On every holiday I try to do something special for the kids. Given that this year Valentine’s Day falls midweek, I decided to have a big Valentine’s Day brunch this weekend for them, so John and I can have a good excuse to get away on the actual Valentine’s Day. For those of you that are not sure what brunch is, it is a cross between breakfast and lunch. You pretty much have a big late breakfast that fills you up until dinner, which means less meals for me to cook and clean up after. To be honest with you I don’t really like the whole concept of Valentine’s Day. I always believe that you should do things for your other half every day and not wait for the one day out of the year to show them your love. So what I am going to show you are things that you could do every day, without breaking the bank.
For a good Valentine’s Day brunch, you need to have a great coffee, and there is nothing better (or sweeter) to do for your other half than putting a fancy little heart on it.
I know that most of us don’t have these fancy espresso machines at home where we can make hearts out of milk, but we all have some cinnamon or cocoa powder, right? Just make your coffee as usual. and then cut the shape that you want on a piece of paper. Then place the paper on top of your coffee, and sprinkle some cinnamon or cocoa powder on top of it. Your design should come out as pretty as this one. You could do the same with some hot cocoa or Turkish coffee, just sprinkle powdered sugar on top instead! That is cute, right?
And now that we have the coffee taken care of, we get to move into the food partner our Valentine’s Day brunch. And of course we have to start with the pancakes. Who doesn’t love them? Perfect little sweet treats that you can spread anything from jam and Nutella to drizzling some wonderful maple syrup and honey to them. As a matter of fact, I have the perfect pancake recipe. they are sweet enough and fluffy.
My kids love these fluffy pancakes and I am sure that your kids
will love them as well!
. You may find my recipe for these sweet little pancakes here. And don’t worry, this recipe makes enough for the whole family. But let’s jazz up that perfect pancake recipe. It is Valentine’s Day so we have to add some nice color to them. All you need is some red food coloring. Just add a few drops to the pancake batter before you cook them and stir well till they reach the color you want.If you want them a really dark red color, then try adding a teaspoon of cocoa powder to the batter as well. I like to make half of my pancakes red and the other half their regular color. That way, they look even prettier when you stack them and as you cut through them with a fork. You may also do these pancakes in pink color for Mother’s Day or Bright red again for Easter. You may also color them blue or pink for your little one’s birthday. It is a nice little surprise that doesn’t require any extra time and not a lot of money either..
This Valentine’s Day brunch idea is great since I serve this buffet style and everyone gets to have whatever they want !
So, we got the pancakes taken care of, and now we have to move to the eggs. The eggs are a great source of protein and even if you are on a diet, you are usually allowed to eat one or two. So how do I jazz up that wonderful but sometimes boring egg? I turn into a cute little heart! All you need is a couple non stick heart shaped cookie cutters. Just spray them with some non stick cooking spray and place them in the frying pan. Break the eggs inside the cookie cutters and let them cook. You magically get heart shaped eggs!
I also have a solution for you if you don’t have these cute little heart shaped cookie cutters.
All you need is a couple of slice
of toast bread and a sharp knife. How much easier can it get for you? Cut a heart out of the center of the toast spray the inside edges of the toast with non stick spray and place the toast in the pan. Break the egg inside the toast and let it cook.you will have a beautiful egg with toast. Do you think that there will be a little kid that will resist that cute little egg? I don’t think so!…
You may add whatever else you may think that your family will eat. Maybe some bacon or hotdogs. Add some healthy fruit on the table…
The point is to make it special for your loved ones. Even if you just add a note with the Valentine’s brunch or breakfast, that will make it special for your loved ones. You don’t have to spend a lot of money nor invest an awful lot of your time. Just a few small loving touches can make a difference.
I hope that this little article inspired you to do something special for your loved ones not just this Valentine’s Day but any day of the year.
I can’t wait to see your comments and ideas, on all the little things that you do for your special people.
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