Hello! With Valentines Day almost here I want to show you the simple romantic dinner that we made recently with a lobster, grapefruit salad, and Meyer Lemon Fettuccini. Also, there is a great little drinks table that we are loving, what to watch and read, and the progress on the plunge pool in our small backyard.
It’s Five Faves time with Annie and Cindy!
1. Simple Romantic Dinner For Valentine’s Day Or Anytime
You can read about how I set the table here if you missed it.
Aperol Spritz Cocktail:
Ingredients: 1 1/4 oz Aperol, 2 oz Prosecco, Splash of Soda water
Pour into a glass over ice, garnish with an orange slice, and serve.
I don’t have Howard’s vodka and gin martini recipe (I don’t drink them) but I think it’s something like this.
Get Juliet’s recipe for Meyer Lemon Fettucini here. We were thinking that any protein added to this like seared scallops or roasted chicken would be good too.
We purchased mini fruit tarts at Whole Foods and the broken chocolate is a Lindt Excellence Sea Salt Dark Chocolate Bar.
2. What To Watch
And speaking of romance, Howard and I finished “From Scratch” on Netflix quickly. I am not going to lie, it may cause a few tears, but it’s worth it. Parts of it are in Italy and Los Angeles…just the scenery is fun.
We’ve been needing a small table to set a drink down next to the sofa since we moved in here. I saw this one in Pottery Barn and loved the slightly hammered metal finish and it’s sturdy!
All the sources for our great room/living room (like the durable rug) can be found here.
4. What To Read
“Hell Of A Book” by Jason Mott is sad but worthwhile. It won the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction. “A Black writer’s cross-country book tour becomes a profound exploration of love, friendship, and racial violence in America.” It lets you empathize, in a matter-of-fact way, with a young boy and then adult life’s struggles as an African American.
After that, I wanted something a little lighter so now I am listening to “The Love Hypothesis” by Alie Hazelwood. “
“The Love Hypothesis centers on Olive Smith, a Ph.D. student who is determined and headstrong. Then after a series of mishaps, she winds up fake dating the university’s most hated professor.”
There is a section that is very “adult” (sort of like Bridgerton) and it’s a little predictable but fun.
5. Small Backyard Pool Progress
I hesitate to show anything until it’s finished (landscaping, furniture, etc) but it’s coming along and will be fun to have…especially when the weather gets warm.
I will keep you posted!
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Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week:
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