Happy Monday friends!! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! B and I had an AMAZING one, bc our current home sold after only four days on the market!! Woohoo! Plus, we are super blessed bc the house sold as a cash deal which means we do not need an appraisal AND to really sweeten this already amazing deal…we settle on our new home on March 29 and our current home goes to closing on the 30th!! We are so lucky and fortunate that everything worked out the way it did! I can’t thank my mom, and Rob who are the best real estate experts I could ever ask for, for all of their hard work in making this possible!! Yippee! New house, here we come!!

So, with all of the hoopla going around here, B and I haven’t been able to spend too much time really relaxing and just enjoying each others company. So, because we were literally out EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT last week for dinner due to showings at our house, we thought we would do the opposite for Valentine’s Day and have a quiet, relaxing, and romantic night in!!

So, today I am bringing you an easy Valentine’s Day menu that doesn’t require tons of ingredients or a culinary degree to make!! When B and I plan meals like this, we like to go all out and plan at least three courses. It makes it so fun, bc we sit and talk and really enjoy each course. Sometimes, we make the whole meal together or sometimes we each pick courses to make and then surprise each other with what we came up with! This time, B and I sat down and planned the meal out together and then went out to our favorite food store, Wegmans to pick out all of the ingredients!! Wegmans is the best, bc you can pick up beer, wine, flowers, and all the ingredients you need all in one stop!! Plus, I absolutely love that they have an amazing selection of grass fed meats and organic produce etc. Plus, they have half loaves of bread and more smaller portions of items, if you are just cooking for two like we are! Read on below to see each course and directions for making them.

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Outfit Details

Hot Pink Cold Shoulder Top (comes in cobalt blue too, here) //  Black Distressed Skinnies

Appetizer

Caprese Stacks with Balsamic Glaze Drizzle

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I am drooling typing this!! Caprese salad is prob one of my absolute fave things to eat! Plus, add anything with Balsamic Glaze and I am SOLD!! We choose a cold app  bc our main dish consists of all hot items so we liked the idea of incorporating a mix of hot and cold!

Ingredients

1 fresh mozzarella log (I like to choose the precut one, because my cutting skills are not the greatest, haha!! #lefty)

2-3 tomatoes (we prefer plum, roma or tomatoes on the vine depending on the season)

1 bunch fresh basil (the smell of fresh basil is the BEST!!)

Balsamic Glaze for drizzling

Directions

  1. Drizzle plate with balsamic glaze in a zigzag pattern if you are feeling extra fancy!

2. Layer one mozzarella slice, fresh basil leaf, tomato slice and repeat. I like to make about 2-3 layers depending on thickness of each layer.

3. Top off with fresh basil leaf and little extra balsamic glaze. Super easy…but oh so yummy!!!

Main Course

Restaurant style steaks topped with buttery lump crab meat and garlic finishing butter

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Let me first start off by saying, I am def not a professional chef. With that being said, I LOVE to cook and bake and have learned A LOT from my fabulous mom over the years! She is an amazing cook and baker! I have toyed around with this recipe for cooking really yummy steaks and I just love the end result.

Ingredients

2 grass fed NY Strip Steaks (I’ve done this with both NY strip and filet mignon and they both turned out amazing!)

1-2 TBSP Wegmans Garlic Finishing Butter

½ Cup jumbo lump crab meat

Himalayan Salt and Ground Pepper

Olive Oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  1. Take steaks out of refrigerator. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Let rest for 30 minutes at room temperature before next step.
  2. Heat olive oil in pan on high heat
  3. Sear all sides of steak about 2 minutes per side. I try to get a nice, thin, brown “crust” layer on each side.
  4. Remove steaks from heat.
  5. Place steaks onto baking sheet or if you are using a cast iron pan, you can place it directly in the oven.
  6. Cook steaks about 6-8 minutes depending on how thick your steak is and how you would like it cooked. For example: 2 inch filet cooked rare…about 5-6 minutes. Add 1-2 minutes of cook time to get to desired “doneness”
  7. While steaks are cooking saute 1/2 cup of jumbo lump crab meat with about 1 TBSP butter.
  8. Remove steaks from oven and top with one generous pat of finishing butter and immediately cover with foil to let steaks “rest” while getting all of your other dishes plated.
  9. When all other items are plated, place steaks on desired plate and top with buttery jumbo lump crab meat. Enjoy.

Side Dishes

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes w/ Goat Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

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Can you see a theme going? I told y’all I loved balsamic glaze!! This fun little recipe incorporates three of my absolute fave things, sweet taters, goat cheese, and balsamic glaze. I find this recipe to have the perfect amount, of sweet, savory, and  creamy texture! So yum!! Plus, they are pretty simple to make, but make for a fancy end product!! Top Chef…here I come!!

Ingredients

2 medium/large sweet potatoes

2-4 oz goat cheese (depending on how “cheesy” your taste)

Olive Oil

Himalayan Pink Salt or sea salt

Pepper

½ tsp garlic powder

½ tsp rosemary

¼ C parmesan cheese

½ medium onion chopped

Balsamic glaze for drizzle

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  2. Take clean sweet taters and pierce with fork.
  3. Baste potatoes lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for about 1 hour or until the tater can be easily pierced with a fork.
  5. While potatoes are baking, saute onion in olive oil until onion is translucent.
  6. Remove potatoes from oven and let cool for about 5-15 minutes. Scoop out the flesh into a separate bowl, leaving a bottom layer of sweet potato in skin. (if you scoop too much, it will break through the bottom!)
  7. Mix garlic powder, onion, rosemary, 1 tbsp goat cheese, together with the sweet potato flesh. Sprinkle with salt and pepper if desired.
  8. Return to oven for about 5-15 minutes. ( I like to turn the oven temp up to about 450 to get the tops a little crispy)
  9. Once removed from oven, add a few pinches of goat cheese to each half and drizzle with balsamic glaze!

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Simple Pan-Fried Asparagus

This dish is so, so easy!!! Since the other two parts of the meal are little more intense, I like to add something a little more simple as one of my side dishes!!! Asparagus is one of my fave vegetables and it pairs perfectly with steak and taters!!

Ingredients

1 bunch of asparagus spears

Butter

Himalayan Salt and Pepper

Directions

  1. Break of cut the white ends off each asparagus spear
  2. Melt butter over medium high heat in pan
  3. Add in asparagus spears and season with salt and pepper to desired taste
  4. Cover pan and simmer about 7-9 minutes, using tongs to move the asparagus around every so often. You want the asparagus to reach a bright green color before removing the lid.
  5. Optional: Remove lid and turn heat up slightly. Continue cooking until desired crispiness. We prefer to cook until little brown marks start to appear for a little crispy texture.
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Dessert

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We were so busy this weekend and this week that we didn’t have time to make or bake a fancy dessert. We decided to pick up a fun mini dessert from Wegmans which are so, so, tasty. If you are looking for other fun ideas that are easy we have made brownie and ice cream sundaes, brownie ice cream skillet,  or chocolate molten cakes!!

What are you all doing for Valentine’s Day? Do you go or stay in?  Let me know if you try out any of the recipes! I’d love to hear how they turn out. Drop me a comment below!

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