Valentine’s Day {Menu} at Home

Since we are expecting a nor’easter (which is the norm around here lately) tomorrow we’ve decided to cancel our reservations at Catch and enjoy dinner at home for Valentine’s Day. Adam will be taking over the appetizers & main course parts of the meal and I’ll be in charge of the drinks + dessert. Here is what is on our menu!

Appetizer:

Fresh Peach Crostini with Whipped Honey Feta & Balsamic Drizzle (via Iowa Girl Eats)

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Main Course: 

Caesar Salad with Heart Croutons (via Martha Stewart)

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Classic Shrimp Scampi (via Brown Sugar)

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Dessert:

Chocolate Covered Strawberries (via The Yummy Life)

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Drink: 

Strawberry Heart Mojitos (via Young Married Chic)

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Eating in also saves money + calories and we could afford to save a little of both right now in anticipation of our 9 day trip to California! 3 more weeks til we’re out of this snow can’t come soon enough… What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? If you’re staying home, what’s on your menu?

 

DIY Valentine’s Day Gift

Adam and I tend not to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day. Fighting the crowds and paying for overpriced meals when its negative degrees outside just isn’t as fun when you’re old 😉 . I love crafting from mason jars because they are so easy to work with. I made the good news jar with a mason jar back in January and I’ve used them for multiple times at bridal showers. If you are looking for an easy and inexpensive gift, this is perfect for you!

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What you’ll need:

  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Washi Tape (or paint)
  • Label Maker (or marker if you use paint!)
  • Mason Jar
  • Ribbon for Jar
  • Tag to tie on to ribbon that says “Date Jar”

Instructions:

  • Add washi tape to popsicle sticks and add your date idea labels on top of that

OR

  • Paint popsicle sticks (red & pink) and write your date ideas on top of it with a paint pen

I would make each design / color a different category. Example: Red — Expensive. Pink — Less Expensive. White — Stay at home. Below are some of my ideas by category.

 

Expensive:

  • Couples Massages
  • Winery Tour / Overnight stay at a Bed & Breakfast
  • Dance Lessons
  • Cooking Class
  • Booking a limo for a fancy dinner
  • Weekend Getaway
  • Broadway Show
  • Dinner Cruise

Less Expensive:

  • Beach Date
  • Hiking Date
  • Ice Skating & Hot Chocolate
  • Dessert Only Date
  • Coffee & Croissant Date
  • Boozy Brunch Date
  • Movie Date
  • Rock Wall Climbing
  • Bowling
  • Cheese & Wine Tasting
  • Comedy Club
  • Sunrise or Sunset watching
  • Happy Hour
  • Fro-Yo
  • Fondue Date
  • Art Gallery
  • Picnic at the park
  • Running Date (5k)
  • Golf / Driving Range
  • Jet-Ski’s
  • Tandem Bike riding
  • Painting Class
  • Kayaking (or Paddle boarding) on the Hudson
  • Burgers & Shake date

At Home:

  • TV Series Marathon
  • Chopped Competition
  • Board Games
  • Champagne by the fire (or the heater haha)
  • Breakfast in Bed
  • Take-out
  • Make personal pizzas from scratch
  • 1,000 piece puzzle
  • Football and Wings
  • Popcorn & Romantic Comedy
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Make a fancy dessert together
  • Dinner on our patio
  • Home improvement project

 

What would you add to this date jar? Always looking for ideas 🙂

 

Skinny Funfetti Cheesecake {Valentine’s Day Style}

 

I am a sucker for pretty things that are the color pink. When I went to Target a few weeks ago, I spotted pink and red sprinkles, small vases with love quotes and sparkly valentines day cards and of course I just had to purchase them. Adam loves funfetti just as much as I do (soulmate!), so last week I made this cheesecake as his Birthday cake. I used my Valentine’s Day sprinkles in this recipe and it turned out better than we expected for being so “healthy”. This would be perfect to make for your significant other this weekend since bikini season is right around the corner… Um, hopefully.

 

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Skinny Funfetti Cheesecake  {Valentine’s Day Style}

Ingredients:

  • 2 sleeves of Low Fat Graham Cracker (Or use Gluten – Free), crushed in food processor or by hand
  • 3 Tbsp. Light Butter, Softened
  • 8 Oz. Neufchatel
  • 8 Oz. Fat Free Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 C. Organic Sugar
  • 6 oz. Vanilla Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Egg Whites (or from 2 Eggs)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Corn Starch
  • 1 Tbsp. Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 C. Valentine’s Day Sprinkles

 

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mix together the graham cracker crumbs and butter until combined.
  • Coat the inside of a 10″ spring form pan with cooking spray and press the crumbs onto the bottom.
  • Bake until browned, about 5 minutes. Let cool, about 10 minutes.
  • Beat both cream cheeses and the sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until smooth, then beat in the greek yogurt on a lower setting.
  • Lightly whisk the egg whites in a bowl, then add to the cheese mixture along with the whole egg, corn starch, flour and vanilla.
  • Beat on medium speed until fluffy, 3 minutes.
  • Add the sprinkles to the mixture last and fold in until distributed pretty evenly through the cheesecake mixture. Pour over the cooled crust.
  • Bake until the cake is set but the center still jiggles, about 40 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and run a knife around the edge, then cool.