Valentine's Day fell on conference week for me so we weren't really able to go out to dinner during the week. I worked 12 hours Monday and 10 Wednesday so Tuesday I wanted to RELAX! Since I didn't have to work late Tuesday I made one of Nick's favorite dinners: Spaghetti Pie. This is one of the easiest recipes and can be customized in so many ways:
-2 cups (approximately) cooked spaghetti (I like using angel hair)
-1 jar of sauce
-1/2 - 1 cup cubed chicken, cooked (you can buy the refrigerated bag or cook it quickly in the skillet)
-1/2 cup cubed cheese (you can use anything...Velveeta, cheddar, mozzarella, etc.)
-1 tbsp. parmasan cheese
- Preheat oven to 375
- Combine all ingredients in gallon sized ziplock bag and smash/mix together until everything is well blended.
- Pour ingredients into a 9" glass pie dish
- Stick in the oven for about 15 minutes
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with parmasan cheese
- Serve with garlic bread and wine! (or in my case, sparkling grape juice!)
I also made Nick a dessert. Every year for Valentine's Day, I try to do a love-y dessert. I'm not super creative so that usually ends up being something red/pink or something in the shape of a heart. Last year, I made Red Velvet Whoopie Pies and he loved them so I figured since it had been a year, I'd go with those again. Seriously, these are SO easy and so delicious!
Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix
1/3 cup oil
2 eggs (I always use Egg Beaters...)
1 can vanilla frosting, whipped
- Preheat oven to 375
- Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs until well blended. (The batter will be STICKY)
- Using a cookie scoop, place dough about 2" apart on ungreased cookie sheet
- Using a glass dipped in flour, flatten the cookies to about 1/2" thickness
- Stick in the oven for 6-8 minutes
- Allow the cookies to cool completely
- Ice the bottom of a cookie and press another on top like a sandwich....voila, whoopie pies!
|In the process of flattening with a flour-dipped glass....|
|After baking - nice and fluffy!|
|The final product....oh so tasty!|
Wondering what I got for Valentine's Day? We don't really exchange gifts but I got a super adorable homemade card (heart melts!) and a bouquet of flowers! Nick knows I love flowers especially in the winter when our garden is bare and ugly! He picked stargazer lilies (our wedding flowers) and dutch iris (a flower we planted in our garden this past fall)...so thoughtful!
And just for a bonus, here is a bump picture Nick took over the weekend. We went out to eat where my sister serves and this is after a big dinner! :)