When Valentine’s Day comes around each year, my mom always can be found baking a batch of these gorgeous delights. I served these dainty, flirty cupcakes at a brunch I hosted for girlfriends and was overjoyed that they were well loved. The recipe is simple yet these mini cakes most certainly make a statement when they are enjoyed on today’s celebration of love. It’s quite bold of me to say this, but these might be one of the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.
Love comes in all forms. Being the single gal I am, I decided to celebrate my passion and love with my fabulous friends, cupcakes, and pink by hosting a relaxed yet elegant “Single Ladies Brunch” last weekend. It was a super fun way to enjoy the holiday with lots of yummy, girly sweets and treats, savory, traditional brunch dishes, and sparkling drinks in champagne flutes to really add a festive vibe.
Decor and special touches:
Whether you’re headed to a romantic dinner with the hubby or boyfriend, single and mingling around, or looking to get together with the girls, remember love doesn’t mean the stereotypical idea it’s promoted to be on this holiday. Express you passion for everything and anything you love on Valentine’s Day! Send some valentines, eat some chocolate, and pamper yourself. Giving your body a little TLC is one sweet way to feel the love.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place for Starbucks. Busy mornings, instant caffeine fixes, but finding a locally owned coffee house has taught me a few things:
Coffee is a personal preference, a unique experience of texture and flavor. There are literally thousands of various blends, roasts, and specific types of coffee beans from around the world. At J. Rene Coffee, they allow you to choose what brew method you would like, there are 4 to pick from.
Additionally, after a leisurely morning at J. Rene I had this revelation that you could have a real experience having coffee, as opposed to the rushed feeling I always seem to have after a quick trip to mass chain coffee stores. The people sat down and spoke to their customers at J. Rene, honestly interested in what they thought of their drinks and pastries (which they get from a wonderful bakery known as The Kitchen at Billings Forge which I have wanted to visit for a while). The vibes were relaxed, modern, and elegant. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that they brew their own coffee beans right in the shop, making the coffee that much more fresh.