Valentine’s Day can be extremely daunting.  For someone who doesn’t have a significant other but wants one, seeing all the happy couples can be depressing.  For someone who has a significant other, there is always the question of what to get them to show your appreciation/love for them.  Even though we can’t do much to help find that someone special, we can help you with a fabulous meal plan if you already have someone special to prepare it for!!

Start with some fabulous muffins for breakfast…


  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups sugar

  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 8 eggs

  • 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream

  • 2 cups butter, melted

  • 3 tablespoons grated lemon peel

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cubed

  • GLAZE:

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. In

  • another bowl, combine the eggs, sour cream, butter, lemon peel and

  • juice. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased

  • or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.


  • In a small bowl, combine flour and sugar; cut in butter until mixture

  • resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over batter.


  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near

  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from

  • pans to wire racks. In a small bowl, whisk glaze ingredients;

  • drizzle over warm muffins. Serve warm. Yield: 40 muffins.

    Since you started your mate’s day off the right way, they probably aren’t going to be expecting that you’ll tackle dinner for the evening as well!!  Once your mate leaves for the day, simply start this crockpot meal to further surprise your mate at dinner!!

Crockpot Beef Stroganoff


  • 1-1/2 lbs. beef sirloin tip, cut into 1" cubes

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (8-oz.) package mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram leaves

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. dried thyme leaves

  • 1/8 tsp. pepper

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1-1/2 cups beef broth

  • 1/2 cup red wine

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 8 oz. carton sour cream

  • 2 tablespoons mustard

  • 1/4 cup flour

  • 1/4 cup water


    Combine everything except sour cream, mustard, flour, and water in a 3-1/2 quart slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours (high for 4-5 hours). Remove and discard bay leaf.

    Combine sour cream, mustard, flour, and water in medium bowl and mix well, using a whisk. Add 1 cup of the hot liquid from the crockpot to the sour cream mixture and stir until combined. Return this mixture to the crockpot and stir well. Cover crockpot and cook on high for 20-30 minutes until thickened and bubbly. Taste it; you may want to add more salt, pepper, marjoram, or thyme. Serve over hot cooked egg noodles.

    If you have a new hotter cooking crockpot, check the beef at 6 hours on low. And do NOT boil together the flour and sour cream mixture before adding it to the crockpot. All that does is waste the thickening power of the flour. If the sauce isn't thick enough for you, add more flour dissolved in a little water.

    Of course, no Valentine’s Day would be complete without a treat for your sweet!

    Valentine Night Strawberries


20 fresh strawberries

1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese,


2 tablespoons chopped walnuts

1 1/2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar



Dice two strawberries and set aside. Cut the stems off of each of the remaining strawberries, forming a base for strawberries to stand on. Starting at the pointed ends and cutting most of the way, but not completely through the stem end, slice each strawberry into four wedges.


Beat the cream cheese until fluffy; stir in the diced strawberries, walnuts, and powdered sugar. Spoon or pipe about a teaspoon of mix into each strawberry.


These recipes are sure to make your Valentine’s Day one your love will never forget!

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