Valentine’s Day 2023

Hi Everyone,

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Wonderful Valentine’s Day with my Valentine Bob, celebrating our 38th Valentine’s Day together. He was working from home, so we had all our meals together.

My mother always said FOOD IS LOVE- so we started with a breakfast charcuterie board, then heart-shaped pizza for lunch and heart-shaped ravioli for dinner, followed by desserts, cards, and gifts. It was a perfect day together…..

I hope you all had a lovely day and have many days of happiness and love to follow…..

This year, I just wanted to give you a visual tour of our Valentine’s Day celebration …….. no special menu and no special recipes. Just a glimpse into our celebration.

I used all my Valentine’s Day-themed cutlery, dinnerware, and serving pieces and decorated the dining room with flowers and balloons from Bob. We had a fabulous day from start to finish…


I decided to make a breakfast Charcuterie board and coffee since Bob was working and in meetings, this made it an easier choice while working…..

I included homemade banana nut mini-heart-shaped waffles, a variety of berries, oranges, raspberry & hazelnut macaroons, and strawberry donuts, plus heart-shaped jelly beans- not a typical breakfast but more of a treat…


This was an easy choice and again something that can be easily eaten while going back and forth to meetings.

A heart-shaped pizza. (Normally I add a stem of parsley and top it with a sun-dried tomato rose but of all the items on my shopping list this week, I forgot the sundried tomatoes but you get the idea). Still, this is becoming a tradition for us to have during Valentine’s week…


Moving right along with the heart-shaped theme, I made heart-shaped ravioli in vodka sauce and a side salad. Keeping dinner not too heavy in anticipation of the desserts that were yet to be had…

I was thinking about a lobster or shrimp filling for the ravioli and then settled on four-cheese ravioli (one of our favorites)…

And of course, we had to eat off of heart-shaped plates… I used a different set for each course.


The star of the show and my favorite course.

We always have rainbow cookies and these are shipped from a vendor from GoldBelly and they are heart-shaped as well. I am thinking I might try making my own next year.

Along with the rainbow cookies, we ordered chocolate-covered strawberries from a local bakery- this is a must on Valentine’s Day…

Every year since we first got married in 1988 I have been making heart-shaped brownies for Bob so the tradition continues….

And our last sweet treat was a raspberry and chocolate mousse cake that was absolutely delicious.

Surprisingly, this cake came from the bakery at Whole Foods and they have proven to be excellent with many of their cakes and pies.

And that was our “food celebration” for Valentine’s Day.

Bob and I always make the day special but honestly every day is Valentine’s Day and you should show love to all and be kind and enjoy each day to the fullest.

I hope you have many days ahead of love and happiness and until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Stay well,


In addition to the standard heart-shaped box of chocolates from Bob and our son, we also enjoyed these dark chocolate bars with some unique flavors for Valentine’s Day.


8 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day 2023

  1. Diane Ruggiero Monte

    Hi Diane, I always enjoy seeing your postings! What beautiful Valentines Day meals and table setting. Thank you again for sharing with us. God bless!

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  2. Ellie

    Happy Valentine’s Day dear Diane and Bob.. What a lovely tablescape and delicious food’s lovingly displayed. Happy to see you enjoying life to the fullest . Stay Well 💝🌹💝

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