Sunday, February 15, 2009

I did make a little gift for my husband for Valentines, but I'm not able to share it ... yet. But I did wrap it all pretty and he was VERY impressed. I will reveal it some time in the future, but for now, the focus is on the best gift in my life - my husband.

Besides 'hijacking' my blog, he took a day out of his totally busy schedule to pamper me with a delicious and decadent Valentines supper - cooked by himself! He was very patient with me as I took photos of everything - only so I could share it here and keep it for memory sake. Here's how it was:

First, he set up the projector to play onto the entire wall of our front room and put on some concert music, with a screensaver that played a show sort of like a cross between fireworks and planets - always shifting and changing, but with the beat of the music guiding it. Hows that for atmosphere?

He had the table completely set up really nicely, and low lighting. He baked the bread in the front - from the Artisan Bread in 5 recipe - he topped it with cheddar cheese.

Besides having a set of tall, romantic beeswax candles (a gift made for us from our dear friend Melanie) there was also a smaller tiffany-lamp looking candle... and floating candles which burned in a gorgeous bowl which was given to us by our daughter and her man this past Christmas (I think you can see the stand on the previous photo) It looked very very romantic.

Then, what celebration dinner would be complete without some 'bubbly'? Non-alcoholic, of course! The bubbles go up one's nose so nicely.

And he washed behind his ears and put on a fancy shirt, shaved and put on a big smile for the camera.

I never get enough opportunity to put my wedding dress on - so this was the perfect time to do so. I don't think I'd be brave enough to put my headdress on for a restaurant, but for a time like this its perfect. I culled this photo out of a series I took while Mr. was out grilling the dinner *wink*

And my, oh MY, what a feast! There was fresh salad with mixed greens, lemon herb couscous, broccoli, grilled mushrooms with chili, grilled steak and prawns. I'm so envious - every single thing came together for him, was served with precise timing and was marvelous!

And then, as if this was not fabulous enough - he assembled this incredible dessert which was made up of fresh strawberries, a dark chocolate coated ice cream bar, whipped topping and more chocolate. Sigh! I still can hardly move. What a sweet man I've been blessed with. As I told him, this was BETTER than any restaurant he could have taken me to, by 1,000 times!

Thank you goes to Amy for allowing me to use her Chocolate Dipped kit to blog this special event... how did you KNOW, Amy? It could not be more perfect for our dinner. Amy's kit was on sale, but we missed that, don't you know? But, its still for sale, and you can find out more on how to order it (and scoop her KILLER co-ordinating QP, for FREE) by visiting her blog - just click HERE. And... andandand - I'm so very PROUD of Amy, for she's now a College Graduate! She's been diligently working away at it all this time. Way to go, girlfriend!!

Also, just a note, if you're thinking of getting a new look for your blog, my good friend Bunny is a very talented designer who makes killer blog makeovers... and she's having a makeover sale for February! Why not give yourself an overhaul - let Bunny know I sent you! Just click HERE to find out the details!

And I almost forgot - my friend Cicero is having a GIVEAWAY! She is a very talented soap maker and I'm pretty sure that will be among the things she'll be giving... the contest has already started - began Valentines Day, but you have plenty of time to try for this. This is a clip from her blog:

"for my 2nd blogiversary coming up March 15th. The prize will be some home made soap plus whatever else I feel willing to part with come the day. Each day, every commenter's name between today, February 14 and March 14th, will have their names thrown into a hat (only one entry per day). That means, the more comments over the period of that one month, the more chances one has to win the give-away. "

To put your name in, just click HERE to be transported to Cicero's blog! Tell her I sent you!


  1. Yay, it finally let me in!

    YAY Mr Miles, you sir are a romantic ROCKSTAR! WOWSERS!

    Barb you were GORGEOUS in your gown, omg!

    What fantastic photos!

  2. Your wedding gown still fits??!! That is just not fair!!:=)
    Your husband is some kind of romantic! I bet he´s got some mayor gold stars now, right?
    It all looked lovely!

  3. Good Evening Barb:) totally romantic! You both clean up quite nicely.hehe pretty you are in your wedding gown.I was seventeen in mine and NO WAY at fifty five would I fit back into it and even if I would fall apart the moment I took it off of the hanger.LOL
    Your dinner sounds scrumptious!mmmmm How sweet of your man to cook for you!!
    Jim took me out to dinner at an Italian Restaurant and it was wonderful.:)He bought me a Valentine's Teddy Bear and Whitman's sugar free chocolates.:)He's a sweety too!:) He cooks breakfast for me almost every morning and does a fantastic job of I can't complain about him not cooking Valentine's dinner for me.:)Between you and me...I am glad he took me out to eat and didn't try to cook dinner..he hasn't got that down pat like breakfast.LOL shhhh!!
    Isn't Amy's kit wonderful.I can feel the cravings for Chocolate every time I look at it!:)

    Love and hugs!

  4. Oh wow! What a keeper! He did a great job my friend! Everything looks so beautiful!

    Take care my friend! I won't even mention how jealous I am that you can still fit in your wedding dress ;)

  5. How wonderful for you guys.. what fun. Everything looked wonderful. Hugs.. Joy

  6. What a wonderful dinner.....but what impresses me most is that you can still wear your wedding dress!!!

  7. What a perfect night, and you look fantastic in your wedding dress. I'm very impressed.

  8. I read your sweet story twice! WOW, how God has blessed you and your marriage. Thinking of Solomon and Shulamite, and you've got it just right! So incredibly romantic and adorable, and more importantly:


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  9. you sooooooooooo deserve a day of pampering and i am sooooooo GLAD to see you have such a WONDERFUL man to give you a day!! HUGS!
    wait a minute?! HE baked the bread?!! OHMy!! now i HAVE GOT to try that darn recipe for sure!!
    OH and i am soooo HAPPY you still fit into your dress too!
    looks like you have a truly BEAUTIFUL celebration together! Thank you for sharing! :)

  10. wow ...Miles always just shows how much love he holds for his bride...way to go MILES. Girl you look like you enjoyed and soaked in all that love and good food. Chat to your eally soon. Love the pics.


  11. OK, that is one of the absolute SA-WEETEST thing I've ever seen/heard/ know what I mean. And you in that dress? Wowsers. Hot mama!!!! I love all the pics.

  12. HOLEY COW!!! Mr Miles can I send Wayne over for some tips??- lol
    Gosh girl you were SPOILED but oh in such a great way!! Loved his hack again! And yeah I also got lunch but was taken out- hee hee, a treat for me so it was good ;-)

    So much catching up to do- and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the blog makeover!! WOOHOOOOO- ( yeah I know I'm late- hee hee)
    Sitting having coffee and trying to do a little catch up on my blog runs this evening.
    Missing my man- boo hoo!

    Sending you tons of Love GF-
    PS- Shiooooot ( yeah it's censored-lol) you still fit into your wedding dress??- I'm toooo scared to try mine on- lol
    you look absolutely STUNNING in it by the way! WOW!

  13. I can't believe the idea of the musical planet show... Wow what a lucky girl you are..
    and to still fit in your wedding gown too! and after eating all that delicious food too! haahaa.
    I reckon there may be quite a few men around that could learn from Mr Miles the true meaning of romance.

  14. Oh where oh where can my friend Barb be..oh where oh where can she be???hehe

    Love and hugs,


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