Happy Friday, loves!
How was your Valentine’s Day? I hope it was full of love for yourself and love for others :)
My Valentine’s gift to myself yesterday was a nap. Yes, a nap. I’m really exciting.
I slept horribly on Wednesday night and struggled through the entire day of work yesterday. I do NOT function
well at all on less than 8 hours of sleep. The only thing that kept me motivated throughout the day was knowing that I was going to treat myself to a much-needed nap come 4:30pm. My nap was only 45 minutes of on and off sleep but it made a HUGE difference in my mood – When Kyle got home I was happy, energized and ready to go out and celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Since we are on are a money-saving kick, we didn’t do real gifts this year - we didn’t even get each other cards! I’m not a huge card person anyways. Sure, they’re pretty and some are funny and I actually really like the Papyrus brand but $7 for a card is a waste of money in my opinion.
Since we weren’t doing real gifts, my “gift” to Kyle was a HUGE cookie – with pink sprinkles, recipe courtesy of Sally from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Check out the size of this thing! It was 10 inches by 10 inches and
he we I enjoyed every last bite. Okay, so maybe it was more of a gift for myself but I let him have his fair share ;)
For dinner, we visited one of our favorite, romantic Minneapolis restaurants – Nicollet Island Inn. The Nicollet Island Inn is located on Nicollet Island, an actual island in the Mississippi River. It is a small, historic inn and restaurant with a quaint and intimate feel. They have a piano lounge with live pianists on most evenings and the restaurant itself has unique, private booths and tables lit by candlelight making it the perfect place for a romantic, Valentine’s Day date.
Nicollet Island Inn also has a fabulous, 5-course Sunday brunch that includes unlimited mimosas, champagne and coffee. Needless to say, Kyle and I have frequented brunch there a time or two ;)
Typically, we would walk here as the island is approximately a 15 minute walk from our condo (we can actually see it from our balcony!) but since it was cold and the ground was covered in ice and snow, we opted to drive. Plus, the heels I was wearing didn’t allow for much walking ;)
Since it was Valentine’s Day, Nicollet Island Inn was offering a 5-course tasting menu in lieu of their normal menu. I’m normally not a huge fan of tasting menus but this one was better than I anticipated! Every course was perfectly portioned and it allowed us to try menu options that we typically would not have selected.
Most of the menu was pre-selected, however, we were able to choose our main entrée. Kyle selected the roast beef and I went with the scallops and both were rich with flavor and elegantly plated.
Throughout dinner we enjoyed a bottle of 2010 Duck Pond Cabernet Sauvignon. Most of the bottles on Nicollet Island Inn’s menu were $100+ and part of the reason we went with the Duck Pond was because it was around $40. Overall, even my wine-snob of a husband, thought this was a pleasant, slightly sweet, and very drinkable red wine. I recommend it!
Kinky Liqueur was apparently sponsoring the featured cocktails last night - Kinky Tinis or Kinky Bubbles, anyone?
I actually really like Kinky Liqueur, but last night, I was in a wine mood and our dinner felt a little too classy to be downing sugary cocktails.
Nicollet Island Inn sent each couple home with a kinky package (pun intended) consisting of samples of Kinky Liqueur, Opulent Vodka, Pharmacopia lotion and chocolate.
I’m most excited to give the Pharmacopia brand a try! They make natural and organic bodycare products and I’ve always wanted an excuse to sample some of their products :)
We got home from dinner fairly late so we dove into the HUGE cookie I made (yes, we had TWO desserts on Valentine’s Day!), gave Mitchell some lovin’ and then headed to bed. We are definitely almost to old-couple status!
I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day full of love and happiness!
How much sleep do you need per night? Are you a card person?