I love love.

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I remember the reason I started a blog, way back in the day was because of Valentines day.  I remember reading all these blogs that just hated Valentines day and said how they never celebrate it. I love Valentines day.

I know it is commercialised, but which occasion is not commercialised?  I feel it has to be what you make of it for yourself.  I love the celebration of love.  Surely you are a bit of a Scrooge not to celebrate love?  I don’t restrict myself to romantic love.  As I grew older I felt the need to remember love in all its forms and that needed to be celebrated. Our world definitely needs love.
This year HB said he had a letter for us but we could not see it until today.  He woke early, by himself to get it out and give it to us.  It is a sweet love bug card with a photo inside of him, on the first day of G1.
I cooked our Valentines dinner last night. It just needs to be reheated tonight. It is basically lasagna without the pasta.  I used aubergine instead.  Perhaps it is then eggplant parmigiana?  I subbed the flour carbs in the white sauce by using a puree of cauliflower.  I know I said I would never do these weird things, but pureed cauliflower with fried onions, garlic and nutmeg is surprisingly close to the real thing. It worked.  I have not told hubby about my white sauce, I want him to work it out for himself and it will be a good indication of its authenticity, because hubby always makes the white sauce in our house.
I was going to do cheesecake for dessert, but it did not work out.  I over whipped the cream, and then it separated. It was just not coming together and then it completely separated.  No saving that.  The low carb base tastes amazing though (sunflower seeds, dessicated coconut, dark cocoa, and butter).  I will give it a try again, with a different brand of cream. I can make fridge cheesecake in my sleep, so I am not sure what happened last night.
HB is looking forward to the dinner.  I told him will do the whole candles and flowers thing.  He has chocolate for dessert (because he refuses to eat frozen yoghurt and I don’t want him having the artificial sweetener in the cheesecake base).
HB told me he wants to marry me this morning.  I tried to explain about how I am already married to Papa, but he was having none of that.
We gave chocolates to his teachers and a little posy of frangipani to his class teacher. I am so proud of my frangipani, it is out of my very own tree.
Today I remember and appreciate the love relationships that I have in my life.  I have a full family of husband and child and parents and sisters and nephews and cousins and aunts and uncles.  I have so many people who I can turn to, who will be there if I need them to be.  I have friends I can rely on.  Today is about remembering and appreciating these relationships and giving thanks for a life filled with love.
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13 responses »

  1. I’m sorry, I’m one of those scrooges who doesn’t celebrate valentines day. It’s been ages since DH and gave each other any kind of present. He told me ages ago not to bother because it’s a waste of money. I felt a bit hurt by it actually, but since having a kid he scrutinises every little penny so I don’t bother any more.
    To be honest, I would love a gift from him every now and then.
    Last year they did buy me some flowers which was a nice surprise

    • I understand about wasting money. My favourite valentines gift from hubby is a love letter. We started our relationship with a lot of writing because it started long distance, and we stopped writing when we moved in together. So a love letter is a bit of a nostalgic thing for me.
      I am not a fan of cut flowers, I like plants.
      Be the change Helen..you write him a note, or make a special dinner for the two of them, set the table extra special, pipe out the mashed potatoes instead of spooning, cut sandwiches with a heart shaped cutter. You make it romantic for yourself. You are too pretty to be a scrooge.

  2. I love Vday too, but not that we do the commercialized version – we often make our pressies like I would make J’s favourite sweets or bakes. Last year was coconut ice, this year I made him oats crunchies. And we do a special celebration dinner at home, I put something special in lunchboxes, and make heart sandwiches and draw hearts and love notes all over the show.
    Well done for making a low carb vday dinner. I’m staying on plan today, but tonight’s dinner will be a bit of a cheat – I at least ran my 5km this morning so won’t set me back too much…hopefully

    • Wow, 5km is impressive. I must say, I have given up ever running and just stick with walking etc.
      It is nice to make an occasion about these things and let the kids get into it too. Make memories.

  3. Supper sounds delicious.
    For a simple white sauce I use 2-3 tablespoons of full cream creamed cheese, melt in a pot over a low heat. Add as much double cream yogurt to achieve the volume of sauce you need.
    Add onion, mustard, cheese, pepper corns or mushrooms depending on what type of sauce you need. If its too thick thin by adding cream.

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