Holiday: Valentine’s Day

jeff’s creamy chicken marsala + our love story

A Week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day FIVE ~ Jeff’s Creamy Chicken Marsala This is the first dish that Jeff ever made for me. One night, we decided to cook together, and while he made this I prepared a simple recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo. We were 22 years old when we started dating, after having…

spa sundaes

A Week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day FOUR Today I put together some Valentine’s gifts for my daughters Andrea and Grace. Little “girly” baskets with cute heart socks, candies, cookies, and THESE adorable “Spa Sundaes,” among other things. These little “sundaes” would be great party favors for a girlfriends’ spa day or tea lunch. Just…

love notes jar

A week of Valentine’s Treats ~ Day THREE! ~ A LOVE NOTES JAR! Today I made a jar of love notes for the hubby. I included coupons for hugs, kisses, back rubs, batches of cupcakes, movie dates, tea dates, lunch dates, candlelight dinners, morning walks, theater tickets, sunset viewings on the porch (with vino) and…

honey bear valentine

For day TWO of our week of Valentine’s treats I thought I’d share something simple and sweet with you. Honey bear Valentines! I like this idea because it’s cute and practical, and a lovely little gift to give to the tea lovers in your life. These little honeys go together quickly…all you need are the…

a six senses post ~ scenes from my week

smelling ~ rich, chocolaty espresso, tomatoey soup simmering, italian food, garlic roasting, THIS PERFUME seeing ~ snow gently falling in perfect puffy flakes… I caught some on my mitten today and looked closely…such amazing detail…fireplace blazing, amber candles glowing, vintage valentines and decor finally up and embellishing our rooms with romance, silly sweet fuzzy wuzzy…

strawberry dream tea bread

This is one of my favorite recipes for tea bread. The flavors are the perfect accompaniment to almost any black tea or fruit tea. I make this for our Valentine’s Day breakfast every year, but it’s awesome any time. If you’d like to make a loaf you’ll need : 1/2 cup butter, softened (plus a…

chocolate truffles

~ peppermint ~ ~ orange ~ ~ coconut ~ ~ cayenne ~ Hello my lovelies! Here is the 7th surprise in the “Week of Valentine Treats” line up. I hope you’ve enjoyed the romantic posts this year. I made up a batch of these delicious, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate mousse truffles. These little yummies would make a…

the art of crystallizing flowers at home by karen toocheck

  I would like to welcome my friend and talented flower artist, Karen Toocheck, to ChinDeep today for a very special Valentine’s post! She is the proprietor of a wonderful business called The Crystallized Flower Company located in Willoughby Ohio and has generously agreed to share some of the magic and wisdom that goes into…

nelson creamery

Today we took a leisurely Sunday drive over the bridge into Wisconsin. The Great River Road meanders along the Mississippi river and Lake Pepin through these sweet, quaint villages that remind me of vacations we’ve taken to Door County Wisconsin and Cape Cod Massachusetts. These are places we visit over and over again and they…