Tuesday, February 10, 2009

1 Hour : Make It : Valentine's Breakfast

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As a kid my favorite memories of Valentine's day are of the breakfast my mom would cook up every year. Although the menu has changed, I still try to make Valentine's morning special for my kids and it just might be working . . . they've been asking me for weeks when we get to have breakfast with balloons.

We hope your Valentine celebrations are fun and festive. Let us know what your favorite traditions are! Check below for some of our favorite ideas.

The table: I try and create as much of a valentine theme as possible. Some years that means cute paper plates and other years it's my favorite pink and cream dishes. I'm also a sucker for M&Ms themed candies so they usually decorate the table too.

The presents: In elementary school my dad started giving his girls valentine presents (still does) and they were usually wrapped at our place setting in the morning. It always made me feel so special and loved and I wanted to carry it on for all my kids. They each find a little pink and red wrapped something waiting for them at the table.

The decor: Balloons are an absolute necessity at our home for Valentine's day. I usually sneak out the night before and get enough helium balloons to tie to the back of each chair.

The food: The valentine breakfast all started when my mom found a recipe for Cherry Coffee Cake and we never let her forget it, even to this day. Since I was the only one in my little family who could stomach that much sugar of a morning (and I hate eating a whole cake) we have varied our menu from year to year. The only stipulation is that it must have some resembles to the color or theme of the holiday.

This year we'll include:
Pink yogurt smoothies
Heart Whole Wheat Waffles (recipe below)
Strawberry syrup and whipped cream (because my kids requested it)
Bacon (because my oldest considers it to be in the "pink" family)
And possibly hard boiled eggs in my Danish egg cups (because they're cute)

Whole Wheat Blender Waffles

In Blender:
1 C whole wheat kernels (not flour)
1 C milk

Blend on high for 3 min

1/2 C milk

Blend for 2 min

1 egg
½ C oil
2 tsp sugar
¾ tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder

Blend till smooth and bake!

1 comment:

Mary Jane said...

Thanks for the recipe Megan. I found it early this morning while I was waiting for my headache to go away. I decided to make them for breakfast. Everybody loved 'em!! I love finding recipes that I can use my wheat with. If you have anymore, post 'em.