I am generally not a fan of commercialized holidays; my husband knows better than to buy me anything for Sweetest Day, for example.
But I actually love Valentine’s Day. I celebrate it in a rather Japanese fashion: in Japan, women give chocolates not only to their boyfriends/husbands/boys they like, but also to their girlfriends and coworkers (the ones given to coworkers are hilariously called “obligation chocolates“–it’s very Japanese).
I love to do things like bring in cookies to work, or hand out silly kids’ Valentines, and make my husband something tasty. And for his part, B never gets me candy on Valentine’s Day, because it tastes exactly the same several days later, when it is 3x cheaper.
This year I made him a frozen peanut butter pie. This is one of the famous desserts at Ray’s Place in Kent. My husband went to Kent State, and still meets some of his college buddies at Ray’s frequently.
I used this recipe, but substituted a pre-made Oreo crust with a layer of chocolate sauce between the crust and filling. This is a pretty quick and easy pie; it’s no-bake! Unfortunately, I put in in the freezer on Valentine’s Day when we started to make dinner, and then we forgot about it until Monday. Too much champagne, I guess.
The last time I made this for B, I presented him with a slice, and he informed me that at Ray’s Place, they put chocolate sauce and peanuts on top. Well, then.
To continue our unique Valentine’s Day, we also went to see Kingsman: The Secret Service over the weekend and really enjoyed it. If you’ve ever wanted to see graphic violence be described as “beautiful,” this movie is for you. I did give a bit of an eyeroll at the end, where I think they took a joke a bit too far. But otherwise it was quite good, and I’d highly recommend it.