Mother’s Day is Sunday! If we are honest, it is different this year. For the past two months everything has been different. When chatting with a momma recently, she told me that this year Mother’s Day is just another day. She said it was not going to be special because of everything going on. HELLO, WHAT?!? Yes, I agree that things are different and might not be the dream Mother’s Day you had envisioned with your children all gathered (well behaved all day), an amazing meal out, a day of pampering at the spa, time with other mommas to sip mimosas, and that special moment at church where you get to stand up and everyone claps because you are mom! Oh and then there might be that amazing photo op that was setup and your children dressed up with fresh haircuts and all smile with you at the camera. Then you post that picture and say #BlessedMomma. You are correct my friend, all that special will not be happening this Mother’s Day! So do you want to wallow in that or Momma Up! Put on Your Cute Momma Britches and Let’s know that we are honored and loved.
A few tips of my 14 ½ of being a momma:
- My husband and children cannot read my mind. I can get frustrated or I can just say “you know I would like….” This is what I did. I love having brunch out on Mother’s Day. I have already done the research and set my guys up for success. I told them the place that is offering takeout brunch and when they need to have it ordered. This year’s pick is: Little Rey’s. I’m already craving their breakfast tacos. I also know I want something sweet so I have an order in to A Piece of Cake. There is no shame in picking our your own cupcakes.
- I know I will not be having a pampering day at the spa this year. That’s ok! I have learned during this time that just having a little time to myself goes a LONG way. Again, I told my hubby that I would like to get out of the house. You can take a walk or a drive. Listen to your favorite podcast, read a book, or just listen to silence.
- Rediscover yourself. IS there something you have been wanting to try? Paint by number, baking, growing your own herbs, or playing the ukulele. This is a great time to do this. Tell your family that you want this for Mother’s Day. You might need to send the links from Amazon but who cares. You are getting what you want.
- Don’t be a brat on Mother’s Day! This is not the year to pull this. Everyone is doing the best they can. Your family wants to celebrate with you. You don’t want them to remember the year that mom pouted because she didn’t get the day she wanted.
Proverbs 31:28 says “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Right there. Proverbs 31:28 is the momma that I want my husband and children to find. I want my heart and mind to focus on Jesus on Mother’s Day. I want my family to see that I feel honored that I was chosen for them.
Let’s Momma Up this year! You can have your Mimosa. (I have a recipe coming!) Use your voice. Focus your heart and mind on Jesus. You got this.
Love You Mommas!
Last year’s Mother’s Day post looked a little different! 🙂
In a recent conversation with friends, one mom shared she would love for her husband to have their minivan detailed and washed for Mother’s Day. She did not want breakfast in bed. She was not concerned about a fancy brunch. This momma wanted a clean minivan free of fallen chicken nuggets, crunched gold fish, and lost socks. Sometimes it is just that simple. Moms love a handmade card, flowers, and a day with children but it’s time to step it up to what a momma really wants for Mother’s Day.
With the help of my friends, I have compiled a list that can help spoil all the moms out there. Feel free to pass on to your husband.
- A Day of Pampering- Most mommas love time to be pampered. A manicure, pedicure, massage or facial will make mom feel refreshed and loved. Plus this gives mom time to sit and relax for a little bit. (Hint- Dad use this time to clean up around the house. Or take the kids to their practices and games. )
- Let Mom Sleep In- Like really sleep in. Get up with kids before mom has a chance to notice. Take the kids out for breakfast and let mom have time to just lay in bed.
- Detail Mom’s Car- Take the time to have mom’s car washed and detailed. This could take some time but it is so worth it. Then let mom take her newly cleaned car for a spin before the children enter back in with their sticky fingers and snacks.
- Give Mom a Day off from “Mom Jobs”- Seriously, a day with no laundry, dishes, chauffeuring children, and cooking dinner. Basically give mom a day where she does not have to make decisions and take care of her daily jobs around the house.
- Make plans for Brunch, Lunch and/or Dinner- Mom always has the menu ready and the groceries purchased. Tell her you have it all taken care of it. Make reservations and go grocery shopping. Do whatever you need to do to have meals ready.
- Complete the “Honey-Do List”- You know that list that mom has of hanging pictures, replacing the light bulbs, and getting something out of the attic. Well, how about you actually take care of the list. She will be delighted that the list is done and feel loved that you took the time.
- New Shoes- Moms love shoes. Get ahead of the game and buy her a pair of shoes she would not buy herself. She will love getting a new pair of sandals or cute summery flats. Check out Birdies, Rothy’s, and Tory Burch for some of my favorites.
- A New Book and Time to Read it- If momma loves to read, purchase a few books she is wanting to read. Then give mom time to actually read her books. Let her curl up on the couch or by the pool and get lost in a good book.
- Jewelry- This is sometimes a very easy out on Mother’s Day. Take time to find something unique for mom. There are so many talented artisans that can create beautiful pieces. If you don’t have time to shop on Etsy, you can always find great jewelry at Kendra Scott, Sundance, and James Avery.
- Subscription Box- Everyone loves happy mail. Get momma a monthly subscription box. There are so many out there. FabFitFun, Grove Collaboration, and Faithbox.
- Barefoot Dreams– Give mom a cuddly cardigan, blanket, or robe. Barefoot Dreams is the coziest thing around. She will love curling up in her new comfy cardigan each morning and will thank you for it later.
- A Phone Call- Let’s be honest, we love to hear from our children. It’s easy in the early years because they are always with you. As adult children, we sometimes forget our moms want to hear our voices. Moms want to know we are doing okay. They want to hear about all the silly routines and crazy weekend plans. Yes, they love to hear about their grandchildren but they want to hear from their own children. Trust me. Call your mom!
Summer, Lemonade, and Raspberries all baked into a muffin. No joke! Perfect for a simple family breakfast or a brunch with friends. Your kitchen will smell heavenly while these creations bake. The crumbles on top add a nice presentation and taste. Warning- your family will request these muffins again!
Raspberry Lemonade Muffins
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 cup milk
1 T fresh lemon zest (about 2 lemons worth)
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 t vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1-1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1-1/2 cups frozen raspberries
For the crumb topping:
1/4 cup flour
2 T butter, melted, slightly cooled
2 T brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tin with liners and set aside. Combine butter, unsweetened applesauce, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat for 1 minute. Mixture may look lumpy, no biggie. Add eggs to combine. Add milk, lemon zest, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat to combine.
In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Slowly begin to add to wet ingredients. Adding only a little bit at a time. Mix until just combined before adding the next batch. Gently fold frozen raspberries into batter.
Fill prepared muffin tin cups 3/4 of the way full with batter. In a separate bowl mix crumb topping ingredients together with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle on top of muffins then bake for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool in muffin tin completely. Makes 12 muffins.
This past week I spent time with my family. We all love to gather around the table for yummy meals and then debrief in the kitchen. My sister, Lesley, has taken over the responsibility of making deviled eggs. This trade was taught by my mom and Lesley has mastered her skill. In the south we know that deviled eggs are not just for Easter. They are the perfect addition to any brunch, party, or special occasion. I’m excited to share Lesley’s recipe as only she could write it!
Lesley’s Deviled Eggs
1 dozen eggs, boiled
3 T yellow mustard
1/2 cup mayo
Peel egg shells from all eggs. Cut eggs long ways and empty yolk into a small bowl. In a food processor blend yolks, mustard, and mayo until creamy. You may alter the taste by adding more mustard or mayo.
After you are done blending, you want to get all that yummy goodness into the center of your egg.
A couple of options: first one, my favorite, is using the accent decorator from pampered chef. Put the yummy goodness that you have blended into the decorator and it will squirt it mess free into your egg.
The second option is putting the yummy goodness into a ziploc bag, and cutting one corner off at the bottom and then squirting it into the egg.
Both will limit the time and mess of your creation.
After finishing the eggs, it’s a great idea to sprinkle with paprika for some color and a little taste.
So, it’s the weekend! Our family always enjoys breakfast on the weekend. This is such a family favorite even my brother-in-law makes it. There is no excuse with this three ingredient recipe. I promise there will be no leftovers.
Happy Brunching! – AF
Cream Cheese and Sausage Crescent Roll
1 lb. mild breakfast sausage
1 can crescent rolls
1 pkg. cream cheese
Preheat oven according to crescent rolls directions. In skillet, brown and crumble sausage. Drain all grease. Return to pan, over low heat, add cream cheese, stirring well until thoroughly mixed. Remove from heat. Roll out one tube of crescent rolls onto cookie sheet, pinching seams together. Place sausage mixture down the middle of the crescent rectangle. Pull up the side of the crescents and pinch together at top. The mixture will be encompassed by the crescents. Bake according to package directions. Cut into sections to serve.
Serve with fruit.