Splurging a bit on Valentine’s food

Valentine’s Day means something different for every person. For a long time, I really disliked Valentine’s Day; however, as time has gone on, it’s started to grow on me. I think because life gets so crazy and busy, it’s nice to have a holiday where you can set some time aside and spend a romantic evening together. Last year Andrew and I decided to not share gifts, but instead to just spend the evening together and that would be our “gift” to each other. I already know that he loves me, so it’s not necessary to spend money on gifts to prove it.

That being said, I did cave a bit this year. I have no self control, I swear. We are on a pretty strict budget (because school and loans and saving for the future) so we don’t set aside very much money each month for going out to eat or just for splurges. I think because of that, I wanted to surprise him. Andrew loves Krispy Kreme doughnuts, so I drove out to the nearest one and picked up an assorted dozen. They had some really cute Valentine ones that I couldn’t pass up. I picked out a couple “love bug” doughnuts for him. They also had some “bee mine” doughnuts, but they had chocolate filling and neither of us are fans of those.

Love Bug doughnut. So cute!
Love Bug doughnut. So cute!

I also bought him a bunch of candies, which also wasn’t planned. But when I went in the store to just get something quick, I kept seeing things he liked and just couldn’t resist! It was fun to surprise him in the morning before he left for work. The quickest way to both of our hearts is obviously the stomach. :D

Almost two years ago, Andrew took me to the Melting Pot and proposed to me. Before I even knew what he was about to ask me, it was the most fun I’ve ever had on a date! So I wanted to try and recreate that at home. We were gifted a fondue set as a wedding present and hadn’t used it yet., so I thought Valentine’s Day would be a perfect opportunity for a fondue night. We started out the evening with our “cheese fondue.” I put that in quotation marks because we just made Rotel dip and ate it with tortilla chips. ;)

The Melting Pot also has these really delicious strawberry daiquiris, so I bought some mix and frozen strawberries to make those as well. I have never made them before, though I’ve had friends who have made them at parties. They weren’t too hard to make – just required ice, mix, rum, and strawberries. We added more strawberries than the directions said so they would have more flavor. They turned out pretty good!

Fondue night

Then we moved on to chocolate fondue – my favorite part of the night! I bought all kinds of treats for dipping: graham crackers, heart shaped marshmallows, pretzels, rice krispy treats, bananas, and strawberries. We didn’t really use the fondue forks because some of the food was hard to dip with them, so we just used our hands.

Our assorted dippers, minus the bananas because we already ate them. :P

We watched How to Steal a Million while we ate. It wasn’t on our IMDB 250 list, but it’s a classic we hadn’t seen before and we both really liked it! I lit a couple of candles, which Andrew didn’t even know I had because I never use them! :P

We were stuffed by the end of the night and turned in about 9:00pm. He was tired from work and I seem to always be in a perpetual state of tiredness. We are such old people now. :( Nonetheless, it was a great first Valentine’s day as a married couple, and I always cherish the time that we can put aside to do something special. :heart:

16 thoughts on “Splurging a bit on Valentine’s food”

  1. I’m glad to hear that Valentine’s Day has grown on you :). It’s good to splurge once in a while, especially when it brings happiness (and is controlled). The love bug donut looks delicious!

    The homemade fondue looks so cool! I’ve been wanting to do this sort of thing for a while but never liked chocolate that much to actually do it @___@. It sounds like you both had a great at-home date! ^___^~

  2. I’m glad that you had a great Valentine’s Day with Andrew. It’s nice to splurge sometimes and just enjoy life.

    Homemade fondue? Looks yummy <3 I made my own fondue and while my husband hated it, I loved it. That "bee mine" donut is cute!

  3. Sounds like a lovely Valentine’s Day! Food is always awesome. =3

    That doughnut is almost too cute to eat. Almost. XD I would totally bite the head off first. XD

    Honestly everything looks good. I wanna dip stuff in chocolate! XD

  4. I am really glad to hear that you guys got to spend Valentine’s day with each other again and made it about the things you like. When I was younger, I have always been single on Valentine’s. So, it’s a bit weird now, for me anyways, to not be single on Valentine’s day. Tristan and I didn’t really do much, as we’re broke due to bills (car bill and other things). So, we just had Taco Bell. I know, I know. Not the most romantic thing we could have had, but hey. It was cheap! Tristan also is one of those types that doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s and neither do I. We both feel that instead of celebrating our love just one day out of the year, we will celebrate it every day. I think that’s better anyways.

    Hmm, Tristan’s mom always bought a fondue set for her daughter’s parties, however, it never seemed to work right. I believe she finally gave up on the idea of having one, unless, we were all to dumb enough to know how it works? I think it was a cheap one anyways.

    OH MY GOD!! I loved Strawberry Daiquiris, until I got drunk off of them. I was in senior year, when I found out how to make those, and well, I was told I could use rum (sparingly). I did and I guess I went into a daydream of sorts and forgot that I was pouring the bottle of rum into the mix. When I came too, I realize that half of the bottle went into the mix and well, I got drunk! :/ . That was my worst experience with alcohol. After that day of being drunk (I was by myself), I vowed to never drink again. However, I have had some ‘girly drinks’ once or twice since I turned 21. But, I don’t drink for fun or anything. In fact, since I’ve met Tristan and was out on my own in my apartment, I haven’t had anything alcohol. I didn’t even have alcohol on my 21st birthday. I was and am a goody two-shoes. Haha.

  5. aww becca that was a simple but sweet way to spend the valentine’s day with your husband! funny that i read your post this morning because earlier, no my way to work, i saw a party supplier store and on their poster outside it said that they also offer “chocolate fountain”. i thought, ohmygod not at this time of the day it’s too early for this!

    how to steal a million was a fun movie. peter o’toole is soooo dreamy! another good audrey hepburn movie is charade. she’s with cary grant there. i hope you’ll get to see it, too. :)

  6. I’m glad to hear that you had a great Valentine’s Day. The Love Bug doughnut is cute. That’s very creative. Wow. Sounds like you and Andrew went all out. Doughnuts, cheese fondue, strawberry daiquiris, and chocolate fondue. I guess Valentine’s Day is an excuse to go all out on the sweets. Haha. :D

  7. When I saw that donut on Instagram, I fell in love! I’ve always wanted to try a Krispy Kreme donut but always seem to forget every time I cross the border. I’ve also wanted to try the Melting Pot. We’ve got one in town, but I haven’t been able to plan it so that I can go there for dessert without over stuffing myself. Both are on my to do list!

    I also have no self control, especially when it comes to the grocery store. I like finger foods and think they make for a perfect meal for a date at home. Glad you managed to do something special for your first Valentine’s day as a married couple!

  8. Awwwww, that love bug donut is so adorable omg. I just want to hug it. xD

    It sounds like you had a really great night and all the food looks really delicious. :D

  9. AWWWW That’s a really sweet way to spend Valentine’s evening together – laid back, doing thigns you enjoy and fun food… what’s not to love?
    That donut is so cute!

  10. That ‘lovebug’ donut is utterly adorable… I’d feel bad about eating it.

    Glad you both had a lovely celebration. Your chocolate fondue & dippers look great, I may have to try that myself one time

  11. I totally agree on Valentine’s Day. I used to think it was silly, but I’ve grown to like it because it is a nice reminder to do something special. We don’t get each other gifts either. We just try to have a nice dinner!

    Aahh, that love bug donut is so cute. I also love your idea of doing fondue, especially to recreate such a special memory. The food you got for the chocolate fondue look so good! Cute marshmallow hearts too!

  12. That all looks so delicious – the love bug in particular is adorable! I’m pretty much the same as you when it comes to valentine’s day – time together is the priority (and sugar!)

  13. Aww this is so cute! I love the donut! We have Krispy Kreme over here, but I’m not sure if they do those ones. I know they did pumpkins for Halloween though! The chocolate fondue idea is lovely as well.

    Me and Andy didn’t really do gifts this year. We bought each other consumables, but we’re trying not to spend too much as we’re moving next week. We ended up staying in, which I prefer really. Much more relaxing – especially after a long week at work!

    Oh, and from your comment on my post, Greggs is a British thing. It’s a “bakers” that sells buns and sausage rolls and such. And a bacon roll is just a bacon sandwich.

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