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Vday Date Idea: Romantic & Cozy Night In

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Having a reason to stay in on Valentine’s Day (I have a toddler, I can think of 100 reasons) isn’t an excuse not to celebrate!  Whether you’re parents with kids and no Vday babysitter, a couple of homebodies, or trying to save your cash, I am showing you a great way to keep the dinner yummy and the vibes romantic.  Get your groove on right in your own living room!

First, we’re going to set the mood with some comfy pillows.  If you have a coffee table in your living room, you can cover it with a pretty table cloth, light some candles, and spark up the fireplace! A great meal is really the cherry on top here.  This Valentine’s day, I’ve created a menu that showcases the Pomegranate– the ancient Fruit Of Love, as well as Rosemary– a powerful de-stressing herb! Pomegranates are thought to have an aphrodisiac effect, as well as strong antioxidant properties.  Cook up this menu, and hunker down with your Honey for a night that will never be disappointing.

 

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Rosemary Marinated Lamb Chops  (Serves 2)

  • 4 loin cut Lamb Chops
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary, stem removed and finely chopped
  • 4 Table spoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 Anchovy fillets
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground Black Pepper

In a baking dish, combine all the ingredients besides the lamb chops.  With the back of a spoon, mash the anchovy fillets in to the oil until they form a paste with the other ingredients.  Add the chops to the baking dish, and coat well with the marinade paste.  Cover dish with plastic and refrigerate for at least two hours or up to overnight.  When ready to cook, preheat a grill or grill pan to high.  Brush with oil.  Remove chops from marinade, discarding additional marinade.  Grill the lamb chops, approximately 5 minutes on each side for medium.

 

Sautéed White Beans

  • 1 can White Beans (aka Northern Beans) drained and rinsed
  • 1 Teaspoon chopped fresh Rosemary
  • 1.5 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Set a sautée pan to medium-high heat.  Add the Olive Oil and Rosemary to the pan, and cook until fragrant, about one minute.  Add the beans, and cook, stirring continuously, around three minutes.  Season to taste with salt and pepper

 

Roasted Butternut Squash with Pomegranate Dressing

  • 1 Butternut Squash, skin and seeds removed, cut in to 1 inch pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus 1 Tablespoon for dressing
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Pomegranate Seeds (dressing)
  • 2 Teaspoons Honey Mustard (dressing)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice (dressing)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  In a bowl, toss the Squash pieces with 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and sprinkle generously with Salt and Ground Black Pepper.  Lay the pieces out on a large baking sheet, and roast in the oven until cooked through and starting to brown, about 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes while you make the dressing.

To make the dressing, whisk together the remaining 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Honey Mustard, and Lemon Juice.  Season with Salt and Pepper, and then fold in the Pomegranate seeds.  Toss the Squash pieces with the dressing, and serve warm.

 

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Do you have plans to stay in this Valentine’s Day?? Are you cooking or ordering in food? I’d love to hear about how you’ll make the most of the holiday with out leaving the house!

 

xoxo

EAM

 

 

**Taken Tiara by Amber Sakai

 

Photographs by Nina Suh for Love and Lemonade Photography

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  1. Sue says:

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVA, KYLE AND LOWIE! Looks like you and Kyle had a great celebration of your love. It’s so fun to see what creative, thoughtful, thought provoking and new ideas for life, love, parenting, advice and support you are sharing with us. Keep up the good work. I’m sorry you have had some recent bumps in the road but you have responded with grace, style and a sense of humor. Love to all!

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  2. Greg Fillmore says:

    Hello Eva with her blogs leader co creators,

    Your family is very fortunate to have such a conscientious, as well as talented woman, of the house. A wise friend of mine, told me about, a past woman friend whom we both knew, he said “Greg, THAT is a real woman.” From your blog Eva, my friend would say the same about you.

    Your husband is a fortunate man. So happy for your family, that you found a quality man, who matches your level of quality.
    Pomegranate is a love fruit? Fascinating.

    So are tomatoes, they come from the tobacco family of plants. So for many centuries, tomatoes were never eaten, because they thought, like tobacco plants, that they were poisonous.
    Thankfully they figured that out, no tomatoes on a burger, or with fries, that an OH NO and an Un uh. 😉

    Tomatos look a lot like a real human heart too. Hmmm.
    Things you learn at a community college western civilization class. 🙂

    Tomatos, used to be called “the Love Fruit.” Now I know Pomengrates are the Love Fruit, too.

    Can you feel the love? 😉

    I am single this Valentines day, as are 50 percent or so of adult men with women in the United States.

    But maybe that is why music, as well as coffee shoppes were invented, to occupy your time with interludes of sonic vibrations, on each persons quest for the journeying partner.

    In the past several years a way to enhance the enjoyment of Valentines Day, whether or not you are in deep relationship with another, I have put together a mix cd with some and or one of my favorite female music artists.

    Sometimes Madonna, sometimes Emmylou Harris, the Corrs from Ireland, there are a lot of good ones.

    This year it is Mary Chapin Carpenter. Here is my song list for this Valentines Day:

    * The Better to Dream of You
    * The Age of Miracles
    * Why Walk When you Can Fly
    * Why Shouldn’t We?
    * We’re All Right
    * Something of A Dreamer

    It isn’t Valentines day without some instrumental songs from the German band Cusco, some neat arrangements with flutes.

    The song South America can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfg5j7Bz668 .

    Very danceable, for you with your valentine acquaintances, friends, family.

    Another song I sincerely appreciate is Pan and the Nymph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCP8hAdv_RI .

    When I need some music to relax while feeling additional peace with some wind instruments, this most previous song, is a nice song, to help, bring further balance back to your consciousness, when your day gets out of balance.

    I wonder what the equivalent of Valentines day is in South America, it may be different in each country there?
    I will have to look that up on the internet, then off on a scavenger hunt to find that Age Of Miracles album from Mary Chapin Carpenter, in some ways catching up can be fun, also will phone a friend, who is alone, or all + one on this “VD Day” as he calls it.
    He is with his dog, but thanks to phones, I am there with him as I am traveling.

    Thanks for this quality blog Eva.

    You have a wonderful family, where you all care about each other very much.

    It is neat that you do such a good job of balancing being a mother, wife, as well as co provider, along with of equal importance, artist, hostess and ambassador of entertaining, with arts and crafts.

    Your husband is fortunate, to have a balanced woman, to share the life journey with.

    You are appreciated.

    Hope for you all here at the blog, a fun, insightful, VD Day.

    Greg Fillmore

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  3. Gen says:

    I love your lipstick, who is it made by?

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