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Life has felt a little bit off-kilter this month.
Adam and I have had the same schedule for months and months, and finally having to change our schedules has taken a lot of adjustment. We have been so used to having "real" weekends and spending our Saturdays and Sundays relaxing, and now that our days off have switched we are feeling out of it. Our household chores have suffered, our laundry pile grows bigger and bigger by the minute, and I cannot tell you the last time I had an empty sink and all of my dishes were clean.
Not to mention I have completely dropped the ball on Valentine's Day this year. I was hoping to have all of these cute decorations put up around our apartment--I had plans to make this adorable heart garland out of felt that I saw on Pinterest, and I wanted to make some chocolate heart candies to surprise Adam with on Valentine's Day. But no. None of that happened.
Our Valentine's Day was spent catching up on work and chores and having dinner at home. And you know what? I'm totally okay with that. Sometimes, marriage isn't glamorous. You may have grandeur plans for the most romantic night of the year and then life hits you in the face. At that moment, you take a look in your freezer and see what you have that you can make for dinner. A few days ago, I made us these Italian garlic knots and prepared Bertolli® Shrimp Scampi & Linguini Pasta and we enjoyed a quiet, productive Valentine's Day at home.
Italian Garlic Knots
*yields 8 garlic knots
- 1 package of crescent roll dough
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
- 1 stick of unsalted butter
- 10 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley
- (Optional) Paired with Bertolli® Shrimp Scampi & Linguini Pasta, 24 oz.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F).
- Begin melting a stick of butter in a medium stovetop pan on low.
- Mince garlic cloves and stir into the same pot as the melting garlic. Keep the mixture on low heat, stirring occasionally. Cover the pot and keep it on low heat.
- Shape each piece of bread roll dough into a long, thin piece of dough. Fold a knot in the center of the piece of dough, and place it onto a baking sheet. Spread a small amount of olive oil and ground black pepper on each knot.
- Bake the knots in the oven for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven and sprinkle with garlic butter, then Parmesan cheese, and then fresh parsley.
- Place the knots back in the oven and bake for another 5-7 minutes, or until they are golden brown.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
I've always believed that date night at home can be just as if not more fun than a night out. But knowing that we weren't able to make plans the night of Valentine's Day was a big pill to swallon for whatever reason, and I had to take a moment to really stop and reflect on things I am grateful for and to not let our failed plans make me upset.
I have so much to be grateful for--our family is happy, healthy, and we have a roof over our heads. Just because we don't have a fancy dinner out on the town on Valentine's Day doesn't mean I'm not lucky or able to have a romantic night with my husband. The Bertolli® motto, "Don’t just eat. Mangia” has really resonated with me this week. Eating at home on Valentine's Day can be just as romantic as getting dressed up and heading downtown. By choosing to stay in for the holiday, we were able to play catch up on our responsibilities and also spend time together by sitting down to have a meal together as a family.
Head to Fry's (and all other Kroger stores) to pick up Bertolli® Meals for Two--they will be the lowest price of the year!