I loved our Valentine's Day this year. Camaron and I decided not to spend any money on each other this year and we spent the whole day with the kids, and it was so much fun! The morning started out a little rough because Sloane had kept us up most of the night. But I decided to let Camaron go back to bed even though both of the kids were wide awake at six -I figured naps are pretty much the best gift a person can give, right? While Cam slept, Fox and Sloane helped me make a special Valentine's Day breakfast. We made omelets and red velvet waffles with cream cheese frosting. Camaron looooves red velvet and waffles, so it was a no brainer when I came across a recipe for red velvet waffles a few weeks before Valentine's. And the best part? The recipe made a TON of waffles, so we got to enjoy them all weekend:) Don't worry, I'll post the recipe at the bottom of this post.
After breakfast, Camaron rocked it and gifted me with a nap as well! It was so wonderful.
Later on, during the kids' naps, I headed out to pick up some Valentine goodies for the kids (talk about procrastination). FYI, it's kinda dumb to go shopping for Valentines on the actual day -the aisles were sooo picked over. There weren't even any candy hearts!
I made it back before Fox woke up, so we hid his Valentine goodies in the dryer (obviously) and made a path around the house for him to follow out of extra felt hearts (leftover from the Valentines we made). He was so cute when he woke up. He immediately started following and picking up all of the hearts. The whole time, he kept repeating, "the hearts all fell down!"
Fox's Valentine goodies included some candies, fruit snacks, a yogurt, and a cookie monster book. It was so mind-blowing that I came across that cookie monster book (in the dollar section, no less). Fox has been requesting a cookie monster book for us to read to him the previous few nights, for some reason. He was so happy when he opened the dryer and found these. "Presents!"
I looked up and he was already cuddling/hugging his new book:)
Later on, we decided to do a Valentine's Day activity. I was craving salty sweets, so that inspired us to make chocolate-dipped pretzels with sprinkles. It was so easy and Fox did a great job helping us dip the pretzels in white and dark chocolate and then add sprinkles. Not too surprising, most of his went straight into his mouth -but, then again, so did most of mine.
Sloane had fun just hangin out in her bouncer while we were making our mess:)
In the evening, we had a friend come over to watch the kids and Camaron and I went on a fun little date. Dinner and an improv show. Perfect. Oh, and then Camaron snuck out after the kids went to bed and picked us up some amazing sundaes from Churn. Perfect perfect.
Red Velvet Waffles
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon table salt
4 tablespoons (1⁄2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
3 large eggs, separated
2 cups buttermilk
1 1⁄2 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon red liquid food coloring
1. Preheat the oven to 200° F and preheat a waffle iron. Whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl to combine.
2. Combine the melted butter and brown sugar in a separate large bowl. Whisk in the egg yolks and buttermilk. Mix the cocoa powder and red food coloring in a small bowl to make a smooth paste, then whisk the paste into the butter mixture. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until moistened (the batter should be slightly lumpy).
3. Beat the egg whites in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Stir one-quarter of the egg whites into the batter to lighten it. Then fold in the remaining egg whites gently but thoroughly.
4. Spray a waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray or brush with melted butter. Cook the waffles according to the manufacturer’s instructions. As they’re done, put them on a baking sheet and slide them into the oven to keep them warm while you cook the remaining waffles.
Recipe found here