Sunday, February 14, 2016

Valentine's Day 2016

Valentine's Day on the weekend?!  Yes, please!  It may be a silly little holiday, but it's a holiday nonetheless & I love it!  My mom always found ways to make the day extra special, and I love doing the same for my boys.  Before I went to bed, I wrapped up a few goodies and left them on the kitchen table at everyone's spot.  That's how my mom did it, and I cannot bring myself to change it up.  Once Liam & Finn are taking school lunches, I will also being decorating their brown paper bag and throwing some surprises & notes in there.  Ooh, I can't wait for those days!


My boys also had a few surprises for me!  Two bouquets of flowers with some of my favorites (lilies and tulips), my favorite bubbly water (coconut La Croix...the best!), & the sweetest homemade cards.  They also cooked me quite the little brunch, complete with some champagne!  And when I say they, I mean that Conor cooked and Liam kinda sorta set the table.  He also dropped an entire plate of hash browns all over the kitchen floor, so there's that.  Finn mostly just looked cute.  Brunch was amazing (avocado egg sandwiches on english muffins, maple blueberry sausage, hash browns, & all sorts of fruit)!  Conor has been catering to my no diary diet quite well.  He spoils me far far too much!


The most exciting part of the day was baking & decorating sugar cookies.  Liam loved it so much over Christmas, that I've pretty much decided we will be making cookies for every single holiday.  It's a lot of work (everything from scratch) and quite messy (so much flour; sprinkles everywhere), but it has become one of my favorite activities with him.  And he even surprised me with some seriously baking skills.  Apparently, he can now master the mixer, rolling pin, cookie cutters, & spatula without my assistance.  I drew the line at letting him pull a hot cookie sheet out of the oven, but he really wanted to!  And just when I thought I had this super big kid at the table with me, he put the frosting knife in his mouth.  Multiple times.  Yep, there's my toddler.  It took some serious self control for him to keep that knife out of his mouth after he finished each cookie.





I used my usual old, passed down recipe for the dough & the frosting, only needing to make a few substitutes to keep them dairy free.  I subbed rice milk for regular milk & coconut oil for butter.  I'm not even sure you could taste the difference; they were still scrumptious, and I have already eaten far far too many.  I expect all the cookies will be gone by Tuesday.  I can't help myself!



We finished off the day by getting both boys to sleep by 7:30!!!  Finn was actually in bed for the night by 5:45pm after refusing a late nap.  I'll let you know how that plays out tomorrow morning...  So we treated ourselves to a kid free dinner of rack of lamb.  We ate slow.  We sipped our wine.  No one threw food on the ground.  No one cried or whined.  And it lasted more than 10 minutes.  Remind me to do this more often!


I hope everyone else felt loved all weekend and indulged in a few treats & sweets!
Happy Valentine's Day!

15 comments :

  1. Noah loves doing sugar cookies too... He just likes baking in general, so I think we will be doing cookies for every holiday too! Liam is too cute and I love that he can do so much of the cookie process all on his own! Sounds like you had a perfect holiday. While it is a silly holiday, I love it to and also plan to keep finding cute ways to show my love to my boys :)

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  2. The sugar cookies turned out amazing!! We have those same cookie cutters.

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  3. Those cookies look amazing! Isn't it great when our husbands spoil us? Avocado egg sandwiches sound delish! Glad you had such a great Valentine's Day!

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  4. Such a great Valentines! Your cookies are so pretty! I'm going to need to step my game up for holidays with kids - I kept forgetting yesterday was V Day!!

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  5. Well doesn't this just sound like the perfect Valentine's day! I love that your husband is supporting your dairy free lifestyle so much, support is so key. Adam and I are always very supportive of each other's diet changes and it helps so much... I'm glad I haven't had to give up dairy (because cheese) but I really limit it for personal reasons and it helps that my family is on board with it.

    Anyway... glad that you had such a great day! I love the photo's of Liam making cookies :)

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  6. Your weekend - perfection.
    Holidays are 1,000 times better with kids. All the extra little touches that makes their faces light up. The best.
    I'm also insanely impressed with sugar cookie making more than once a year.
    And. Your dinner. No food thrown? No whining? I need that in my life.

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  7. Liam looks so grown up in these pictures! I love the sugar cookie tradition and yours turned out so well (even if there was a little frosting licking!)

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  8. Love how your boys love you so well!!!! <3 xx

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  9. Oh how special! I love the cookie making tradition, and I'm so impressed with the skill level there. I absolutely can't wait until Ben can help me in the kitchen. So many fun traditions to begin!

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  10. Your Valentine's Day sounds perfect!!! I loved seeing all your activities on your snaps. LaCroix yumminess, cookies, and flowers! And being spoiled with breakfast sounds like perfection. I totally failed on the Valentine's Day front and even though I planned on doing nothing (and told Seth that), he still came through with the sweetest gifts. And then I felt horrible. But then we went to Costco and I told him to pick out whatever beers he wanted and I'd pay (we have a joint checking account LOL) but it made him happy :)

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  11. i'm expecting an easter care package with sugar cookies. better yet, i'm sending you lex and you two can make sugar cookies together! i can't seem to master the icing part. . . theres a good chance lex is better than me and the icing part? and hello PERFECT valentines day!! those flowers are gorgeous!

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  12. What a perfect day! Those cookies look delicious!

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  13. What a great Valentine's Day!! My mom used to put special surprises on the kitchen table for us too, and I find myself leaving them there as well. Those little hands baking are too cute, unforgettable little details. :)

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