It's Mother's Day this Sunday, which means that Mom deserves a treat — something sweet, something extra special, something served to her before she even gets out of bed. How about an ooey-gooey cinnamon roll, like the ones they have at IKEA? Or a homemade Strawberry-Nutella Pop Tart? Maybe Lemon Brioche French Toast with Raspberries sounds just perfect. Here are 10 treats we're like to make for Mom this year:
Still wondering what to give for Mother's Day this year? You might be too old to hand out paper-and-crayon IOU coupons for dinners and shoulder rubs, but a homemade, heartfelt gift is always special — and budget-friendly as well. How about a jar of bright lemon curd, some pretty strawberry-granola bark or a framed family recipe card? Here are instructions for making these gifts for Mom, as well as many more.
Citrus and poppy seeds go hand in hand, as do muffins and spring. So what better way to welcome in March than with these scrumptious orange-infused poppy seed muffins? The bright and sunny flavors are guaranteed to lift your winter spirits, even if the weather is not ready to comply.
Our Mother's Day tradition is breakfast in bed for Mom, made a la' my little chefs and husband. Usually a glass of champagne or mimosa dons the breakfast tray along with a piping hot latte. This year I was thinking back to when my babies (yes, I have twins) were born and all the little things that got me through those first tough years. Things like a hot cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine were indulgences, and I have very fond memories of chai tea.
My mom adores breakfast in bed. Who doesn't? In fact, she's got a pretty sweet situation with my father prepping her coffee and bringing in the paper nearly every morning. After thirty years at a job where she had to burst into action at a very early hour, she relishes her mornings of moving a tad slower. The only way I could see enhancing her caffeine and breakfast in bed routine is to shake up that coffee into a different, more celebratory form for mother's day. A well–intentioned fake out, if you will. Hey it's fun still being her kid and surprising her!
It took me well into adolescence to attempt my first bite of cheesecake. When I glanced over dessert menus as a child, my vivid imagination conjured up incongruous images of Gouda cakes and gorgonzola pies. No one ever explained to me the difference between cream cheese and all the rest. You can bet that once I figured out the distinction, though, I never looked back!
If you haven't had quiche lately, it is time to remedy that situation. I could eat quiche for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without ever growing tired, but quiche is an especially good dish for a big Easter brunch or other spring-time gathering. You make it the day ahead, slice it just before serving, and then pass out the plates. This fool-proof recipe has yet to disappoint.
I spoke to my mother last night and asked her if we were still on for brunch at my house for Mother's Day. "Well yes!" she said. "What do you want me to bring?"
Now, isn't that just the sign of a good mother? Always ready to pitch in and lend a hand? Of course, since it's Mother's Day, I am letting her do no such thing. This is Mom's day to relax — I am doing all the cooking. But what to cook? I have been meditating on the menu for several days, and I've settled on something fresh and springlike — and yet all able to be made in advance.
Mother's Day is this Sunday, and it's a lovely reason to throw an elegant brunch. The bright spring weather and the idea of honoring Mom both lead us to think of fresh, colorful menus. Here are five menus, each with three recipes — so a total of 15 recipes that would each make a delicious, beautiful contribution to your Mother's Day brunch. From French toast with grapefruit to simple baked eggs, and from strawberry salad to Southern biscuits, there's a menu here for nearly any taste.