Yes, people…it’s that time of year again. For couples like Doug and I, who’ve been married for 27 years as of this Friday, it seems to be another occasion to overspend on things we don’t really need, just to express our undying love for each other.

There was a time when we were dating (and he had a separate checking account) that I was thrilled to get the standard $89 floral arrangement in a lovely crystal-like vase that would cost $29 on any other day of the year. Fast forward a few years to a baby, mortgage, and car payment and I decided that I would much rather have a necessity than roses that were going to die in a few days!

We also tried to start a tradition of “date night” on Valentine’s Day- get a sitter, go out to dinner, maybe see a movie.  Sounds great except for one little problem…us and everyone else on the planet had the same idea! After a few years of enduring overcrowded dining rooms, overworked waitstaff, and sitting in the front row of the theater, we gave up on that idea too.

Since our anniversary is February 10, we decided we’d go out on that day and stay in on Valentine’s Day. This has been a total game changer and way more enjoyable…especially after Doug had to go gluten free. I typically serve the same menu- steak, twice baked potatoes, salad, garlic toast (with GF bread) and the red velvet cake variation made with ABUNDTANT LOVE’s cake mix. Add an on-demand movie and you’ve got yourself a genuine married-forever-old-people’s idea of a romantic night in!

In all seriousness, I am so blessed to have such a great guy to share this special day with…we hope yours will be filled with love and happiness!