Be My Valentine Playlist

I was very tempted to make an anti-Valentine’s Day playlist starting off with I Don’t Need a Man by the Pussycat Dolls and closely followed by What the Hell by Avril Lavigne.  But that just reeked of bitterness!

I got it all out of my system yesterday and am back to my usual sappy romantic self.  In case you are still looking for something good to listen to today to set the mood, here are a few of my favorites.

A Kiss to Build a Dream on by Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang because you just can’t go wrong with Tony Bennett.

A Wonderful Life by Tony Bennett and K.D. Lang

Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat because what could be better than falling in love with your best friend?

Jason Mraz

Come Away with Me by Norah Jones.  This is the first song of hers that I heard, and I’ve been a huge fan ever since.

Norah Jones Come Away with Me

Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love by Conal Fowkes.  If I need to explain this one then maybe Valentine’s Day just isn’t your thing.

Midnight in Paris Soundtrack

The Very Thought of You by Billie Holiday.  I have like 20 versions of this song, but this is my favorite!

Billie Holiday

Hymne a L’amour by Josh Groban.  Go Google the lyrics.  Now.  I’ll wait.

Josh Groban Closer

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Lady Antebellum *Sigh*

Lady Antebellum

Dream a Little Dream of Me by Michael Buble.  I wouldn’t mind this kind of special delivery…

Michael Buble Special Delivery

No Air by Jordin Sparks.  If I could sing like this I would never shut up!

Jordin Sparks No Air

A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.  So ridiculously romantic. – this is my new favorite love song!

A Thousand Years Breaking Dawn Soundtrack

What’s on your Valentine’s Day playlist?

Raspberry and Almond Bread Pudding

I’m so not into Valentine’s Day this year.

Raspberry and Almond Bread Pudding

I’ve never really been a fan of the holiday anyway, but after getting divorced it feels like a big fat slap in the face. It makes me feel kind of pathetic and lonely truth be told.

To make matters worse I have to work all day. In a restaurant which will be filled with couples celebrating Valentine’s Day. Like why don’t we just rub it in a little!?

*Sigh*

Raspberry and Almond Bread Pudding

But you know what they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. So here you go. This is what I would make for you if you were my Valentine…

Don’t say I never gave you anything!

Raspberry and Almond Bread Pudding

Yields: 6-8 Servings

Ingredients

8 oz. croissants

5 eggs

½ c. sugar

1 ½ c. heavy whipping cream

1 c. whole milk

½ c. almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla

Pinch of salt

6 oz. fresh raspberries

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 2-qt. baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Fill a large roasting pan with enough water to reach halfway up the sides of the baking dish and set aside.

Cut the croissants into 3” cubes and scatter them onto a baking sheet. Toast them until lightly golden brown, about 7-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar. In a large measuring cup, combine heavy whipping cream, milk, almond milk, vanilla, and salt.

Gradually whisk the cream/milk mixture into the egg mixture till smooth and well combined. This will form the custard as the bread pudding bakes, so you want it to be free of lumps. Feel free to run the mixture through a fine mesh sieve if you need to.

Add the bread cubes, tossing gently to coat, and let soak until they have absorbed all of the liquid, about 15-20 minutes. Gently fold to make sure they get evenly coated about halfway through the soak time.

Pour half of the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle half the raspberries in an even layer across the top. Repeat the layers with the remaining pudding and raspberries.

Place the baking dish gently inside the prepared roasting pan, making sure the water bath goes only halfway up the side of the baking dish. Place in the preheated oven and bake until golden brown and the custard is set, 45-50 minutes. Remove from the water bath and serve immediately.

Raspberry and Almond Bread Pudding

Where do you weigh in on Valentine’s Day? Love it or leave it?

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