February 14, 2008

In the Mood for Love


I love holidays, all of them really. I love to dream and plan & get inspired from pictures like these above ( bhg and country home). Then real life steps in and about all I manage to accomplish is this sad little display below. I did manage to make Valentines for my family. Barely. It seems I'm always running behind, chasing a holiday and not getting the things done that I want to. I'll do better next year. Or not.

Then as if dreaming about all the craft and decorating possibilities isn't enough, I start planning all the lovely special food I will make like these pictured below (from southern living, southern accents, sunset magazine).



The reality is going to be heart shaped pizza, angel food cake w/whipped cream and strawberries and heart shaped brownies. And really they are lucky to get that afterall, shouldn't I be going out for dinner tonight?

34 comments:

  1. Yes, you should be going out!!! :-)

    Wonderful photos - yummy!

    Happy Valentine's Day sweet Jen!


    xo,
    Kim

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  2. Yes, you SHOULD be going out! A hottie like you shouldn't be making homemade pizza on February 14, that's for sure. :)
    You've exceeded my own creative accomplishments for Valentine's Day by 200%. There's always somebody less creative than you (words to live by). Happy Valentine's!

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  3. I think your valentine display is lovely and your menu sounds great ... in the immortal words of John Lennon, all you need is love! I enjoy your blog. Happy Valentines Day.

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  4. Love the graphics. I think the cookies look yummy!

    Have a great Valentine's Day!

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  5. I have been away covering a horse show and now am playing catch up on my favorite blogs! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  6. Girl, you have got the touch! Your V-Day display is gorgeous in its simplicity...I love it! Seriously...your family is very blessed to have such a thoughtful wife and mom--on holidays and every day! And how clever about the heart-shaped pizza!

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  7. Happy Valentine's Day to you. I hope you have a wonderful day. I'm with you - always trying to catch the holiday. Maybe next year! ~Adrienne~

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  8. Awwww, that's sweet! That's what Valentine's Day is all about...loving those near and dear to your heart, whether you go out to eat or stay home for heart-shaped pizza.

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  9. Yes, they are lucky!!
    No you don't want to go out tonight, too busy! Go out tomorrow instead!
    Have a great one!
    Rosemary

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  10. I love your 'simple' display. It's perfect. I too, looked at those BHG photos and thought how absolutely gorgeous they were. I think you food selection sounds fabulous, but I do think you should be going out! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  11. I do the same thing! I look over beautiful photographs and recipes and want to replicate them in my own life. But then the realities of life catch up to me! I think your Valentine's display is beautiful, and I also think the menu you have sounds delicious. Not that you don't deserve to go out!

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  12. Love all the inspirational pics! Happy Valentine's Day!
    ~Des

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  13. I too have more ideas than I have time! But how boring life would be if we didn't dream about possibilties. :)
    We went out for dinner last night. No line ups!

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  14. We hardly ever go on ON Valentine's Day, we don't like to be conformists! :-) Not to mention having the same problem you do, lack of time! You did impress me with your effort though! I am making a family favorite for dinner and we are all going to be all together. Not romantic, but special none the less!

    xoxo
    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Melissa

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  15. Great Valentines display!! Love it all!!

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  16. Happy Valentine's Day!
    We celebrated a day early. I did steaks with portobello mushrooms, fresh green beans, and heart shaped potatoes.
    We had blackberry pie for dessert. My husband's favorite.
    Hugs,
    Nan

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  17. Love the photos. FOr some reason, I actually "got it together" enough to decorate for Valentine's Day this year. However, tonight, I ended up being delayed at work and missed dinner with my family. I would take your simple but yummy Valentine's Day meal with my family over decorations any day!!

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  18. Yes you should be going out! But heart shaped pizza is pretty fab. I had a fried egg and grits.
    Yum.

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  19. **It seems I'm always running behind, chasing a holiday and not getting the things done that I want to. I'll do better next year. Or not.**

    that's me in a nutshell.

    i hope your valentine's celebration was lovely. :o)

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  20. ...for what it's worth, we stayed home, donned jammies and ate leftovers while snuggling on our big white couch. it was wonderful.

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  21. Never mind about not going out for Valentine's. Doesn't the word mean "vale" (a comfy enclosed place for settling in) -n- "tine" (the prongs of a fork for capturing your favorite tastes)? Hope you enjoyed it!

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  22. Ahhhhhhhh, cookies and chocolate! Poor sweet tooth me! :)

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Cielo

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  23. I love you Valentine display....just perfect!!

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  24. I think your shelf area looks beautiful - like it's right out of a magazine. I also really like all of the inspiration pictures too - very pretty and just the kind of things I love.

    allie
    www.mycozyhome.typepad.com

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  25. Beautiful!! Dinner sounds yummy to me...Smiles

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  26. Lovely post, and even lovelier (is that a word?) blog! :)

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  27. Of course you should be going out! What a lovely array of colorful goodies!

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  28. I love your blog. Hope you don't mind, I added you to my favorite places on my new blog.

    http://lisanewding.blogspot.com/

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  29. The big day is over (I made a banner...I'm so proud of myself!!) but I'm still drooling over your pictures.

    Request here...I want to see more of your house...the bits and pieces you do show look wonderful!

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  30. Oh, Jen, I could have written your post from my life! LOL Your decorations are beautiful in their simplicity. Your dinner sounded great. Ours was even simpler; but the love was there and that's what matters. Happy (belated) Valentine's Day!

    Marann

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  31. Oh so true! Us creative mommies are always "chasing" after the next holiday. In my case...I look up and the holiday is...like...tomorrow....and I SO want to do all thing things "thunk up"! Then I say..."Well, next year...." Ha! Glad I'm not alone
    Sarah
    http://vintagelily.typepad.com/my_weblog/

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