My Sweet Valentine

Today I am overwhelmed by a sense of love and happiness. Yesterday (as previously posted on) was Valentine’s Day. And it really was a special day, from beginning to end.

I’ve been with Ry now for 8 years, and every single Valentine’s Day we share is special. We don’t always do a ton – but what we do has great meaning and thought behind it. I am lucky to have been able to share so many of these special days with him, and I look forward to many more!

Check out some photos from yesterday below.

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The day started out on a very positive note when my Dad surprised me at work with these glorious roses. I really love the vase as well – its perfect for smaller arrangements or wild flowers I pick on my own. Definitely a keeper. =)

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For lunch, I took my parents out to Zeppe’s Pizzeria in Hudson. Always a favorite of mine, it was warm and beautifully decorated inside, which was such a nice treat on a cold winter day! I indulged a bit in this caprese ciabatta sandwich. Normally I would stay way from the carbs, but it was a holiday, and in my mind, that made it perfectly okay. And boy was it ever. So delicious! Their balsamic glaze is my LIFE. I must find it to purchase so I can drizzle it on everything/drink it every single day.

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When I arrived home from work I was greeted by these lovely roses and a very heartfelt card from Ry. Pink roses are always a favorite of mine, and he selected some beautiful ones. In addition, he even got me a Blooming Expressions Rose from Hallmark, so when my flowers eventually die, I can still enjoy them. Small gifts can mean so much when there is so much thought put into them. I took better pics of these with my Canon, but of course forgot the connections at home. Thank goodness for high quality iPhone photos! 😉

After a nice long nap and a quick cardio workout (so proud I still managed to squeeze one in!) it was time to prepare dinner. Ry did most of the work, putting together one of our “signature dishes” of wine-infused steak, green beans, chicken, grilled mushrooms, and a side of baked potato. It’s a consistent favorite of ours that we tend to break out for holidays, since preparation can be a little time consuming.

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We use Lonz Blackberry wine for the reduction sauce (I’m not a wine drinker, but this is quite possibly the best wine I’ve ever had in my entire life – plus it’s cheap, which makes it taste even better IMO).

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The food was grilled to perfection (Ry braved the snow and cold temperatures to grill outside!) and finally dinner was served. I sat there drooling over my plate and surprisingly, I managed to snap a photo before I wolfed it all down.

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The perfect ending to our night was a treat of chocolate covered strawberries that I picked up at the grocery store. Definitely something I only would indulge in on a holiday like Valentine’s Day, but they were so delicious! They only lasted a few seconds before they were gone, so again, very surprising I got a photo at all.

The entire day was filled with great memories, lots of love, and delicious food. I have some extra exercising to do today and this weekend to make up for my indulgences, but it was worth every last calorie.

I am so grateful to have such wonderful people in my life to share Valentine’s Day with. Whether you are single or attached, I hope you all had a wonderful and love-filled day!

xoxoshannon