Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Dinner Recap

How Do You eat your Kabobs?
The kids eat them off the stick.
I take everything off and mix it all with my rice!

My Mock Olive Garden Salad
Oops! I forgot the olives! And carrots!

The assembled Kabobs.
We each did our own...

Dark Chocolate - Dick Hosted A Tasting Event
We each had our own little plates and Dick gave us a square,
one at a time, to savor.
The winner was the milk chocolate - for the kids and I!

Our Centerpiece
Love M&Ms!
Seriously...
I always have the 'bag of the season' on my scrappy desk.
Dark chocolate. No peanuts.

The Dessert!
I love making these!

Oh man... We spent 2 hours at the dinner table last night! It was so much fun!!!!

I decorated the table and put everyone's little love gifts at their spot. The kids got a heart box of goodies, and Mr. S got a 12 cup capacity French Press... (note: it's really 6 cups - we measured!).

We had a toast in the kitchen... We all clinked our special drinks glasses.

Then, everyone built their own lamb kabobs. The kids nabbed most of the pineapple (real, not the canned kind, of course!) Gads. Next year the parents will have to go first through the food line! But oh, were they yummy!!!

Then, we had our salad - my mock Olive Garden salad!

And then... the main course... Kabobs and rice...

After that we did our dark chocolate tasting... we interspersed the taste with the chocolate dipped strawberries! Dang some of that stuff is bitter!

It was a great family night... a real event..

Can't wait to scrap these photos!

I gotta say... I am just Lovin' life...

16 comments:

Kelly Booth said...

Wow...What a Fun Evening you all had....Family times are the BEST!!
Enjoyed seeing the recap....

Anne said...

Hi, Andi! What a spread! And such a lovely table, too! Sounds like ya'll know how to celebrate RIGHT! I love the "chocolate tasting" idea! May have to steal it! Happy Valentine's! :-)

noble pig said...

What a great night and the centerpiece is so simple and adorable, I love it!

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful table! and yummy! Love that you had such a wonderful time!

ginny said...

What a happy post!
Your kids will not only always remember this, they will most likely carry this famliness on to their future families.
Good momma!

Sweet Blessings said...

Oh, how I wish I was at that dinner party..the food looked totally delicious..the dipped strawberries beautiful & elegant, the centerpiece perfect with candles & chocolate...and the chocolate tasting event...what an awesome idea! (I might have to steal that one, sometime :D) It looks like your day was filled with nothing less than the magic of Love and time spent with family!!! Thanks so much for sharing it with us...Sweet blessings!

Anonymous said...

Just stopped by to Say, "Hello" to the Sextons!


Thatlooks like a fantastic spread there... LOL, No "Fowl Meat"

From our Family to yours, we hope 2009 is great for you!

Pat..Pat~n~Tams Beef

Keeneye said...

That Gilstrap Bros Cabernet is one of our favorites.

Looks like a great time. ;^)

Jacqueline said...

Looks so cozy! I have never heard of this before, but I take it is a tradition to eat strawberries dipped in chocolate for valentines! I told DH and his eyes lit up...
Looks scrumptious! I also love the idea of the candles with the M&M's - once again alot of nice ideas and I can learn alot from you!

Lisa Renéa said...

Andi, I started reading this last night, and had to come back and finish it.
As always your writing compares to reading a great magazine article! I truly adore how you tell a story! Your family is so beautiful, makes me remember how precious it is to have youngsters around! Thank you for sharing!!

Stamping Cafe said...

Beautiful table and look at all those yummy treats!! So happy that you had a wonderful time with your family!

Karen said...

What a great family Valentine's!!! I'll have to remember that one. Love the cute pink and red M&M with the tea light centerpiece. And the food looks great too! :>

Tami B. said...

You know how to party. What a fun and memorable family celebration. Love the chocolate tasting.

Arlene said...

What great pictures too. This was a beautiful celebration. How can you pick just a couple pictures....

Sue McGettigan said...

It looks and sounds just perfect Andi, love your M&Ms candlescape - so cool :)

*karendianne. said...

Now this is magical. What beauty at your table.