The simple pleasures of home shine brighter
when the spirit of God intertwines our hearts
with His gentle Joy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love Ever Endures. . .

Valentine's Day ~ 
is not a holiday that "Mr. Ed" and I have spent together often ~ until now, that is!

Now that "Mr. Ed" is officially retired, not only did we spend this Valentine's Day together, he actually helped prepare our Valentine's Day Dinner!

Valentine's Day Dinner On Crooked Creek was celebrated using my heirloom Classic Rose China and silver.

Choosing to serve a three ~ course menu of some of our favorite dishes~ instead of too much formality, seemed to be a perfect choice!

Course One: A Green Salad ~
Simply consisting of iceberg lettuce greens, celery slices, carrot curls, cashew halves and a Sweet Honey Catalina Dressing.

Course Two: Pork Chops with Rice ~
A treasured family recipe of Smothered Pork Chops with Mushroom Rice.

Course Three: Decadent Dessert Cups ~
Belgium heart ~ shaped dessert cups filled with White Chocolate Custard topped with Whipped Topping and Chocolate Curls accompanied with Raspberry Tea.

These silver candlesticks were a Antique Mall find that are similar to my MoMa's heirloom pieces. The faux rose candle rings are reminiscent of the pink sweetheart roses used in our wedding.

Belgium chocolate cookies fill the silver compote for a decadent sampling. In the background is the Valentine's Day heart ~ shaped box filled with Russell Stover's Pecan Delight's. . .my gift to "Mr. Ed".

"Mr.Ed's" gift to me. . . the newest in my Willow Tree Collection. . .Anniversary figurine. It's collective name ~Love ever endures ~ is truly a statement of the love we share for one another. In the background is the first Valentine's Day Card I gave "Mr. Ed" after our marriage.

"For My Sweetheart on Valentine's Day" is at the top of the card. . ."Happy Valentine's Day" and "With All My Love" is at the bottom. I still pen every card I give to "Mr. Ed". . ."With All My Love".

Instead of using place cards, I choose to use a Valentine's card and a vintage Valentine postcard " A Loving Thought" dating 2/14/1910.

As we spend this Valentine's Day Dinner On Crooked Creek together, I hope that you are surround by love, as well. I leave you with the words on the bottom of the card ~only visible when folded shut~ as you enjoy viewing more photos of our Valentine's Day Dinner.

"A lifetime, Sweetheart, is too short
And words are much too few

To tell you all the reasons
Why I love you as I do,

But, Sweetheart, I can tell you this - -
Your love will always be

The dearest and, most precious thing
In all the world to me.

On Crooked Creek. . .Love ever endures!

Until next time. . .

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