Happy Valentine's Day!
How do you plan to enjoy the holiday? Are you going to spend the evening at home or do you have plans to go out to dinner somewhere special? For me and Jacob it varies every year! One year we went out to dinner (or attempted to) at the Olive Garden without making a reservation (note to self, make a reservation next time) and the next I decided it would just be easier to make some homemade lasagna and garlic bread. Let's just say, the latter was a far better choice.
I'll admit that I've gotten to the point in my life where an evening in with just the two of us is way more appealing to me. It's kind of nice to not have to worry about making reservations and fighting crowds and what not. Especially during the high season (aka February) in St. George.
And spending the night in makes it that much easier for us to enjoy a fun tradition that my family started when I was a kid.
Every year when I was growing up, my mom would make a German black forest cake for Valentine's Day. Black forest cake is a dark chocolate cake traditionally topped with maraschino cherries, kirschwasser (a clear spirit made from sour cherries), chocolate shavings and whipped cream. My mom adapted the traditional recipe to just use cherry pie filling and whipped cream instead.
Guys, this is like the easiest recipe to make for Valentine's Day. You literally bake a cake (I take the easy route with a boxed mix), layer on some pie filling and top it with some sweet whipped cream. And bam! It's done. And you have a beautiful masterpiece to surprise your significant other (or kids or friends or whoever) with.
I enjoyed this cake tradition so much as a kid that I decided to continue it after Jacob and I got married. I think he was impressed the first time I made it for him! I mean, how could you not be impressed with a cake that looks and tastes this good?
Do you have any fun Valentine's Day traditions that you like to do every year?
Another Valentine's Day Recipe to Try: