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!