve noticed recently that I really enjoy showing people my love or appreciation for them through food. My brownies are pretty famous at work, so I thought I would bring some in for my coworkers and also make a batch for Andrew to bring in to work just to say thanks for being great coworkers. I even bough my roommate some chocolates and other goodies with flowers. She is always so busy with school and her field placement, I wanted to show her some love and support for all the hard work she’s putting in.

Baking and cooking are something that I really enjoy to do, so it’s easy for me to do those things for every when I know it can bring them joy. That in turn brings me joy.

In addition to the brownies and the dinner for us, I made some chocolate covered pretzels for Andrew. I bought more chocolate than I knew that we would use for our dinner, so I dipped some pretzels in the extra chocolate to have as treats for later.

I also planned on baking some Funfetti cookies, which I’ve made in the past and Andrew really liked. I bought the cake mixes, but the recipe wasn’t on the side like it usually is, so I looked up the recipe for it online and went from there. As I mixed the dough, it wasn’t very stiff like cookie dough normally is. It seemed too soft. Then I realized the package I bought was 15 oz, but the recipe called for a 19 oz box.

I baked them anyways to see how they would turn out, but they almost tasted like mini cakes, and not in a good way so I ended up throwing them out. But now I know for next time, and my brownies at least turned out!

Most holiday’s with me tend to revolve around food, and there was a lot for this one, so it was a good one in my books. ;)

11 thoughts on “Together with you (and food)”

  1. I’m glad you had a good Valentine’s Day Becca!
    My coworkers bring something for all the clinic to share every day. It’s kind of nice but I hope I don’t get fatter! :)

    I’m more likely to buy them a little trinket or a giftcard instead of food. But that’s still really nice of you! I’m sure your coworkers love you!

  2. It sounds as though you and Andrew had an awesome Valentine’s Day. Tristan and I didn’t do much as we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. We both feel that it is a trend that everyone has to share that day with everyone else so we decide to celebrate our love when we want to celebrate it without having the Government telling us when to celebrate it. If that makes any sense?

    Anyways, I love the image you took. What do you use to take the photos with?

  3. What a lovely spread.
    I’m not great at baking, I always mess up recipes. I just don’t seem to have the attention span to bake things properly.
    I was totally surprised by my boyfriend, who made me a strawberry cake for Valentine’s. It was pink and cute and yummy. So I can tell you, your loved ones feel the love you put into the things you make them. Such a great way to show someone too.

    Happy Belated Valentine’s!

  4. Girl, I’m discovering, too, that food make for the best present XD Whether I make something or buy something, it’s a lot more meaningful to give someone so they can enjoy it. I love make my spiced nuts and this one cake for people. Oh and cookies! I’m quite fond of the vegan Mexican hot chocolate snickerdoodles.

    The dinner looks lovely! I know Andrew and you had a lovely time together. And all thsoe flowers he bought you are sweet! :D

    And homg! I went through a similar problem with making cakes because I didn’t realise they shrunk the amount in the boxed cake mixes! All the recipes I have call for the old sizes, so I had to calculate how much cake mix to use with two boxes. That wasn’t fun ~_~

  5. Aww, that looks like such a wonderful and romantic spread. :D It’s great that you can create and express feeling through food, as well as show appreciation and love. I am sure it was delicious. :D Even though the cookies didn’t turn out, you will know for next time. :D

  6. I love your idea of having a cutesy Valentine’s dinner ;). Wine, fondue, nachos, cheese, salami, and meat?? Count me in XD. Andrew is sweet for bringing you plenty of happiness with the double flowers surprise :). Food is a great way to show appreciation or love. Using up the leftover chocolate for dipped pretzels is smart! I probably would’ve let it dry up in a container for next time @___@. Hope your funfetti cookies will be perfect the next time around :).

  7. It makes perfect sense that your Valentine’s celebrations would echo your relationship – why would you have a big showy thing when that’s not your style. Romance is far more individual than the industry would have us believing and… wow I could go off half-cocked on that but I wont’!

    Your evening looks and sounds delicious and I’m glad you enjoyed it. Sorry that the cookies didn’t turn out though :(

  8. Awwwwwwwww I’m so glad that Andrew surprised you with flowers before Valentines and for Valentines. I don’t really like receiving gifts but there’s something about flowers that makes me so happy.

    It’s nice that you had some time together and had cute dinner together. It sounds super romantic, I hope you had an amazing time. Keep spreading the love <3 <3

  9. Wow, that set up looks so lovely! =3

    Sounds like an awesome Valentine’s Day! And kudos to him for bringing you lots of flowers! Most men are lucky if they do anything!

    Shame the cookies didn’t turn out, but at least you know better now!

  10. Aww, that looks like a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! I love your spread of food! We normally have a chill Valentine’s too where we’ll cook something special together (the past couple years it’s been Japanese food). That’s so sweet that Andrew bought you flowers twice in a week :)

    Food is always a good gift! I feel like it brings joy to both parties. It’s fun to make, and people like getting treats :) I also baked for my coworkers for Valentine’s Day, though I did cookies. It’s hard to hate Valentine’s Day when you get sweet treats on it, haha.

    That’s too bad the cookies didn’t turn out well, but the rest looks good!

  11. Yay, I’m glad you had a great Valentines. I think it was sweet of Andrew to send you flowers throughout the week and especially not on Valentines Day. I like flowers, but I am not gutted if I don’t get any. I definitely prefer the physical company. :) Flowers are just a nice addition. And I would much rather them as a random surprise than on a special day – if possible. 😆

    People see cooking food as a “labour of love” and then sharing the food when it’s ready really shares some of what you have worked hard on. I can see why you like it! If I could cook (um, I’m still learning) I would like cooking for others too. What I currently like now is buying people little gifts on less important occasions (sorta like what Andrew did for you!). It makes it more of a pleasant little surprise.

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