As you might have suspected 🙂 , there’ll be no going out to a fancy restaurant for us this Valentines Day. For the past few years we’ve chosen to celebrate this holiday at home. Our usual menu consists of lasagna and homemade chocolate cake, but this year we’re venturing out in favor of change for something different. Don’t worry, though, we’ll still do our Valentine’s Day menu frugally. Here’s what we’re serving:
A Mini Pasta Bar
Really mini. Guests (i.e. me, Rick, our four kids and Rick’s mom 🙂 ) will have their choice of eating fettuccine noodles or cheese ravioli – yum! For sauce, I’ll use our favorite red sauce: Rinaldi’s Traditional Meat-Flavored Sauce, and we’ll also serve this copycat recipe I found for Olive Garden’s Alfredo Recipe. Luckily, the family can take or leave meat, so no one will be traumatized if I don’t serve meatballs.
A Great Salad
This will cost us ZERO. Rick’s mom is bringing a great veggie salad along with her homemade Italian dressing. Score!
We always buy either French bread or Baguette bread (super cheap at the warehouse clubs), slice it up, smother it with real butter, garlic powder and salt, and then bake it in a 425-450 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until golden.
For Valentines Day dessert we usually use this chocolate cake recipe with this awesome homemade frosting, but this year we’re doing something different. Check out these yummy-looking desserts:
Are these delicious-looking or what? My goal was to serve one or the other, but since I couldn’t choose between the two, we’re just making both. The desserts call for more expensive ingredients in some places, but we’ll likely substitute frugal ones instead. Also, the Icebox cake calls for Mascarpone cheese, which is spendy, but I found a cheap and just as yummy substitute online. Go, frugal! 🙂
SO, with the food, small gifts for the kids, greeting cards and everything, we spent roughly $60 and change for everything, which works out to $8.57 per person, including gifts! You can’t eat out at a fine restaurant, especially on Valentines Day, for that kind of cash, and yes, you’re welcome to join us. Just be prepared for freezing cold weather and a busy, semi-loud home. We all love to do our fair share of talking. 🙂