Something made-at-home and meaningful for Mama... Never mind the fancy gifts; there's nothing that your mother would appreciate more for Mother's Day -- or find more meaningful -- than something homemade by you.
Light the candle and present your mom with your gift (add cookies or chocolates or a note for that added personal touch).
• Floral -- If your Mom really does love plant life why not try a small tree? If she lives in an apartment, try a Bonsai tree, but if you feel you can only say it with a standard bouquet, find out what flower is significant to her (for example her birth month flower) to make it really special.
What you'll need:
- Plastic milk or juice jugs
- Fabric or scrapbook paper scraps
- Felt in coordinating colors
- Scissors or a craft knife
- White craft glue
- Potted flower
• Breakfast in bed -- An oldie but a goldie. It's easy, inexpensive and sure to put a smile on any woman's face.
• Spa treatment -- Check with local spas for Mother's Day specials you can both indulge in.
• Surprise Mom with a night out: the theatre, movies, something you would enjoy together.
Lillies Make Marvelous Mother's Day Flower Gifts
2 tb + 1 ts sugar
1/2 ts Salt
1 c Whole milk
1/4 ts Vanilla extract
12 Thick slices of bread
Powdered sugar, optional
Brandied Lemon Butter:
1/2 c Butter
1 c Sugar
Juice of 2 lemons
4 ts Grated lemon rind
3 oz Brandy
In a shallow dish, beat eggs, sugar, salt, milk and vanilla.
Soak bread in the above mixture.
Heat butter over medium high heat and cook each slice of bread until slightly brown on each side.
Serve with brandied lemon butter and lemon slices. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.
For Brandied Lemon Butter:
Melt butter over low heat. Spoon off any foam that forms.
Pour into a dish, leaving behind any sediment in the pan.
Wash pan, pour butter back in the pan and add the sugar. Stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice, rind, and brandy; stir until smooth.
Pour over hot french toast.
1/2 c Butter
1 c Sugar
2 c Flour
2 ts Baking powder
1/2 ts Salt
1/2 c Milk
1 ts Vanilla
2 c Blueberries, divided
Sugar mixed with cinnamon, for topping
Cream together butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time; mix until blended.
Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt; add alternately with milk and vanilla.
Mash 1/2 cup blueberries; stir into batter. Add remaining whole berries.
Grease muffin tins. Pile batter high. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon topping.
Bake at 375 degrees F. for 30 to 35 minutes.
Makes 12 muffins.
Serve for Mother's Day breakfast or brunch, include fresh blueberries, if possible.
Mother's Day Western Omelet 6 lg Eggs
1/4 ts Black pepper
-Salt to taste
1/3 c Water
1 sm Onion, diced
1 md Sized green bell pepper, diced
1 pk (4 oz) sliced ham, diced
1 pk (8 oz) mushrooms, halved
2 lg Tomatoes, cut into wedges
-Parsley sprigs for
In a bowl, using a wire whisk or fork, beat eggs, black pepper, salt, and water until blended.
In a 12" non-stick skillet over medium high heat, cook onion, and pepper. Add ham and heat through; Place mixture in a small bowl and set aside; keep warm.
In same skillet, cook mushrooms until golden. Remove to another bowl; keep warm.
In the same skillet over medium heat, pour egg mixture into skillet and cook until set around edges.
With metal spatula, gently lift edge as it sets, tilting to allow uncooked portion to run under the omelet. Shake skillet occasionally to keep omelet moving freely in the pan.
When omelet is set but still moist, spoon ham mixture over half the omelet.
Tilt skillet and, with spatula, fold omelet in half; slide onto heated platter.
Top with mushrooms.
Garnish platter with parsley sprigs and tomato wedges.
Makes 4 servings.
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY