Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentine Brunch


Saturday   when   my Prayer Sista's and I  get together    it  will  be   a  bit different....
  We are  celebrating   one of our  birthdays, and  I am  most privileged to  host   it  here....   so I  took  advantage of the season  and  am doing a  Valentine Brunch..

Such   a  joy to     think   of valentines....  it reminds me of the   year after year of  decorating  the valentine   box for my third graders....   buying the doiles and   cutting out the hearts ....    cutting out  lacy  patterned  strips to  line the edges and prettify the box.....    So when I stopped in at the Dollar Tree yesterday     I  was   really exciting about  what I might find.... 


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In stead of   paper doilies, I found  these   pink doily   place mats    which I paired   with  my  silver  chargers...



 My everyday Churchill , red transfer ware  pottery  goes  well  with     my   pink goblets   and     the  International   Silver  , Joan of  Arc , are in agreement that  all who   sit at  this table  are loved and   welcomed,  and sets the tone   for   a good time!
Last week  the  plate hanger   showed off  my  spode  blue collection...  the red   collection  is  back  on the wall..

  and my   odd,    but  charming , red   transfer pieces   adorn the  hutch!

 I  can hardly  wait to  begin   cooking  Saturday.. I found the most delectable recipe 

Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast


Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast  Recipe

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Submitted By: Pamelabee
Photo By: lovetobake93

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Ready In: 40 Minutes
Servings: 8


"Cream cheese-stuffed French toast is served with a sweet and warm strawberry glaze and topped with whipped cream in this decadent breakfast favorite."
INGREDIENTS:

1 cup mashed fresh strawberries
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water

1 cup milk
6 eggs

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup white sugar
8 slices bread, cut in half diagonally
1 teaspoon butter

8 sliced fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar for
dusting
1 cup whipped cream

DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat an oven to 100 degrees F ( 40 degrees C).
2. Heat mashed strawberries and 1/2 cup white sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
3. Mix cornstarch and water together in a bowl, then stir into the strawberries.
4. Cook and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer while preparing remaining ingredients, stirring occasionally.
5. Whisk together the milk and eggs in a bowl; set aside.
6. Mash cream cheese, vanilla extract, and 3/4 cup white sugar in a bowl until smooth.
7. Spread the cream cheese mixture over a triangle-shaped piece of bread, and top with another piece. Repeat with remaining bread and cream cheese mixture to make 8 triangle-shaped sandwiches.
8. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
9. Dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, 2 or 3 at a time, and place in the skillet.
10. Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.
11. Transfer pan-fried sandwiches to a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven to keep warm while cooking remaining sandwiches.
12. To serve, top French toast with warm strawberry glaze and sliced fresh strawberries and sprinkle with confectioners' sugar. Serve with a dollop of whipping cream

I will  have   more to follow  about our   wonderful  brunch!  Please  check back in!!!!

Time spent with    best friends   is always      a slice   of heaven here on earth  in my  opinion...  especially,  when    Christ  Jesus is the center....   
 It is  all  Christ  who   puts the creative    attitude in our hearts  that  yearns to break  free and   bless  us and others..
Whether  in the  wonderful   foods   we create or the  festive  beauty  of    the decor....   the well spring  comes  from   He who resides within!  And  for   that  I am truly grateful  and excited!   

Today I am sharing on 

  Home Party@ Sandi's   Rose Chintz Cottage     
Tablescape Thursday
and   
Thursday Favorite Things
  I  am so also very Thankful  today!
Grace at Home  @ Imparting Grace
Home and Garden at  A Delightsome Life

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14 comments:

  1. No doubt when your prayer sisters arrive on Saturday that they will be duly surprised by the table you have put together to honor the birthday of one of your own!!! You have made quite a statement!!! Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast...oh, my goodness! That sounds so decadent!!! I know everyone will enjoy the whole package!

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  2. Oh GORGOUS!Love those pink lacy mats, the pink goblets, everything. What a beautiful table and your lunch menu sounds divine. Lucky guests! Susan

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  3. Just beautiful. What a lovely treat for your guests! I love the big dollies you found!! Valentine's Day at school was always the best. I am so glad my kids get to do that. They were both born in France but we moved back when they were babies. Teaching there, I was sad that they do NOTHING for Valentine's Day. It's just a quiet celebration for couples. Hope you have a wonderful time with your group of friends!
    Karen

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  4. Your table is gorgeous!!!!! Great job!

    BTW I've started a new blog. You and yours are cordially invited. :-)

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  5. I hope you have a fun time! You have sere decorated nicely!

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  6. Your table looks lovely! I'm sure the brunch will be wonderful. The french toast looks really tasty too (though I bet you can get away with using half the sugar!!!).

    love you!
    a

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  7. Dear One, You have set a beautiful table. Glad I got to see it.
    God bless,
    d

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  8. Your friends will love the Valentine theme table set for them.

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  9. Fabulous! Found you on Thursday Favorite Things! I'm kicking off a brand new blog hop on Superbowl Sunday called the Creative HomeAcre Hop! I would love to have you join the fun at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop.html

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  10. All good things come from God, that is for sure! I love your pretty table. The red plates are so nice and the recipe for the waffles.. omg.. that does sound delectable.. I know the ladies will be most pampered. xo marlis

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  11. Good morning my friend,
    What a gorgeous Valentines table! Your friends will be delighted. I am simply swooning over all your beautiful red transfer ware and the stunning silver tea pot! The French toast looks delicious and what a treat it will be for your guests. I would love to join you for the fellowship and treats. And you are so right, all of our creativity and bountiful blessings come from Him. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post at my HOME. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  12. A beautiful table sure to be the perfect setting for happy memory making. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo P.S. I posted the new giveaway yesterday :-)

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  13. Hi, your table is beautiful! I love red transferware. Hopped over from Sandi's home party. the Frendh Toast sounds so yummy. Now following you. I have a link party, Share Your Cup Thursday. Would love if you shared sometime!
    hugs,
    Jann

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