Where’s the heart-eyes emoji when you need it?! Are these heart-shaped Strawberry Breakfast Pastries not the cutest thing ever??
It’s just over a week until Valentine’s Day and I love any excuse to celebrate love! (And with the world in the crazy state that it is, we could all use a little more love.)
J and I don’t make a fuss for Valentine’s Day, but we do always make a delicious dinner together and pop open a nice bottle of wine. I also love to make a heart-shaped celebratory breakfast. Last year I made heart-shaped Lemon Ricotta pancakes, and this year, we’re having these heart-shaped Strawberry Breakfast Pastries.
To pair with avocado toast, I like to add a hard boiled egg. Along with the healthy fats in the avocado, eggs provide tons of protein, vitamin D, B vitamins, and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Which means that Hard Boiled Eggs with Avocado Toast will keep you full, and doubles as a quick lunch.
French Toast you can eat with your fingers! Rolled in a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating and ready to be dunked in maple syrup!
You’ll never guess where this recipe idea came from… my dad! Yep, my parents were on vacation in Phoenix, AZ, eating breakfast in a random cafe and noticed what looked like strips of french toast being carried past them, leaving their lingering cinnamony scent behind…
“Maresa!” my dad said the next time he saw me, “You’ve got to make French Toast Strips for your blog!” And my mom wholeheartedly agreed.
The rest is history. All credit goes to my parents for these French Toast Fingers. 😉
Blueberry Brunch Cake is packed with juicy blueberries, a hint of lemon zest, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping. Perfect for a brunch party!
I have a couple of friends in my life whom I have known since I was 8 years old. We grew up together attending the same elementary school and living blocks away from each other. We went from kids who loved playing “house” to teenagers who were obsessed with clothes and boys.
As high school hit, our paths diverged as we went to different schools and found new friendships, but we all kept tabs on each other; there always seemed to be one common friend who kept in touch with all of us.
And as we left high school and started college and university and jobs, we reunited in various ways and at various times, and, as young adults with semi-serious boyfriends, living in our first apartments, studying toward degrees, working part-time jobs, we all became friends again.
Fast forward ten years and we are now in stable jobs, working on a Masters degree, married, homeowners, living in different cities, and/or with kids in tow – all of us in very different phases of life.
We met up last weekend, driving out of town to our homeowner friend’s home, where she welcomed us with a roaring fireplace and homemade baking.
And even though we hadn’t seen each other since my wedding last August and for many months prior to that, we fell back into a comfortable rhythm, laughing and sharing together.
Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Only one day to go until Christmas!
Tomorrow morning J and I are catching a very early plane to Mexico to spend a week in the sun with my family. We aren’t doing any gift exchanging this year – our present to each other is the vacation together! I can’t wait. We’ve had such a rainy, snowy, and cold winter so far – it will feel so good to be blasted with some heat.
This will be my last post until 2017. And what better way to celebrate than a Rosemary Gin Fizz cocktail?! Cocktails may not be breakfast food, but they are certainly appropriate at a brunch party – or any other time of the day after that. 😉