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Valentine’s Day in an Irish home looks much the same as it does anywhere else. There are the pink and red cards with hearts all over them exchanged, the box of chocolates gooey and sweet, the flowers, the bottle of wine shared over dinner, and plenty of smoochin’ going on {if you’re into that kind of thing…which we definitely are!}.

Being a hopeless romantic and a foodie, I always try to find ways to make the day extra special for everyone. Starting with breakfast.

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My husband likes an egg in the morning. Our girls prefer pancakes. With the aid of my trusty heart-shaped cookie cutter there’s no trouble whipping up both on Valentine’s morning.

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Cranberry Banana Smoothie

All four of us love smoothies, especially this bright-pink and deep-red, healthy cranberry banana blend. Cranberries are one of the most antioxidant-packed berries around. I buy extra bags of them in November when they’re readily available in the supermarket and keep them in the freezer for the rest of the year. You get the most benefits from eating them raw, so adding them to a smoothie is a very healthy choice. Can I get a whoo hoo and a yummm…..?

Valentine's Day 2014 Katie

Valentines Day 2014 Sarah

And, sure, it takes a little extra time in the morning to pull it all together {15 minutes, perhaps} but the smiles I get for the extra effort warms my heart and makes it so very worth it!

From our little Irish home to yours…Happy Valentine’s Day. Cheers!

Cranberry Banana Smoothie

Makes 4


8oz/1 cup apple juice

12oz/2 cups whole cranberries (I use frozen)

1 large banana

2 tablespoons maple syrup


1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Taste and add more  maple syrup, if needed. Serve immediately.

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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, there’s a rush in our Irish home to get decorations up and plans made. I don’t know about you, but we don’t buy into the whole commercial-ness of the celebration. We prefer, instead, to get back to our roots and do it “old style”.

Banish the over-priced roses and bring back the free-flowing bouquets of long ago. Forgotten flowers  like calla lilies, peonies, hydrangea, ranunculus, astilbe, and dahlias are simply stunning and less expensive too.

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Photo Credit: The Knot

Write a letter and fill it with love. Whether it’s you doing the writing or it’s your kids making a card, a personally penned poem or heart-felt sentiment is so much nicer than a Hallmark card.

Great Kids Crafts from Pinterest.

Great Kids Crafts from Pinterest.

Turn up the tunes and dance in your sitting (living) room.  When was the last time you stopped everything and took your beloved in your arms for a good old-fashioned waltz around the kitchen? It may sound silly but it’s those little moments, when we step outside of our comfort zones, that we remember most. A dance is free but the memory is priceless.

Check out this playlist from 8 Tracks Radio. Photo Credit: 8tracks.com.

Check out this playlist from 8 Tracks Radio.
Photo Credit: 8tracks.com

If the weather allows, gather up some comfy blankets, fill up those hot water bottles, grab a bottle of your favourite bubbly (nonalcoholic for the kids…of course!) and head out to the back garden for a bit of stargazing. If you have a small fire pit, all the better, stoke it up and share stories of days gone by and roast marshmallows while you’re at it.

Champagne from Brown Thomas, Blankets from Avoca Handweavers and Hot Water Bottle from Dunnes Stores.

Champagne from Brown Thomas, Blankets from Avoca Handweavers and Hot Water Bottle from Dunnes Stores.

And finally, for a bit of long-forgotten romance with a spiritual twist, attend mass on Valentine’s Day at the Catholic church on Whitefriar Street. The mass in honour of St. Valentine, whose relics have been enshrined in the church since 1836, and a special blessing of wedding rings immediately following is one way to pay homage to the vows you made on the day you wed…and it’s great historical trip for families with young children too.

Photo Credit: The Irish Province of the Order of Carmelites

Photo Credit: The Irish Province of the Order of Carmelites


Just in case you couldn’t see the links, here they are again:

Love song playlist at 8tracks.com

Heart-shaped hot water bottle from Dunnes Stores

Details of Valentine’s Day mass at Whitefriar Street Church

Champagne and Lauderee Macarons at Brown Thomas

Gorgeous throws and blankets at Avoca Handweavers

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