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Valentine's Day Mood

Valentine's Day may not be the most auspicious celebration of the year but for the couple still smitten with each other, there is no better day to celebrate each other’s love than the 14th of February.

If you and your partner are staying home, make the day more special by doing little decorating and prepping around the home. It can go a long way in setting the Valentine’s Day mood for both of you.

 

Comfy Hearts

In the living room, switch out your normal cushions for heart shaped ones or cushion covers with printed hearts on them. They are sure to catch your partner’s eye and get them in the mood for love. Fur rugs are also a bonus for a comfortable atmosphere, encouraging warm interaction.


 

Photo Wall of Love

 

For the instagram couple that cannot stop sharing their love to friends and family, a lightly decorated heart wall will be great background for those adorable snaps. It will also be perfect for those Valentine’s house parties! Just paste cut out hearts on the walls or string red and pink and hang them in serendipitous fashion. Glitter is optional.


 

Candle light

There is nothing more romantic basking in candle light so get the 6 pack out of the drawer and put them around the house. When it is time, just light them up and enjoy the warmth of the candles and each other. Just be sure to not place candles near flammable materials like curtains and textiles as to avoid a Valentine’s Day catastrophe.


 

Shrimp and Wine

Start the evening with setting up the dining table for a romantic dinner between you and your partner. Bring out the best Sauvignon, light the candle, set the napkins and dim the room lights. Here is a recipe for a simple shrimp risotto that is easy to make, fancy to the eye, filling for the stomach and easy on the way out.

 

Shrimp Risotto

 

Ingredients

  • 5 cups canned low-salt chicken broth

  • 3/4 cup dry white wine

  • 6 tablespoons butter

  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

  • 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

  • 1/2 pound uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined

  • 3/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice* or medium-grain white rice

  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley

 

Directions

 

  • Bring broth and 1/4 cup wine to simmer in medium saucepan. Reduce heat; keep hot.

  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Add 1 teaspoon garlic and crushed red pepper, then shrimp. Sauté until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 2 minutes. Add remaining 1/2 cup wine. Simmer until shrimp are just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Drain shrimp, reserving cooking liquid.

  • Melt remaining 4 tablespoons butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and remaining 1 teaspoon garlic; sauté until onion is pale golden, about 4 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat, about 2 minutes. Add 2 cups broth mixture. Simmer until liquid is absorbed, stirring often. Continue adding broth mixture 1 cup at a time, stirring often and simmering until liquid is absorbed before adding more, about 20 minutes. Stir in reserved shrimp cooking liquid. Cook until rice is just tender and mixture is creamy, about 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat.

  • Stir shrimp and 2 tablespoons parsley into risotto. Season risotto to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to bowls. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons parsley.


 

Make Memories

When dinner is over and the night is winding down, make sure there is a comfortable spot dedicated for you and your partner to cuddle up and take a breather away from the world. Indulge in each other’s presence and make the day truly a celebration of love.