Valentines Day: Gifts & Food

I do not usually do much on valentines day so this post may be lacking slightly. But I will be showing you a few things I have made, bought and meal ideas for the day. 

I am not a massive fan of valentines day in all honesty. Gifts are expensive, going out is a nightmare & chaotic… it is just a little overrated in my opinion.

Everything I am going to share with you today I feel you can use with friends, family or whoever you choose to spend valentines with – because spending valentines, for me, is being with people you love and cherish. 

Every year Matthew and I just spend the evening at home as I usually have university or Matthew is at work. We tend to go out the day after valentines day to see what bargains we can get – they always have lovely gifts down in Sainsburys and B&M.

From a few years back I bought some little goodies in Poundland to mark our first valentines day in our new home so we’ll be using this when we have our lovely home-made tea. So if you’re planning a nice home-made meal or cosy night in, then definitely go into Poundland or Home Bargains as they have a lot of cheap (also good quality) items.

What I bought for Matthew:
I saw this super cute sloth teddy while we were out shopping a few weeks back and I just knew I had to go and buy it at a later stage. I got a silly gift which is some toilet roll with “You Drive Me Putty” with pugs all over it. The final gift I bought was a few plates from Wilkos which I planned to draw on – got the inspiration from Pinterest!

 

DIY – Personal Plates:

What you will need:

  • Cheap plates, bowls or cups
    ➣ I bought mine for a £1 each at Wilkos
  • Sharpie Pen
  • Oven 

Method: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C (fan) 
  2. Draw whatever design you would like onto your plates
  3. Put into the oven for 35 minutes
  4. Leave until cool and remove
  5. VIOLA 

I chose to just use 2 plates as we already have a lot of kitchenware… especially my mug collection which is getting out of control. The first place I wrote “I love you”, “I love you more”, “I love you most” and “I love you mostest” around the rim of the plate – then placed hearts in between the gaps.The second plate I wrote out the lyrics of “You are my sunshine” around the rim as it has a lot of sentiment to us both. But if you click on the Pinterest link here, you will find hundreds of ideas! I am not the most creative person so I kept mine quite simple and minimal. 

I am super happy with how they turned out; they passed the washing up test as well which means they should last. 

Fancy Feast
There are a lot of cheap dinner deals which I think are perfect for valentines day. The one I recommend is the finest meal deal from Tesco which offer a lot of variety. You get a main, side, dessert and drink for £10. My favourite part is the drinks you get with the deal; bottle of wine, 6 bottles of coke or 2 lemonade drinks. It also makes me feel quite fancy whenever I purchase them. 

I prefer to make a homemade meal on the day as it nice to do together before relaxing on the sofa watching movies all night. The dinner I will most likely be making this year will be slow cooked chicken and homemade chips with veggies. And probably pick up a tub of ice-cream to go with the home-made cookies. 

Slow Cooked Chicken with Gravy:

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole chicken 
  • 1/2 large onion
  • 3-5 garlic cloves pealed 
  • Paprika

Method: 

  1. Stuff the chicken with onion and garlic & sprinkle the top of the chicken with paprika 
  2. Place in the slow cooker 
  3. Cook for 5-8 hours (high) 
  4. Keep the juices at the bottom after to make the gravy 
  5. Standard gravy mixture (I am using a packet because my gravy in the past has turned out gross) 

Home-made Chips:
I always made these whenever I need to get rid of my potatoes as it is so simple and delicious! I roughly use 5-8 potatoes and cut them into chip shapes. Then you need to get a large non-stick baking tray ready and spread the chips on. Sprinkle oil over them with herbs of your choice; I either use thyme or paprika. Pop them into a preheated oven at 180C (fan) for 30-45 minutes. 

5 minutes before the chips are done I grate lots and lots of cheese to sprinkle on the top.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post!

I hope that whatever you plan to do on valentines you have a wonderful day

Paige .-.

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Comments

  1. 02/14/2018 / 20:57

    The sloth is so cute 😍 the plates are a good idea, they turned out great and you could donhatever you want with it.

    • 02/21/2018 / 11:30

      Aw thank you. The sloth is so soft as well. Definitely – I will try and get more creative next time; such a good idea!

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