Frank and I are not ones to make a big fuss on Valentine's Day. Instead of going out for dinner tonight, we're have a friend over, and our big plan for the weekend is a date to Chicago's Art Institute (which Frank has somehow never been to??!).
But I love any excuse to make yummy food and exchange presents, so this morning I pulled together a nice breakfast for us, and we exchanged some little gifts. It felt really special to sit down and eat together in the morning instead of rushing past each other on the way to work.
I used a few of the ideas from my post on Valentine foods. The heart-shaped cinnamon rolls were easy to make and turned out really nicely:
I also made a bunch of "bacon hearts" but didn't photograph them because my fingers were all greasy from shaping them.
By the way, bacon and cinnamon rolls are really easy to make together, because they both bake at 400 for 12–15 minutes. I need to remember that!
I made a bunch of "strawberry hearts" by cutting the tops of strawberries off in a little V, and served them with Greek yogurt and whipped cream.
And finally, the heart-shaped toad in a hole! This was, surprisingly, the trickiest part. The heart-shaped cookie cutter made the bread fall apart. It took me a few tries and some quick patching (by squeezing the bread together) to get the bread to stay in place.
Here is the finished table with bacon hearts, cinnamon rolls, toad in a hole, and strawberries!
Taking pictures of everything this morning was an experience. The lighting in my kitchen isn't great, and it's harder than I realized to take pictures when your fingers keep getting covered in butter or icing or bacon grease. I kept thinking, "This is why I'm not a food photographer!" I have so much new respect for people who are.
From the archives:
Our first Valentine's Day
Favorite love poems
5 favorite love stories