Garlic Shrimp & Masher Cakes + Valentine’s Campfire

Good Eats (Camaraderie)

Note to Self: Garlic Shrimp, Garlic Potatoes, and Coffee aren’t great Valentine’s Date Night ingredients. Don’t repeat in 2014. Hindsight says Mint, Chai, Chocolate, and Cinnamon are better for Date Night. Garlic & Coffee lead to less than desirable results.

Good Eats Masher Cakes and Garlic Shrimp were on the menu. We added a twist to the shrimp and threw in some panko bread crumbs to bring some crunch to the dish. Interestingly enough, this brought about the opposite result and made everything soft and creamy instead of crunchy. We were also hurried and didn’t cook them individually which isn’t the way you want to do it. Still a great meal! The masher cakes were incredible…and heart shaped as we were trying being cute. They were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Our dinner was prepared along with some of our sweet newlywed friends (Andrew & Kelly) as a double date. We realize this may lack a traditional feel but it was actually a great time together. In our minds, each date night doesn’t need to be solo as a couple.

Garlic Shrimp Marinade

Sautéed Garlic Shrimp

Heart-Shaped Masher Cakes

Good Plan (Initiative)

Note to Self #2: Starbucks ran a buy one, get one free campaign on special drinks that taste like candy instead of coffee. If that was missed, follow them on Twitter (@Starbucks).  We didn’t miss the deal, hence the following trendy picture with a vignette filter. Fun Fact: Using a vignette filter on pictures of our Starbucks coffee means we’re way cool.

Valentine's Day Starbucks

Our “gifts” to each other were hand-written letters. For the record, we both enjoy receiving hand-written letters from each another. There’s a certain type of romance that makes us feel more loved when the only thoughts written are our own. I usually try to find blank cards and Britt enjoys making cards like a scrapbooking pro. I also wrote Lily (our sweet one year old girl) a Valentine’s card and gave her Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! She loved them both!

Good Conversation (Depth)

We enjoyed our meal over a small fire on our back porch and came up with some Campfire Questions to more deeply engage together. It’s interesting how just a few intentional and creative questions can lead to depthy and tangent-filled conversation. All in all, great food, great wife, great friends, and a great time.

Campfire for Dinner and Conversation

What was your favorite memory from our wedding?

Britt – Entering the reception hall to cheers! And hearing friends and family worship before the ceremony began.

Matt – Britt wrote in a journal during the months leading up to our wedding. She gave it to me an hour or so before our wedding, I loved reading every page with anticipation. That was a wonderful gift and made me even more excited to marry her! Also, walking into the reception hall and hearing so many friends and family cheering!

What is you absolute dream job?

Matt – Owner of the Indianapolis Colts

Britt – Freelance writer living with Matt and Lily in a European city about four floors up in a flat.

What events and details would you like to include in our 10 year anniversary?

Britt – Back in Graskop, South Africa, for a few weeks to enjoy the incredible views.

Matt – Tour of Italy for a week and close with a quick jump over the Adriatic to visit Dubrovnik, Croatia, for a few more days.