We had a rather fantastic Valentine’s Day last week. I know I have said this before (so humor me), but Valentine’s Day is so much more fun for me now that we celebrate it as a fun family day.
We woke up the kids a little earlier than normal (just a little, as we knew they were in for a long day of sugar and excitement as were we) and had a special breakfast.
Banana muffins (this recipe baked into heart shaped muffin tins), heart pancakes and strawberries.
We made pancake batter using our usual C00king Light recipe (click for recipe) and I used fresh beet juice to color half the batter. As a unintended bonus, I forgot to half the recipe like I normally do and we ended up with ample pancakes which the kids ate for breakfast for the next two days. It was the gift that kept on giving.
A comedian that the husband and I both love, Demetri Martin, made a joke once about pancakes pulling a parachute on your day. I find that to be so true, even though the same ingredients baked into, say, a muffin, have no impact. If I eat pancakes I immediately want to sit on the couch and do nothing. Which wasn’t exactly in the cards for the rest of the day, so I skipped the pancakes and had a green juice. Interestingly enough, pancakes do nothing to damper my kid’s energy levels.
I packed the kid’s lunches while they ate breakfast.
The girl got heart shaped PB&J, heart shaped apples, a tube yogurt, some pretzels (including a few with white chocolate and sprinkles) and heart shaped cucumbers and bell peppers.
The boy got a sugar cookie (that he decorated the night before with our special beet colored frosting and, yes, I am aware that is a wee bit hippie), cheese tortilla roll up, strawberries, pirate’s booty and heart shaped apples and cucumbers.
After depositing two very excited kids at their respective schools, I ate my breakfast in the car on the way to yoga.
green jasmine tea, banana muffin and almonds
I had a post-yoga snack of beet + carrot+ apple + ginger juice and a raw brownie (this recipe from VegNews). It was savored after a challenging class. Can I also say again how much I love yoga?
I am sure I had some lunch, but I don’t have any pictures nor any recollection of what it was I ate. Guess it wasn’t that memorable.
Both kids left school seriously hyped up on sugar. As in alternating between bouncing off walls and talking a mile a minute. They had apples and almonds for a snack, making me the mean mom that didn’t let them dip into their Valentine’s Day candy just yet. It was quite fun to look through their loot and cards. There are some kids with uber-talented Pinterest-loving crafty moms in their classes. I am emphatically not one of them. But I love seeing their handiwork!
We had a family in our neighborhood over for our annual Valentine’s Day pasta dinner. It got a bit chaotic with 4 kids in the house so I didn’t get a picture of our main course, but you can check out previous Valentine’s Day posts if you’d like to see tomato cream sauce over penne pasta. We also had an unpictured salad with my favorite pink dressing, Oh She Glows Cranberry Vinaigrette.
The rest of our dinner spread:
Heart shaped pineapple and cantaloupe (which turned out to be a great task for my 7 year old) and strawberries
Chocolate covered strawberries, ‘pie crust + either chocolate chips or strawberry jam as filling’ tarts and sugar cookies that the kids and I did the night before.
Veggies + hummus (in a heart tin, of course)
Our traditional heart-shaped foccacia bread (pardon the lighting as neither the bread or I are as anemic as the picture suggests)
There was also red wine, sparkling pink lemonade + sparkling water drinks for the kids and lots of noise.
It was a great day to celebrate love and eat good food!
linking up (for the first time in ages!) with the WIAW at Peas and Crayons