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Only a few more days until Valentine’s Day – and we’re all done sending out the recipes to our Breakfast with the Broads email subscribers! But, in case you missed it, or you weren’t on our list of subscribers, we are going to share the special recipe for Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Scones with you. These go wonderfully with the fruit that is served with dark chocolate dipping sauce! 🙂 YUM.

Chocolate Chip Scones for Valentine's Day Breakfast

Chocolate Chip Scones for Valentine's Day Breakfast

Preparation Time: 15 – 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Servings: Makes 1 dozen

What you need:

Ingredients for Chocolate Chips Scones

Ingredients for Chocolate Chips Scones

  • 2 cups flour
  • ÂĽ cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter (room temperature)
  • Âľ cup chocolate chips
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 eggs

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 425oF.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all of the dry ingredients together.
  3. Using a pastry blender or two butter knives, cut in butter until it looks like coarse meal.
  4. Add the chocolate chips.valentine-table-food004
  5. Stir in milk and eggs with a fork just until moistened.
  6. Lightly flour a small surface.
  7. Take dough out of the bowl and turn onto the lightly floured surface. Form dough into a ball and knead about 20 times.
  8. Roll dough out with floured rolling pin until it’s about ½ inch thick.
  9. Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out the heart shaped scones. valentine-table-food007
  10. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  11. Bake at 425oF for 12-15 minutes.valentine-table-food012

NOTE: We used an egg wash and sugar on top of our scones but the sugar gave it a glaze that changed the look of the chocolate. If you wish to top them perhaps try an egg wash then chocolate sprinkles.

At Anne’s, every morning begins with coffee or tea delivered to your door at 8am. At 9am we serve a glorious 4 course breakfast in our dining room. And, every breakfast starts off with a juice drink and a fresh fruit dish. Our Valentine’s Day menu that we’ve been sending to our Breakfast with the Broads e-mail recipe list also starts off with a fruit dish, but with a special Valentine’s Day twist.

Fresh fruit is yummy

Fresh fruit is yummy

Mmmm – fresh fruit IS yummy, BUT, on Valentine’s Day why not make it really delicious and tasty by adding some dark chocolate dipping sauce?

Dark chocolate - the perfect dipping sauce for fruit on Valentine's Day

Dark chocolate - the perfect dipping sauce for fruit on Valentine's Day

Here’s our Valentine’s Day Breakfast Menu for 2009:

White Grape Juice (with a few drops of red juice for color if desired)

Fruit Dish: Strawberries, Kiwi, Mango, or Red Grapes

(with dipping dark chocolate)

Pear Melba with Raspberry Sauce

Chocolate Chip Scones

Heart-shaped Raisin Toast with Cinnamon Sugar

Heart shaped waffles, whipped cream & Maple/Strawberry Sauce

Chicken/Turkey Sausage

(looks nice garnished with sliced Strawberry and Fresh Rosemary/Mint Sprig)

Tea, Coffee (with cinnamon hearts)

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We’re featuring a simple yet delicious Valentine’s Day Breakfast or Brunch Menu at Breakfast & Beyond. And, as with any breakfast put on by Anne’s Oceanfron Hideaway it’s a several course breakfast. The wonderful thing about that is that you don’t always have to make a 4 or 5 course breakfast! Each dish in itself is a great breakfast or brunch item. This particular one is perfect for everyday enjoyment. And, it takes you less than 10 minutes to prepare:

Special on Valentine's Day but Great Any Day it's the Pear Melba with Raspberry Sauce

Special on Valentine's Day but Great Any Day it's the Pear Melba with Raspberry SaucePreparation Time: 10 minutesCooking Time: NoneServings: 4

What you need:

  • 2 Cups Granola (Harvest Crunch Granola is a good one)
  • 2 Cups French vanilla yogurt
  • 4 canned pear halves
  • 4 Tablespoons Raspberry syrup (you can make your own or use some store bought)
  • 4 Tablespoons Almond Slices

What you do:

  1. In 4 serving dishes, sprinkle 1/4 cup of granola per dish. Top with 1/4 cup of yogurt.
  2. Repeat, sprinkling 1/4 cup of granola on top of the yogurt and then 1/4 cup of yogurt on top of the granola, yogurt, granola layers.
  3. Place one pear half (indent down, round side up) in each dish.
  4. Drizzle 1 Tablespoon raspberry syrup over the mixture and sprinkle with almonds.

Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Scones & Heart Shaped Cinnamon Toast Cut Outs

More Valentine's Day Breakfast Menu Items: Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Scones & Heart Shaped Cinnamon Toast Cut Outs

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One of my childhood memories was my Grandmother making toast strips to eat with my egg in the morning.  On special days she would sprinkle a mix of  cinnamon and sugar on top, pop them in  the oven on broil for a few seconds until they started to bubble.  The kitchen would smell of cinnamon as I waited in anticipation for the moment I could savor the flavor as well as the smell! Inspired by those memories, this year’s Valentine’s Day Breakfast Menu includes some tasty and comforting heart shaped Cinnamon Toast!

Crunchy and tastey!

Crunchy and sweet!

We use 2 Tablespoons of Sugar  to 1 teaspoon of Cinnamon, but you can alter it to suit your taste buds.

Cookie cutter

Cookie cutter

Sprinkle on the Sugar Cinnamon Mix
Broil until the sugar bubbles

Broil until the sugar bubbles

Put in frypan add an egg, cover and cook.

Put in fry pan add an egg, cover and cook.

Need an idea of how to use  up the left over bread?  Put it in a frying pan add an egg and cook until egg starts to solidify, cover for a minute to set the egg. If you like your eggs over easy flip them, then just leave on the other side for about 30 seconds.
Serve with a sprig of green and berries or grape size tomatoes.  Loved by kids and kitchen staff (me)!


Valentine's Day Brunch Menu Ideas

Valentine's Day Brunch Menu Ideas

We’re all set for another special occasion brunch menu! And, of course, this time we’re focused on a special Valentine’s Day brunch! We’ve already sent the menu and the first recipe out to our Breakfast with the Broads email recipe subscribers… but we’ll share a few recipes and the menu with you too! If you want the entire thing, make sure you’re on our list to get our weekly recipe emails!

Our Valentine dĂ©cor is red and white (sometimes with a splash of pink) so I try to make the breakfast menu to compliment it. Great red fruits to add color for Valentine’ s are Strawberries, Raspberries, and Pomegranate Seeds.

Here’s our Valentine’s Day Breakfast Menu for 2009:

White Grape Juice (with a few drops of red juice for color if desired)

Strawberries, Kiwi, Mango, or Red Grapes

(with dipping dark chocolate)

Pear Melba with Raspberry Sauce

Chocolate Chip Scones

Heart-shaped Raisin Toast with Cinnamon Sugar

Heart shaped waffles, whipped cream & Maple/Strawberry Sauce

Chicken/Turkey Sausage

(looks nice garnished with sliced Strawberry and Fresh Rosemary/Mint Sprig)

Tea, Coffee (with cinnamon hearts)

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Unwind as you gaze at the ocean from any one of our ocean view rooms, relax in our hydro massage tubs and delight in a fabulous four course breakfast in our dining room each morning. It’s an amazing experience and one that is sure to spoil your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

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2 nights including a four course breakfast, a 750 ml Chocolate/Raspberry Port, 6 Harlan’s Chocolates, Facial 2 Go Kit and an edible Sensual Health Body Glaze (value $495)

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Red, white & more red

Red, white & more red

Thanks for the nudge about Valentine’s Day Decorating June.  I hope you can find some ideas here to help you get started.  Have a nice time at your party!

I am an advocate of using things you have around the house to decorate for different occasions. Admittedly I pick up the odd addition with a particular theme in mind, but usually it is after the occasion and for the following year (yes on clearance sales!)

We celebrate Valentine’s Day for the month of February at Anne’s.  We add a few extras to the room amenities and offer a couple of different special packages for a two night stay.  This gives our guests a chance to settle in, enjoy a relaxing tub for two and a special breakfast  each morning along with time to explore the island, enjoy a wonderful dinner at one of many gourmet restaraunts and return for a relaxing evening with a glass of wine by the fireplace, perhaps a movie and popcorn, and/or another tub for two! It is a nice getaway from the hustle bustle of family and work and gives them time to devote to each other.  Of course for us that means two separate delicious breakfast menus to work up! So I will get started on that this week. New Table Decor

Have you noticed how sometimes the decor takes a turn. “Things” turn up on the table when you least expect them………to help or hinder..? You be the judge!

As I walked around the house gathering  I realized I only have bits of red, and some is used at both Christmas and Valentine’s.  The bonus is the days are close enough together the reds are not lost in the back of the drawer by the time Valentine’s comes along. A splash of  pink with the red and white looks nice as well.

Flowers are always a nice addition especially red and white roses, or red and white carnations. Flowers,  chocolates and a special someone to share them with.  Delightful!

Here are a couple of other ideas to help you get started.  Begin with a few basic choices then start adding and subtracting objects until you find a look you like. Remember to keep it fairly low so people can talk across the table comfortably.  Also remember that a variety of textures and shapes and a splash of a different color are usually more interesting.  Unless you are going for a very ultra modern look when less is better, add a variety of shapes and sizes.

valentine-table-decor-0181Add to it for color and textureDid you know the pink quartz is also called the heart rock.
What a great way to bring in texture!

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Parfait cup with greens and carnations

Parfait cup with greens and carnations

Small red vase with white carnations

Small red vase with white carnations

Small red basket with ivy and carnations

Small red basket with ivy and carnations

Consider adding a couple of candles.

Table for two

Table for two

A couple of other tools that may be of use. Some are used in making the breakfast, others are used on the table and  others can add to the presentation and complete the theme.

The cookie cutters in the first picture can be used to cut many different foods such as ham slices, toast, scones, etc.  The black cutter is for shaping eggs while they are cooking..Cookie Cutters and an egg shapervalentine-table-decor-038valentine-table-decor-034

The three different parfait or fruit cups  can be decorated with heart doilies,

heart shaped chocolates, cinnamon hearts, flowers or sliced strawberries.

A red heart shaped bun basket.

I will be putting up a Valentine’s Day Breakast Menu in the next week or so.  I need to  bake the goodies so I can put some pictures up for you. When I do that I will do a table setting so you can see the complete picture.

copy-of-miscellaneous-0771I have a dear friend who is passionate about roses.  What better time to let you know about her blog thanksgiving-08-004which is full of the beautiful pictures of the roses she grows. Thanks Pauline!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!!

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