After the longest January EVER….why does January always seem like 3 months wrapped up into one?…….it’s finally February.
In the long ago days when I was in school (looooong before social media, cell phones and TikTok) I remember how fun it was to get the corny homemade cards from friends that were more glue and glitter than greeting.
And then there were the dating years.
If it was a year a boyfriend happened to be in the picture, it was all roses and chocolates.
If there wasn’t one (which were more years then with), it was dinner out with girlfriends, listening to “In Your Eyes” and dreaming of John Cusack.
Fast forward to when I met my husband, and it was bouquets and cards and chocolates and our favorite restaurant.
But then the kids came along, and we were too exhausted to change out of our sweats, and too poor to trek out to some overpriced-prix fixed-menu restaurant.
So we’d put the kids down early, light a few candles, put on Enya (it was the early 2000’s after all) and sit down to a home cooked dinner.
And, by far, those have always been our favorite Valentine’s dinners.
Even when our kids outgrew babysitters, and we could go out, we opted to stay home. We just set the table for 2 more.
Whether you celebrate Galentine’s (which my daughter does with her friends and always has me wishing I’d celebrated that way in high school!), or with a boyfriend, husband, loved ones, friends, family — whoever sits around your table, this simple, cozy meal is sure to make you all feel the love.