Make Valentine’s Dinner with Your Special One

Thank you to Winn-Dixie for providing this date night meal inspiration, and for easy ways for families to save and celebrate!

It can be hard to plan a big romantic Valentine’s Day when you have kids, but deep down we all still want to find a way celebrate! Why not skip the stress of finding a babysitter and restaurant reservation, and plan a romantic night in?! Get the kids to bed a couple minutes early and then the night is yours to spend with your special one.

My husband and I almost never get to cook together — he’s either working or watching the kids while I cook — so a quiet night cooking a delicious meal together sounded pretty special. Before I had even started brainstorming our dinner menu, fate struck when I learned about the Winn-Dixie with the “Surf and Turf Dinner Deal.”

The steak and lobster were priced at half the cost of what they usually are, and if I bought a bottle of Chloe label wine with my T-Bone steak, the lobster tail was free. I decided to give Valentine’s dinner a test drive and I did it. I literally went and bought everything pictured in the Surf and Turf Dinner Deal. I got two HUGE T-Bone steaks, two lobster tails, a bunch of asparagus, chocolate covered strawberries, and a bottle of Chloe prosecco for less than $45. That’s less than what we usually pay our babysitter for a night out!

I put my husband on steak duty. He seasoned the steaks with salt, pepper, and steak seasoning mix. I drizzled the asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper, packed it in tinfoil and sent it out to grill with the steaks. I was intimidated by the lobster tails since I’ve never made them, but they were crazy easy to make. I took note from this tutorial and recipe, but here’s what I did:

  • Place lobster tail on foil-covered cooking pan
  • Use shears/scissors to cut down the middle of the tail down to the fin
  • Gently pull the shell apart and loosen meat from shell
  • Drizzle with butter, season with garlic salt and paprika
  • Broil on high in oven for 10-15 minutes

The whole meal took about 30 minutes to make with almost no prep or clean-up, and it was absolutely delicious. More time to enjoy each other, wink wink! It was fun to try something new, and we may be doing a repeat of this meal on Valentine’s Day since the Winn-Dixie deal runs through February  14, 2019. But I may make hubby do the shopping for it this time and have him pick me up some roses — also on sale!

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What are your Valentine’s Day plans?

Kaitlyn Michaelis
Kaitlyn is new to Jacksonville and wants to be your friend. She is down for anything and will rarely say no if you invite her along. Kaitlyn is loving life as a girl mom with twin four-year olds and a one-year old. She has been standing by her man through undergrad, med school, and now residency (and is a little worn out). She is loving Jacksonville and this new chapter of life. Kaitlyn received her bachelors in Public Relations and Business. She was the head of PR for a startup company in Utah before switching over to Video Production where she got pretty good at making software seem interesting and kind of fun—even though it’s really not. After taking a break from the professional world to “hang with her three best girlfriends”, she is now on a path to self-discovery. One thing she has discovered is that she really likes cake. Kaitlyn makes lovely cakes and has just started to sell them and teach cake decorating. You can check out her cakes on Instagram @kaitybaked. Kaitlyn is still searching for her gal pal soulmate here in Jacksonville. If you think you can complete her, let her know!


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