There are many ways you can celebrate mom on her special day…breakfast in bed, flowers, dinner out, spa day, etc…
We say whatever way you do, do it Mama Style! Pamper her with the things that you know she likes. Serve breakfast on her favorite china, as she sips champagne from fine crystal, make an appointment for a spa day- facial, nails, pedi, if she can’t get around; fix a nice lunch and order her favorite movie and just spend time with her.
Many of these things can be done with little or no money, it’s the thought that really counts with mom.
If you are planning a Mother’s Day Brunch, here are some entertaining solutions.
Select some of mom’s favorite breakfast/ lunch foods.
Red carnations are the official Mother’s Day flower, so you might want to add some to your list to buy.
There’s nothing like a gift that you made yourself. Mom loved them when you were 7 and she loves them now; but china and crystal never hurts. Check out kathy ireland Home by Gorham – fine china at Belk’s
Arrange it all so that Mom doesn’t have to lift a finger. Clean up after you cook, straighten or clean the house before and after the event. Leave the place sparkling.
Open the curtains and let the sun shine in. Place flowers everywhere. Play mom’s favorite music.
Decide whether Mom would prefer an intimate and relaxing event or a large and grand gathering. In any case, consider what Mom would prefer. This is her day.
Celebrate the contributions of mothers everywhere by including grandmothers, aunts, great aunts, young mothers and their kids. Everyone will enjoy the sense of community and celebration.
Choose a menu that will be easy to prepare (especially for large groups of people): scrambled eggs with sausage, California Citrus Salad*, French Toast Casserole (*see below) and mimosas are great for large or small gatherings.
Set the mood for the meal. For a brunch; set the table with the good china, nicely folded napkins and flowers in a nice vase. If you don’t have flowers add a few scented candles…like vanilla or lavender.
Now if cooking is not your thing, that’s OK because there are some incredible brunches out there to be enjoyed. From a “filled with the Holy Spirit” Gospel Brunch, to an easy laid back Jazz Brunch and everything in between. A quick look in your local newspaper or call to a local hotel, should put you on the right track.
One the best way to celebrate Mother’s Day is to give your mom the day off. Let her take it easy and relax while the rest of the family does the work.
Remember for the rest of the year, it’s the little things that count that will show mom how much you care.
We invite you to give this salad a try the next time you’re serving up a Sunday Brunch, breakfast in bed, or even an afternoon refresher.
California Citrus Salad
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3 medium Oranges
2 medium Pink Grapefruit
1 medium white Grapefruit
1 cup sliced strawberries
2 tbsp. Honey
2 tbsp. Raspberry Vinegar
6 sprigs Fresh mint for garnish
Zest the rind of the two oranges. Set aside. Peel, section, and seed the oranges and grapefruits, removing white membrane. Set section aside.
In a large bowl mix honey and raspberry vinegar. Toss with orange, grapefruit sections and sliced strawberry.
Top with sprigs of fresh mint for garnish.
Serves: 6 – 8
French Toast Casserole
A fun twist on an old favorite
¼ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
1 ½ cups almond milk
½ cup cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl
1 loaf (1 lb) French bread, cut into slices and halfed
butter, for spreading
Melt butter & add brown sugar – stir till mixed, spread butter/ brown sugar mix into bottom of 9x13the pan.
Beat eggs, almond milk, cream and vanilla.
Lay down a layer of french toast bread (cut off crusts if desired )
Ladle on half of egg mixture; Sprinkle with sugar and spice mixture. Spread thin layer of butter on one side of french toast bread for next layer (cut crusts if desired)
Lay down second layer of bread, butter side up
Ladle rest of egg mixture over the top
Sprinkle with cinnamon / spice mixture
Cover and refrigerate overnight
In the morning remove from refrigerator and preheat oven to 350˚
Bake at 350˚ for 45-50 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes. Serve with maple syrup if desired.
Serves 8 -10