A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous ~Coco Chanel
I can almost hear Tom Jones singing Love is in the Air because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! And in the next few days, I will be sharing my top three Perfect Valentine’s Day Dinners that will prove how classy and fabulous you really are! You can find number 2 here. Number three can be found here!
I don’t know about you, but there’s not a snowball’s chance in Haiti that I will in a restaurant on Valentine’s night. If hubby and I go out to dinner for Valentine’s Day, we do it a few days before or after. I don’t particularly like crowds of couples vying for that same table with the same purpose. And even reservations tend to not turn out so good on this night of global love!
And, if you are a mom with young children and you don’t live near your relatives, forget trying to find a sitter for this oh-so-special day. So, why not put the children to bed and have your own little romantic get-a-way right in the comfort of your own home? That is exactly what we did when the children were young and we lived in Tulsa, miles and miles away from family, and I
didn’t trust anyone with my children didn’t have a sitter.
We are going to start with the easiest dinner from our trilogy and go from there, OK? And, there will be lots of leftovers for tomorrow!
You could make homemade garlic bread but why would you when there are so many good, frozen ones in the grocery store. Don’t reinvent the wheel is my mantra! Buy the frozen kind! Don’t wear yourself completely out before the big night! Wink, wink.
Caesar Salad? See above about the wheel. The grocery store has an awesome Caesar Salad in-a-bag (kinda like a bed-in-a-bag in the produce section).
- 1 package chocolate fudge cake mix
- 1 large package instant chocolate pudding mix
- 1 (8 oz.) container whipped topping
- ½ cup strong coffee
- 6 Heath candy bars, crushed
- Bake cake in a 13" x 9" pan, following the directions on the package. Meanwhile, make pudding following directions on the package. When cake has cooled, crumble and layer half of the crumbles on the bottom of a trifle dish or large glass bowl. Sprinkle with half of the prepared coffee. Top with half of the pudding mixture, half of the whipped topping and half of the crushed heath bars. Repeat layers, topping with the remaining health bars. Refrigerate a couple of hours or overnight.
Centerpiece – Use a white tablecloth with a hot pink runner. Place a small glass vase (I used a jar) filled with water into the center of a larger vase. Fill the space between the small vase and the larger vase with small conversation heart candies. Buy a dozen roses from the local superstore and cut to desired length and place in the smaller vase. Done!