Palate Pleasing: Valentine’s Day Tablescapes

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s yesterday. Single or not, we should celebrate love. There’s enough crap going on around us and the world, why not take a day, an evening, an afternoon and be with the people we love most.

Well, the hubby outdid himself again with this year’s Valentine’s dinner.  On the menu:

Rack of Baby Lamb on New Potatoes with Barley and Wild Mushrooms

with a lovely bottle of Cotes du Rhone's Chateauneuf-du-Pape

And for dessert:

Coeur A La Creme With Raspberry Sauce

Our tablescape was simple. Hubby got the classic red rose bouquet and sprinkled in some stargazer lilies, which were the flowers on my wedding bouquet and the first flower he ever got me. (Ain’t he sweet!)

He kept the table romantic, simple, and the meal elegant.

It got me thinking of how others may decorate their Valentine’s celebration tables. Here are some inspirations for romantic evenings with a significant other or a celebration of love with friends and family for next year’s Valentine’s.

From Art Style Online

From Art Style Online

From Art Style Online

From Starshine Chic

From Above the Clouds

From St. Luis Cellars

From Delish

From Delish

Palate Pleasing: Sunrooms, Sunporches, and Eggs Benedict

The husband, so sweet and romantic, made me scrumptious Eggs Benedict this morning.

And on this beautiful and sunny Valentine’s Day, I wished we had a sunroom like one of these to enjoy our morning.

From Suppa

From Young House Love

From Room Envy

From Cote de Texas

From Tres Chic

From The Right Bank

From Room Envy

From The Right Bank

From Room Envy

From Coastal Living

I think the first one is my favorite. Which one is your’s?

Palate Pleasing: Rustic Turkey Chili

My husband made this amazing turkey chili over Super Bowl weekend, along with homemade corn bread.  Sadly, our team didn’t win.  There’s always next year!  And I must say (not to completely betray the Colts), but I am happy for the Saints.  New Orleans deserves a celebration — just wait till Fat Tuesday!  Anyway, I may talk about New Orleans inspired decor sometime, but right now let’s talk about my husband’s turkey chili.

Did you know that chili is short for “chili con carne” (chili with meat)?  Historical accounts of this dish points to a Spanish nun named Maria de Jesus de Agreda who was thought to have taught the dish to Southwestern Native Americans in the early 1600s.  The original recipe included venison, spices, and assorted peppers or chilis.  Corn meal (masa) was used as a thickening agent.  Perhaps that’s why cornbread goes so well with chili!  Today, there certainly are a number of variations for chili.  The most common version is probably the one made with ground beef.  Here is hubby’s turkey version with homemade cornbread.

I know the history of chili points to Southwestern decor, but I totally see a rustic style here.  Ever been to Sun Valley in Idaho?  Picture a log cabin or lodge-style home surrounded by a view of snow-filled mountain tops, the sound of a whispering river running by, and eating a warm bowlful of chili by the fireside.

Credit to Southeby Homes

Credit to Locati Architects

Credit to Sotheby Homes

Credit to Appalachian Havens - Yes, you can stay here!

Credit to Sotheby Homes

Credit to Sotheby Homes

Credit to Appalachian Haven