In celebration of all that is “Mom”, making this Mother’s day a special day to remember will be easy, fun and very fulfilling. First, let’s help you plan a wonderful day for your mother if you are one of the lucky ones whose mother can spend the day with you. For those whose mother lives too far to be with in person, we will delve into a different, but just as special plan to celebrate your mother.
Very important and what better way to get her excited about the special day ahead. Even if she is coming to just spend the day with you and your family, a beautiful hand-crafted invitation will immediately set the tone. Everyone loves mail! Even if you live next door, mail it!
At any arts & crafts store, you can buy beautiful, inexpensive parchment paper. Many styles are available and this is a classic look, no matter what you do to it. Buy a Flower & Garden Magazine so that you will have lots of different sized flower pictures to cut out. With the little pictures, glue them around the parchment paper edge. Don’t stay exactly on the edges of the paper…how boring! Let the roses, daffodils and lilies form an edge all their own. Glue over the front of each picture as this will dry clear. Using a calligraphy pen, and a script outline, write your invite to your mom, by poem, or just words of love, inviting her for your special day with her. Do not fold this…just slip into a pretty envelope, large enough to slide in fully. Add scented dried flower petals, so when she pulls it out, the pretty dried flowers will gently fall out.
On this special day, decorations either in one special room, the dining table or everywhere you can imagine, are a must. Decorations can be as simple as gathering lots of wildflowers from outside and setting them in colored vases throughout the party area or stringing metallic, soft heart garland
above the food table or entry door. A lace table cover, or large white or gold doilies before you set the plates down or chargers in different colors are available for low prices at places like Christmas Tree Shop. Adding
a touch like one of these make the table pop with color and style. Use vases or large candles in glass holders surrounded with shells, beads, flowers and even confetti as centerpieces. Get some fun gemstone rings and wrap the napkins in them as napkin rings. Or use pretty ribbons, strung with crystal beads and wrap the napkins in the decorated ribbon. If you want a more whimsical look to your tableware, try our tea party theme , very colorful with warm colors. How about some lilac petals strewn on the floor leading from the entry door to the party table? Very pretty and loving way to say welcome. Any way you choose to decorate, let it say I love you.
Mother’s Day Food!
Brunch seems to be the most popular way to spend the day with mom. Brunch is fun, it comes at a perfect time, the food can be anything you desire and you can make it as serene or as exciting as you want. These recipes that are below are scrumptious, easy to create and will give you foods to build on for your brunch.
A scrumptious Baked Eggs with Bacon, Cherry Tomatoes and Herbs
2 tbsp. butter, softened
2 2/3 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
16 large eggs
16 tbsp. heavy cream
2 tbsp. fresh herbs, your choice
1/3 C. minced fresh parsley
16 slices bacon, cooked, drained, and chopped
40 cherry pear tomatoes, divided, quartered
Salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Get out your ramekins
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease each ramekin liberally with the softened butter.
Place about 5 quartered cherry tomatoes into the bottom of each ramekin. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
Into the bottom of each ramekin, on top of the tomatoes, sprinkle about half of the cheese
(divide half of your total quantity of cheese evenly into each ramekin).
Break two eggs into each ramekin. Divide parsley and herbs evenly among ramekins. Drizzle two tablespoons of cream over the eggs in each ramekin. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Top with the rest of the cheese and the crumbled bacon.
Bake about 20-25 minutes, or until your eggs have reached your desired level of perfection.
A perfectly delectable Blackberry Spinach Salad
* 3 cups baby spinach, rinsed and dried
* 1 pint fresh blackberries
* 6 ounces crumbled feta cheese
* 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
* 1 green onion, sliced
* 1/4 cup finely chopped walnuts (optional)
* 1/2 cup edible flowers (optional)
In a large bowl, toss together baby spinach, blackberries, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, green onion, and walnuts. Garnish with baby breath on the edges or daffodils along the side.
9 cups of water (total)
1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger
1 cup sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon slices, mint sprigs, pineapple sticks
Thin-slice the ginger and set aside. Pour 2 cups of water in a glass jar and bring to a boil in the microwave. (Or you can use a saucepan on the stove.) Remove, plop the ginger in, and cover with the lid. Let the ginger steep for about 10 minutes to make ginger tea. Then strain out the ginger, replace the lid and chill well in the refrigerator.
Stir the sugar into 1 cup of boiling water to make simple syrup. Stir until dissolved.
Pour the remaining 6 cups of water into a large pitcher. Add the simple syrup and lemon juice. Stir, cover and chill.
Before serving, stir the ginger tea into the pitcher of lemonade.
Serve over ice with a garnish of thin-sliced lemon and a sprig of mint, and/or a long pineapple stick. Serves 8.
While the main course is baking, let mom nibble on pancetta-wrapped
asparagus. In this recipe, the asparagus is cooked on the grill, but
it can easily be made in a 350°F oven; bake for 15-20 minutes until
the pancetta is cooked through.
Spinach Frittata Recipe with Bacon and Cheddar
* 8 eggs
* ½ cup whole milk
* ½ lb fresh spinach, rinsed, dried and torn into roughly 1-inch pieces
* 8 slices bacon
* ½ large onion, peeled and diced
* 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
* Kosher salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Cook the bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. When bacon is crispy, remove it from the pan, drain on paper towels and set aside. When it’s cool, roughly chop it into ¼ inch pieces — or just crumble it up.
Reserve about 2 Tbsp of bacon fat, then add diced onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until it’s slightly translucent.
Turn off the heat under the pan, then add the spinach pieces and stir with a wooden spoon for a minute until the leaves are fully wilted.
In a glass mixing bowl, thoroughly beat the eggs until nice and frothy. Add the milk and stir until combined. Season to taste with Kosher salt.
Pour the egg mixture into the skillet, and sprinkle the bacon pieces in as well. Give everything a stir to distribute the ingredients evenly. This is the last time you’re going to stir, so get it all out of your system now!
Turn the heat under the skillet back on to about medium and cook for about 5 minutes or until the egg begins to set. No stirring!
Add the grated cheese, sprinkling it evenly across the top, and then transfer the skillet to the oven. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked.
Mother’s Day Brandy Cake
4 ea Eggs, separated
1/2 c Sugar, divided in half
1 c Flour, sifted
1 ts Baking Powder
1/4 ts Cinnamon
1 pinch salt
5 tps Melted butter
1/2 c Almonds, chopped
2 c water
1 3/4 c Sugar
1 tb light corn syrup*
3/4 c brandy
Grease a 2 quart baking dish and set aside. Preheat oven to 375F.
Beat egg whites with one-half of the sugar until stiff and stiff peaks form.
Beat yolks lightly and add to the other half of the sugar. Add yolks to egg whites.
Combine all dry ingredients and fold into the eggs. Add the melted butter. Stir in nuts.
Pour batter into the casserole and bake about 1/2 hour.
For Brandy Sauce:
Boil water, sugar, and corn syrup until it forms a ball (236 F). Add the brandy.
When cake is still warm, use a thin skewer to make small holes all over; pour Brandy Sauce evenly over the cake.
Happy Mother’s Day and Enjoy!!