Mother’s Day is just one month away and I’m already making plans for my annual Mother’s Day Brunch that I host for my wonderful mother each year. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ve seen some of the photos that are inspiring my decor this year. I’ll be sharing lots more in the coming weeks, so check in! But first, April 24 – 30, 2016 is National Infertility Awareness Week and it is something I try to highlight to each year. #NIAW
I hosted a Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday for my Mom. We have come to the point in our lives where its much more fun to have an experience together rather than just giving a gift, so this brunch was my gift to her (along with the flowers on the table).
Spring Tablescape Details:
– I really wanted to highlight the lilacs in bloom in my yard and the beautiful colors of Spring so I went for a floral centerpiece on the table. I used simple vases and mason jars and tied a ribbon around each.
– After I got the table set, it really lacked some pink so I tied the pink ribbon around the vase and added pink cardstock to the base of the flowers and to the napkin wraps (that previously just had navy cardstock).
– My awesome sister had the navy and white stripe fabric (that I’m going to turn into curtains for my nursery) and that was the perfect thing to really anchor the table.
– I think once I added the pink smoothie with pink straws, the whole thing came together (sorry for the picture quality – it was cloudy and rainy and the lighting was hard to get just right)
Mother’s Day Brunch Menu:
I kept things simple because I was out of town the entire week leading up to the brunch and didn’t have a lot of prep time, but the food was fabulous!
– Pineapple, Strawberry, Banana and Coconut Milk Smoothie (I was going to keep track and share the recipe but I ended up adding a little more of this, a little more of that and a dash of that, until it tasted right and by then I couldn’t remember my ratios). The truth about this smoothie is that I’m allergic to pineapple – but I know my Mom LOVES it, so in the process of tasting the smoothie to make sure it was perfect, my mouth went completely numb and I had a hard time tasting the actual food at the brunch. Luckily there were leftovers and I can truly attest that everything tasted great! 🙂
– Raspberry and Orange sweet rolls with cream cheese frosting from Shirley’s Bakery (in Provo, UT)
– Strawberries, Raspberries, Pinneapple and fruit dip (1/2 tub of whipped topping mixed with an 8 oz Raspberry yogurt)
– Then I followed this recipe and this recipe to create my own version of Sausage, Egg & Cheese Hashbrown Cups. They were delicious – especially with a little dash of hot sauce. I’ll post the recipe I came up with at the bottom.
– Here we are, the three generations: Me, my daughter (who got all dressed up for the party) and my Mother.
Sausage, Egg & Cheese Hashbrown Cups:
20 oz bag frozen Hashbrowns (thawed) – I used about 3/4 of the bag
10 Eggs beaten
1/2 lb Mild Italian Sausage cooked and crumbled
1 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 Tbsp Butter (melted)
Salt & Pepper
Mix hashbrowns, Butter and Salt and Pepper in a bowl (I used about 1/2 tsp of salt and a good amount of pepper). Press a scoop into the bottom and up the sides of a greased muffin tin. Try to make a complete layer without any holes. Bake in a 375 oven for 30 minutes.
Beat eggs with an additional 1/2 tsp salt and a good dash of pepper in a bowl. Once you remove the hashbrowns from the oven, pour the eggs into each muffin tin just below the top of the rim. Divide and add the crumbled sausage to each tin and top with the shredded cheese. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 10 – 12 minutes until the eggs are set in the center.
Makes 12 hashbrown cups.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching I was searching for some brunch recipes to use this weekend and decided I’d share with you some of my favorites. I’ve used a few in the past and plan to use a couple of these this weekend. I’m hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch this Saturday for my Mom (here’s how last year’s brunch turned out) and can’t wait to share this years details with you next week! Stay tuned!
Another HUGE reason I’m on the hunt for recipes is because if I don’t prepare something that can be baked in the oven or put together really easily, I’ll be getting a bowl of cold cereal for my own Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. My husband, bless his heart, is not good in the kitchen – but he mows our lawn like a baseball field grounds keeper. 🙂 Isn’t it great that we all have our talents that we contribute to a marriage?
Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes:
1 – Breakfast Pizza by Cooking with Curls (I’m on board with pizza anything)
2- Bacon Egg Cups by Sugar & Spice Gals (I’m doing a version of these this weekend)
3 – Dole Pineapple Mango Smoothie by Super Healthy Kids (I’m making this with coconut milk rather than regular milk this weekend)
4 – Cinnamon Roll Casserole/Breakfast Casserole by Marci Coombs (this is the one I made last year – YUM!)
5 – Blueberry Croissant Puff by The Girl Who Ate Everything (I seriously need this in my life each week!)
6 – Cheesy Frittata by One Creative Mommy (I love loading in veggies with my eggs and cheese!)
7 – Oatmeal Pancakes by Simplistically Sassy (I want this entire stack of pancakes please!)
8 – Homemade Granola Parfait by Yummy Healthy Easy (I think this is something my husband could actually assemble on Mother’s Day for me)
9 – Omelette in a Bag by Favorite Family Recipes (kids would LOVE this and you can make several at a time – win, win!)
10 – Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Pie by Coffee With Us 3 (the danger with this one is that I might eat the entire pan)
This Sunday, September 8th is National Grandparents Day! I was blessed with incredible grandparents and my daughter Lucy is blessed with amazing grandparents so we are going to celebrate them and let them know how much we love them! Today I’m sharing with you a fun idea that my sister Beth does for her kids grandparents each year. Instead of another gift (because really, who needs one?), she invites each set of parents over for special at home restaurant run by her kids. The kids set the table with special china, help prepare the food and then dress in nice clothes to be the hostess, waitstaff and kitchen crew. It is completely adorable and gives the grandparents what they really want – time with the little ones!
Here is the staff all ready to open Le Restaurant Fancee: (I can’t get over how CUTE they are!!)
The cute drink menu:
The honored guests being seated and served a fine dining experience!
The delectable dishes that the kids helped prepare:
Appetizers Course: Pot Stickers with two dipping sauces
Salad Course: Chicken wonton salad with mandarin orange segments
Soup Course: Carrot and ginger soup with a fried wonton for dipping
Main Course: Stir fry chicken and vegetable medley with rice
Dessert Course: Brownies with ice cream and chocolate syrup & Bananas Foster with ice cream and candied pecans
Le Restaurant Fancee has the best employees around and I hear they even give you a big hug when you leave!
This weekend I hosted a sewing themed brunch for my parents to honor my Mom for Mother’s Day. My mom is and always has been a lover of all things fabric, lace and thread. Growing up she would reupholster furniture to bring in extra income, sew the majority of our clothes and make clothes for our dolls and barbies. Now that she and my dad are retired she spends most of her time making quilts for humanitarian efforts, tatting leper bandages or making quilts for her kids and grand kids She makes a quilt whenever any of them are born, for their first Christmas and when they get married. Since she has 9 kids and 42 grandkids, she’s pretty much in her sewing room (the largest two rooms in our house) all the time.
I thought it would be fitting to have sewing as the our theme for the decor. It also meant that gathering supplies would be super easy. I just raided her stuff, filled up my trunk and I was all set! I think it turned out really pretty. She was extremely touched and happy when she saw it – which was all I wanted.
For the food table:
– I pulled some fabric through embroidery hoops and hung them on the wall.
– I accented the food table with a feather weight antique sewing machine and its case.
– I filled bowls and a cake stand with lots of lace ribbon/trim and tatting thread.
– I also added tatted doilies that were made by my Mom and Great Grandma.
I wanted the food to be really feminine and decadent (it was a special occasion after all).
I served fresh raspberries and blueberries with freshly whipped cream.
I made a Strawberry Banana smoothie and some flavored water.
The breakfast casserole was really delicious (probably thanks to the amount of butter and bacon in it). I used the recipe found here and just did just under 1/2 for the pie plate and substituted bacon for ham – and I’ll be honest I used about 6 tbsp of butter instead of just 4. 🙂
And, really, what brunch is set without a few Orange and Raspberry rolls with cream cheese frosting from Shirley’s Bakery?
For the dining table:
– I covered it with a tatted lace table cloth made by my great grandmother – isn’t it incredible?!
– I filled painted mason jars with carnations in shades of pink and pinned a length of eyelet lace around each one as a little skirt. For the center I filled a large vase with Lilies (that my Mom got to take home).
– I set the table with antique plates, mason drinking jars and cloth napkins that had a measuring tape/pin napkin ring (one of my favorite details).
– I added framed photos of me and my mom from when we were infants.
It was a beautiful brunch with delicious food, great company and very pretty decor. Happy Mother’s Day!
Just in case you missed the individual posts, I thought I’d put everything here in one spot!
As I mentioned in my last post, my husband and I have infertility. We know too well the pain, longing and disappointment associated with it. Mother’s Day is an especially difficult day for those who are not voluntarily childless or for those who have lost a child. Since infertility affects 1 in 6 couples, you most likely know someone who is going through the various stages of infertility and its difficult processes. I encourage you to reach out to them on Mother’s Day.
Patricia Holland (wife of the apostle, Elder Jeffrey R. Holland) is quoted as saying, “In a poignant exchange with God, Adam states that he will call the woman Eve. And why does he call her Eve? Because she is the mother of all living. Eve was given the identity of the mother of all living years, decades, perhaps centuries before she ever bore a child. It would appear that her motherhood preceded her maternity. I believe ‘mother’ is one of those very carefully chosen words, one of those rich words- with meaning after meaning. I believe with all my heart that it is first and foremost a statement about our nature, not a head count of our children.”
I was blessed to be surrounded by an excellent husband, incredible sisters and family members who let me hold their babies as long as I wanted, come to soccer games, dance recitals and involved me in school programs and let me just play with their kids in the back yard. They gave me opportunities to express my “mother heart” with their children and I love them for it.
For my gift idea to those who need some tender love and care on Mother’s Day I turned to one of my favorite desserts – Homemade Oreos. But I decided that I wanted to make them more appropriate for spring so I used strawberry cake mix instead and added fresh strawberry puree to the cream cheese frosting. They turned out DELISH!!
Here’s the recipe and directions:
1 box Strawberry cake mix – not prepared
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in a bowl. Roll dough into 1″ balls and bake on cookie sheet at 350 for 8 minutes. Allow to cool completely before adding frosting.
4 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
1/4 c. Butter (room temperature)
2 – 2 1/2 cups Confectioners Sugar
2-3 Tbsp. fresh strawberry puree
Whip cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add strawberry puree (I just diced mine and then mashed them with a fork because I didn’t want to dirty my blender) and combine. Slowly add confectioners sugar and mix until well blended.
To make the cookies you simply spread a dollop of frosting on one cookie and top it with another. They really are so good that you’ll want to hide in a closet to eat them so you don’t have to share!
For the super cute gift tag, Amy from Shirley K Design used another of my most favorite quotes (and talks for that matter) from Julie B. Beck – former Relief Society General President. You can print your very own copy right here, just right click on the image, save it to your computer and print away!
Amy is so talented and she even does custom design work! If you have a bridal or baby shower, need invitations, banners or cupcake toppers/wrappers for an upcoming birthday party she is great and super affordable! She also does frequent freebies to her facebook followers!
My husband and I have struggled with infertility and feel so blessed to have our daughter Lucy after years of treatments and procedures. However, you don’t have to have gone through years of struggle to appreciate your children and to have a desire to show them how much they mean to you. We decided even before we had our daughter, that we wanted Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to be a family day and an opportunity to tell our children what a blessing they are to us and to thank them for giving us this gift of being a mother and father to them. In addition to giving a small gift, we also do an activity as a family to celebrate the day. Last year we walked through the beautiful gardens at Thanksgiving Point and had a picnic lunch the Saturday before Mother’s Day. This year we are planning to spend the Saturday afternoon before Mother’s Day at Wheeler Historic Farm with a picnic lunch.
We got Lucy a box of sidewalk chalk and some animal finger puppets. She is going to be SO excited!!
Special thanks to Amy from Shirley K Designs for creating these adorable FREE printables! She also does custom orders and does giveaways frequently to those who follow her on facebook! Now, you might be in love with this tag, but Amy didn’t stop there – she designed 4 tags for you to choose from! They are all SO cute, I am going to print them all and frame the ones that I don’t use because I love them!!
Here is the children’s gift pdf: mothersdaytags3