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Valentine’s Dinner and Honeymoon Memories

Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Before I launch into the Valentine’s recap, a quick update on how I’m feeling after my face plant. I was in a lot of pain when I woke up yesterday. The left side of my lower back hurt so much that I couldn’t bend forward at all. Brandon had to help me put my tights on for work because I was literally in tears trying to get dressed. Getting in and out of the car hurt worse than anything else. I took ibuprofen and sat with a pillow and heating pad for most of the day at work. My back is finally starting to loosen up and I’m feeling a lot better this morning. Needless to say, yesterday was a rest day and I did not go to ashtanga this morning. If I continue to feel better throughout today I may try a short run after work but only if I think I can handle it. On the bright side, my face did not turn black and blue so I’m thankful for that. 😀

Now for the fun stuff! Brandon and I finally decided on crab cakes for our Valentine’s dinner. We went to the store together after work to stock up on all of the necessary ingredients. When we arrived home I found this waiting.

Flowers, wine and the table set with our nice china.

While I worked on dessert, Brandon prepared a cheese plate.

Sullie was very interested in the cheese plate!

We had a soft French cheese, Chaumes, gorgonzola, pecans, honey, grapes and crackers. The gorgonzola was so good with pecans and a drizzle of honey. I love cheese plates.

After a champagne toast, chatting and demolishing the cheese plate, we got to work in the kitchen on the crab cakes. We decided to use a recipe from one of our all-time favorite chefs, Frank Stitt. We loved his restaurants when we lived in Birmingham.

We topped the crab cakes with a chili sauce that consisted of mayo, chili-garlic sauce, a dash of Sirracha and a squeeze of lemon juice. Mixed greens on the side. This was my first time making crab cakes at home and I will admit that there were some choice words used when I was trying to form them into cakes and dip them in egg and breadcrumbs but they turned out wonderfully! We have four leftover crab cakes and are trying to decide what to do with them. Ideas?

Dessert was super simple but oh so delicious.

Peanut butter pie!!! I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe with a few modifications. This pie is a peanut butter lover’s dream come true. So good.

And last but not least…honeymoon memories! I mentioned a couple weeks ago that Brandon and I have somehow been sucked into The Bachelor this season. Last night the show took place in Anguilla and they stayed at the same resort that we did for our honeymoon. It brought back so many happy memories for us and we are ready to go on a second honeymoon now!!! 😀

So a few pictures for you!

{ 28 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Becca B February 15, 2011, 9:02 am

    so sorry you are hurt! that is never fun! glad your face isn’t bruised though, that is a definite positive about the whole thing! you could make a crab cake po’ boy or something like that! that could definitely be delicious!

    • 2
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:43 pm

      becca – thanks for the comment! i ended up making a crab cake sandwich tonight and it was delicious!

  • 3
    Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner February 15, 2011, 9:02 am

    Delicious looking dinner!

    • 4
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:43 pm

      thanks matt! your new blog looks awesome.

  • 5
    Katie (Sweet Tater) February 15, 2011, 9:14 am

    stew and i are watching this season too…

    • 6
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:44 pm

      it’s so addicting…and slightly embarrassing 😉

  • 7
    Lori February 15, 2011, 9:16 am

    Anguilla looks beautiful!

  • 8
    Lelia February 15, 2011, 9:19 am

    I’m obsessed with Frank Stitt! His cookbooks are phenomenal.

    • 9
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:44 pm

      I know! We’re trying to get better about cooking from it more – especially on date nights!

  • 10
    Whitney February 15, 2011, 9:22 am

    Oh The Bachelor on Valentine’s Day was so appropriate!! Love that show! Glad to see that Brad makes a trip to Charlotte too!

    What a lovely dinner you had and love the honeymoon pics 🙂

    • 11
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:45 pm

      I know – I can’t wait to see the home visit show. Should be good!

  • 12
    Jen February 15, 2011, 10:01 am

    I’m so sorry you’re sore from your fall. I hope you heal qucikly!

    Your honeymoon place looks gorgeous! I totally want a second honeymoon too 😉

  • 13
    Alaina February 15, 2011, 10:32 am

    What a great looking cheese plate! That’s the best appetizer.

    Your pictures look amazing! 🙂

  • 14
    Kristen February 15, 2011, 11:07 am

    I’m so sorry you are still hurting! I’m also glad that you visit a chiropractor (my brother is one and as a GF instructor with regular back issues, I consider myself lucky).

    Your honeymoon pictures are just beautiful.

    Here’s to a quick recovery!!

    • 15
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:46 pm

      Thank you Kristen! I am definitely a proponent of chiropractic care now. It’s been just what I needed to supplement all the running, lifting and yoga.

  • 16
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad February 15, 2011, 11:56 am

    I love the last picture of you 2 on your honeymoon. It’s beautiful.

    I’m catching up on The Bachelor tonight so now I really can’t wait to see this resort!

    • 17
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:46 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • 18
    micki February 15, 2011, 1:10 pm

    Leftover crabcakes?? Oh, well, send them to me, of course!

    Glad to hear you’re healing well!!

    • 19
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:47 pm

      I totally would share if I could! I used the leftovers on a sandwich tonight. It was very tasty!

  • 20
    Jen February 15, 2011, 1:54 pm

    I’m 100% addicted to The Bachelor and I’m so jealous you went on your honeymoon there! Gorgeous pictures 🙂

  • 21
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) February 15, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Nooo sorry to hear about the faceplant and pain!! But glad you’re feeling slightly better already, and I’m sure you’ll be back to normal soon 🙂

    LOVE the honeymoon photos!! You are SO gorgeous, and that last photo is so romantic!! Awww!! 🙂

    • 22
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:47 pm

      Thanks, Emma! You are too sweet. We love that last picture. We actually blew it up and hung it in our bedroom because it makes us happy!

  • 23
    Tracy February 15, 2011, 6:17 pm

    What an amazing V-day dinner! We went to woodfire grill (saw Kevin!) – we usually stay in on Valentines day though b/c of all of the crowds.

    I cannot believe how badly you got hurt, hope you recover quickly!

    • 24
      Jen February 15, 2011, 10:48 pm

      Soooo jealous. I really need to get back to Woodfire soon. I think that would totally be worth fighting the crowds.

  • 25
    Becky February 15, 2011, 8:38 pm

    What a lovely dinner! It’s extra sweet that you were able to prepare it together.

    Hope the soreness eases soon!

  • 26
    Lou February 15, 2011, 9:25 pm

    So sad to hear about your injury 🙁 hope you’re feeling tons better very soon! We had crabcakes for valentine dinner also – they were delicious! tonight i put the leftover crabcakes on top of a salad with goatcheese and balsamic vinaigrette –very tasty! Sending you lots of good thoughts for a speedy recovery (and another trip to Anguilla!)

  • 27
    caitlin February 15, 2011, 11:07 pm

    I love your blog- the face plant sounds SO painful. It also sounds like something that would happen to me during yoga. Feel better soon!

  • 28
    Bekah February 19, 2011, 6:46 pm

    Where in Anguilla did you stay for your honeymoon?! It looked beautiful!

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