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
- Preheat the oven to 170C (fan)
- Draw whatever design you would like onto your plates
- Put into the oven for 35 minutes
- Leave until cool and remove
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.
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:
- 1 whole chicken
- 1/2 large onion
- 3-5 garlic cloves pealed
- Stuff the chicken with onion and garlic & sprinkle the top of the chicken with paprika
- Place in the slow cooker
- Cook for 5-8 hours (high)
- Keep the juices at the bottom after to make the gravy
- Standard gravy mixture (I am using a packet because my gravy in the past has turned out gross)
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.