A Girl & A Garnish


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Love Bites | Galentine's Day Brunch

Love Bites | Galentine's Day Brunch

In the words of Parks' and Recreation's Leslie Knope, "Hoes before bros. Uteruses before duderuses…Ovaries before brovaries” - and brunch over everything!

To ring in Galentine's Day this year, I decided to celebrate by hosting a brunch - which is undoubtedly my favorite meal of the day. I tend to go a bit overboard when hosting, so I tried to find simple recipes to prepare for my galentines - while still managing to keep my sanity.


Not to toot my own horn, but the brunch spread got RAVE reviews from everyone (toot, toot). I've gathered together all of the recipes that I used to share with you here so that you can spread the love and treat your galentines OR valentines with some treats of your own!


No brunch is complete without quiche! I whipped up two different options - one vegetarian & one dairy free - using a recipe from Skinnytaste and another from The Kitchn. The only changes I made to the Skinnytaste recipe was subbing skim milk for almond milk and not using a crust. As for The Kitchn recipe - I decided to use frozen hashbrowns as a base or "crust", subbed whole milk for almond milk, and topped the quiche with sausage, mushrooms, and broccoli. Quiches are SO easy to make and are always a crowd pleaser!


Aside from the quiches - most of the other items that I prepared were more sweet, than savory. BUT a bacon-wrapped date recipe that I stumbled upon seemed to fall somewhere in between. This is one of my favorites apps when eating out, however, I'd never made them on my own before. Turns out, they're super easy so I gave this recipe from A "Mind "Full" Mom a try! I went with using almonds in the center and they did not disappoint.


Now on to my favorite part of any meal - dessert! I made these delectable cheese danishes based on a recipe from Trisha Yearwood. The only change I made was topping them with blackberries. These danishes were SO easy & even more delicious!


Cupcakes are a no-brainer for any Valentine's Day themed event, so they absolutely made an appearance at mine. I made some simple vanilla cupcakes using a Food Network recipe and topped them with homemade whipped cream - made with my Pampered Chef Whipped Cream Maker, which I highly recommend! I added one conversation heart, a Valentine's Day staple, and sprinkled pink sugar on to top of each cupcake - and now my spread was complete!


Whether you're celebrating Valentine's Day with a significant other, friends, or just yourself - there's always cause for some sort of celebration (read: food)!

How did you celebrate Valentine's Day this year?!


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