Mother’s Day 2015

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May 082015

What to Do for Mom Around the House on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2015 does not have to cost a lot to make it a day for mom to remember. Check out the ideas below and the video for a few things Mom would appreciate you doing for her. She still want the card too. But give her some of your time and energy she deserve it.

Mother’s Day 2015 is May 10! Consider these ways to show appreciation for your mother and make her day extra special

About the Author
Houzz Contributor. Hi There! I currently live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I’ll describe as “collected.” I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I’ve been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.

My mom still laughs about that Mother’s Day in the mid-1970s, where the whole family spent the day scrubbing out the above ground pool. It was memorable, if less than ideal. But there are a lot of better ways to spend special time at home with Mom.

After talking with a bunch of mothers about what they’d like for Mother’s Day, on May 10 this year, I found some common threads. They all dream of getting a break from their everyday responsibilities, they don’t really want their kids spending money on them, and they want to spend time with their families at home. Also worth noting is that none were fans of breakfasting in bed. Here are some suggestions for helping Mom feel special on her day.

Make this the one day Mom doesn’t have to say, “Clean your room!” Make your bed nicely. Get everything put away and picked up. While you’re at it, change Mom’s sheets. Going to bed knowing there are clean sheets on the bed and not having to put them on yourself is always a special treat.
Plant a window box together. Hit the nursery and have the plants ready to present to Mom, then enjoy getting your hands dirty together. If you don’t have a window box or if making one is too much work, create a small container garden with potted plants.

Guest Picks: 20 Coffee Table Books Beautiful Enough for Mom

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Mother’s Day 2015 Gift Idea: Coffee Table Books that reflect moms interest and hobbies.

Encourage a favorite hobby or ignite a new interest with a coffee table book that makes a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift. Check the video below for more coffee table books.

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 Designing a lovely life with five children in tow.

I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly filling my Amazon shopping cart full of pretty books that I’d love to own. It seems like nowadays you can find an eye-catching book on just about anything. Whether mom likes to cook or loves fashion, flowers or travel, you’ll find something she would be happy to read then display on her coffee table. — Danyelle from Dandee Designs

coffee table book
The Flower Recipe is written by the dynamic duo behind the San Francisco floral shop Studio Choo. If mom has ever mentioned wanting to learn the art of floral arranging, this is the book for her.

Happy Mother’s Day 2014

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May 112014

Happy Mother’s Day From Ravenhawk’s Magazine
A Quote from Dorothy Canfield Fisher
“A mother is not a person to lean upon, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.”

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” George Washington, U.S. President

“No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life” Unknown

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~Magickal Graphics~
My Mother Kept A Garden
My Mother kept a garden,
a garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things
that gave my life it’s start.
She turned me to the sunshine
and encouraged me to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
the seeds of self-esteem…
And when the winds and rain came,
she protected me enough-
But not too much because she knew
I’d need to stand up strong and tough.
Her constant good example
always taught me right from wrong-
Markers for my pathway
that will last a lifetime long.
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me
Author Unknown

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May 042014

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~Magickal Graphics~

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.
— Unknown

All mothers are working mothers.
— Unknown
On May 8, 1914, the U.S. Congress passed a law designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day and requesting a proclamation. The next day, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring the first national Mother’s Day as a day for American citizens to show the flag in honor of those mothers whose sons had died in war. In 1934, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt approved a stamp commemorating the holiday.
In May 2008 the U.S. House of Representatives voted twice on a resolution commemorating Mother’s Day, the first one being unanimous (with 21 members not voting). The Grafton church, where the first celebration was held, is now the International Mother’s Day Shrine and is a National Historic Landmark.

Ideas for making Mother’s Day 2014 memorable for you and mom
Brunch Recipes for Mother’s Day 2014
Simple Sconesscone
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
5 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in butter. Mix the egg and milk in a small bowl, and stir into flour mixture until moistened.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead briefly. Roll dough out into a 1/2 inch thick round. Cut into 8 wedges, and place on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

Lemony Scones with Dried Fruitlemonyscone
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2teaspoon baking soda
1/2cup butter
1 8 ounce carton dairy sour cream
1 egg
1/4cup granulated sugar
1 1/2teaspoons finely shredded lemon peel
2/3cup snipped dried apricots
2/3cup snipped pitted dried plums (prunes)
1/2cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a large baking sheet; set aside. In bowl stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cut in butter to resemble coarse crumbs; set aside. In bowl stir together sour cream, egg, granulated sugar, and 1 teaspoon of the peel; add to flour mixture. Combine just until moistened. Stir in apricots and dried plums. Drop dough onto baking sheet. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool slightly on rack.
For glaze, stir together powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon lemon peel. Stir in enough lemon juice to make drizzling consistency; drizzle over scones. If desired, sprinkle with walnuts. Makes 16 to 18 scones.

Strawberry Cream Cheese French Toast Casserolestrawcreamcheese
12 slices home-style white bread, cut into 1-inch cubes, divided
2 (8 ounce) packages cold cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 1/2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
2 cups half-and-half
12 large eggs
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon butter


Generously grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
Arrange half the bread cubes in the prepared baking dish. Evenly distribute cream cheese cubes over the bread cube layer; sprinkle 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries atop cream cheese layer. Layer the remaining bread cubes over strawberry layer.
Pour half-and-half into a blender; pulse for a few seconds. Blend eggs into half-and-half until fully incorporated. Add maple syrup and blend until smooth. Pour mixture evenly over bread mixture. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Remove baking dish from refrigerator 45 minutes before baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bake the covered casserole in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until French toast is puffed and golden brown, about 30 more minutes.
Stir sugar, water, and cornstarch together in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Mix 1 cup sliced strawberries into the sugar mixture; cook and stir until strawberries are softened, about 10 minutes. Add butter and stir sauce until butter is melted.

Strawberry Cheesecake French ToastStrawberrycheesecakeft
1 cup mashed fresh strawberries
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
1 cup milk
6 eggs
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup white sugar
8 slices bread, cut in half diagonally
1 teaspoon butter

8 sliced fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar for dusting
1 cup whipped cream


Preheat an oven to 100 degrees F ( 40 degrees C).
Heat mashed strawberries and 1/2 cup white sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
Mix cornstarch and water together in a bowl, then stir into the strawberries.
Cook and stir until thickened, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and simmer while preparing remaining ingredients, stirring occasionally.
Whisk together the milk and eggs in a bowl; set aside.
Mash cream cheese, vanilla extract, and 3/4 cup white sugar in a bowl until smooth.
Spread the cream cheese mixture over a triangle-shaped piece of bread, and top with another piece. Repeat with remaining bread and cream cheese mixture to make 8 triangle-shaped sandwiches.
Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
Dip the sandwiches into the egg mixture, 2 or 3 at a time, and place in the skillet.
Cook until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side.
Transfer pan-fried sandwiches to a baking sheet and place in the preheated oven to keep warm while cooking remaining sandwiches.
To serve, top French toast with warm strawberry glaze and sliced fresh strawberries and sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Banana, Peach, and Flax Swirly Smoothiesbanapeachsmoothie
1 cup frozen unsweetened peaches
1 cup sliced mango
1/4cup apricot or peach nectar
1 6 ounce carton plain or vanilla yogurt
1 ripe banana, peeled, cut up, and frozen
1/4cup milk
1 tablespoon ground flax seeds or flax seed meal
2 teaspoons honey
In a blender combine peaches, mango, and nectar. Cover and blend until smooth. Divide mixture among three glasses. In the same blender combine yogurt, banana, milk, flax seeds, and honey. Cover and blend until smooth. Pour over mixture in glasses. Swirl with a spoon.

Eggs Benedict eggsbenedict
4 eggs
1 recipe Mock Hollandaise Sauce
2 English muffins, split
4 slices Canadian-style bacon
Paprika (optional)

Lightly grease a large skillet. Half-fill the skillet with water. Bring water to boiling; reduce heat to simmering (bubbles should begin to break the surface of the water). Break one of the eggs into a measuring cup. Carefully slide egg into simmering water, holding the lip of the cup as close to the water as possible. Repeat with remaining eggs, allowing each egg an equal amount of space.
Simmer eggs, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until the whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon and place them in a large pan of warm water to keep them warm. Prepare Mock Hollandaise Sauce.
Place muffin halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat about 2 minutes or until toasted. Top each muffin half with a slice of Canadian-style bacon; broil about 1 minute more or until meat is heated.
To serve, top each bacon-topped muffin half with an egg; spoon Mock Hollandaise Sauce over eggs. If desired, sprinkle with paprika.
Mock Hollandaise Sauce
1/3 cup of dairy sour cream
1/3 cup of mayonnaise or salad dressing
2 teaspoons of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of yellow mustard
In a small saucepan combine sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and yellow mustard. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until warmed. If desired, thin with a little milk.

Varation on the Traditional Egg Benedict

Salmon Benedict:

Prepare as above, except spread 1 tablespoon softened tub-style cream cheese with herbs on each toasted English muffin half and substitute 4 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon (lox-style) for the Canadian-style bacon. If desired, stir 1 tablespoon drained capers and 1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed into the Mock Hollandaise Sauce. Do not use the paprika.
Mushrooms Benedict:
Prepare as above, except before cooking eggs, cook four 3-1/2- to 4-inch diameter stemmed portobello mushroom caps in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until mushrooms are tender, about 6 minutes, turning once. Remove from pan and blot mushrooms with a paper towel. Slice mushrooms. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and cover with foil to keep warm. Continue as directed, using the mushroom caps instead of the Canadian-style bacon. Sprinkle each with finely chopped seeded tomato instead of the paprika.
Reuben Benedict:
Prepare as above, except substitute 4 slices marble rye or rye bread for the English muffins. Substitute thinly sliced corned beef or cooked ham for the Canadian bacon. Divide 1/2 cup rinsed and drained canned sauerkraut evenly atop the corned beef. Stir 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese into the Mock Hollandaise sauce.

Lemon Breakfast Parfaitslemonbreakfastparfaits
3/4cup fat-free milk
Dash salt
1/3cup couscous
1/2cup lemon low-fat yogurt
1/2cup reduced-calorie dairy sour cream
1 tablespoon honey
1/4teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
3 cups assorted fruit, such as sliced strawberries, kiwifruit, nectarine, or star fruit; and/or blueberries or raspberries
Chopped crystallized ginger (optional)
Fresh mint (optional)
In a medium saucepan bring the milk and salt to boiling; stir in the couscous. Simmer, covered, for 1 minute. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir with a fork until fluffy. Cool.
In a small bowl combine the yogurt, sour cream, honey, and lemon peel; stir into the couscous. In another bowl combine desired fruit.
To serve, divide half of the fruit mixture among 6 parfait glasses. Spoon couscous mixture over fruit; top with remaining fruit. If desired, garnish with chopped crystallized ginger and mint. Makes 6 servings.

DIY gift ideas for Mother’s Day 2014

prettyspecialboxPretty Boxes are a gift to put her gift into
Boxes this nice won’t be hidden in any closet or desk drawer. Take two coordinating papers and wrap the boxes and lids. Find a favorite photo and put it in a small metal frame from a scrapbooking store. Glue the frame on the side of the box and put in Mom’s present. After the big day, she can use the boxes to store photos or mementos.



Mother’s Day Gift Jargiftjar
Make Mom feel extra special on Mother’s Day with this “I Love You” jar. Cut 1-inch-wide strips of colorful or patterned paper and write a reason you love her on each strip. Bend the ends of the strip together to make little rings with the message on the inside. Fasten the ends together with stickers, and place them in a glass jar. Make a label for the front of the jar.




paint chipPaint-Chip Bookmarkpaintchip
Mom won’t lose her place in her favorite book with this easy-to-make bookmark. Head to a hardware or home improvement store, and get a sample paint chip in Mom’s favorite color. Add a design to the paint chip with a fine-point permanent marker and a crafts-store stencil to give the placeholder a pretty look. Punch a hole through the top run a ribbon through the hole tie it off leaving a 2-3 inches to hang over the edge of the book.



glasscontainerphotoGlass Container Photo Display
Put basic glass containers to work and show Mom how much you care this Mother’s Day. Print your favorite family photos on regular printer paper, cut them to size, and place them in a variety of clear glass vases and containers.





Sources: BHG, allrecipes, Midwest Living

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May 052013

What Gift would really make Mother’s Day Special

Some of the things that would make mother’s day special could be very simple. What do you think the average Mother has a severe deficiency of in their lives? If you said time for themselves you would be right. So how about giving mother some time to her self this year. Quiet time; letting her sleep late, being able to savor time with no demands on her. no need to cook dinner or keep an appointment. If you can not arrange that for her on mother’s day then make it a point of giving her one day like that. It is amazing how it can energize and rejuvenate.
How about brunch on Mother’s Day because she slept in. Fixing that meal does not have to be a really big deal but do make it special by not making her clean up the kitchen after you make brunch.
Romance is always appropriate if Mother’s Day is spent with the children and extended family that is fine. But do find time to have a romantic relaxing evening together. Co-op family or friends to help out, let them know this is a gift that you wish to give your spouse and a bit of help with child care would be appreciated. Offer to reciprocate if they should like to have time at some point. Most couple do not spend as much time together as they should, this can take a toll on the romance so do not be shy about carving out space in your busy schedule for each other.
For those mother’s who do not live close to their own parent a trip to see mom on mother’s day would be a welcome and pleasant surprise. If they do not live in the same town you may need to make preparation for this event ahead of time. It will still be a pleasant surprise.

Here are a few other ideas to make Mother’s Day memorable:

Give Mom a spa day at home.
That would mean quiet time, bubble bath, chocolates and flowers of course and time for her to pamper herself. All meals and cleanup done by the “staff”.
Gift from the heart and the hand are always appreciated.
A poem, or letter letting mom know she is appreciated. A Special note under her pillow or by her plate. How about not just 1 such note but a few in special places that you know she will find them.

What does she like to do?
We all like chocolate and flowers but what are our real passions? An avid reader would appreciate something in that venue. If she already has a hand held reader then give her the gift of being able to indulge in a few new books of her choice. Pay attention to what she really likes and give her something that reflects that aspect of her life, that does not mean the cards, flowers, and candy are not appreciated, they are, but this shows that you know what is important to her and what makes her happy.

mother's dayMother’s Day Photo Booklet
Give Mom memories that will last a lifetime for Mother’s Day with an easy-to-make accordion photo booklet. Cut a sheet of colored card stock in half lengthwise, and tape the ends together to make one long, narrow piece. Fold the paper every four inches, then attach photos to the paper with adhesive or photo corners. Punch a hole on the last page and thread ribbon through to wrap around the booklet.




Relaxing Mother’s Day GiftMother's Day
Allow Mom to escape for an hour of private relaxation. Fill a small basket with tasty treats, such as a muffin and a smoothie, as well as her favorite book or magazine. Flowers, bath salts, and candles are some other thoughtful gifts. While she is relaxing, do something nice for her, like clean up the kitchen.



Mother's DayCandle Message to Mom
Wrap a simple message — handwritten or printed — to Mom around a candle or drinking glass. Glue the ends together in the back and set it on Mom’s nightstand, or use it to mark her place at the dinner table.





Craft ideas courtesy BHG

By Dyanna Wyndesong

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