Valentine's Day (With a Little Help From

Real Estate Agent with The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate MD 586955

Valentine's Day (With a Little Help From

I never thought the day would come.  Not me, I used to say, you see it's just I CAN'T COOK!  Then one day a funny thing happened.  My 25 year old son invited my wife and me over to his home for dinner.  I was soon amazed to discover his fine cooking skills in the kitchen.

WHAT???  MY son cooked this, I asked?  A young man whose idea of the perfect lunch or dinner was Chick-Fil-A?  Yep, that's right.  His secret? - and the internet.  A little surfing here, a little surfing there, and now he's turning into a gourmet cook.Lucky Guy

So following in my son's footsteps, I decided last night to surprise my sweetheart wife of 29 years and cook her dinner.  So it was Steelhead Trout barbecued on the grill, brussels sprouts (, baked potatoes and sliced peaches.  Since Anne can't eat chocolate, for dessert I made banana bread that is absolutely to die for.  I'll publish that recipe in a future post - it was kept a family secret for generations but soon to be published for the world.  Look for that to come...

I surprised Anne with the roses in the morning.  I made her breakfast, prepared her lunch and had the flowers and card out to greet her when she came into the kitchen.  She was running around so fast she passed by the roses and didn't see them!  I don't know how she missed them, but she stopped in her tracks when she finally noticed them.  What a thrill it was to send her off to work in the morning - she took one of the roses with her - awe, isn't that sweet!!!

Here we are as she is getting ready to head out to work:The Lovely Couple

Try the barbecued Steelhead sometime - it's delicious!  Here's the recipe:

and the brussels sprouts - mmmmm yummy:

I don't know if I am the gourmet cook like my son yet, but awe heck, I have a lifetime ahead of me to learn!

Comments (8)

Larry Costa
Century 21 Classic Gold, Carver MA - Carver, MA
Realtor, MA Real Estate

Sounds good, may have to give that a try!

Feb 15, 2011 08:42 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

You've been quite busy. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, cooking  and flowers.What a beautiful day you planned for your wife....a lucky lady. Sounds wonderful and I like the way you are following in the footsteps of your son.

Feb 15, 2011 10:20 AM
Dan Quinn
The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate - Silver Spring, MD
Dan Quinn

Larry - Easy to do and it was so worth it.

Margaret - I didn't know I could do it.  I have to admit your posts about TLH and his presenting you unexpectedly with flowers gave me inspiration to do it, while you inspired me to write this post!

Feb 15, 2011 01:47 PM
Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee
SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061 - Baltimore, MD
Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068

Dan, What a fabulous post to get yourself back into blogging. Your wife is lovely and she is a very lucky lady!   Good luck on your continued education in the kitchen!  I have found that you can find a recipe for ANYTHING on line!   Can't wait to try the Banana Bread Recipe!

Bridget "Maryland Mortgage Mama" McGee

Feb 15, 2011 03:06 PM
Jeff Underwood
HomeSmart Realty - Gilbert, AZ

Dan - Good to see you blogging again.

Talk to you very soon.

Feb 15, 2011 04:18 PM
c m
Colorado Springs, CO

The hubs and I haven't spent a Valentines together in many, many mom's a florist, and one of us was always out of town, helping her with designing, delivering, or something for the past 30+ years. When I got home on V-Day evening, he asked if I would like to go out, and I opted for an order in pizza...maybe for another holiday he'll try his cooking skills! Sounds like your wife got a "catch", and not just on the grill! =o)

Feb 16, 2011 05:19 PM
Dan Quinn
The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate - Silver Spring, MD
Dan Quinn

Bridget - My mother-in-law said I was Anne was lucky to get me, but I was luckier to get her!

Thanks Jeff, listening to your vlogs inspired me.

Cheryl - I can do pizza any day of the week.  Ham and pineapple is my favorite.  Show him  It makes it so simple even a caveman can do it!

Feb 17, 2011 02:39 AM ~ Dallas Real Estate Agent Top Team
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Dan Valentines Day always get me tickled with what guys can dream up ... appears you both had a great plan !

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Jul 31, 2011 06:11 AM