Hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day. Mine was pretty great. Corey and I wanted to keep things kind of low-key because of our budget. But who says you can’t have a great day even though you don’t spend a lot of money?
The day started with a trip to Starbucks. I completely forgot that I still had money left on my Starbucks gift card from Christmas! I purchased my new favorite drink: a skinny latte with a shot of white chocolate mocha syrup.
I also bought a piece of their pumpkin bread.
It was a delicious way to start the day. For lunch, I had some leftover buffalo chicken pizza. Corey and I ordered pizza from Mellow Mushroom last night.
I had never tried this pizza place before. This is my new favorite kind of pizza. The crust was so buttery and garlicky. The pizza came with Mozzarella cheese, buffalo chicken, buffalo sauce, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and a little ranch dressing. It was really tasty. Salty, but delicious. It is official: I will eat buffalo sauce on anything.
I worked today and work went by fast. Before I knew it, it was the end of the day. I picked up a tired Callie from doggy daycare and when I arrived home from work, Corey had these post-its all over the house.
Seriously, they were everywhere. He put them all over the television, the mantle, the bathroom . . . he even put one on the toilet.
The rest of his gifts to me were food related. He is such a food pusher. He bought me a couple of organic dark chocolate bars from a chocolate shop in Atlanta.
I love these things! He got me a couple of small bars because too much chocolate = a headache. But how could he pass up getting me some kind of chocolate on Valentine’s Day? I ate a couple of small pieces to make sure I wouldn’t get sick.
He also bought me some macaroons from this little French pastry shop near our house.
Every time I have a macaroon, it takes me back to our honeymoon in Paris.
me and Corey in Paris!
These macaroons were so good! He also bought me some white chocolate covered strawberries from the same shop.
Maybe it was because the strawberry was covered in sugar, but it was the best strawberry I have tasted in a long time!
I’m not really any better than Corey. I also am a food pusher. I bought Corey some workout pants and I also bought him Reese’s peanut butter cups in the shape of a heart and a huge box of Milky Ways.
Corey will always eat like a twelve year old boy and there are very few things that I can do to change it. And I don’t try. Corey does eat healthy enough because we do cook fairly healthy on a regular basis. But if he wants a candy bar, who am I to stop him?
I desperately needed something fairly healthy to balance out the sugar. Because we were keeping things fairly simple budget-wise, we went to Jason’s Deli for dinner. I have become addicted to this place. I ordered tomato basil soup (duh) and a roast beef on whole grain with organic greens and Italian peppers.
The soup was delicious (as usual). I ate the soup and I saved my sandwich for later. The sugar had left me with not much appetite, but at least I got some veggies in.
Mmm . . . so good I want to lick the bowl!
I did have a couple of the potato chips that came with the sandwich.
As if Corey hadn’t had enough sugar, he had some free soft serve.
This was probably the first time ever that I turned down the free soft serve at Jason’s Deli. I was on sugar overload and I knew that Corey had given me another gift: ingredients to make homemade cupcakes! On the way home, we stopped at Red Box to get a movie to watch as well . . . a love story in honor of Valentine’s Day. The best part was that I had a coupon code for a free rental that was good only for Valentine’s Day.
Corey had gotten a couple of recipes for homemade vanilla cupcakes and homemade caramel frosting. Since I can’t have a lot of chocolate, these cupcakes were perfect because we could both eat them. And it doesn’t hurt that Corey is obsessed with caramel cake. The recipe that we used for the cupcakes can be found here and the recipe for the frosting can be found here.
I have to say that the baking was way more fun than the eating.
Yes, we are using a Christmas themed spatula. That's just how we roll.
Corey and I had great fun baking together and laughing. It was a great way to spend the day. It was nice to spend some quality time together. Of course Corey was laughing because I was so busy taking pictures of everything that I didn’t help with the baking that much. He called me the paparazzi. At one point, he actually told me to take a picture of the butter because it was sexy. He is such a goof ball.
Check out that sugar!
The cupcakes were really rich, but good. The frosting was so incredibly decadent. I could actually only eat three quarters of the cupcake.
It also took both of us about half an hour to form these cupcakes in the shape of a heart. We had lots of fun doing that.
Of course we could not leave Callie out. I got the feeling that she was sad because no one was showing her enough love today . . . as if we don’t spoil her all the time anyway. We bought her a little duck and some rawhide that had little hearts on them. They were a big hit!
Corey and I ended the day by watching Going the Distance. It stars Drew Barrymore and it is about a couple in a long distance relationship. It was really funny and a pretty good movie.
Corey and I had a pretty great day. I hope all of you had a great day as well.