Valentine’s Day: on a budget

Having forsaken traditional work in favor of my current occupation (i.e. kept man) I find myself in quite the predicament.  What the heck am I going to do for Valentine’s Day?  In the past, I’d take the classic route: buy some chocolates and a bouquet of flowers (likely from Costco – which are amazing FYI), and make a reservation at some snazzy restaurant.  Which I did consider… then I remembered… I’m BROKE!

With this realization, panic ensued and I quickly began considering my options. Like any red blooded American I naturally came to the obvious conclusion:  I was going to have to use what God gave me.  Unfortunately/fortunately after some brief inquiries, it became clear that none of the local strip joints were interested in acquiring a new dancer with my superhuman physique.

Joking aside, I really did consider going the traditional gift/dinner reservation route, but then I realized that the way to my baby’s heart isn’t through expensive restaurants (those are more like a gateway drug). What she really loves are the romantic gestures and tasty treats.

With my mind made up and prostitution off the table, I set myself a budget of $50 and proceeded to brain storm ideas. Having not eaten in the past 15 minutes, my mind naturally gravitated to the tasty treat portion of my task. My first thought was of a heart shaped steak cooked rare served with a side of mashed potatoes and some tasty garlic bread.  While that sounded delicious, I realized that was what I wanted for dinner every night and probably not the best treat for my wife.  Then it came to me, heart shaped Rice Krispies Treats!

Rice Krispies Treats

  • 7 cups Kellogg’s® Rice Krispies® cereal
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 – 10 oz packages JET-PUFFED Marshmallows*
  • Red Food coloring (adjust as needed)

*this is a double heaping of marshmallows

Now for the romantic gesture.  Naturally tying a bow around myself was the first option, but it really hasn’t gone over well in years past, so it was time to find another idea.  For weeks, I searched, and I searched.  Nothing was really hitting the mark and to be quite honest, even Pinterest was getting tired of me. After a long night of trying to come up with something to buy I started to think about things my wife had really thought were sweet.  Then I remembered that when we were painting the house I had drawn a heart on the wall and put our initials in the center.  I really didn’t think much of it, just a little fun to break up the monotony of painting, but my wife thought it was the cutest thing ever.  She even took a picture of the wall and insisted that we paint that wall last.  THE PICTURE! Could it still be on her phone?

It would turn out that luck was on my side and photo was still there. A normal print wouldn’t cut it, this needed to be something special. Would you believe right then and there I got an email advertising canvas prints?  Thank you, COSTCO!  Clearly the big guy upstairs was tired of watching me fumble around and decided to throw me a slow pitch.

With divine intervention at work, I made my way to the computer and put in an order for a canvas print.  After all, who was I to argue?

The final piece to the puzzle was easy, a nice bottle of Prosecco for us to enjoy together.

Now how did I do on my budget?  I’m happy to report that I was close, and we came in a tad over budget at $65.

While I realize that V-day is tomorrow, please feel free to take a note from my book and keep it simple, romantic, and tasty!

About Bryan

Hi! I’m Bryan, a simple guy that followed his wife from Los Angeles to Nashville and am currently living as a stay-at-home-husband. This site is about what I do to pass my time, keep the wife happy, and stay out of trouble. Some times it’s crafting, other times it’s cleaning, but mostly it’s cooking. I hope you enjoy the adventure as much as I am. Bryan Stay-at-Home-Husband

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