Surprised Me

I woke up Valentine’s Day morning to these.

Scott clearly doesn’t read my blog because I had mentioned that I’d rather spend money on shoes (or just about anything else) than on flowers. They die so fast and they seem so frivolous.

But after having these beauties in the house, I am not complaining.


And I can’t complain about my day, either.

It started off in the kitchen with a stick and a half of melted butter because I made a batch of these.

Ralph’s store-brand butter is on the left and Kerrygold on the right. It’s interesting to note how yellow the Kerrygold is and how pale the Ralph’s brand is in a side by side comparison. Maybe that has to do with grass-fed cows or that Kerrygold says their butter has a higher butterfat percentage.

I need to do a side-by-side comparison with flour and compare store-brand flour and King Arthur flour.

A batch of White Chocolate Snickerdoodle Cookies would be a good starting place I think for a side-by-side bake-by-side.

In addition to melted butter on Valentine’s Day, there was melted chocolate.

I love how smoothly, easily, and effortlessly this chocolate melts.

It’s easier to make Vanilla Cake Batter Truffles (No-Bake) when the chocolate melts smoothly.  Dipping the little balls into their bathtub is much easier when the consistency of the bathwater is just right.

I also made Scott something special for dinner to surprise him.  It wasn’t fancy, but it was special, for him.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and he loves eggs.  I made something similar to the Spinach and Red Pepper Frittata but even more up his alley because it involved potatoes.

The winners of the Cookbook Giveaway are Michaela and Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles

Did you have a Happy Valentine’s Day? Any surprises?

Did you celebrate the day in any way or was is just another day and business as usual?


  1. I’ve never once gotten flowers! Oh well. I’ve bought them for myself a few times though.

    I worked all of Valentine’s Day and had a stomachache for a good 4 hours during it. I love the holiday though and hearing what others are doing.

  2. It was a totally normal day on my end.
    Those flowers are gorgeous! I adore classic red roses…

  3. now those are some gorgeous flowers! perfect for a GORGEOUS woman. happy valentines day!

  4. Awww, everyone needs beautiful flowers and melted chocolate on Valentine’s Day…I’m so glad you had a good one!

    Thanks again for doing such an awesome giveaway, Averie! I can’t wait to dive in to that cookbook! =)

  5. Awww :) they are beautiful! Glad you got in some baking too. How interesting that the two butters look so different. J got me my favorite cheap vday candy :)

  6. What a beautiful bunch of flowers! My boyfriend and I tend to give each other silly little presents for Valentine’s Day but I did get a rose from the restaurant we went to last night :D

  7. Such a pretty bouquet! Sounds like you had a lovely day which also included some kitchen fun. I received a loose tea sampler and one of the flavors is butter rum toddy so I am anxious to try it. I made my husband some ritz stuffed PB cups and put a little nooch in the filling (such a great little addition–thanks for that tip). I have read that Kerrygold is great butter so if color is any indication then it does look nice and rich!

  8. Aww, that’s so sweet of Scott!! Dustin and I didn’t exchange any gifts this year, we have WAY too much going on and I really, really didn’t want a thing. When I was getting my hair done yesterday and Dustin went to the bank, my hairdresser said, “maybe he’s getting a surprise for you,” and I was like, “Oh God, hope not!” haha. I wouldn’t complain about any of the sweets on this post showing up somewhere in the house, though. :)

  9. So beautiful and so sweet! You deserve those beautiful flowers!

    I hope Skylar had fun at her party at school!

    Happy Wednesday! <3

  10. That was so sweetens thoughtful of Scott! I have to agree about the shoes! Lol! My family had a good valentines day too. Matt got me flowers and ginger ale. Grace got new coloring books and we had some good friends over with their baby for dinner too. Unfortunately the night ended for me with horrible morning / all day pregnancy sickness.

  11. Sounds like an awesome day! I feel the same way about flowers that you do, only when I have them I feel so happy!

  12. Those are beautiful flowers! (As well as delicious treats!)

    I got a beautiful pot of tulips, card and I had him rent 2 dude movies as my gift to him. Made a great dinner and we spread out a blanket on the floor to watch the movies.

  13. Even if they seem frivolous, sometimes it’s so nice to be surprised like that. Jason surprised me with a certificate for facial and massage!

  14. My day….yeah.

    LOve the flowers! One of the other new profs got flowers from a senior faculty in her dept. Lucky girl. I would have loved some. And I am not a flower girl. One of those days….

  15. beautiful flowers! you deserve it averie :)

  16. Beautiful flowers and beautiful food! I have to try that frittata!

    : ))

  17. Such pretty flowers! I had a few of my girlfriends over for a single ladies’ dinner party. We had a really fun time.

  18. aw they are gorgeous averie! And I think flowers to you = an egg dinner for a guy haha. Easily impressed!

  19. Averie,
    those flowers are beautiful. I feel the same as you and would rather my hubby spend money on something I can really use or something we can do together. Although it is a treat when they do bring them home, and so pretty, too!

  20. I know that flowers die quickly, but I LOVE having them around!! And my husband knows that and did very well yesterday. :)
    We had a nice dinner out (we NEVER go out on weeknights) and went to bed early. A good day!
    I also had a package from iHerb arrive yesterday (I gave you a shout on my last post), which might have been more exciting that the awesome dinner that followed. :)

  21. Lovely flowers!

  22. what a lovely surprise to receive flowers :) my husband and I just made dinner together. He got me flowers and we exchanged cards…and candy. I got him Reese’s Pieces and he got me Reese’s PB cups. We were laughing at that one!

  23. Yay! Scott’s surprise was lovely. I was surprised by roses at the office too! Other than that the day was a rather rough one.

    Glad to see you using the Kerrygold. Yes, grass fed butter is dark yellow, and pastured eggs have almost orange yolks. Eat up all that great vitamin K2! :) there is an organic valley butter I love the flavor of even more that KG, its pasture butter and cultured and yep, dark yellow, it’s wrapped in green foil.

    Missing your cute little fam!

    • Long time, no talk…and it’s awesome to hear from you!

      Thanks for the info about why the yolks are darker and the butter, too. You are full of great info and I remember you being a fan of your grass-fed dairy from ages ago. I know the green foil butter you’re talking about..I’ll check it out if I wanna splurge$ on butter…rather than shoes :)

      Hope you and the little man are doing great!

  24. my hubby did good. he got me my loves for V-Day: my bumble & bumble stuff and chocolates. LOL I agree with you on the flowers too.

  25. Looks like you had quite the beautiful day Averie!

    Good for you!!!

    and your egg dish for Scott looks PERFECT right about now!

    Glad you had such a sweet day.
    mine was business as usual but I had a lot of fun helping JJ get ready for his school party and we baked cupcakes Monday night.

  26. How sweet! I happen to LOVE flowers. I’ll take them anytime. It’s funny, my husband doesn’t read my blog much either! Maybe next holiday you can get those shoes! :) Have a great Wednesday!

  27. Those cake batter truffles look way too good! I won’t spend my money on flowers, either, but I sure don’t mind when other people get them for me! My husband got me beets for valentines day. He must really think I’m weird :)

  28. What a beautiful gift, Averie! You’re a lucky lady!

  29. I “celebrated” by eating heart shaped Peeps alongside a Reese’s Easter Egg. Something is very odd about the combo, but it was delicious :)

  30. We had Chinese food and rented a few cheap movies. We watched a hilariously bad movie called Dinoshark. I think my favourite of the night was Gnomeo and Juliet, though. :)

  31. Beautiful flowers!! Glad you had a good V Day :-)

  32. Beautiful flowers and decadent desserts.. I am always left drooling :D

  33. Such gorgeous flowers! Sounds like you had a great Valentine’s DAy!

  34. It was totally a regular day… with a bit more chocolate than usual!

  35. What a sweet surprise from Scott! True, they die fast, but still worth it once in awhile. :-) And sounds like a great day for you. I got flowers from hubby at work and we had s nice dinner out with little gifts.

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  37. I was surprised on v-day too with some flowers and a gift. I feel the same way about flowers …

  38. What a sweet surprise from your Valentine, they’re beautiful!! I typically don’t like spending a lot of money on flowers either, but I wasn’t complaining about the ones I got yesterday :)

  39. I love that Scott got those for you. Isaac brought me some beautiful red tuplips for Valentine’s Day and I was NOT expecting them. After being married for almost 17 years, we don’t do the whole Valentine’s thing, but, like you, I was pleasantly surprised. The funny thing is…I made him an omelet with potatoes and basil! He loves potatoes in his eggs and I wanted to make him something savory and hot for when he got home late from work last night. It made his day! :-)

  40. We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day … I however do LOVE flowers … My husband is not the flower giving guy! (he thinks exactly like you do) Your flowers look beautiful! I am glad you enjoyed!

  41. Aw, what a sweetheart! Those flowers are gorgeous! I simply love having fresh flowers in the house.

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