Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I Heart Valentine's Day

Happy (late) Valentine's Day!!

As cliché , overdone, and cheesy this love day may be, I have to admit- I'm a huge sucker for Valentine's Day! 

For Vday, I always like to make a special dinner, that I don't make very often- yesterday I made mussels!!!  Mussels are one of my favorite sea foods- so I made a mussel pasta, and it turned out oh so yummy!

The first thing I did was boil the mussels for about 7 minutes.  Then, I boiled a handful of thin spaghetti- in the mean time, I heated 1/2 cup of olive oil in a pot.  I then put one petitely diced onion into the oil, and waited for it to turn golden.  Soon after, I added 2 tablespoons of fresh minced garlic.  Then, I added 3 diced tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, and about 1/2 cup of chopped cilantro (parsley would taste amazing with it too).  I flavored it with some salt, onion powder, and a little bit of fresh basil.  Then I mixed everything together, and brought them to a simmer.  I then added the boiled mussels, and let them absorb the flavor of the sauce for about 3 minutes.  After that, I added the cooked noodles to the pot and mixed it all together.  Yeah, it's that easy!

My absolutely favorite part about love day is having an excuse to make a big, pretty, mouthwatering cake!  I made the top layer red velvet, and the bottom layer vanilla - and in between them, a layer if rich, whipped icing... yum! I decorated the cake with a thin layer of blush pink fondant, and decorated it with pretty flowers (that I also made from fondant!)  

This is what I did, I baked a red velvet cake in a 13 x 9 pan, then put it aside when it cooled.  I then baked a vanilla cake in the same pan, and set it aside too.  I placed the vanilla cake on a cake cardboard, and frosted the top, then I placed the same sized red velvet cake on top of it.  Using toothpicks, I then made an even heart shape in the two layered cake.  Using that as a template, I cut off all the extra cake- and turned the originally rectangular shaped cake into a heart shaped one (I could have skipped this step if I used a heart-shaped pan, but I don't have one).  I then covered the entire cake with whipped cream cheese frosting.  

Then, I took a block of already colored pink fondant, and rolled it out on a floured surface, it was HARD!  It needs serious muscle to roll out that tough brick! (another reason I should work out my arms more!)  When the fondant was thin enough (about 1/8 of an inch... I think), I placed it on top of the heart cake so it would cover the whole thing.  I then cut off the left over fondant, and attempted to make a drape-like finish on the bottom edge of the cake (wasn't that successful...).  I took the extra fondant and rolled it out once again, as thin as I could get it without it having any holes.  I then took a Wilson 5 petal flower cutter, and cut a bunch of flowers.  I folded the flowers in a way that they look 3 dimensional.  I then lightly painted the outer edge of the heart cake with water, so the flowers can stick, and just placed them on it.  It was fun!

I also made complementary heart sugar cookies to go with the theme!

Decorating is one of my favorite things to do- so this was a definitely blast for me!  All I needed was one pack of construction paper, a glue stick, scissors, a stapler, and a ribbon roll.  I already had most of those things, so I ended up spending only about 5 green ones on valentine decals this year!  yay!

Last but not least, I always love my nails to match any theme!  So, I decided to try Sally Hansen Salon Effects (nail polish strips) for the first time!  I've tried another brand (Kiss) once, and I loved them!  So I was psyched when I saw heart patterned ones- SO CUTE!  But, I just put them on yesterday and they are already starting to flake... bummer... I hope they last 10 days (like what the box says!)

Aren't they adorable?

Love to all,


  1. You are so adorable!! Love everything...your hubby is one lucky man. Kisses!

  2. Aww, thank youuu! You're the sweetest! :D