Our first holiday with expectations since starting AIP. Our traditional Valentine’s Day menu is potato pancakes, bacon and applesauce for dinner, with cinnamon rolls for dessert. These Sweet Potato Latkes were not quite the same, but wonderfully satisfying. Some people expressed a preference for them! The bacon was missed. I haven’t been able to find safe bacon yet. But we served them with plain baked apples and they were greatly enjoyed (Galen ate 16).
Mairi and Galen came up with a darling plan to surprise their brothers with a Valentine’s Day brunch when they arrived home from work. They made all of the decorations. I helped them to plan the meal and Steve assisted in it’s preparation. Heart shaped Bread Sticks with “Curried” Chicken Salad and a large bowl of fruit salad; all sorts of fruit chopped up and made fancy by tossing with chopped dates, the juice of an orange and coconut flakes. When we went to clean up, we each found a valentine under our plates.
For our little treat to the children, I made packets of freeze dried fruit, wrapped in pink tissue paper, decorated with stickers.
I think I over compensated a bit because I also made Pumpkin Spice Granola for dessert, but everyone was much too full to eat it! Actually, Iain, Elijah and I each had a little taste, much later in the evening, over a game of Flag Frenzy.