February 5, 2011

Cinnamon Blueberry Waffles and a Valentine’s Day Waffle Maker Giveaway!

Heart shaped waffles

Like my friends at Big Girls, Small Kitchen, I think that breakfast is often an overlooked opportunity to woo a loved one. I mean, dinner and all that is great, but breakfast is the best way to start off the day. Why not start it off right with a delicious romantic meal?! Our breakfasts are rarely romantic these since our daughter is often munching away on her cereal while chatting our ears off about her upcoming day at school, but no matter. I just include her in the mix and go all out with a fabulous meal anyway.

heart shaped waffle maker

This Valentine’s Day I’ll be serving some fabulous heart shaped waffles for breakfast. Does this relate to naptime cooking at all? Yes! Because I make my homemade mix during naptime the day before. I used to use my mix to make regular shaped waffles on the waffle maker I borrowed from my parent, but then I received this amazing heart shaped waffle maker from my friend’s at King Arthur Flour and the whole game changed. Now I mix up my favorite batter and cook our waffles into heart shapes. My daughter gets a kick out of the whole thing and my husband graciously accepts my cheesy romantic overtures in waffle form. What can I say, sometimes being breakfast is the perfect occasion for silly romance!

Since I think we all should be getting in the spirit of romantic breakfast I am giving away a heart shaped waffle maker courtesy of King Arthur Flour! Entering is simple and fun! Also, stay tuned for some great waffle recipes this coming week. Happy Valentine’s Day!

To Enter to Win a Heart Shaped Waffle Maker:

1) Leave a comment sharing your romantic breakfast idea.

2) Sign up to receive my newsletter (upper left corner of the screen) and come on over and join me on Facebook as a fan.

3) Contest runs from Saturday February 5th at 12:01am ET through Sunday February 13th at 11:59pm ET.

4) Winner will be chosen by Random.org. The winner has 48 hours to claim his/her prize before another winner is chosen.


Homemade Pancake/Waffle Mix


4 c. unbleached all-purpose flour
½ c. malt powder (like Carnation or Horlick’s)
1 t. cinnamon (optional)
3 T. baking powder
2 t. baking soda
2 T. sugar
1 ½ t. Kosher salt

1. Mix all ingredients in a big bowl with a whisk. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Homemade Waffles

1 c. pancake/waffle mix (above)
1 c. whole or 2% milk
1 T. unsalted butter


1. Rub the waffle maker with a little bit of butter or cooking spray. Ladle about one cup of the mixture into the hot waffle maker and cook the waffles for about 2 to 3 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

The key to this recipe is a malt powder. If you don’t add it your mix may seem a little bland and basic. But, no matter how you make it, be sure to have fun dressing up the waffles once their made. My favorite toppings are sliced fruits, maple syrup, fruit syrup and sweet cheeses like ricotta or mascarpone.

Naptime Stopwatch

Make the pancake mix takes all of 5 minutes! Making the batter and enjoying the pancakes takes about another 10 minutes.

Naptime Reviews

My daughter adores waffles, especially when they are heart shaped!

  • My romantic breakfast would involve waffles made with the above waffle maker, decorated with blueberries and heart shaped strawberry slices and copious amounts of alfalfa honey, with a decorative heartshaped dipping bowl full of melted chocolate to the side. Maybe a healthy bowl of brown sugar oatmeal with more strawberries if we’re still hungry. Two matching cups of coffee, and we’d feed each other…

  • Lauri

    any kind of breakfast in bed… toast and tea or a full spread… just serving it on a pretty tray in bed is so romantic

  • crepes with strawberries, nutella! hot tea!

  • Amanda

    My romantic breakfast is anything that my husband makes for me, led by a hot cup of coffee. πŸ˜‰

  • Savorthethyme

    Romantic breakfast idea: fresh squeezed orange juice, carrot pancakes and rubbing out feet together in bed

  • Renelbaker

    It may not be conventionally romantic, but as much as my husband loves dribbles and pancakes I plan to surprise him with cake pancakes on Valentines day.

  • Renelbaker

    That should say sprinkles, not dribbles.

    And I’m a Facebook “liker”

  • Heidi genton

    My idea of a romantic breakfast is one I don’t have to cook. Occasionally my hubby will make pancakes for me or we’ll take a walk to to the bakery for coffe and donuts. I know that’s not too healthy but a change from the ordinary is nice.
    I’m on fb too.

  • Krkuntz436

    While I dont have a significant other yet, to me a romantic breakfast would be cuddles up in bed or n the couch, watching the snow fall, sipping coffee and eating pancakes..that he made for me:)

  • Krkuntz436

    not sure if I’m supposed to leave a separate comment but I follow on FB and receive the newsletter:)

  • AKuma

    Romantic breakfast would be at a beautiful cafe with lots of windows, just my husband, kids and I (sorry, have to bring the kids–since it’s breakfast! πŸ™‚ Not cooking on this romantic day! I am a messy cook with three toddlers–have to choose a clean house and clean wife over messy kitchen and wife so eating out it is!

  • TinaE

    A romantic breakfast for me would include Expresso from the Expresso machine conveniently hidden amongst the Play-Doh Ice Cream Parlor set in the cabinet by the kitchen table. Waffles definitely play a role, as does some tasty link sausage and a half a red grapefruit.

  • I think breakfast in bed is the ultimate romantic gesture!

  • Not even sure I know how I found your blog, but I’ve never thought of breakfast as romantic before. That waffle maker would do the trick, though!

  • Well, I love the idea of these heart-shaped waffles for my family on Valentine’s Day morning. An alternative would be my chocolate breakfast smoothie. Anything with chocolate should work that day. Hope you have a great one!

  • Julia

    Breakfast in bed!

  • Julia

    I follow you on facebook

  • Julia

    I’m also signed in for your newsletter. πŸ™‚

  • Marla {family fresh cooking}

    Love that there is malt powder in your waffle mix. The heart shape waffle maker is a fun giveaway, count me in. Breakfast in bed would be a perfect Valentine treat πŸ™‚

  • Marla {family fresh cooking}

    I think I am a fan on FB – I would hope, but when I click to do it does not link up. hmmmmm

  • Anonymous

    For some reason I can’t think of a more romantic breakfast than crepes. Perhaps crepes sprinkled with powdered sugar and filled with red berry jam against the canvas of soft cheese would be a good Valentine’s Day breakfast.

  • Romantic breakfast…in Barbados, no kids around, sipping mimosas and eating heart-shaped waffles, with a lovely walk on the beach afterward!

  • Alex

    My romantic breakfast idea involves breakfast in bed. Heart-shaped waffles would be awesome, with maybe some heart-shaped slices of banana. Plus some bacon! Yum, Perfect.

  • Romantic Breakfast in Bed? That would consist of no little 4 year old boys waking us up!

  • Megan

    A romantic breakfast for me would be at a bed and breakfast! Some fresh coffee, scones, bacon and eggs, juice, all served on a silver platter at my bedroom door!

    Or a heart shaped waffle! πŸ˜‰

  • Amber

    My favorite romantic breakfast idea is breakfast at the creperie down the street! Delicious! (I love cooking for my family, but sometimes a special treat like breakfast out is heavenly!)

    Kelsey- I signed up for your newsletter, but I don’t do Facebook. Please don’t hold it against me! I would love to win the heart shaped waffle maker! πŸ™‚

  • Madaus

    My romantic breakfast this Valentines day will be frying actual eggs for my sweetheart. He’s spent the last year in Iraq eating powdered eggs, so a real fried egg will be a most welcome treat.

  • Lyn W

    After a recent visit home I was able to copy my grandmother’s famous coffee cake recipe. When I got back I was able to bake up the delicious cake and enjoy it with my sweetheart on a lazy Saturday…

  • Kathleen

    Romantic meal would be anything made the night before and ready to go in the morning! I made, and froze, a huge batch of cinnamon rolls for Valentines Day!

  • Nicole

    My romantic breakfast would be out on the porch, homemade pancakes and fresh fruit, with fresh flowers on the table.

  • Ersmith13

    my romantic breakfast would be my guy and i making breakfast together… maybe the new carrot cake pancake recipe we tried this weekend would work in this heart shaped waffle iron… then we could sit down together to enjoy our <3 shaped waffles and sip on a nice french pressed cup of coffee.

  • Jwhite

    I agree – breakfast is a great time to show your love! Last year I got some little heart-shape glass bowls from the Dollar Store (I think they’re candy dishes) and served up a fresh fruit salad and muffins. Heart-shaped waffles would be a great addition!

  • Mrw254

    My romantic breakfast is full of finger foods… Its breakfast so it is ok to get a little messy. Mini pancakes, fresh fruit, gotta have some chocolate and anything else that may come to mind… πŸ™‚

  • My romantic Valentine’s Day breakfast will be enjoyed in bed. My love and I are sharing dark chocolate banana pancakes with a fresh fruit salad and a mug of hot chai for two <3

  • tc

    Pancakes with berries, eggs sunny side up with tarragon, tea… and Nutella wouldn’t hurt. lol

  • elisa.b

    A quiet morning in bed, just me and my boyfriend, with a really nice, homemade breakfast. Maybe abelskivers with homemade jam, scrambled eggs, reeaaallly good bacon, fruit salad, and a nice pot of coffee or Mexican hot chocolate. Yum!

  • Lovely photos. Great post! We’d love for you to share this recipe with us over at dishfolio.com!

  • Victoria Shin

    breakfast in bed. definitely being pampered by my loved one~

  • Lexilou120

    nice raspberry chocolate smoothies!

  • domesticresignation

    My idea of a romantic breakfast is anything that doesn’t involve screaming toddlers, spilled liquids and syrup ground into the rug. Maybe a quiet fried egg.

  • my idea of a romantic breakfast would be one without the kids, enjoyed by my husband and I after sleeping in for the first time in 2 years.

  • lauren

    Breakfast in bed is as romantic as it gets!

  • amy

    on the balcony in a sunny morning with breeze and with loved ones

  • I love Valentine’s Day desserts, and yours looks so, so delicious! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Valentine’s Day Recipe Contest! You could win a GreenPan Stainless Steel Todd’s Perfect Gourmet Cook Set!

  • Carlamac2010

    Kel I have grandma Harriet’s ricotta pancake recipe mix! xo mom

  • Klee

    Lovely! I was thinking of making strawberry stuffed french toast on valentine’s day, and we’ll probably end up going to brunch the day before. Nothing says love like mimosas. Nothing.

  • Jess

    For me… a romantic breakfast is red wine (yes in the a.m.), belgian waffles with fruit and whipped cream and scrambled eggs, topped off with some fluffy blankets and a movie on the telly (or laptop, your choice).

  • Butterflyamy19

    Breakfast in bed with my honey, since we never get to have breakfast together.

  • Holly

    Any breakfast that allows me to sleep in first and then share with my whole famliy is romantic and perfect!!

  • Erin

    A romantic breakfast would be served in bed! Nice warm cup of coffee, waffles with berries on top, and surround by my husband and daughter. Nothing like spending time with family in your pajamas.

  • kate

    My boyfriend intends to make us a rainbow stack of pancakes for valentine’s day ^_^

  • KatieE

    For me, the most romantic breakfast is a surprise breakfast in bed. The food doesn’t really matter, it’s the effort and sneakiness involved that make it special.

  • Dianna

    My romantic breakfast would be a hearty one after a night of loving one another. We would wake up in one another’s arms while looking out our windows to gaze at the beautiful ocean. Together, in our pj’s, we would head into the kitchen and whip up some simple french toast and some dark espresso. We would eat this wonderful breakfast outside on the deck while taking in the warm ocean breeze and enjoying one another’s company.

  • Chickencow123

    Romantic breakfast would be waking up seeing each other, and open the windows to let the light through. Cooking favorite breakfast meals with a heart shaped theme. Spend a day playing kiddy games and maybe eat breakfast while watching some generic morning show. Build up to the romantic dinner to follow later~

  • erica best

    My ideal of romantic breakfast is breakfast bed with strawberry pancake

  • susitravl

    Like you on FB (SusanBenegas)

  • Ckurzmann

    I love Sundays mornings when we are not hurried as a family..I make a nice breakfast for the kiddos and then get out one of my vintage trays and plate up my fellas and mine and take it, him, and the newspaper back to bed..We talk about the coming week, current events and usually end up spending some snuggle time.I have never owned a waffle maker.What fun it would be to make Heart Shaped ones!

  • Ckurzmann

    I am already an email subscriber to your blog! Love all the recipes and ideas I get from you.

  • Ckurzmann

    I am already a facebook fan of yours.

  • Nancy

    I love having omelets, made to order, with special ingredients such as small shrimp, peppers, and salsa as well as cheese. Spicy seafood is something my husband loves. And, we like to finish the meal with either mimosas or fruit smoothies.

  • Anonymous

    I like making fried eggs in a heart shape (easy with a silicone mold) and putting it on toast. Letting my hubby sleep in is also a big treat.

  • SatomiBlair

    I don’t usually like waffles, but if its shaped like a heart… well, that’s tasty πŸ˜‰

  • I am an email subcriber to your site!
    Again, many thanks…
    Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, Cindi

  • Also, I “Like” you on Facebook…
    Merci, Cindi

  • Mmmmm, breakfast in bed .. anything to eat, really, but chocolate dipped strawberries would be a nice touch.

    shawneeh at yahoo.com

    I’m a subscriber and fan.

  • Jodi C.

    Well, heart shaped waffles are a good start to a romantic breakfast! Definitely breakfast in bed – with flowers on the tray, of course.

    I’m already a FB fan and get your newsletter. Love your blog!

  • Jennifer Arnold11

    Breakfast in bed is the ultimate romantic breakfast gesture.

  • Jamie

    Taking the extra time to make a special breakfast is romantic to me. Sunday’s are our big breakfast days and my family loves it. May not be romantic per se but it is special.

  • Jamie

    I subscribe to your newsletter.

  • Rochelle

    My idea of a romantic breakfast is staying home on a quiet morning and having fresh squeezed orange juice, a delicious homemade breakfast like waffles and eggs and eating it on the patio (in the warmer months) with my boyfriend. If it is too cold to go outside than a sunroom with plants and fresh flowers would do :). Thanks!

  • NancyAP

    I would love a heart shaped waffle maker. Very Cute.

  • Ca-Barb

    We’ve been married 29 years, (I hope I can still be considered a “regular fan” because I use all of her tips in my busy teaching life/home life), and we still think the first breakfast from our honeymoon is the best.
    Looking out over the Pacific Ocean from the cliffside Timber Cove Inn, and now any Northern California coastal view is our hearts desire.
    Lovely, crispy waffles with fresh fruit and coffee is still a favorite. It’s even better if our wonderful 26+ something son and his significant other can join us…parenting is still such a lovely part of life.

  • Jackie

    Hi Kelsey

    That 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, is it for greasing the waffle iron or does that go into the batter mix.

    • Anonymous

      Hi jackie – it goes in the waffle mix. Thanks!

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