Who has plans for Valentines? We don't really follow the blatant commercial symbolism of the day, but we enjoy having an extra day that is special to us as a couple. Sean is trying to convince me to let him buy me a present. I usually try to convince him not to, Valentines is one of those holidays I like to do homemade things for. However, I also know that Sean is not the least bit crafty. I love him dearly, but being crafty for Sean would probably consist of gluing macaroni to paper or something like that. He has great ideas, he just can't carry them out. So I'll probably let him buy me something.
I, however, enjoy making things. There are some great ideas out there. I love this "Pair Box", easily made with a little modpodge and a cardboard box from a craft store.
I love the idea of gifts in jars. Cookie mix or hot chocolate, you can even find recipes for flavored vinegars if you are looking for a gift for a foodie.
You can make your own candles, too! All you need is a sheet of beeswax and some candle wick, which you can get at pretty much any craft store. Heat the end of the beeswax sheet with a hair dryer and lay the wick onto it, keeping an inch out the bottom and a minimum two inches out the top. Then you just roll it up! Seal the seam with the hair dryer, and instant candle! You have to make sure to roll it tightly, if you leave too much air in it, it won't burn as well.
With Sean, something edible is always a hit. This year, I want to make these edible flowers. Not entirely the same way, but pretty close. We've discovered that several types of candy (including jellybeans) have no cholesterol, I'll buy a vase, insert Twizzler flowers, and fill with jellybeans! I'm not going to use foam or fruit roll up, I'm thinking of using fruit by the foot and making roses!! That would be pretty neat. And edible.
I'm probably going to let Sean cook steak on valentines, because he hardly ever gets streak anymore. I will make some things to go with it though. I want to make garlic bread, and maybe some Gnocchi. Not sure yet about desert, I always have so many ideas it is hard to settle on one!
So, what is everyone else doing for Valentines? Do you celebrate it?