Ah, yes…Valentine’s Day is drawing to a close. And what a day it has been! Started off as soon as the lovely and gracious “Mrs. Just Charlie” headed off to school around 5:30 a.m. When she left, I hit the supermarket! And then back to the kitchen! YES! I love when Valentine’s Day falls on a day off!

Started making this…

Beef Tenderloin with Horseradish-and-Roasted Garlic Crust
Rosemary Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli and Carrots
Wheat Rolls with Honey Butter
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake
Finished off with a little bubbly

All that? Well below what I would have paid in some overcrowded restaurant somewhere! (Don’t get me wrong…I love good – even crowded – restaurants! But not on a Valentine’s Day). Anyway, I spent a lot less than I could have, and it was worth every penny!

But the best part of the whole day? (Well, besides enjoying the company of the suave and debonair “The Boy” and the lovely and gracious “Mrs. Just Charlie,” of course!)

Playing with the real kitchen toys! Priceless!

Throw in a bunch of the world’s friendliest flowers, some cool Snoopy cards, a couple of little gifts, and it made for a super-duper day!