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February 13, 2018

Our Menu This Week | Easy Make Ahead Valentine's Dinner

This Week's Menu

I love Valentine's Day week : )  This afternoon, I'm working on some homemade treats for us and teachers.  We're going to start our day with homemade cinnamon rolls, and after school, we'll indulge in some chocolate cupcakes.  We have a busy day with Emma's party at school, so I'm planning an easy make ahead dinner - Slow Simmered Ragu.  It can cook all day while I'm gone and it will be ready when we get home - Perfect for a Wednesday night Valentine's Day.  Dessert will be our favorite for any special occasion - Chocolate Molten Cakes.  They are easy to make for a small group.  The rest can go in the freezer!  The recipe links are below.

I make my menu on my Kitchen Tablets - love them.  Isn't that little French Green pot so classic?

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Last week's new collection featured a lot of new Family Dinner Essentials that make the daily routine easier and a little prettier - which makes things easier, right?  Some of my favorite ways to gussy up my kitchen is with fresh tea towels and pot holders.  Seriously - go look at your tea towels and your oven mitts.  I'm sure they've seen better days!  Why are oven mitts always the worst looking thing in anyone's kitchen?  These Classic Navy & White stripe have been my favorite for years.  They look great with the new Navy Block Print Tea Towels, too.

Our favorite way to dress up the table during the week is a pair of beautiful Beeswax Candles and a pitcher of something - berries, hydrangea, tulips, whatever you can find at the grocery store.  It will be the best $12 you spend all week.

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Here's a little peek at our spring bulbs I've been forcing for a couple of weeks - they are starting to sprout!  These are daffodils.

And these are Tulips.  So fun to have a little Spring inside.

Poached Salmon & Vegetables

Since tomorrow is Valentine's Day, I thought we'd start out ahead of all of the chocolate indulgences with a super healthy super tonight.  This has so much flavor!

"Homemade" Cinnamon Rolls

Tomorrow morning we're starting off with "homemade" cinnamon rolls (from frozen bread dough) for Valentine's Day : )

For dinner, a big bottle of wine and Slow Simmered Ragu - a house favorite!

This is always my go-to for a special dinner at home - they are so easy to make, especially in small batches.  The rest can go in the freezer!

Over the weekend, I plan to make this Rosemary Pork Roast - it is so unbelievably good.  It is hearty, but still feels a little springy.

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