My husband and I were married in November (Yay!) and we have been together since July, 2007. That’s six Valentine’s Days, twelve birthdays, seven Christmases, six anniversaries, one beautiful, perfect wedding and lots and lots of mushy lovey doveyness. I am a creative person, and as such I feel the need to prove it for special occasions. I have no idea whatsoever what I will do in five, ten, fifteen years, because I’m finding it hard to come up with new ideas now as it is. I guess I’ll figure it out as I go. Anyways, this year I decided it would be sweet to go back to the basics, especially because it’s our first Valentine’s as a married couple and I’m a sap that way.
I know that Valentine’s is overly commercialized and we should show our loved ones that we love them every day… blah blah blah. Whatever. It’s the same with Christmas. It’s what you make it. If you make it about the commercialism and you focus on what you’re buying and not who you’re spending the day with, that’s on you. It doesn’t mean that I have to feel guilty because I still enjoy the day in my own way. Rant over.
In that vein though, this Valentine’s Day idea focuses on the “less is more” concept. Throw your loved one a super romantic indoor picnic! If you live somewhere warm (I live in Canada where it is cold ten months of the year) then be crazy and have your picnic outdoors! The great thing about it is you can be as complicated or uncomplicated as you want. You can make PB&J sandwiches and cut off the crust or make gourmet baked sandwiches with artisan cheeses and roast beef straight from your local butcher shop. Personally, I have always been a fan of finger food, so my picnic is a mix of wines, cheeses, meats, crackers and dips. Coupled with a couple board games, my hubby and I are in for a beautiful evening all about talking, reconnecting (life gets so busy), turning off the electronics and truly being together. No distractions. Don’t buy gifts if you don’t want to, just be together.
Tell each other how much the other means to you. Why did you fall in love with your partner in the first place? What is something that annoys you to no end, but you couldn’t live without? When’s the last time you looked at your partner and your breath caught in your throat?
I know, I know, I know… so mushy. But so important.
Here are the components of my picnic. What are you going to have in yours?
- Beef sausage
- Ham sausage
- Creamy swiss blend cheese
- Smoked cheddar blend cheese
- Smoked gouda blend cheese
- Honey and pineapple flavoured mustard
- Sweet hot mustard
- Homemade strawberry jam (thanks Mémère!)
- Carmelized bananas. Get the recipe here.