Celebrate Galentine's Day with the Perfect BFF Brunch! | FeastInThyme.com

Thymeline 37: Galentine’s Day Edition

Valentine’s Day may be for celebrating romance, but Galentine’s Day celebrates our mothers, sisters, and best gal pals that stand by us through all of our romantic ups and downs. Find a great list below of wonderful recipes you can share for a delicious brunch with your besties.

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What is Galentine’s Day?

For those not in the know, Galentine’s Day is a fictional holiday celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day (February 13th). It was created by the character Leslie Knope, portrayed by the incredible Amy Poehler, on the long running NBC favorite Parks and Recreation. Every year, she invites the ladies in her life out to an elaborate brunch where they celebrate their friendship.

If there is anyone in this life that I look to as a true role model, it’s likely Leslie Knope. I’m hyper organized, love to give gifts and celebrate every occasion I can, and have an odd obsession with waffles. I admire her enthusiasm and unadulterated optimism, and her ability to be so unerringly supportive of the people around her. Leslie Knope isn’t perfect – flaws make a character interesting after all – but I’m not ashamed admit that that I hold her as a paragon as I strive to be the best version of myself.

I love the idea behind Galentine’s Day, Honestly, my only issue with it is that its specific to lady friends (Pal-entine’s Day doesn’t have the same ring to it). Nevertheless. I’m all about a reason to celebrate the wonderful women that love and encourage me.

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Throwing a Galentine’s Day Brunch

Let’s face it. We can all use an excuse to brunch with our best friends. If you feel like staying in, I’ve gathered together an incredible list of 15 Galentine’s Day Recipes For The Perfect BFF Brunch.

And while February 13th is the “official” holiday, I say any day is a good one for a BFF celebration. Here are a few recipe highlights to get you started:

A Strawberry Daiquiri Bellini combines the fun of rum with the celebratory joy of bubbly. And it’s pretty pink!

Star-shaped puff pastry donuts from VintageKitty.com

Vintage Kitty serves up a batch of easy-to-make Galaxy Puff Pastry Donuts with Chocolate Starglazing that I am sure Leslie would love.

Mini Rum Plum Cherry Picnic Pies in a muffin tin | Feast In Thyme

Little hand-held Rum Plum Cherry Pies are always a hit!

Baked Blueberry French Toast Cake by Chef Sous Chef

I haven’t seen many things much prettier than this Baked Blueberry French Toast Cake from Chef Sous Chef.

South Asian Spiced Shakshuka with Bell Pepper and Spinach | Feast In Thyme

An easy egg dish like my recipe for Spiced Shakshuka with Bell Pepper and Spinach is filling and delicious.

Gluten Free and Vegan Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Crumb Topping from The Fitchen

The Fitchen’s Perfect Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Crumb Topping is gluten-free and vegan – because everyone deserves brunch!

New Orleans French Toast (Pain Perdu) from Wanderspice

This Pain Perdu (New Orleans-style French Toast) from Wanderspice captures my love of cinnamon and nostalgia for the south.

Lemon Dutch Baby with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream from The Schmidty Wife

I could devour a whole Lemon Dutch Baby with Berry Compote and Whipped Cream myself, courtesy of The Schmidty Wife.

Ginger Jungle Bird Sparkling Cocktail from FeastInThyme.com

My sparkly and sweet Ginger Jungle Bird is fancy enough for any occasion.

Milk Chocolate Chip S’more Cookies | Feast In Thyme

Leslie Knope always carries the supplies for impromptu s’mores, so I think she’d appreciate my cookie version.

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And a little more inspiration for the road:

Of course, I can’t forget Valentine’s Day! Here are 25 Romantic Recipes For Your Chocolate Loving Valentine. Don’t forget to celebrate love – in all its forms.

Cheers to a Happy February!

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