Well, I avoided flaking out on our anniversary. :) In spite of my stressed self, I was able to get something together.
The Saturday before, I had class most of the day, but I did get this nice home-cooked dinner from "The Ukrainian." Those sausages are vegetarian ones from Trader Joe's. I thought they were tasty with a good amount of kick, but is there any way they can make that chewy skin on the outside?? :$ Even the garlic bread was made with Earth Balance "buttery" spread.
I didn't document the making of the "anniversary dinner" very well, as I was exhausted and took a nap sometime during this process. But my efforts were cenetered around this "quiche"...
...and these brownies ("The Ukrainian"'s favorite, and I also honestly think these brownies are the best ever).
I got a little crafty....
Here's the close-up of the meal. I whipped up some wheat pancakes in heart-shapes (well... I TRIED). The pancake is topped with homemade strawberry sauce (recipe below).
1.5 cups fresh whole strawberries, stems removed (I suppose frozen might work)
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp (or to taste) pure maple syrup
1) Puree strawberries.
2) In a small saucepan, cook on low/medium heat until it reduces (10-15 min -- stir periodically).
3) Stir in lemon juice and maple syrup.
"The Ukrainian" brought home this whole wheat chocolate sponge cake from Whole Foods. The small piece that I had did me in. It was actually really good for chocolate cake (which I normally don't like)... the whipped frosting was amazing.