Feb 15, 2011

a belated Happy Valentines + Monday's menu

I hope everyone had a very special Valentines Day!! I woke up to a little collection of cards from Peter, the kids and even the dogs. :))I love getting cards, especially because & I'll admit to this, I'm ridiculously hard to shop for. (I grow my own flowers, I hate jewelry and I don't really need anything.) So receiving a card on a holiday is perfectly dandy!

I did all of my grocery shopping for the week yesterday, which was an epic mistake on my part. Grocery shopping on any holiday could never lead to anything good and I should have known better! So many men running around the store trying to find the perfect last minute gift.... at a grocery store. :) While I waited in the check out line the man ahead of me had 5 dozen red roses. I almost feel bad for men, it must be one of the most stressful holidays imaginable!

After escaping from the hectic madness that is a Safeway's on Valentines Day, I rushed home to start on dinner and found a package waiting at the front door. Oh how I love the sound of a UPS truck on a Monday! It was a gift from my swap partner Marie. Marie's swap is only the second swap I've done, but I love-love making/sending/and receiving something cute!

This is probably the sweetest handmade gift I've received!! and a good thing Alaina was at school or else I'm positive she would have claimed it for herself! Marie is so thoughtful! Little Lucille (dear) is sitting on a shelf in my craft room, I think she likes it in there! :))

{Here's what part of our Valentines dinner looked like. Chicken Salad w/ Sweet Hoisin vinaigrette and Coconut Jasmine Rice w/ brown sugar syrup and mangoes. I love salads!}

This week is going to be a bit busier than normal, and Peter's working late, so this week's menu is going to be on the simple and light side.

Chicken Salad
Grilled garlic Shrimp
Coconut Rice

Watermelon & Cantaloupe

Turkey & Havarti Panni's
Spicy Tomato Soup

Turkey Bacon BLTA on wheat
Nectarine & Strawberry fruit salad

Chicken Mandarin Brown Rice Bowls
Roasted Zucchini

Pepper Pork Tenderloin
Roasted Mushrooms

**and before I forget, Alaina's cake that she made over the weekend! I mentioned it was a big paper cake!! She really loves my paper punches, can you tell?


Unknown said...

Ohhh good I am so glad you got her! I hope you enjoyed everything! Dinner looks fab! xoxo

aprilmariecole.blogspot.com said...

I agree... what a sweet valentine!
Very adorable... this artist should have an "etsy" shop... these would be sure to sell.
Thank you for sharing :]

Anonymous said...

That is the cutest swap gift and that cake is the best!!

jamie said...

the gift is pure sweetness.
and those paper cakes continue to inspire my girlies here.

Jenna Upson said...

Oh that dear is so cute, i so want to make one x Food looks yummy too x

Anonymous said...

Where did you learn to cook such delicious, healthy food? I need to jump on this band wagon asap cause I'm dying for good food right now. I'm totally an inept cook!! The salad looks num....recipe?

Everlasting Blooms said...

That little deer is adorable! And I love the paper cake as well :)

gummybear512 said...

I too love your menus! Keep them going -- I love how a dinner can be simple with good food, and I will use some of your ideas in my own menu planning!

Lisa Russell said...

I love your menus as well! Simple and delicious!

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