Treat the special people in your life to this easy Valentine's Day family dinner menu. It's a delicious meal for all ages!
While some people may be planning romantic Valentine's Day dinners for two, I have a whole herd of humans to feed. No complaints: I'm lucky to celebrate the day of love with the people I hold dearest to my heart. If you're like me and are feeding a crew, try you've come to the right place. This Easy Valentine's Day Family Dinner menu is sure to please.
When Two is Ten
Close your eyes and imagine what your ideal Valentine's Day dinner looks like. Now scrap that and add a slew of children and grandparents to the mix. This is what my Valentine's Day looks like. For those of you with large families, I'm sure you understand. It may not be the most romantic setting, but I would argue that just as much (if not more) comes with the chaotic territory.
Let The Food Do The Talking
Food is the greatest love language of all. OK, so maybe it isn't an official love language but hear me out: the best connections are formed over a good meal. Food brings people together. It has the ability to comfort them when they need it. No need to say those three special words; "I Love You" can come in the shape of a dozen gourmet cupcakes. Let food will do the talking. This, folks, is a hill that I will die on.
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Nothing Says "I Love You" Like a Board Full Of Cheese
There's very little in life that makes me happier than a charcuterie board. The cheese component alone is enough to make me swoon, but the addition of cured meats and tasty snacks? All is right in the world. There's also something to be said about foods that don't require utensils. Hands free from forks allows you to hold onto other, more important things, like wine.
Love Is Pasta-ble
I blame the Lady and the Tramp for this one, but a pasta dish feels like love to me. It's comforting, it's crowd pleasing and it's cheap (as the wise JLo once said - my love don't cost a thing). While feeling bloated from carbs may not feel exceptionally sexy to you, the title of this blog post is an "Easy Valentine's Day Family Dinner". We aren't exactly going for sexy.
Love Potion 101
While this menu may be "family friendly", you had to expect that I'd include a cocktail recipe. It's me, after all. Those of you who know me know that I'm a big tequila fan, so it should come to no surprise that I went for this Blackberry Tequila Lemonade. It's fruity, it's refreshing, and it packs enough punch to endure another meal with three kids screaming.
My Kind of Bar
I'm not going out this Valentine's Day. Not to the spa, not to a restaurant, and certainly not to a bar. I'm in pjs by 8pm most nights, which would be embarrassing if it weren't for the fact that I'm too old to care. Clubbing, I shall not. No; my kind of bar is frosted and cut into cute little squares. These sugar cookie bars are soft, sweet with just a hint of tangy thanks to the addition of cream cheese. Everyone will love them!
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