Saturday, February 16, 2013

valentine's day is for lovers

I love my husband.
I think he loves me too.
Why else would he get me flowers?

This year I was in charge of Valentine's Day. Since he planned it last year, it was my turn this time around.
I was nervous, really nervous. 
Last year, Devin made Valentine's Day really special for me.
He decorated my room, gave me a plethora of love-notes, took me to dinner and a play, and then built me a fire in the mountains. 
I mean come on, how do you beat that?!!

But, I tried anyway...

I ended up heart-attacking our house with hanging paper hearts, scattered colored hearts, and even a trail of chocolate hearts and candy hearts. It was a bit excessive.
Then I built a love fort. And basically covered our house in a variety of Valentine doo-dads.
It turned out really cute.


For dinner, I made heart pizzas and a caprese salad.
We topped dinner off with sparkling pear juice.

And then...drumroll...
Devin got me tickets to go see Fun and Tegan & Sara!!!
I was freaking out. [Iloveyouhusband]
I made him a "Days of Loving Devin" booklet. Each day, I plan to write one reason why I love him. He thinks I will run out of reasons. I think he's crazy.
I also got him a Valentine sock monkey. He loved it.

We finished the night by watching a movie in our love fort. 
It was such a lovely evening.
And Devin told me it was the best Valentine's Day ever!
Let's see if he can top it next year.
Knowing him, he will :)

Heart Pizza

  • 2 pre-baked gluten-free crusts (I used Udi's)
  • Basil pesto (recipe below)
  • Marinara sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup grilled chicken, chopped
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bacon
  • A few slices of pepperoni
  • Fresh basil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a pair of sanitized kitchen scissors, cut each crust into a heart.

For chicken bacon pizza: spread out pesto on crust, sprinkle with cheese, and top with chicken and bacon. When baked, remove from oven and top with fresh basil.

For pepperoni pizza: spread out marinara sauce on crust, sprinkle with cheese, top with pepperoni. When baked, remove from oven.

Bake in oven for 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and melted.


Basil Pesto

  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed (or 1 cup fresh basil leaves and 1 cup fresh spinach leaves)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts (I used raw macadamia nuts)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Combine the basil/spinach in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using macadamia nuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) 

Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.

Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. 

Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


  1. Oh my Sarah, you are so cute! You both are so cute together! :) Reading this just made me happy inside because it was so cute and filled with love. You guys are a great couple and I'm glad you had a great Valentines Day! Devin will have a hard time topping you next year...those pizzas look yummy haha ;)

    1. Awwww...thank you Kailee! You are the sweetest. We did have an awesome Valentine's Day.
      The pizzas were super yummy too :)
      How was yours with your roommates?

  2. I loove Valentines day! And I love it when people go all out! I guess we should do a valentines day post too but we didn't take enough pictures XD haha. Anyways, I'm excited to see NEXT YEARS! I'm going to reread last years post!

    1. I love Valentine's Day too! Funny thing is, I used to hate it.
      Alyne, I want to hear all about yours. From the pictures I did see, it look amazing!!
      I just reread last years post and it was so fun to reminisce on those memories.


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