Happy Valentine’s Day! I like to refer to it as love day because regardless if you are in a relationship or not you should spend the day with the ones you love. Valentine’s day happens to fall on a long weekend here in Toronto, a day before Family Day. So it’s the ideal weekend to cozy up (it has been FREEZING in Toronto this weekend) and spend some quality time with loved ones.
Matt and I aren’t ones to go out on Valentine’s Day to fight the crowds and eat off expensive prix fixe menus. We usually plan a relaxing night in. This year was no different. We decided to make homemade pizza and snuggle up on the couch to watch a movie…of my choice.
Earlier in the day I had a itch to do some baking so I decided to make a batch of heart shaped sugar cookies for my valentine (it also helped that I had a roll of sugar cookie dough lying around). I quickly ran out to the store to pick up some red icing and heart shaped cookie cutters and then whipped them up. Side note: It seems like every time I make cut out sugar cookies they never keep their shape. Help! What can I do to make them keep their shape? I’m not sure if it is the recipe itself or my oven?? Let me know!
Before making the pizza I made a small appetizer for Matt and I to share – Boursin stuffed mushrooms. This is the MOST simple people pleasing appetizer you can make. I adopted this recipe from a girlfriend of mine when we had our annual get together over the holiday season. Before I tell you this very simple recipe you should know that I LOVE mushrooms so I was all in when my friend brought them over. Matt doesn’t love mushrooms as much I do but I knew he would enjoy these and sure enough I was right.
Boursin stuffed mushrooms: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Then, clean and stem your mushrooms (you can use either cremini or white button mushrooms). Using a spoon stuff the mushrooms with Boursin cheese – I use the garlic and fine herbs one. Place the mushrooms on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Let them cool and enjoy!
Next, it was time to make our pizza! We have become masters at making homemade pizza after many trial and error moments. Usually once a week I will go to the local gluten-free bakery and pick up a freshly made pizza dough. If we plan on making pizza that day I’ll leave it in the fridge and if not I will throw it in the freezer for the next time we want to make pizza. Typically we have our go to toppings, one side is a classic Hawaiian with sliced ham, pineapple, and cheese and the other side is herbed goat cheese with sautéed onions and mushrooms. I try to roll the dough as thinly as possible, usually we can get a whole pizza the size of the baking sheet which leaves left overs for the next day. Matt and I both agreed that this was the best pizza we have made yet!
Once the pizza was ready we cozied up on the couch and put on The Intern with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro. It was pretty good, classic feel good movie. I particularly loved Robert De Niro’s character. He plays a widower who is bored of his life in retirement and applies for an internship. His character was just plain adorable!
That was my Valentine’s Day and it was perfect. I wouldn’t want it any other way. What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Are you doing the same? Let me know in the comments below!