Valentine's Day Brunch | featured on Style Blueprint


Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day, my personal favorite holiday) is right around the corner! Here are some sweet ideas to inspire you for a lovely, cozy brunch. My friend Melissa of A Happy Healthy Heart put together this beautiful brunch at The Wendell Home, and I had a blast photographing it all. Invite over some friends and enjoy some yummy orange-soaked french toast, tea, fresh fruit, and some fun sparkling beet juice that tastes amazing (and is equally amazing for you). Just looking at these photos makes me hungry!

StyleBlueprint just featured this shoot and interviewed both Melissa & myself about it. Go check out the article for some great tips on throwing a beautiful brunch! Also be sure to try both recipes — I enjoyed both of them and they are so delicious. (I never knew beet juice could taste so good.)

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Orange Soaked French Toast (via
A Happy Healthy Heart)
Serves 4
Ingredients

  • ½ loaf sliced hearty bread

  • 5 eggs

  • juice of one orange + zest for topping

  • ¼ cup almond milk

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • ½ tsp salt

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat coconut oil in a large skillet to medium heat. In a flat large bowl whisk the eggs. Add in the rest of the ingredients and whisk until incorporated.

  2. Place a slice of bread into the mixture and allow to soak for about 2 minutes and flip it to the other side. If your bread is thicker, it may need a bit more time to soak, you just want to ensure that the mixture goes into the bread and doesn’t just sit on top.

  3. Place the bread slice on the skillet and cook on each side until golden brown, approximately 3 minutes. Repeat this for all the slices until the egg mixture is gone.

  4. Serve warm with orange zest, maple syrup, and fresh berries.

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Sparkling Beet Juice (via
A Happy Healthy Heart)
Ingredients

  • 4 beets, peeled

  • 1 pineapple, peeled

  • 1 lemon, peeled

  • 1 bottle sparkling water

Instructions

  1. Juice all produce and pour into glass container and chill. When ready to serve, pour juice into a glass until half full. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water. Enjoy!


No-Knead Bread Recipe | styled by Feather + Oak Tennessee


Food & prop styling for this post by my friend Jennifer of Feather + Oak Tennessee. Be sure to follow Feather + Oak on Instagram to see more of Jennifer’s beautiful styling work!

The thought of making bread at home is often intimidating. But this recipe I’m sharing with you today is super simple to make and the result is a beautiful, perfectly crusty, flavorful loaf of bread that looks like it came straight out of a bakery. I’ve made this recipe many times over the last few years and it’s never failed me!

I first discovered this recipe when my friend Katie posted photos of this amazing homemade bread years ago, initially on her tumblr blog. She sent me this blog post by The Londoner, which explains the recipe in detail and has helpful process photos. I’ve compiled the instructions from that blog post with my personal experience of making the bread many times. Just follow the directions below and it’ll be a no-brainer! I recommend making the dough in the evening, letting it rise in a warm place overnight, and baking in the morning.

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No-Knead Bread

3 cups flour
1.5 tsp salt
1/2 tsp yeast
1.5 cups water

Mix ingredients together in large mixing bowl until just blended - no need to over-stir it. It won’t be pretty or really look like dough. If it’s a bit dry, just add a little more water until all the flour is blended together. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place. I usually turn my oven on low for a few minutes, then turn it off and put the bowl in there and leave it there. Let dough sit overnight/all day.

After rising, turn oven to 450 F and preheat a dutch oven pot in it.

Place the dough on floured surface. Don't knead or punch it down. Just flip the dough over a couple times to coat it in flour so it’s not sticky anymore. Place the dough in the dutch oven and bake for 30 minutes with the lid on, and 10-15 minutes with the lid off, until the crust is brown and crispy.

Slather in a nice healthy amount of butter, drizzle with some honey, and enjoy!

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If you don’t own a dutch oven, you could also use any large oven-safe pot and lid, a pizza stone, or a large cast iron skillet. This week I baked the bread in a cast iron skillet and loosely covered the bread in aluminum foil for the first 30 minutes, and it worked great!

Also: dutch ovens are wonderful, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to get one that works well. The colorful Le Creuset and Staub dutch ovens are glamorous and gorgeous and I definitely want one someday, but this $40 Lodge 5-quart dutch oven on Amazon does the trick just as well.

For my Canadian friends, the same Lodge dutch oven is quite a bit pricier on Amazon.ca, but you can check out Bed Bath & Beyond or Walmart for some good options. It looks like there are some decent options for $60-70, which is a lot cheaper than the fancier ones out there.

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