Disclosure: Thank you Minted for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% my own.
This week I’m going to let my hopeless romantic flag fly and share some of my favorite Valentine’s Day recipes with you. We’re talking about dishes that are low fuss, so you can spend more time cuddling with your sweetheart and less time sweating over the stove. And meals that are tailored for just 2-4 servings, so you’re not stuck with a ton of leftovers. Because two people can’t possibly eat an entire 9 X 13 casserole for dinner. Unless you’re a couple of lumberjacks. Or maybe triathletes. Then kudos to you.
So why all this fuss over Valentine’s Day? Because cooking for your loved one is sexy and romantic. And going out to eat on Valentine’s Day is overrated, overpriced and underwhelming. Just don’t do it.
Another thing I’m not really into on Valentine’s Day is elaborate gift giving. The television will have you believe that getting engaged or taking a trip to Tahiti is the norm. But I prefer something a bit more understated. I know it sounds cliché, but small tokens of affection are so much more meaningful in my book.
One of my favorite places to find simple, thoughtful gifts is Minted. As a collection of work from independent artists and designers, Minted is guaranteed to have something that appeals to everyone. No matter what your tastes, you’ll easily find something (or many things!) that you love on Minted.
I’m sure you’ve noticed by now that I’m obsessed with all things nautical. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that I’m particularly crushing on this You Lead Me Home print. That I’m feverishly scribbling away in my Fields of Waves Notebook. And that I plan to wrap every present for the rest of my life in this Ahoy Anchors Aweigh Wrapping Paper. Can’t stop, won’t stop.
Since Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday this year, I thought we should start things off with breakfast. Because making breakfast for someone is one of the most special things you can do. Anyone can make dinner for somebody else. But there are only a select few individuals who we let into our weird little worlds that encompass our morning routine. Breakfast is kind of sacred territory.
But we don’t want our breakfast to be a labor of love. So we’re skipping right over the “labor” part and diving straight into this Baked Tiramisu French Toast. We start by mixing up a chocolate and mascarpone spread to slather between thick slices of challah bread. Then we give these “sandwiches” a quick dip in a coffee-flavored custard before sending them into the oven to bake. With just a few minutes of work, you’re well on your way to breakfast nirvana.
Wednesday we’ll talk dinner and get PUMPED for dessert on Friday!
Oh and if you DO happen to get engaged this Valentine’s Day, Minted has got you covered with their extensive collection of unique, customizable Save the Date Cards. Go check them out, and then report back to me with all the romantic details of your engagement so I can live vicariously through you!