Friday, February 7, 2014

Make Valentines Day Special for The Whole Family with Olivieri Pasta #Recipes4Romance

Olivieri Pasta LogoKeeping the romance alive when you have kids isn’t easy. But it also isn’t impossible. A little planning and a lot of love definitely helps.

As I mentioned in my last date night post, once a month, Ed and I like to do something special. This month, in celebration of Valentines Day and the fact that we didn’t have a babysitter, we thought that we’d make it a family affair. If you can’t beat em, join em?

We came up with some low budget and fun activities for the whole family. Things that your kids will be talking about for years to come.

Start the Evening with a Kid Activity

Whether it’s board games, reading books, hide and seek, puzzles or whatever your family enjoys, make sure that it’s something your Kids like. A happy kid makes for a happy parent. Or is it the other way around? Regardless, pick something that will tire them out. All kids need their sleep.

Max and Artemis Doing Crafts

For us, The Kids favourite activity right now is Crafts. They love to cut, glue, colour, and create all day long. Which is just perfect because there is still a 1”x1” square of space left on the Grandparents fridge to display their art.

If you want some examples of organized crafts, check out our Valentines Day Crafts for Kids post and print out the templates. Tons of hours of fun.

Make Snacks and Watch a Kid Friendly Movie

Since I don’t let The Kids eat popcorn, I needed to come up with another snack idea. Heart shaped fruit would have been a fun idea but I don’t have any cutters and wanted the snack to be movie-like. So, we made chocolate covered pretzel sticks with sugar sprinkles on top. The Kids loved the multi-dip process and it was just the right mix of salty, sweet and sour. I even made them some simple paper cones to hold their treats and they loved that. Sometimes it’s the little things that go a long way.

Chocolate Covered Pretzel Treats

The best part, before the movie was over, they were asleep and the rest of the night was ours. And it was only 8:30pm. Just as we planned…

Cook Dinner for Two

On nights like this when we’re short on time and budget, our go to meal is Olivieri Pasta. Within 20 minutes, you can have a hot and nutritious meal on the table for less than $10! Add some candles and your beverage of choice and suddenly, The Lady and The Tramp movie that you just watched has turned into reality. And for those tired feet…

Olivieri Pasta Ravioli Hearts with Brown Butter Sauce #Recipes4Romance

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286 thoughts on “Make Valentines Day Special for The Whole Family with Olivieri Pasta #Recipes4Romance

  1. andie

    I think my family would like the “Sweet and Sour Glazed Pork Medallions.” Quick prep time but a great family meal.

  2. Surendene Jeyaratnarajah

    I would love to try the Butter Chicken and Mango Pizza recipe. Thanks for the great giveaway! 😀

  3. Rajbinder Kaur

    The Butter Chicken and Mango Pizza sounds delicious! I can see it being a fan fave in our household! cheers

  4. Judy C (Judy Cowan)

    Would love to try the Butter Chicken recipe, I keep seeing recipes for it but have not tried it yet. Olivieri makes it easy so I love that!

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  7. Mishelle

    I would like to try the Sweet and Sour Vegetable Stir Fry – it looks really good!! I think I might be able to get it past the children too!!


  8. Jane N

    Sweet & Sour Chicken
    2 tbsp (30 mL) Vegetable oil
    1 tbsp (15 mL) Chopped garlic
    1 tbsp (15 mL) Finely chopped fresh ginger
    1 (227 mL) Can sliced water chestnuts, drained
    ½ cup (125 mL) Snow peas
    6-8 Broccoli florets
    ½ Small onion, thinly sliced
    1 Medium carrot, sliced into thin sticks
    ½ Medium red pepper, sliced
    1 (150 g) package MAPLE LEAF PRIME® Fully Cooked and Sliced Chicken Breast, cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces
    1 (200 mL) package Olivieri® Sweet and Sour Sauce
    ¼ tsp (1 mL) Sesame oil

  9. amber y

    I think i might try the Butter chicken and Mango pizza recipe. I had a butter chicken pizza at a local restaurant last month and boy was it delicious. I think a home made version would be just as good (and wayyy cheaper lol).

  10. Carey Hurst

    Everything looks yummy, would love to try the chicken lasagne or the butter chicken and mango pizza 🙂 thanks for chance.

  11. Pauline Milner

    I would like to try the Chicken Tikka. Thank you for another super giveaway opportunity. Please keep up the terrific blogging.


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