From Thanksgiving until now, life has been go-go-go for Z and me. Since Thanksgiving, we’ve been traveling at least one weekend every month, if not more, between our honeymoon, ski trips, conferences, and family visits.
All this travel just makes me want to slow down which I’ll admit is a rather unique concept for me. I want to sleep in which currently seems nearly impossible given that I wake up nearly every day at 7am. I want to go on a long hike along the Dipsea trail in Marin or spend two hours playing tennis in the California sunshine.
Which is why this Valentine’s Day all I really want is breakfast in bed. I love acts of service, and a delicious homemade brunch that I don’t have to make sounds wonderful. Particularly if it is followed by no plans the rest of the day.
Valentine’s Day is technically a weekday, but how lovely would it be to start Wednesday off with breakfast in bed with your one and only? Alternatively, wait until the weekend, when you can cancel all your scheduled plans and enjoy some time not completing anything on the to-do list for once.
These waffles are incredibly easy to make, as long as you have a waffle maker. They do require a vanilla bean, which you can find in specialty stores or online, but it makes the waffles truly special. The recipe is from Stella Parks of Serious Eats.You can even make the waffles ahead of time and freeze them. Day of, heat them up in a 350-degree oven for at least five minutes, until they are crispy and hot again. Just keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
I paired them simply here with salted butter and warm maple syrup, but berries and whipped cream would be an equally lovely combination.
If you don’t have a waffle iron, I would recommend this pancake recipe, this frittata recipe, and this crustless quiche recipe. And if you want to get yourself (or your Valentine) a truly special Valentine’s Day gift, I would highly recommend this waffle maker. It makes two at once, so you and your special someone can enjoy your hot waffles at the SAME TIME. Brilliant!