Our 2nd Anniversary Dinner

We’re tight on money right now, but I still wanted to do something special for my husband for our 2nd Anniversary. So I decided to make an elaborate meal for him.

Making food from scratch can be relaxing for me, but some of the time, it can be stressful. Especially if it’s a new dish you’re trying to make for the first time.

My husband loves pasta, so I decided to do a homemade ravioli. Now, I can’t have gluten, so I have to use a gluten-free flour. Most of the time, gluten-free flour is not cooperative. The last time I attempted pasta with GF flour, it was a disaster.

So I had to prepare myself for possible failure. I didn’t do a good job of that, because I didn’t have a back up plan if it did fail. I was entirely betting the meal on this ravioli.

The filling is easy, spinach, goat cheese, and garlic all mixed together.

But first, I had to start on the dessert. It needed to set overnight. I was making Red Velvet Cheesecake. Oh, just the sound of it makes my mouth water. I love cheesecake, and so does my husband.

Thank god for my KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I love that kitchen appliance. It saves me so much work!

I got to work on the cheesecake. Yum, yum, yum!

Once it was in the oven, I decided to make dried fruit snacks with my dehydrator. So I grabbed my mandolin slicer and started slicing apples. My slicer has a guard on it, but it can be really stubborn sometimes, so I took it off.

Who can guess what happened in the next few seconds?

Yeah. That hurt. Pause all the cooking, because I need to go in an get stitches. But they didn’t do stitches, they did this derma glue on it instead. It was put in a splint so I wouldn’t bump it and reopen the wound.

Now I have to figure out how to cook without my middle finger on my right hand, which is my dominant hand. That was fun. But I managed.

The cheesecake is setting in the fridge, and now it’s time to make my ravioli. I don’t have a pasta press, so I had to roll out the dough as thin as I could. I was so afraid the dough would tear. But it didn’t! I used a small tupperware cup to form the shapes of the ravioli. It took some work, but the raviolis came out! They were a little crooked, and not as pretty, but they came out!

The whole cooking thing was relaxing, even with the stress of making gluten-free pasta and cutting my finger. It was just so much work. But the end result was awesome, and I did NOT have a seizure that day.

The dinner was a success, and here are some pictures to show you how it all came out!

Ravioli

Homemade ravioli filled with spinach, goat cheese, and garlic mixture.

Red Velvet Cheesecake

Red Velvet Cheesecake with cream cheese topping.

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