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For the past five years, it has become a tradition for Alex and I to share a Valentines Day breakfast. It started in the freshman dorms when I woke up at 5am to make strawberry muffins, heart-shaped bacon, and strawberry milk. I get it from my mom. She always surprised me and my sisters on Valentines Day morning with red and pink (in every aspect) breakfasts, with each detail meticulously planned out, and flawlessly executed. I am only starting to approach her level of festive breakfast-making, but I have loved continuing this tradition! This year, we celebrated on Saturday (bc teaching takes away my mornings) but it allowed for a slow, love song playlist-filled morning. And this year, I wanted to share my brunch menu with you!

Main Entrée
Lemon Mascarpone-Filled Crepes
topped with Strawberry Fig Preserves

Sides
Citrus Salad drizzled with Honey
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Drinks
Blood Orange Mimosas
French Press Coffee

If you feel inspired to make any of these, here are some quick directions!

Crepes: 
Make crepe mix from scratch. For filling, whip together 1 cup of Lemon Curd, 3/4 cup of whipping cream, and 1 cup of mascarpone. Strawberry Fig preserves were homemade with my Mimi. Garnish with strawberries, fresh figs, and mint leaves.

Citrus Salad:
Slice the peel off of any citrus fruits of your choosing! I love to make this salad really colorful, so I usually try to by some navel oranges, grapefruit, blood oranges, and white grapefruit. Then slice into little rounds and arrange on a platter. Drizzle with honey.

Rosemary Potatoes:
Dice baby golden and purple potatoes. Place in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Mix together with 2 tbsp freshly minced rosemary, sea salt, and pepper. Roast in oven for 45 min at 425 F.

Blood Orange Mimosas:
I found some blood orange soda from World Market and combined with champagne. Squeeze a little fresh blood orange juice and garnish with mint leaves.

As far as Valentines decor, I just bought myself (oops) some fresh springy flowers and put them anywhere I could in the house... yall I'm dying for it to be spring.  Hung up some two-toned roses over our loveseat, then I revamped my white Christmas village by hot glueing silk pink flowers, and creating mini wreaths. 

Lastly, I've created a freebie downloadable 4x6 V-day card for your sweetie that I will put up by tomorrow!  For those people who forget what day it is like every day and then don't have a valentines day card, so they hurriedly print one off the computer- that was me last year. 

xoxo
claire