Forest has asked me to write about my Valentines at home, which made me laugh a bit, because in my experience, most men don’t have a romantic bone in their body, don’t understand the concept of Romance, and their idea of a romantic gift is a washing machine!
Yep my poor deluded Husband actually gave me a washing machine one Valentines Day. Though this year he claims he is going to do better, by giving me a packet of seeds for the allotment, but I’m not holding my breath for flowers, as knowing him it will more likely be cabbages!
And I can forget the Romantic candle lit dinner for two in a small Italian restaurant; he says he prefers my cooking, though secretly I think he prefers the cost of my cooking!
So how do I introduce a bit of romance into this barren home of mine? What are my tricks for a Valentines at home?
Well for one thing I plan a Valentines dinner at home that we both like. Hubby loves steak and chips; I like salad, so that is an easy Valentines dinner to prepare.
The pudding is normally one of the old fashioned types of pudding, like Bread and butter pudding, baked rice pudding, or steamed sponge or suet pudding.
This year the pudding is going to be Bread and Butter Pudding.
I whisk two eggs into half a pint of milk (500ml). Then I spread six slices of crust-less bread with butter and marmalade and lay them out in a greased pan, in layers, sprinkled with sultana’s and sugar, between the layers, then I pour in the milk/egg mixture and let it soak for half an hour. Pop in the oven at 170 C (325F) Mark 3 for 45 mins to an hour while you are demolishing the steak and chips, and pudding is served once the top is crispy.
The next on my list of Romantic things to do at home, is rent/beg/borrow or steal a DVD which will fulfil both our needs. Generally this is a good rom/com that he hasn’t seen before, so it needs a little research before the day to see what has come out recently that a good enough not to make him want to switch it off half way through. With DVD chosen and dinner out of the way, I’ll pop the DVD in while he does the washing up (see it isn’t all one way!).
Once the DVD has been viewed, and if he still hasn’t gotten the hint, I’ll sweetly sit on his lap and present him with his home made card and gift, (This year it is a silk red rose with a recorder in it (bought from GrabItNow.com, for the grand price of £1), which will say (once I’ve recorded it), “Grow with me, Cabbages, Carrots tomatoes!” I think he’ll get the joke, as we only started growing our own last year,… at least I hope he’ll get the joke…
At this point he will say, as he says most years, “Is it Valentines Day already? I’m sorry Girl, I haven’t got you anything.” And I will smile sweetly and suggest a few things he could give me; you guys can guess the rest!
So basically, to me Valentines Day isn’t about expensive flowers, chocolates, meals or gifts, (where is the effort in that?) it’s about showing the one you love how much they mean to you, by doing something special just for them, putting their needs first, in a world which is “Me, me, me!”.