Last year and this year, Valentine’s Day fell on a weekday, so we celebrated at home. This year, Mr. Handsome randomly had the day off (his work schedule can be a bit wonky), so we were able to spend the entire day together.
After stopping by a lumber yard to pick up wood for a bookshelf that he is going to make for me, we went for a short drive through the beautiful, rolling, Tennessee hills. Then we came home for lunch, and he did a painting, while I started refinishing our kitchen table.
At dinnertime, he gave me roses, we exchanged valentines, and we enjoyed a delicious meal of oven-barbecued ribs with one of my homemade BBQ sauces. Our dessert was very last minute. I finally got around to asking Mr. Handsome for some ideas around 4pm, and he suggested crème brûlée. Having heard from many people how complicated it is to make, I happily accepted the challenge and headed over to the grocery store to pick up a few ingredients.
You know what I discovered? Making delicious, rich, and creamy crème brûlée is actually quite simple! Rather than purchase a kitchen torch, I used the broiler setting on my oven, and it worked well. (I still might invest in a torch at some point, just to make myself feel official.) Mr. Handsome said it was on par with the crème brûlée he had at a fancy restaurant a while back, which made me feel like a real pro.