Sunday, February 19, 2012

dinner@8. {sweetheart}

I was going to do our dinner@8 on Valentine's Day, but between the 70+ heart crayons and 3 dozen cupcakes for the kids, I must say that I had 0 creative energy left.
Luckily, Chris' mom {bebe} offered to keep the kid's Saturday night so I knew all my focus could be put on our {sweetheart} dinner.
Remember Miss Rebekah over at a bit of sunshine? 
{love her idea of dinner@8}
If you haven't had the chance to go read all about it---go have at it.  {loveliness}.

There have been many recipes on Pinterest that have caught my eye, but when my husband bought some pork chops last week, I knew I was destined to make Rachael Ray's Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Pork Chops with Cider Gravy, Sautéed Apples and Onions. 

Funniest story about shopping for my ingredients.  
In the produce section, I looked everywhere for fresh Thyme. 
{not gonna lie, I didn't even know what I was looking for---I was by the spinach}.  
I finally looked at a lady and said, "Mamn, do you know what Thyme is?" 
She looked at her watch, was ready to tell me the "time" & then we both burst out laughing.  

For decor, I used these free printable Straw Flags over at Wedding Chicks.
& edited them in Picnik: 

Threw a piece of burlap on the table & 
used my awesome paper placemats from Cake Vintage
{might I add, my bff, Meghan from Megalovesdesign is a kinda a big deal there}. 

We had daffodils bloom last week so I ran outside and clipped some off.  
{oh, our East Tennessee weather is confusing all the flowers}...

It was a perfect dinner.  
& was nice to eat a different meal together---something I don't think either of us would ever order if it was on a menu. 




  1. your dinner @ eight is just awesome. simply amazing. i love the decor and your food looks so yummy. i bet you guys had a wonderful meal together and nice break from the kids. love you sister. so perfect!

  2. So dang cute my love! I'm going to have to steal that idea for me and the pup!

  3. It really was pretty -- the food was super tasty, and the Katie K. looked ravishing in her "Suzie Home-Maker" apron. Loved it, every minute.

  4. We had an early dinner. I didn't know about dinner at eight then. I love your straws with your names on.