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Moms. You love them. You hate them. They kiss the boo boos and ruin all the fun. You think they must be out of touch until you grow and discover that they knew everything all along. They say they just want you to be around for Mother’s Day to give them a quick kiss and say hi, but I’m a Mom. We want much more than that.
We want to be lavished with gifts and told how needed we are and how loved we are, especially since we changed the poopy diapers, fought for you to get the good teachers and worried about you every single second since you were conceived. So, my gift to my readers….here are 3 ways to spoil Mom this Mother’s Day and it won’t even cost you that much time or money.
#1 Can’t afford the spa?
She doesn’t like other people touching her? Make her homemade spa gifts to treat herself! There are multiple homemade spa recipes online. You can put them in a nice jar with a pretty bow and Mom will be thrilled. Here is one I thought was pretty nice:
Foaming Vanilla Honey Bath
- 1/2 cup sweet almond oil (substitute olive oil or sesame oil)
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup liquid soap
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Measure the oil into a medium bowl, then carefully stir in remaining ingredients until mixture is fully blended. Pour into a clean jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Shake gently before using. Enough for four large luxurious baths. Swirl desired amount into the bathtub under running water. Light some candles and turn on some soft music.
#2 Special Breakfast in Bed
I honestly can’t remember if I have posted this recipe, but this is hands down my favorite breakfast recipe, inspired by a breakfast at First Watch. Don’t just put it on a tray. Take the time to do it up nice. Use the good china. Put out a cloth napkin. Put a bud vase with a pretty flower in it. Lay her card on there too if you have one.
- 3 eggs
- 1 tbsp butter
- Handful of fresh spinach, washed and dried
- 3 oz. 1/4″ cut ham, chopped into bite sized pieces
- Hollandaise Sauce package with required ingredients (Should be butter and milk or water)
- Handful of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 croissant, sliced in half
Start by making the Hollandaise sauce by following the package directions. Keep it warm on the stove, stirring occasionally. Whisk the 3 eggs together with a splash of milk. Melt butter on medium low in a saute pan. Scramble the eggs to Mom’s liking and add the ham to the pan to heat. Place the croissant on a plate and lay the scrambled eggs on top. Wilt the spinach in the sauce pan until warm and soft with a slight crunch. Add the spinach to the croissant and egg stack. Add the ham to the stack. Top with cheese and a spoonful or two of the sauce. Serve warm!
Pack the sauce away in a Tupperware container to put over vegetables later and make sure to do all the dishes, clean the counters, and put everything away! Mom will appreciate that most.
#3 Put together a gift basket just for HER
Ask yourself what Mom likes. Does she like to read? Does she enjoy chocolates, fine wines and cheeses? Does she love a sports team or being with her kids? Once you answer the question “What does she like?”, you’ll have a theme in your head. Put together a basket, box, or bag with things that represent that theme and Mom will be happy that you took the time to think about her.
Thanks Mom, for inspiring me to be the person I am today. Love you!!
I woke up this morning to the sounds of silence. There were some birds chirping loud enough that I thought they might be doing something more than singing. My dog was beating to go outside with an urgent “Thwack! Thwack!” on the patio door. But otherwise, my house was silent. No crying baby. No “Mommy, I need juice.” Just silence.
My husband had been kind enough to let me have a weekend with some girlfriends and I was hosting. It was a wonderful weekend. Girlfriend therapy is the best therapy that money can buy because not only do you get to get your nails done, shop, and eat out, but you get solace as you discover your girlfriends experience the same challenges and stress in their own lives. So as I climbed out of bed to let the dog do his business, I started thinking about what to feed my sisters on this beautiful morning before we returned to our daily routines. In my house (I have said this many times before) Food Is Love. It comes with thought, consideration, and quantity.
The star of the morning, next to my sweet little angel, was the blueberry strata. I have learned to read all the reviews and comments prior to starting a new recipe and I’m glad I did. For this one, I took the advice of those before me and really cut down the cream cheese (to almost 1/3rd of what the recipe suggested). I really wish I had doubled the recipe because it was gone and the guests loved it. I went ahead and made the blueberry sauce. I could have skipped here since I keep Smucker’s blueberry syrup in my fridge, but I thought the homemade might be a nice touch. It was amazing!
Last night I had a craving for Quiche, but having never made one, I wasn’t sure if I had the correct ingredients or if it would be too difficult. As it turns out, it was super easy and delicious!
I started by seeking out Quiche recipes, specifically looking for individual Quiche. After reviewing about 6 recipes, I decided I was going to have to mix and match. Here’s what I came up with:
2 tbsp skim milk
2 tbsp shredded parmesan
handful of shredded cheddar
2/3 cup of chopped fresh spinach
2 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
1 small can of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
I simply forgot to add any herbs, but on retrospect, most of the recipes I reviewed suggested a little rosemary and thyme in addition to salt and pepper. Mine was great without, but I will try it next time.
I whisked the eggs, milk, and cheese together and then added the bacon and spinach. I sprayed a medium-sized muffin tin with canola oil spray and placed a cut out round of the crescent roll dough in the bottom of 4 of the cups. I ladled the egg mixture into each until completely filled. Then, I baked at 350 for 20 minutes. They puffed up beautifully (though they did fall a bit after I took them out). Golden and bubbly with cheese, I couldn’t wait to eat them. All the recipes had instructed to wait 10 minutes before releasing from the tins, so I tried to wait as long as I could. I used a very thin bamboo skewer to pull them away from the tin and they slid right out.
I burned my tongue because I didn’t wait long enough, but darn, they were so yummy! I can’t wait to make them again, in a bigger batch!
On occasion, I like to throw a little twist into a normally mundane meal. Last night, I came home from a Sunday family dinner with a bag full of leftovers which included a container of rosemary roasted potatoes. It turns out that these potatoes make really good home fries, so I decided to make breakfast for dinner tonight and include the potatoes.
I had plenty of eggs and picked up some turkey sausage at the store, along with our other staple items like milk. fruit, bread, soda, meats, and cereal. Late in the afternoon, I decided I didn’t just want basic scrambled eggs and sausage. Even with the breakfast for dinner idea, it seemed too boring. Instead, I looked up some egg recipes and decided on Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Thyme, which I found on my Epicurious.com iPhone app, with a few minor adjustments.
The adjusted recipe is listed below. It was all really good, but you don’t need leftover potatoes to have this kind of meal. To make your own rosemary potatoes, chop up red potatoes into bite sized pieces and arrange them in a single layer on a cookie sheet glazed with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and dried rosemary over them, drizzle a little more olive oil, bake at 400F degrees for an hour. Your other option is a making your own home fries, whether from the frozen aisle or your own favorite recipe.
Scrambled Eggs with Sausage and Thyme – Adjusted from Bon Appetit’s post on Epicurious.com
- 8 Eggs
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2.5 tbsp butter
- 7 oz cooked smoked turkey sausage, cut in quarters lengthwise and sliced thinly crosswise
- 2 tsps dried thyme
- 4 ozs shredded Gouda (Smoked Gouda would have been awesome too, but I didn’t have any)
Whisk eggs, mustard, salt and pepper in large bowl and blend well. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and stir until brown, about 3-4 minutes. Add thyme and stir 1 minute. Transfer mixture to plate covered in paper towels to collect grease.
Add 1.5 tablespoons butter to same skillet; melt over medium heat. Add eggs and cheese; stir until eggs are softly set and cheese begins to melt, about 3 minutes. Add sausage; stir until eggs are just set, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to bowl and serve.
I made sure to serve the meal with some fruit and milk. If you wanted your vegetables, consider adding some chopped baby spinach in the egg mixture.
After such a filling and tasty breakfast, I think I’m ready to start my night!Keep an eye out for the next Valentine’s Day post, along with a coffee table tailgate spread to feed the Super Bowl Fans in your house!