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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Prepare An Easy And Romantic Valentine’s Brunch

Making a romantic brunch for your sweetie can be an intimidating experience for those who are not cooking experts! Why not keep things simple and surprise him with a savory frittata served with fresh fruit and a sweet specialty coffee drink?

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Of course, you should set the scene by decorating the kitchen table in the colors of the season: pink and red! Be creative and incorporate these amorous colors into your linens and flowers. Display his Valentine prominently at the proper place setting.

Here are some easy recipes, courtesy of Contessa Foods and Eight O’Clock Coffee.

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(Photo credit: Contessa.com)

Tuscan Shrimp Frittata
Makes 6 servings

Ingredients

1 package Contessa Shrimp Primavera

1 1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced

2 cups fresh spinach

8 eggs

1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Steps

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.

In a 12-inch skillet, prepare Contessa Shrimp Primavera per instructions on package, using half the pasta.

Add sliced mushrooms and spinach. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from heat.

In a large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Transfer Contessa Shrimp Primavera to a greased casserole dish and pour egg mixture over top. Do not mix.

Place in oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until center is set.

Top with parmesan cheese and serve.

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(Photo Credit: yummly.com)

Impress your Valentine with a sweet indulgence—a gourmet coffee drink you can make for breakfast in bed. This recipe can be made with a traditional coffee brewer or a Keurig® machine, making it easy to brew a coffeehouse-worthy creation.

Chocolate Cherry Eight O’Clock Coffee

Ingredients

1 rounded tbsp Eight O’Clock Coffee Original or Colombian Coffee per 6 oz cup (for brewing) OR

1 Eight O’Clock Coffee Original or Colombian Keurig® K-cup pack

2 chocolate covered cherry candies (such as Cella’s)

Whipped cream and maraschino cherry (optional)

Steps
Place the chocolate covered cherry candies at the bottom of the mug.

Pour freshly brewed coffee from pot over candies, or, if using a Keurig® brewer, brew coffee over candies, and stir until chocolate has melted.

Cream or milk is optional as this gets sweet and creamy all on its own.

Top with whipped cream and a cherry for an added touch.

Enjoy! And have a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

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