Oh happy day, it’s Wednesday!
It’s time to feature the always thrilling What I Ate on Tuesday But Post About on Wednesday. It’s the virtual party we all know and love hosted by Jenn at Peas and Crayons!
The veggie love continues this week, and all month long, but seeing as how yesterday was Valentine’s Day, I’m sure there will be a lot of chocolate and other decadent indulgence love going on as well! I can’t wait to see what everyone enjoyed.
As I said in my post on Monday, I’ve never been really all that “into” Valentine’s Day, until I had kids. (Except for the one year when Erik and I were dating in high school and he showed up at my work–a frozen yogurt & sandwich shop, and set up and surprised me with a romantic dinner for two after hours.)
I like to make it a special day for my kiddos, well for all of us, really. Besides all the decorations and the cookie pops I made the day before, we had a day full of hearts and red and pink and fun planned!
Before heading to their school for the day to volunteer and help with class parties I donned my Valentine socks: (What? Just wait until you have kids, then see what sort of themed clothing you wear on occasion.)
(And just so you know, they were a huge hit among the third grade crowd.)
(But if I ever start wearing sweaters with snowmen and Christmas trees on them at Christmas, someone please smack me upside the head with a blunt object!)
I made the boys heart-shaped (frozen) waffles with raspberry jam and heart-banana slices:
Good morning, my littlest Valentine!
I had something a little more pink:
I should’ve photographed it before adding spinach because frozen rasperries and cherries create the prettiest pink color! It turned mauve when I added the spinach. (It also contained chocolate Sun Warrior protein powder and unsweetened coconut milk.)
I packed the boys lunches this morning, continuing the heart theme. Sort of.
Cameron’s is on the left. His heart-shaped hard boiled egg didn’t quite turn out like it showed on Pinterest. Jace hasn’t been finishing his lunches lately so I have started packing him less food which is working out better. He’s always in such a rush to get out to recess he doesn’t want to take the time to eat! Yikes.
A morning in the classroom for me, doing real work was followed by a quick lunch back at home:
Leftover quinoa fried rice and a non-heart shaped hard boiled egg. Ever since I first made this recipe my family now asks for it on a weekly basis. I made a ton of it the night before last so Erik and I would have lunches for a few days. Even Cameron asked to have some in his lunch today!
An after-lunch snack: 1pm
(There she goes again, the weird lady eating her lemon for a snack again!)
I then headed back to school to help with the third grade class party. We decorated the room and set up several activities and games–it was one of the better class parties I’ve ever seen done and the kids had a great time. I was bummed to miss out on the kindergarten party, but Jace said he had a great time too.
I sent the three boys on a Valentine delivery to some friends’ real quick so I could set up the surprise dinner I had ready to serve. I decided we would eat picnic style on the family room floor, in front of the fireplace with candles and soft music playing. When they returned, everything was ready:
I made Emily’s Creamy Vegan Fondue and for dipping we had red bell peppers, snap peas, carrots, cucumbers, asparagus, granny smith apples, toasted bagel pieces, sweet potato chips and blue corn tortilla chips.
It was a really fun dinner! The fondue wasn’t as “cheesy” as I was hoping and tasted more like mashed potatoes than cheese, but it was still delicious. Everyone loved it.
We sipped a fine varietal of sparkling cranberry juice that paired quite nicely with our entree. We toasted to a very happy Valentine’s day:
After dinner we played Valentine’s Bingo:
Jace won twice and Erik won once.
We then shared the valentine cards we made for each other. I made them all puzzles that they had to put together in order to read the message.
After enjoying our Chocolate Cookie Pops for dessert, Erik then handed me a wrapped box and apologized that it was so big. I was a little confused then, and after seeing what was inside I was even more confused. Why would anyone in their right mind apologize for giving someone a ginormous box of chocolates? He picked this up at a local chocolate shop downtown.
Um, thank you, but seriously, no apologies are necessary. (What are you, crazy?)
He took the not-so-subtle hints I sent him the prior few weeks and half of the box was filled with dark chocolate salted caramels.
He is a good, good man.
We sampled one or two one of each different flavor then buzzed around the house on a major sugar rush while we got the kids ready for bed.
It was such a LOVE-Ly day (pun intended) and I feel surrounded by So. Much. Love. Get this: Just as we were about to head upstairs to tuck him into bed Jace was giving us hugs as he said, “You know what my favorite holiday is? It’s not Christmas, it’s Valentine’s Day. Because I don’t care about toys, I only care about love.”
And then my heart burst into a million pieces.
Happy WIAW! I hope you felt the love like I did.