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Thursday, February 12, 2009

♥♥♥Romantic Valentine Day♥♥♥

How are you celebrating with your sweetie on Valentines Day?
I visited Dawnie's blog the other day and she had such a good idea of posting about our Valentine Celebrations... So here is mine and I would love to hear about yours.
After giving it much thought and trying to decide which restaurant to go to and what movie we would like to see that the two of us could agree upon we decided to do our own Valentines day celebrations... Ralph is in charge of a delicious breakfast for the 2 of us and we will both work on a romantic dinner with a very decadent dessert...

Cheese & Fruit tray

Our Menu

Toss Salad

Montreal Ribeye Steak

Twice Baked potatoes loaded
Roasted Zucchini & Yellow Squash


Zinfandel or a Cabernet Sauvignon

I will be making the dessert... One of my very favorite desserts is cheesecake and what is more decadent then chocolate covered strawberries... so I thought I would try this recipe for Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake....
Sounds yummy and pretty easy to do....

Chocolate-Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake


1-3/4 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (about 9 whole crackers)
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 pound fresh or frozen strawberries, thawed
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
2 packages (8 ounces each) fat-free cream cheese, cubed
1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free cottage cheese
Sugar substitute equivalent to 3/4 cup sugar
1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed, divided
13 medium fresh strawberries (for dipping)
4 squares (1 ounce each) semisweet chocolate


In a small bowl, combine cracker crumbs and butter. Press onto the bottom and 1 in. up the sides of a 9-in. springform pan coated with cooking spray. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.

Hull strawberries if necessary; puree in a food processor. Remove and set aside. (Not the 13 medium Strawberries.. they are for chocolate coating)

In a small saucepan, sprinkle gelatin over cold water; let stand for 1 minute. Heat over low heat, stirring until gelatin is completely dissolved. Transfer to the food processor; add cream cheese, cottage cheese and sugar substitute. Cover and process until smooth. Add strawberry puree; cover and process until blended. Transfer to a large bowl; fold in 2 cups whipped topping. Pour into crust.

Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until set.

For garnish, wash strawberries and gently pat with paper towels until completely dry. Cut tops off berries. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate at 50% power; stir until smooth. Dip each berry tip until half of the berry is coated, allowing excess to drip off. Place with tips pointing up on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Carefully run a knife around edge of springform pan to loosen; remove sides of pan. Arrange berries, chocolate tips up, around edge of cheesecake and place one in the center. Garnish with remaining whipped topping. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 12 servings.

After dinner we will be each choosing a movie that we will love to watch together... Maybe a good romantic comedy like Sleepless in Seattle or a sexy steamy movie like Thomas Crown Affair (HOT, HOT, HOT) or an old classic like An Affair To Remember or Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn
♥♥♥Whatever you choose to do I know you will have a wonderful day♥♥♥
Until Later
Hugs And Kisses
Valentine roses piano


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

GM Donna...sounds like you guys have a plan..Me I'll do the same thing I do every year Nothing...Haven't done anything special since my Wally died..Hope you have fun..hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Dawn Marie said...

that menu sound awesome! I'm making Lobster tails and a small prime rib, mashed potatos, salad and chocolate covered strawberries. Baldy makes the best salads..so that is his job.

I bought Sleepless in Seattle for my Valentines Baskets for those who ordered. I bought a movie that I cant remember, gotta go dig it out! Sleepless in Seattle is one of my favorites--Hope Floats is good to!

Have a romantic night!

Anonymous said...

Now this all sounds like a perfect day...from breakfast to the "Hot, hot, hot"!!!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today. Hope your Thursday is treating you well.

Anonymous said...

awww that sounds so romantic and the menu sounds like something out of a magazine. I hope you two love birds have a very romantic evening.We're going to a party at the clubhouse, not very romantic. But, oh well. I can remember some of the Valentine Days we celebrated that were over the top. :)


Jill said...

Sounds yummy! Set an extra plate I'm coming. lol! We'll be at Universal for Valentines day. Maybe we'll share a chocolate covered strawberry on the sidewalk! :0

Baba said...

Hi Donna, your plans for Valentine's Day sounds great!!This dessert looks and sounds good.. I will try and make it..Chocolate covered strawberries are good... my hubby loves them. Enjoy your day from start to finish!!!! Hugs, Baba

Anonymous said...

It sounds wonderful!

Kathy said...

Hi Donna, your menu sounds delicious and the cake is making me so hungry, I love the dipped strawberries on top, hope you two have a wonderful Valentines and enjoy your movie. Kathy.

nikkicrumpet said...

That sounds like a lovely evening...and that chocolate strawberry cheesecake is making me DROOL.

Lisa (aka) French said...

Sounds like you will be having a romantic soiree a deux;) Hey come by and read about your character some time soon would ya;) please??? don't make me beg I hate doing that!! (lol) Hugs French xoxoxo

Shell in your Pocket said...

What fun..I love those chocolates being eaten one by one...that cheesecake is too die for!

Going out...dinner and a movie!
-sandy toe

Ginger said...

Hi Donna:
It sounds like you are going to have a great Valentine's Day..whoo whoo!!! lol
I think we are staying home, and will bbq. Well, Mike will be out at the bbq in the snow...I have kitchen duties.

Justine said...

Ooh, does this ever sound fabulous! and how nice to see that the spark is alive for the two of you! Wooooooo hooooooooooooo! Now, that cheesecake sounds really good, especially because it's made with low-fat and low-sugar ingredients. You'll have to let me know how you like it. Gollum has me jonesing for sugar free cheesecake, but my Publix doesn't carry it! Argh!!!!!!
Justine :o )

Anonymous said...

Hey, Sweet Donna! There you go making me get fatter! lol
Happy Valentine's Day!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sweetie said...

You are in for a wonderful Valentine's celebration. How special that you chose to spend the day at home with you hubby.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Donna, The menu sounds delecious! This is the first year in 15 yrs. I haven't worked at a florist. In the past it was way to late and I was way to tired to go anywhere. So this year we are going out to eat whereever I want! lol! Happy Valentines Day! Kristen

Lin said...

OH MY YUMMMY!! Sounds like a grand feast!! Hope it's a wonderful time for you and yours!!!

Bo said...

Awww Donna...the romance is still alive at your house...not to say it isn't at mine, but...we don't do anything special...our grandson is coming Saturday through Monday..
so there'll be lots of hugs & kisses going on...LOL Hugs, Bo

Stacey said...

Sound wonderful! We are off to a restaurant for our Valentine's Anniversary dinner. Have a great weekend. :)

Tardevil said...

Hope you have a great Valentine's Day, Donna! I hope that cheesecake taste as good as it looks b/c it looks delicious! Have a great weekend! :O)

Proud Italian Cook said...

Your evening sounds wonderful! Beats sitting in an expensive and packed restaurant We're staying in too. Big hug to you Donna!! xox

Anonymous said...

Well,i told you in another post what we did.The thing I didn't tell you.IS............James did it all himself.He told ME what we were going to do.ALWAYS he wants me to pick.Even down to bring home.Everything is my decision.I was so shocked WHEN HE TOLD ME/!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Ann


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