Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy Hearts Day

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Valentine's Day fell on day three of my indoor hibernation home and off work because of the snow. 

So in between countless episodes of Frasier, I had a lot of time to plan and decorate for our Valentine's day dinner in that night. Had I worked all week it might not have gotten as fancy but I had to do something besides avoid all the cleaning I probably should have been doing.

I printed out a menu for "Chez Davis" with the dinner selections and drink choices and brought out our cake topper and other decorations I found at hobby lobby and target.




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For the first time I used our beautiful wedding china.

It doesn't matter how much longer we live in the Little Brick House there is no sense in waiting to bring out the good stuff, don't you think?





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To start off the evening, after appetizers, I led Witt on a scavenger hunt that I found here.

 It was so much fun! In my opinion Valentine's Day should be equally about my man and I think Witt enjoyed this. Plus it was so much fun to print out all the clues and decorate with my stamps and stickers.




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Witt gave me a beautiful bracelet and necklace and red carnations. The snow put a crimp in his shopping plans but I thought he did great.




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We had lots of delicious food and for dessert an espresso martini like the one we had in Chapel Hill for my favorite birthday dinner.

 We also had cheese in pastry with pepper jelly and scallops with a white wine cream sauce. Fried oysters and mescalin salad. Yum.

And for dessert, chocolate dipped strawberries.





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It was a really fun night.

Having lots of time on my hands to plan made things relaxing and it was a nice end to the long week. Back to work today, but I'm ok with the snow leaving because I am so ready for Spring.

Here is a recipe for the cheese and pastry and also the espresso martini.

 I used cream cheese instead of brie. I can't help it I am not a fan of brie and the cream cheese was good. But you could use a lot of different soft cheeses and I might try it with goats cheese next time.

This is seriously the easiest appetizer you could make and it looks so fancy.

Cheese in Pastry

Ingredients:

1 sheet of puff pastry
8 ounces of cream cheese
About 1/2 cup pepper jelly

Preheat oven to 400. Gently unfold the pastry and lay flat on a work surface. Spread half of the jelly onto the middle of the pastry. Shape the cheese into a round shape and place on the jelly. Top the cheese with the remaining jelly and fold the pastry around the cheese pinching the edges shut. Flip over onto a cooking sheet. You can cut out shapes with extra pastry and use to decorate if you want. I used hearts. It's best to refrigerate the pastry overnight to let the extra juice from the jelly drain out before you cook it to avoid being soggy. Brush with egg whites for extra shine.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until browned and crispy.

Espresso Martini

1/2 cup chilled vodka
1/2 cup chilled strong coffee or more to taste
1/2 cup heavy cream
2-3 tablespoons agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pour all ingredients into a shaker and strain into two martini glasses.

Enjoy!










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