Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentines Day!!

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Today is a special day for lovers all over & it is also
our 25th wedding anniversary!
Yes, we were married on Valentines Day!

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The house has been decorated for weeks & lots of shaped goodies have been made & shared with family & friends.

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Everywhere you look, there are reminders of this very special day & our love for each other.

This photo was taken on Christmas Eve,
the night we got engaged.
I adore the look of love in his eyes &
I’ll carry this photo in my wallet, forever.

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To start the day, I made us “Parmesan Baked Eggs”
from a recipe I saw on the Pinch of Yum blog.
This is pretty much her recipe except where I noted that I made a few, slight changes due to ingredients that I had on hand.

Parmesan Baked Eggs

Author: Pinch of Yum (with changes that I made noted in RED)
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 3
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter (used a wee bit less)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil (used a wee bit less)
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced (I didn't have fresh but I did have Rosemary/Garlic seasoning, which worked great! Sometimes fresh rosemary is too strong for me)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (I used less, due to BP issues at The Gazebo House)
  • 6 eggs (I used only 4, since there were just 2 of us eating)
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream (used a wee bit less)
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese

In a small saucepan, heat butter and oil. Add shallot and saute until soft and fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Add herbs and salt; remove from heat and stir to combine. The mixture should be somewhat coarse and just a little buttery.

Preheat the oven to 375. Place a small pat of butter (about 1 teaspoon) in the bottom of each of 3 ramekins. Place in oven until butter is melted. Watch carefully...I burned the first pat.

Remove ramekins from oven, add 1 teaspoon of cream to each, and crack 2 eggs into each ramekin without breaking the yolk. Sprinkle the herb mixture over the top of each ramekin and return to the oven. Bake for about 7 minutes.

Turn up the heat to the broil setting and let the eggs broil for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from oven when egg whites are just set and yolks are still soft. Let stand for 3-5 minutes before serving. Season pepper & salt, if you use it...I did not, as I felt the Parmesan cheese was salty enough.
I agree with her note that the timing of this dish is really important. Be sure to have everything at hand & ready & watch the clock closely or you will over cook the eggs. Ours were PERFECT!

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They were delicious…and I don’t usually like eggs! I can’t wait to make them again but it will be awhile, as I don’t serve him bacon & eggs too often,
since his attack a few years ago & then later, the stent insertion.
I am so thankful that they were able to fix his

I am so very happy that he is still around to celebrate this very special day!

Happy 25th Anniversary, Honey!

I'm linking up with Marty's Table Top Tuesday , Susan's BNOTP Tablescape Thursday & The Tablescapers Seasonal Sunday, just because of all the dishes!
Thanks Marty, Susan & Ms. A. for hosting these fun memes, again & again.


  1. Happy Anniversary, Rett. My in-laws were married on Valentine's Day, too. It would have been either their 59th or 60th anniversary this year. I'll have to call my MIL to find out.

    Enjoy your celebration!

  2. Oh Rett, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! Your wedding picture is beautiful. I am so thrilled for you that his health has improved and you two can celebrate such a wonderful occassion. Your heart decor is absolutely stunning. I love seeing it all. Thanks tons for joining TTT and God Bless for another 25. Hugs, Marty

  3. Happy Valentine's and Silver Anniversary! May you celebrate many more healthy and happy years together!

  4. Happy anniversary Rett and on such a romantic day! You look beautiful on your wedding day and I wish you both many more happy years together.
    You sure did decorate up the house, everything looks fantastic. I'm going to take a closer look at the recipe, sounds pretty yummy.

  5. Happy Anny Rett! How fun to be married on Valentine's Day! Your baker's rack looks great, very festive-enjoy:@)

  6. Happy Anniversary... your photos are beautiful. Love the baker's rack and all those pretty dishes.

  7. Happy Anniversary you two lovebirds! Have a super happy day!

  8. Happy Anniversary to you and the love of your life, Rett!

  9. Happy Anniversary! You look happy together. What a blessing. ~CJ

  10. Happy Anniversary! What a handsome husband you have. I wish you much happiness.
    Blessings, Beth

  11. Happy Anniversary to you and your Dear Ern. May you have many shared blessings as the years go by. You make such a handsome couple.

  12. Happy Happy Anniversary! We got engaged on Valentine's Day!

  13. Happy Anniversary!! Your husband is so handsome, and you are a beautiful bride!! I can tell you are just as in love with him today as then! Wonderful!

    Thanks for sharing with us!


  14. Happy Anniversary!!!! What a beautiful couple you are and what a handsome hubby you have! Tom and I got engaged 18 years ago on Valentine's Day so I understand the double specialness for you! Those eggs look yummy! You make everything look like it comes from a magazine! Happy Valentine's Day and Anniversary!!

  15. Awwww, what a sweet post! Happy Belated Anniversary, Rett!

  16. Happy Anniversary! We have much in common: Feb 14th was my first date with Will (34 years ago); I'm a nurse, you're a nurse. Your DH is a physician, and so is mine. You have American Atelier Bianca, and so do I.
    I LOVe your beautiful display of red and white tableware!!

  17. I love all your red and white! How romantic to be wed on Valentine's Day and even more romantic to be so in love!

  18. Rett, how wonderful and 25 is such a big one! I talked with someone yesterday and they knew a couple that were both born on Valentines! How funny is that.

    You couldn't have picked a more perfect day to share and celebrate your love and neither of you can ever forget your anniversary! Love seeing your wonderful wedding and engagement photos.

  19. Get outta town!!! Twenty-five years?!?!?!?!! Woo hoo!!!!! I am so happy for you guys!!! What an absolute blessing, especially with the heart problems your sweet hubby has had in the past. His heart is obviously still in the right place, though, after 25 years! Happy belated anniversary, and I wish you many, many more!!!

  20. Happy Anniversary Rett! I love your baker's rack with all its Valentine's finery! Wishing you 25 more Happy, Healthy Heartfelt years :)

  21. HI RETT!!!
    HAPPY 25th ANNIVERSARY to you and yours!!!I love the people who LOVE my friends, so you tell your darling hubby, I love him for LOVING YOU!!!!!
    Hope your day was extra special!!!!
    Big hugs,

  22. Hi Rett - Gosh, what a beautiful post. Valentine's Day is the perfect time to celebrate a wedding anniversary and your home looks so festive. Your wedding photos is wonderful and I agree with you - your hubby is a very handsome man with a beautiful smile. Congratulations on your 25th!

  23. Hello Rett,

    Wanted to say thank you for visiting and commenting at youcouldmakethat.blogspot.com - I tried to reply to your comment but your settings are set at "no reply". You already know, I'm sure, that Annie Sloan is incredibly expensive and there are some great tutorials out there for making your own Chalk Paint. You can add things like Plaster of Paris to any flat paint and get some great results. I ordered my chalk paint online and with shipping it came to about $50!!! That's way too much. It really is great stuff, but I think it can be replicated easily enough. I'll be making my own from now on!

    Love your Valentine's Day story! Happy Anniversary!

  24. Hi, Rett. I popped over to thank you for joining via my new Linky, and I'm SOOO glad I did...This is such a sweet, sweet post! Happy anniversary to both of you, and I wish you many, many more years together. (I would've seen post because I have you in my favorites, but I've hardly had time for blogging this week.) Oh, and I love all our <3 dishes. :)

  25. HI Rett, and a belated HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!!!!! Congrats on 25 years. He looks like a great guy. The eggs sound great too. Hope it was wonderful and here's to 25 more! XO, Pinky

  26. Love your house full of hearts! What could be more romantic than a Valentine's wedding? How lucky you both are to have each other....wishing you many years of joy and happiness.

  27. What a romantic anniversary! Your wedding photos is lovely - you were such a pretty bride.
    Those eggs sound delicious!

  28. Hi, Rett....a belated wish for a wonderful anniversary. :)
    xo bj

  29. I adore your darling Valentines shelves. You did a beautiful job. And your card to your honey and anniversary. Its all so romantic. Happy Anniversary Rett to you and your dear husband.

    Came here from Seasonal Sunday and am so glad I did. I'll be following you. Wonderful blog!


  30. Happy anniversary to you both. And congratulations on 25 happy years. Love the Parmesan eggs. We are big egg eaters and never miss breakfast.

    Belated happy Valentine's day too.

  31. What a handsome man, no wonder you fell for him! I am sorry to be late to the celebration, but wanted to add my good wishes. I'm so glad he is still around to celebrate too.

    Your bakers rack is amazing with all that Valentine "stuff". I don't have nearly that much!! It was also my sister's anniversary. 26 years for them.

  32. Happy belated Anniversary ...You are so lucky to have found your " Prince Charming" .. and he is so lucky to have a lovely lady to make those delicious Parmesan eggs ...It's a yummy life...So happy for your JOY ...Hugs

  33. Happy Anniversary!!! Love your beautiful decorations. Your wedding pictures are wonderful too!(were the bridesmaids in pink??) My husband loves bacon and eggs but he has had a heart attack and a stent as well...so...your breakfast menu is a special treat for him as well! Glad your hubby is doing well. Sounds like you are taking great care of him.

  34. So sorry to be so late in visiting. What a wonderful post. Love the baked eggs. Congrats on such a wonderful anniversary.

    - The Tablescaper

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