A little, just a little, more sophisticated than the nostalgic Valentine’s candy.
VALENTINE’S BRUNCH A DEUX OR BREAKFAST IN BED
Need a fast, romantic Valentine’s Day idea?
Serve your lover a leaning tower of hearts. Pile a stack of heart shaped pancakes or heart shaped waffles high on a pretty dish. Drizzle red berry preserves and top with a bit of whipped cream. Yummy! Bring along a steaming fresh pot of coffee and a mimosa or a simple glass of Champagne; Add a raspberry or strawberry to the glass for an extra special touch. Don’t forget some pretty flowers on the breakfast tray-Cyclamen have romantic heart shaped leaves.
Have a great Valentines!
Happy Valentine’s Day Eve! Here is a vertical Valentine’s banner (say that ten times fast!). I designed and created it a few years ago for a book club Sweatheart’s dinner party. If you need to make a quick banner for Valentine’s Day look no further than old book paper, glitter, embellishments and some old keys. Easy and cute without being cutsey.
Not the best images but you get the idea.
Share the Love–Celebrate someone you love with a token of affection and a little party.
I was just baking Red Velvet Cupcakes for various Valentines’ activities. See recipe below.
It is a cool California-winter day and the oven made my kitchen feel all warm and cozy. It feels like a day to enjoy your home. Anyway, since I was feeling cozy and wanted to share my pleasant mood I decided to give my neighbor a call; I invited her over for a homemade Red Velvet Cupcake and fresh brewed coffee. We had a nice visit without the kids running in and out and I got to spoil someone I love with a surprise treat.
If you are baking cupcakes or cookies for your kids classes or for your family why not make a little extra and invite your mom, sister, neighbor, dear friend over to share–that’s a special Valentine just waiting to happen!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
RED VELVET CUPCAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
- 3 ¾ Cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ¼ cups sugar
- 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 ¼ cups vegetable oil
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- 1 ½ teaspoons distilled white vinegar
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-1 oz bottle red food coloring
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda & salt. Add lightly beaten eggs, buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla extract and red food coloring to dry ingredients. Mix ingredients until combined. Place cupcake liners into muffin/cupcake pan. Divide batter evenly between cupcake liners. Bake for 25 minutes or until a tester inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and cool completely on wire racks. Frost with cream cheese frosting. Garnish with additional crumb, if desired. (Recipe doubles)
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups cream-cheese, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-2 pound package confectioners’ sugar
- Pinch of salt
In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer until creamy. Beat in vanilla extract. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Add pinch of salt. If frosting is too stiff (is too stiff possible?), add warm water a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Frost cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.