Happy Valentine’s Day!
Today, people across the country are celebrating love with their sweethearts. Aside from my sweet husband, I am blessed to have so many people in my life who I love dearly. While Valentine’s Day is certainly known for hearts, and roses, and mushy-kissy romance, I decided that this year I would have a celebration of love for family and friends as well in the form of a Ladies’ Valentine’s Brunch. Nothing says lovin’ like food in the oven!
I had so much fun creating the menu for brunch. To tell you the truth, a lot of the creating was already done for me! Most of the recipes came from a special edition of Taste of the South magazine dedicated to parties. I hit the recipe jackpot when I found a section called Celebrating with Brunch. Luckily (for me AND for you), Taste of the South has the recipes I used on their website, so I’ll be able to give you a direct link to each one. Yay!
I’ve also hunted down the recipes for the rest of the items on the menu, so I’ll link those up, too. Double yay!!
- Bacon & Cheese Grits
- Sausage Ring (I nixed the Holiday Scrambled Eggs part)
- Blueberry Cream Cheese Braided Loaf
- Apricot Turkey Pinwheels
- Mini Eclairs with Strawberries & Cream (except I used this recipe for the pastry puffs & fresh strawberries)
- Pineapple-Guava Sparkling Punch
- Sweet Leaf Sweet Tea
- Favors: Paula’s Almond Sour Cream Poundcake that I posted about, made into heart shapes with a cookie cutter & drizzled with with a basic confectioner’s sugar glaze (& heart sprinkles.) 🙂
If you’re looking for a way to show love this Valentine’s Day, or any day for that matter, this food is sure to warm hearts & fill bellies. I think it’s safe to say from the very clean plates & very few leftovers that my guests enjoyed the food! 🙂 And guess what? I was able to make most of these delightful dishes the night before, so that the only thing required of me on the morning of the brunch was primping & popping things in the oven. LOVE!
My very talented photographer friend from WP inks was in attendance at the brunch, and was sweet enough to snap a few beauty shots of some of my dishes, so I’ll leave you with a little peek at the spread!