Every year for Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend does his best to surprise me with something. Even if I know everything that is planned and he just wants to surprise me with flowers. Unfortunately I tend to figure things out. It’s not his fault, but I have a type A personality and will pay attention to any detail that seems out of place. The poor guy can’t even buy me anything with his credit card because I could see the charge.
Well this past year, we were saving money to go on a vacation and decided to keep the holiday low key. I didn’t expect anything from him except that he was making me dinner and I had gotten him a DVD. On the 13th, I got home from work and was in the middle of emptying the dishwasher before dinner when I noticed this strange green sticklike object sticking out of the top of the garbage disposal. I immediately thought it was a stem of some sort, but had no idea where it came from. When questioned, my boyfriend said it was part of an asparagus. Well that would have made perfect sense if we had eaten asparagus in the last month. I didn’t want to ruin anything else so I just kept my mouth shut. I had completely forgotten about the incident by the next morning. We were on our way out the door when I noticed there were those little Dove caramel filled chocolates on every step going upstairs. I one by one picked up the chocolates, but there became too many to hold so I just followed them after that. They led me upstairs to the bedroom where I found a card and…a bouquet of flowers! I didn’t have the heart to tell him I knew about the flowers because he was so sweet in planning everything. We always joke that he’ll never be able to buy the ring before he proposes because I’ll know. I know this all sounds pretty cheesy, but sometimes you need a little cheese in your life.
Torani Flavored Cream Cheese: 1/4 - 1/3 cup Torani syrup, 8 oz. (1 cup) cream cheese, 1/4 cup chopped nuts or berries, if desired
Instructions: Let cream cheese soften at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours. Beat with a mixer until smooth. Add Torani and blend well. Blend in nuts or berries, if desired.
*Enjoy with crackers or a tasty bagel and help make someone in your life feel special.