I had rich pick up some little heart donuts at krispy kreme for the babies’ breakfast this morning. an even better valentine’s gift was a snow day. they loved their donuts, and had a ball sledding ALL day. tony came downstairs this morning and said, “I haven’t seen this much snow in years!” he’s right, we haven’t had a snow like this in 3 years or better. the best part? by lunch time, it was almost gone! that’s my kind of snow.

I have worked my tail off (I wish!) this past week with my valentine projects. for jerry, I made a cute card and some little chocolate hearts, tools and drills.

I made rich a cool card, and a little book. I went around the house taking pictures of things that go together – peanut butter and jelly; salt and pepper; socks and shoes; etc – tony thought I was nuts. I had them printed in wallet size, then I stuck them to the face side of playing cards that I had spray painted white and gold. on the back side, I wrote on stickers, to correspond with the pictures. then I punched holes in the stickers and put binder rings on them. when he brings it home (he took it to work to show all his girls) I’ll get some pictures of it, why I didn’t take some when I finished, I don’t know.

I also bought him steven curtis chapman’s new cd, with the song ‘cinderella‘ on it. he first heard it earlier this week and it brought him to tears. we’re dealing with the whole independence thing with jessica right now, and that song just brought it home to him. (dang, come to think of it, 2/3 of my kids are giving us fits right now, jeez!)

last valentine’s day, tony and I made rich a nice romantic dinner of crab stuffed cornish hens and lobster mashed potatoes. it was truly yummy, and well worth the effort. this year, unfortunately, rich’s hours have changed (hopefully only temporarily) so he wasn’t home.

so, I decided to take dinner to him. my girl paula made a shrimp and crab au gratin dish on her show a couple of weeks ago, and I thought that would be perfect. the only problem with taking a nice dinner is that we’re both ‘dieting’. well, trying not to overeat anymore, is probably more accurate. so, I made sure to pick up some weight watcher desserts, and I stopped at boston market for some steamed veggies.

the au gratin wasn’t quite as good as I’d hoped. it was a little too tangy for my taste, calling for dry white wine and lemon juice. the lemon I used was small, but I think it would have been better without it. I’d rather drop the lemon than the wine. I’m such a lush. I don’t really drink much wine, but I love to cook with it.

I hate taking food to him, and eating it in the office with other people in the outer offices. it just feels like we’re eating in front of them, so I try not to go empty handed. this morning, over at super eggplant, I found this great idea. she and a friend have been making cakes in jars. so, I found a good brownie recipe, went to the store for some cool jars, and baked some brownies. everyone was impressed with how cool they looked, and how yummy they tasted.

I’m definitely going to have to remember that trick. wouldn’t that be a cool idea for a wedding? you know how so many people are doing cupcake wedding cakes? instead, you could have your little cake for the cutting ceremony, and have little jars with individual cakes, and some personalized little labels.

that idea may have been brought on by this horrific show I stumbled upon a little bit ago on cmt, ‘my big redneck wedding’. my gosh, it’s like driving past an accident, you don’t want to look, but it’s so hard to refrain. I actually sat and watched most of one episode, but when the next one came on, and the bride couldn’t find her teeth the day of the wedding, I had to turn it off. the first one I saw had everyone EVERYONE but the bride and her mother wearing camouflage. the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, the ring bearer and flower girl, even the minister! it was an outdoor wedding, with people sitting in camp chairs. the bride wore a green prom dress, and her mama had less teeth than emma. the groom gave the bride a pink rifle for a wedding gift.

oh goodness, listen to judge holly! sorry. I think it’s late, I need to go to bed before my mind narrows any more. hopefully tomorrow morning, it will have opened back up.

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