First Valentines Day on the coast


On Valentine’s Day 12 years ago we moved into “our” first home. That home was located in Riverside, California. We had been married 3 months.


Today, on our first Valentines Day on the Oregon coast, we reflect on those intervening years.


We trace the path our relationship has traveled through joys, challenges, saying hello to new friendships, and goodbye to others, retirement, relocation, and the adventure of it all.


Today we celebrate our relationship, and the deepening of our married love.


To add to our Valentine’s celebration we invited our friends to share a meal.



My husband Joe made lasagne, salad, french bread.


I baked cupcakes.

This Valentine’s Day had been a truly memorable experience.


Joe’s Lasagne (according to Joe!)


2 25.5 oz. rustic basil tomato sauce

1 package organic lasagne

1 package organic mozzarella cheese

1 32 oz. ricotta cheese


Preheat oven 375

Place containers of tomato sauce in sauce pan, and heat slowly. Bring a pot of salted water with a  drop of olive oil to a boil. Coat baking dish with  oil. When water is boiling, place desired amount of pasta , boil. test for texture. Raise heat on tomato sauce. When pasta is ready, take heated tomato sauce and line baking dish bottom with sauce. Making layers, carefully place pasta on bottom to cover the dish, scooping ricotta  cheese making the first layer. Liberally add mozzarella shards. Create similar layer, tomato sauce first, pasta, ricotta cheese, mozzarella and so on. Top baking dish with tomato sauce. Bake 45 minutes at 375.. Remove from oven, and let sit for 15 minutes.  Serve and enjoy with a few friends. Manga!

Here’s a sweet story….

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5 Responses to First Valentines Day on the coast

  1. Joe Kuehner says:

    Thank you for sharing your Valentine’s Day and it’s reflections and dinner party!

  2. Jenny Bonynge says:

    What a delightful post! Beautiful table setting and delicious looking food…bet it was a good time… ;0)

    • Marcia ren says:

      Hi Jenny! Thank you again for the sweet surprise Valentine. What a nice new friend you have become. One day I hope we actually meet too! Yes, this Valentines Day was another benchmark for living here in the coast. Meeting some new neighors certainly helps out. Sharing a meal was a delightful way to spend the day. Hope you had a fun day in your new home. ♡

  3. Jenny Bonynge says:

    Another year has gone by! How quick it was… No valentines sent this year as I just returned home from Salinas where we had a celebration of life for my older sister. Life has been a bit cruel these past 5 weeks as I also lost my younger sister just after Christmas…sigh… The heart (and love!) does move on though, hope springs eternal as they say…Sending lots of it to you and Joe!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Jenny I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your sisters. How difficult this time must be for you. Take this time to rest, & care for yourself. Hope does spring eternal my friend.❤ Xo

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