Wednesday, February 24, 2010


A few years ago, due to some unusual circumstances involving no one together that evening (plus Grandma in town for a visit), I decided to instead have a special family Valentine's breakfast. The more I explored the idea, the fancier and the idea grew. Our best china, champagne glasses for the orange juice, table confetti, flowers...

The funny part was that it was all very simple, and easily doable (even for me!) I had no idea what to have for a Valentines themed breakfast so I landed on biscuits. Made them heart-shaped, added whipped cream & fresh fruit (we splurged in the dead of winter)

The kids loved it, and the idea stuck. We've done it every year since.

This year, we were going to be at my parents' for a sleepover (unrelated to Valentine's day, but a different manufactured holiday combining Norah's birthday, Chinese New Year and mostly our desire to get together and make home-made ravioli one night an pad-Thai, chicken curry & spring rolls the next), and the kids got concerned about what we were going to do about our Balentimes breakfast!

So we took it on the road.

**UPDATED** see link to Pad-Thai recipe method!

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  1. Love it! Very cute and easy idea. I am totally copying it next year. Now about this pad thai... recipe?

  2. I give that bowl of chocolate hearts for breakfast two very enthusiastic thumbs up.

  3. GA! Kate, I had intended on including the link to the pad Thai method. As you'll see, it can't rightly be called a recipe! It's awesome.

  4. I LOVE Food.
    As evidenced by the jiggle in my wiggle. :)

  5. That looks like fun. But really, are we to understand that you cook the pad thai or the home-made ravioli? We were under the impression that Max was the Gordon Ramsey in your house... did we get that wrong? We thought you were mainly in charge of alphabetizing the spices. :-)

  6. What a very nice idea, I'm sure everyone feels so very loved with the effort.

  7. Oh, yum! And so brilliant! I'm doing that too.

  8. Hey, today I took your hint and we made ravioli from scratch for dinner - stuffed with an eggplant mixture. They were great. They were round ravioli, shaped like great big medals. Great big gold medals. Great big gold Olympic medals for men's hockey.

    Because we all know how much you love men's hockey in the Olympics. :-) But years from now my kids will remember where they were the day they watched athletes from their country set the record for the most gold medals in a single winter games - they'll say "we were making ravioli... and we ate them with baby artichokes!"