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March 23, 2015
by Emily Klopstein
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Veggie Love with #LoveHealthy

We’re always glad to partner with Don’t Panic Mom, and her new #LoveHealthy campaign is just tops. You can find #LoveHealthy ideas via Facebook or Pinterest – It’s all about making vegetables accessible, fun, and delicious for any and every family.

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We’re no strangers to Veggie Love here at Laughing Lemon Pie – check out any (or all!) of these ideas and get more veg in your life!77 ways to eat veggies for breakfast from

77 Ways to Eat Veggies for Breakfast

 8 Ways to Eat More Vegetables and Fruit in the Fall and Winter

50 Ways to Cook Potatoes

10 Ideas for 5 pounds of Carrots

7 Ways to Easily Eat Raw on the Cheap

84 Healthy Snack Ideas

“The notion that healthy fruits and vegetables are expensive and that packaged snacks are cheaper is an urban myth that deserves to be put out to pasture once and for all.”

– Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Breaking News: Veggies are Better AND CHEAPER than Other Snacks


Orange Carrot Cream Scones

Balsamic Honey-Glazed Roasted Vegetables

Watercress Yogurt Potato Salad

Watercress Salad with Grilled Sweet Potatoes & Orange Honey Vinaigrette

Spicy Carrot Dressing

Apricot & Carrot Oatmeal Cookies Apricot & Carrot Oatmeal Cookies from

Greens, Beans, & Sausage soup

Warm Sweet Potato Spinach Salad

Fiesta Quinoa Salad

Spaghetti Carbonara with Wild Asparagus

Low-Sugar Carrot Cupcakes

Pasta with Spinach, Lemon Cream, and Capers

Dock au Gratinsalsa verde

Wild Mushroom Bolognese

The Best Salsa Verde Recipe EVER

Artichoke Dip Casserole

Roasted Manchurian Cauliflower

Roast Beets Recipe from Cafe Aion

Spinach Gratin


Tips for Eating Locally — Even in the Winter!

 12 Creative Ways to Use Up Vegetable Scraps {Budget Organic No. 1}

Start Planning Your Garden with These Tools5 ways to make a DIY root cellar

Tips on Small-Space Organic Gardening from Personal Family Farmers

5 Ways to Make a DIY Root Cellar

Put Up or Shut Up: 5 Preserving Myths Debunked

7 Ways to Be a Farmer’s Market Pro

Wash Your Own Damned Lettuce

Lentils in the Rice Cooker!

Eat More Corn

Use a Grapefruit Spoon to Scoop Out Roast Squash

This post is part of the #LoveHealthy Veggie Campaign, which is all about tips, recipes, and strategies for getting more veggies into your family’s day.

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March 17, 2015
by Emily Klopstein
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The GBBO-Sized Hole in My Life

Sniff sniff. Do you ever get that vacuum feeling of total emptiness when you’ve finished a great book or a great TV series/season? The Wire. Waaahhh. House of Cards. Nooooo. Homeland. Oooo, eeee, aaarrrggghhh, aaahhhhh (that’s the sound of me staggering around alternately clutching my chest and tearing out my hair, shaking my fists at the TV/universe).

If you were lucky enough to catch the Great British Baking Show on PBS (via the BBC) this winter, then you know the feeling for sure. It settles on me every Sunday evening now, and I’m kinda pretty sure life will never be the same.

The GBBS Sized Hole in My Life on LaughingLemonPie.comKnown as the Great British Bake Off (or GBBO) on the BBC, the show has aired since 2010 in the UK and won huge popularity and awards there. In the US, PBS recently aired the show’s fifth season as the Great British Baking Show. The show itself or a recreation is shown in 15 different countries. And apparently I need to pay more attention to network TV – there was an American attempt on CBS in 2013 called The American Baking Competition.

What’s so great about this show? Ah, that is well covered territory. My favorite of which is from Buzzfeed, and therefore hard cultural evidence of the show’s awesomeness and not just the ranting of myself and other PBS-ophiles.

So, I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering where it will goooooo…to scones of course – that’s where my mind generally goes. Watching all that baking has renewed my quest for the perfect scone recipe, and I’m filling the GBBS-sized hole in my life with those warm pillowy nuggets of yum. Now they know how many scones it takes to fill the…Albert Hall? Oh well, you get the idea, right?The GBBS Sized Hole in My Life on

Immediately after the finale I had to try the GBBO Tea Time Scones Recipe. In my humble opinion: Meh. I’m on a cream scone run lately – cream and no butter, that is. And that one last (for now) attempt at a butter/milk scone further solidified my re-dedication to the glory of cream scones.

Orange Carrot Cream Scones on LaughingLemonPie.comMy latest/greatest recreation and appreciation of the cream scone?: The doubly orange doubly delicious and totally original Orange Carrot Cream Scone. Right, right, I know – carrots? In a scone? Well, we here at Laughing Lemon Pie are ever-searching for more ways to fit vegetables into our breakfast routine so why not? Carrots are a certified anytime-food, though scones may be relegated to just an any-morning food (at least that’s how it goes in our house). Without wading into the debate over hidden vegetables, I will say you don’t hardly taste the carrots. The orange flavor is predominant.

Give them a try yourself and let me what you think – Do they pass muster? Would Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood approve? Any tips for new TV shows are welcome too!

And in case you forgot, or haven’t heard: Luis rules!







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March 16, 2015
by Emily Klopstein

Orange Carrot Cream Scones

Cream scones are my new go-to. I’m over cutting butter into flour (at least for now). Doubly orange Orange Carrot Cream Scones (dream scones?) are one more excellent way to get more vegetables onto your breakfast table.

Cream scones are so simple and delightful. The only forethought they require is having cream on hand. But, here’s a tip – did you know cream can be frozen? Yep, totally. Next time cream is on sale or manager’s special, or if you have a half used carton – freeze it. It doesn’t thaw in a way that you’d want to use it in a drink or a complex sauce, but it’s still perfectly good for baking.

The germ of this recipe came from surprising place: Green Onion Biscuits. Yep. At it’s heart this recipe is just 4 ingredients. And it works just fine if you remove the savory elements – you can follow the Green Onion Biscuit recipe using just the flour, baking powder, salt, and cream and make yourself a very nice standard cream scone. It won’t be sweet on its own, but just fine for adding chocolate chips, or a sweet icing – those things balance out the lack of sugar in the recipe. It’s a wonderful basic recipe for spring-boarding your own ideas for add-ins.

My riff on this cream scone recipe came out light, fluffy, and delicate with great flavor – much more orange in flavor than carrot. Mincing the carrots in a food processor keeps them from getting too wet, and keeps their size just right. The amount of sugar you add is up to you – I put 2-4T as a guideline in the recipe. 4T (1/4 cup) makes them decidedly sweet. 2T of added sugar would be enough if you were planning to add an icing, or if your taste buds enjoy the not-so-sweet side of life. I love the flavor of brown sugar, adding it to the cream helps it get evenly distributed throughout the dough.

I found this recipe a bit too sticky to do cut outs, but it’s certainly possible. The hand-rolled scone came out looking divine if you ask me. Put down some flour on your work surface – that bit of flour has a wonderful effect on your scone’s bottom. Yeah, that’s a thing – delectable scone bottoms. [Insert food porn drool here…]

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Orange Carrot Cream Scones


  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-4T brown sugar
  • 1 cup cream
  • 1/4-1/2 cup minced carrot (1-2 carrots, your call)
  • 1 small mandarin orange - zest and juice
  • 1T cream & Turbinado or sanding sugar for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a medium bowl.
  3. Mix cream and brown sugar together.
  4. Zest orange into the cream/sugar, and squeeze the orange's juice in as well (probably about 2T).
  5. Add the minced carrot to the liquid ingredients.
  6. Combine the dry and wet ingredients.
  7. Toss a bit of flour on your work surface, and flop out your dough.
  8. Pat it into a disc to cut out scones, or roll them by hand into 9-10 nice little balls. Alternately you could score the disc into triangles (add about 5 minutes to the baking time if doing so).
  9. Brush the scones with cream or milk, and sprinkle with turbinado or sanding sugar.
  10. Bake 14 minutes.

Like all scones, these are best eaten the day they’re made. This recipe is nice since it makes just about 9 scones, not too many. To store for next day I’d recommend putting them on a plate covered with a large bowl, inside a cake dome, or in a covered 9×13 type baking pan. Storing in plastic tupperware is fine, it just makes them super duper soft the next day – treading a bit too close to cookie-like for my taste.

What are your favorite scone add-ins? What vegetable should I add to scones next time? :)

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March 15, 2015
by Emily Klopstein

Great British Tea Time Scone (translated for American bakers)

The GBBS Sized Hole in My Life on LaughingLemonPie.comThe Great British Baking Show aired on PBS (via BBC) this winter and alas, is now a thing of the past. Those Brits did leave us with a trove of great recipes though – Including the Tea Time Scone, 1 of 3 classics featured for the technical challenge in the finale show.

Day after the finale, I of course needed to try this recipe for myself. The results: meh, in my opinion. But then, I’m nearly as critical as Paul Hollywood. The recipe as posted is in British, that is grams and ounces. Here I’ve translated it into plain English…oh, or maybe just plain American.

This is a very plain and basic scone – definitely the kind that benefits from jam & clotted cream. I added currants and topped with sanding sugar, though that is wholly uncalled for by the recipe.The GBBS Sized Hole in My Life on

The scones in the photo are on the brownish side – I used King Arthur Unbleached Flour but it looked nearly whole wheat in color. Twas fine with me, but it did take them another degree further from their true Britishness.

Great British Tea Time Scone (translated for American bakers)


  • *this is the American version of a recipe featured on the Great British Baking Show
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3T butter
  • 2T sugar
  • 1 egg
  • scant 1/2 cup milk (recipe calls for 3.5 oz, 1/2 cup is 4 oz) - reserve 1-2 T to glaze scones before baking


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers.
  4. Stir the sugar into the sandy flour/butter mixture.
  5. Beat egg and not-quite 1/2 cup milk (reserving 1-2T to glaze the scones with).
  6. Add egg/milk to bowl and stir just enough to bring it together.
  7. Flop the dough out and pat it together into a 3/4" tall disc.
  8. Stamp out scone shapes with a biscuit cutter (fluted or otherwise).
  9. Brush the tops with milk to glaze.
  10. Bake 8-10 minutes until golden brown.

Book Review: Easy Everyday Slow Cooker on

March 11, 2015
by Emily Klopstein
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Book Review: Easy Everyday Slow Cooker

Laughing Lemon Pie was recently offered the chance to review Easy Everyday Slow Cooker Recipes by Donna-Marie Pye. This book features 200 recipes! Including several in the breakfast and dessert category…a place I had not yet been in the realm of slow cookery.

I tried 4 recipes: Beer-Braised Beef, Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Vegetables, 10-Alarm Turkey Chili, and Blueberry Orange Coffee Cake. All were very successful and now my freezer is happily stocked! These recipes kept my family going through many a ski-weekend this winter, and probably/hopefully some will come camping with us this summer as well.

Book Review: Easy Everyday Slow Cooker on Beer-Braised Beef had a perfectly unctuous and crave-able gravy – I used Left Hand Milk Stout for the beer…so it was basically divine. This is a new favorite. I added a on-its-last-legs red pepper from the crisper too which dissolved into the sum greater than its parts.

Braised Pot Roast with Caramelized Vegetables – I got a great cut of meat from Whole Foods Bradburn, so it was a good and good for you situation which is generally the goal around here. This was perfect over Creamy Quick Maple Polenta, what with all thOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAose juices swimming around begging to be sopped up. I also added a few oops-I-forgot-about-these potatoes that were attempting to take root in the bottom of my pantry. For me, polenta and potatoes is too much starch but I live with a neglected starchivore whose eyes lit up at the thought of potatoes AND polenta, and I generously transferred my potatoes over to his plate.

10-Alarm Turkey Chili – There were lots of great recipes in this book starring turkey, and this was one of them. A VERY family-friendly meal that elicited smiles all around the table. And as you can imagine, when they smile, I smile! This one was so good I kept forgetting to take photos of it! How’s that? By the time I’d remember to take a pic we were all staring at empty bowls!

Blueberry Orange Coffee Cake – When I run across recipes for breakfast or dBook Review: Easy Everyday Slow Cooker on LaughingLemonPie.comessert that employ the slow cooker I usually scratch my head. I get the idea of loading up the slow cooker in the morning, working all day, and then returning home to find dinner both delicious and done. I’m there. But breakfast? Dessert? That took some pondering. I’m guessing slow cooker desserts are ideal in the case of you having too much going on in your oven? And breakfast slow cooker treats would be neat if you were going to church on Sunday morning and wanted something tasty to be done when you got home. Or in either case if you were having people over after going somewhere like church or a play or concert – you could get it all going before you left, then you and your guests would come back to a ready-made wonder!

If you like slow cookery, be sure to check out Lacy’s Budget Organic Meal Plan No. 2: Slow Cooker Pork which features not only the recipe for Easiest Slow Cooker Pork, but also 3 ideas of what to do with the lovely stuff! And Lacy’s coverage of NYT Magazine’s Mark Bittman Summertime Slow Cooker rubric is similarly awesome and inspiring.

So…What’s your favorite recipe or cookbook for this ab fab kitchen tool? What situations do you find slow cooker desserts or breakfast items ideal for? Let us know!


March 2, 2015
by Lacy
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60 Fruit Dessert Recipes

There is still a LOT of snow on the ground here in Colorado, but I’m dreaming of peaches.  Plums. Strawberries picked from the field. Tart red cherries and rhubarb. Basically, summer.

In service o60Ff my everlasting goal to make eating healthier a little easier, I thought I’d round up a list of recipes that make fruit the star for dessert.  You won’t find any crisps or crumbles, buckles or brown bettys here. These recipes rely on the fruit and some strategic application of heat, herbs and spices, and creamy things to make them a little more amazing than they already were.

Many of these recipes have syrups and sauces that go with them, but you don’t necessarily need them. Use these as a jumping off place for creating your own recipes. Add the ice cream or don’t. Serve with a cookie on the side or don’t. Whatever your healthy eating goals, these recipes can be a great starting place to help you get there — without giving up dessert.


  1. Grapefruit Tarragon Popsicles
  2. Broiled Mangos
  3. Poached Apricots with Vanilla and Cardamom
  4. Melon with Lime-Chile Syrup
  5. Bourbon Cherries
  6. Saucy and Sweet Grilled Pineapple
  7. Broiled Pineapple with Ice Cream
  8. Citrus Salad with Lemongrass Syrup
  9. Mixed Berry Salad with Mint
  10. Roasted Grapes
  11. Vanilla-Roasted Peaches with Raspberries
  12. Roasted Cherries2627979684_dcf65e9ef4
  13. Chocolate Coconut Dipped Satsumas
  14. Easy Glazed Bananas
  15. Broiled Plums with Mascarpone Cream
  16. Baked Persimmons
  17. Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apples
  18. Poached Whole Plums with Brown Sugar Syrup
  19. Honey and Spice Poached Pears
  20. Summer Fruit with Honey Velvet Sauce
  21. Roasted Peaches with Dessert Wine
  22. Baked Apples with Mexican Chocolate
  23. Oatmeal-Brown Sugar Baked Apples
  24. Vegan Papaya Mousse
  25. Mango Dessert with Clotted Cream
  26. Bananas Foster
  27. Brie with Roasted Cinnamon Plums
  28. Cherry Ice
  29. Tropical Fruit Salad With Creamy Lime Sauce
  30. Mint-Melon Pops
  31. Broiled Apricots with Ginger Whipped Cream
  32. Mango Gratin
  33. Baked Pears with Raspberry Sauce
  34. Tropical Fruits with Pistachios & Coconut
  35. Tequila-Soaked Watermelon Wedges
  36. Citrus-Infused Strawberries
  37. Berries with Warm Sherry Sabayon
  38. Rhubarb-Vanilla Compote
  39. Roasted Pears and Dried Fruit
  40. Berries and Coconut Cream
  41. Watermelon Salad with Rum and Mint
  42. Strawberry-Mango Parfaits With Ginger Topping.
  43. Apricot-Fig Compote
  44. Raspberry Pops
  45. Caramelized Pears
  46. Strawberries and Syrup
  47. Grilled Peaches with Sweetened Sour Cream
  48. Roasted Apricots With Sugared Pecans and Dulce de Leche
  49. Cinnamon-Roasted Apples with Pecans and Ice Cream
  50. Honey-Broiled Nectarines
  51. Caramelized Apples with Fresh Rosemary
  52. Ice Cream With Honey-Poached Apricots
  53. Roasted Fruit
  54. Peach Surprise
  55. Sauteed Peaches
  56. Poached Nectarines
  57. Blueberries with Maple Whipped Cream
  58. Warm Peaches With Whipped Cream
  59. Honeydew With Mint
  60. Rainbow Fruit Salad with Lemonbalm Syrup and Whipped Coconut Cream

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February 16, 2015
by Emily Klopstein
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Entertaining, Colorado Style: Book Review, A Well-Seasoned Kitchen

A Well-Seasoned Kitchen: Classic Recipes for Contemporary Living is a lovely Colorado-centric cookbook, unique in many ways. The recipes are from the Clayton family files, written and shared by a mother-daughter team after decades of making them for friends and family. Unfortunately, the matriarch, Sally Clayton, passed away before the book was published. Denver-native Lee Clayton Roper finished it as a tribute to her mother and the legacy of loving food & family traditions.

The book is part memoir and part remembrance – full of lovely anecdotes about parties the family hosted, how recipes came to be, and memories of time spent together in the kitchen. Lee Clayton Roper keeps a food and travel blog, and some recipes from this book are also on that website.

Many recipes in this collection are designed with entertaining in mind. Even better, nearly every recipe has a make ahead tip which is handy for the home-cook but for entertaining these tips are invaluable to help you enjoy your guests and event rather than being busy prepping in the kitchen.

I tried four recipes from A Well-Seasoned Kitchen:A Well-Seasoned Kitchen Review on

Spinach Fafalle Bolognese – featuring a quick 30 minute bolognese recipe which would be great any weeknight over pasta. I was intrigued by the use of sour cream rather than ricotta in the spinach mixture. My husband loves a good pasta bake, so this dish went over well.

Herb Quick BA Well-Seasoned Kitchen Review on LaughingLemonPie.comread – this was awesome. All the warmth of a herb-y biscuit, but baked up easily in a loaf! Yum. We had it with the Butternut Squash Gratin.

Finally, the A Well-Seasoned Kitchen Review on LaughingLemonPie.comJam Cake with Caramel Frosting – a treat by way of Kentucky. When I read about jam being mixed into the cake batter well, I had to find out what that was all about. What an amazing cake. Really “different,” moist, and nicely spiced. I’ll be making this one again for sure – probably with a simple whipped cream or cream cheese frosting next time. Or even plain – Super Excellent!

Well-Seasoned is a great multitasking title for this unique cookbook – it could refer to the seasons of CO, seasoning of food, the seasons of life, and a kitchen so well-used it’s seasoned like an old cast iron skillet. A loving tribute to a matriarch and the bonds that we form over food and in the kitchen.

February 14, 2015
by Emily Klopstein
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Stay in this Valentine’s Day!

For Valentine’s this year we worked up 3 choices for yum – without having to go anywhere, make a reservation, get elbowed at the bar, or put on pointy shoes. With help from our friends at Whole Foods Bradburn, we present 3 menu options you and yours are bound to adore:

Breakfast in Bed featuring Challah French Toast, Whole Foods Blueberry Breakfast Sausage, and Shirred Eggs.

Fondue Family Fun featuring cheese and chocolate fondue and plenty of fresh fruits, bread, and veg to dip n’ dine.

And a reimagined Surf n’ Turf featuring a luscious Crab Dip and NY Steaks.

We hope you enjoy one of these 3 ideas this weekend – Happy Valentine’s Day!



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February 13, 2015
by Emily Klopstein

Valentine’s Day Stay-in: Breakfast in Bed

Jammies are kind of a big deal in our house. Weekends are definitely for pajamas – it is rare that all 3 of us are showered and/or dressed by noon on a Saturday or Sunday. While we all 3 love (love, love, love) brunch in general, the thought of actually getting ready and leaving the house? None of us have much love for that idea. Brunch at home and weekends full of homemade tasty treats – that’s our routine.

When Valentine’s falls on a weekend it’s even more of a great weekend to stay in. And our good friends at Whole Foods Bradburn are such wily enablers. Hence, option #3 in our Stay In This Valentine’s Day series: Breakfast in Bed! At home. In pajamas. *Cheers!*Valentine's Breakfast in Bed from LaughingLemonPie.comValentine's Breakfast in Bed from LaughingLemonPie.comLet’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start! In other words: eggs. While shopping at Whole Foods Bradburn I noticed Owl Canyon pastured organic local eggs – trifecta! Lacy did a thorough breakdown of all the various egg designations a little while back, and also Whole Foods has a great in-store display that highlights the different kinds of eggs we are fortunate to be able to choose from.

Valentine's Breakfast in Bed from LaughingLemonPie.comEggs of course are fantastic in general, but I am specifically and especially enamored with Shirred Eggs at the moment. I had wanted to make these for far too long. What was I waiting for? Sheesh! Deeelish and simple. The eggs take on such a different dimension when baked. And you think: like what’s up with this tablespoon of cream? Mwooohahahahah! It turns into a luxurious pepper-flavored gravy for the egg – Oh Man! Shirred eggs are now in heavy rotation around here. Try for yourself and let me know what you and yours think!

Next up? Challah French Toast! *Holla!* Using the wonderful eggy sweet challah from the Whole Foods bakery, and Valentine's Breakfast in Bed from LaughingLemonPie.comtopped with an organic raspberry syrup – now we’re talking!

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Challah French Toast


  • 4-6 slices from a loaf Whole Foods Bakehouse Challah
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk (or milk alternative)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Whisk eggs, milk, and cinnamon together in a shallow dish until combined.
  2. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium to medium-low heat.
  3. Soak bread slices in the egg mixture for a good 4-5 minutes, and flip gently to get the other side soaked as well. Soak second side for just 1-2 minutes.
  4. Gently transfer the soaked bread onto/into your griddle or pan. Cook slowly so that all the custard gets cooked in the bread, adjusting the heat as necessary to balance both internal done-ness as well as external brown-ness.
  5. When your slices plump up a bit in the pan, that's a good indication that the custard has cooked through the whole slice. Plate, dust with powdered sugar, and drizzle with homemade raspberry syrup.

How about some meat with all that sweet? Yeah, Whole Foods Bradburn has you covered there too. It’s called Blueberry Breakfast Sausage. And Holy Cannoli…In a meat case full of the most beautiful (and ethical) choices you can iValentine's Breakfast in Bed from LaughingLemonPie.commagine, the Blueberry Breakfast Sausage patties are a real standout. Just to put a valentine’s spin on it I shaped the sausage into hearts. It was super tasty with our breakfast, balancing out the sweet/tart-ness of the raspberry syrup. Also unbelievably good the next day, even cold. Not only does Whole Foods Bradburn have such a gorgeous meat case, but the butchers are some of the most helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable people around and we are so appreciative of Whole Foods’ Raised with Care standards and values.

Valentine's Breakfast in Bed from LaughingLemonPie.comWhat’s breakfast without coffee? The Bradburn Whole Foods has a fantastic selection. Fair trade, organic, locally roasted – take your pick…or don’t! Find one that meets all your criteria. There’s also a nice tea selection including a bunch of single-serve packs so you don’t have to choose, and/or can try something new without having to commit to a whole box/bag. I went with locally roasted Allegro Coffee, the Whole Foods Blend of course. Allegro is one of Colorado’s first specialty coffee producers, and headquartered in Thornton.

Once you do decide to wash up (not the dishes, heaven forbid. Let’s just pretend those do themselves) you know there’s a gift or treat for yourself in the Whole Foods bath, body, and beauty section. I tried Aura Cacia Relaxing Lavender Aromatherapy Mineral Bath made with pure essential oils from 3 different kinds of lavender. Heady stuff, and a great way to cap off a splendid and sumptuous morning!

Ready to enjoy your own luxurious Valentine’s morning?Valentine's Breakfast in Bed from

Our friends at Whole Foods Market Bradburn are giving away a $25 gift certificate so you can have your own indulgent Valentine’s morning in. Visit the Whole Foods Bradburn Facebook page to enter to win! (Please note, you must be able to pick up the gift certificate at the Bradburn Whole Foods location to win.)