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Mother’s Day Gifts: Childless Couples

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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!!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies

Here’s the recipe and directions:

Cookie Ingredients:

1 box Strawberry cake mix – not prepared

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

Cookie Directions:

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.

Frosting Ingredients:

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

Frosting Directions:

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! mothersheart (1)

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!

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Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Eggs

Each year my mother-in-law invites the grandchildren over to dip and decorate homemade marshmallow eggs. It takes every ounce of restraint I have to not steal all of the kids marshmallows because they really are the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten. This year I decided I would try my hand at marshmallow making and that way I would have an entire batch to eat all by myself!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Easter Eggs

Although I LOVE food, I’m not a super confidant cook. My MIL explained the process to me, but still unsure, I watched a video tutorial of Martha Stewart and Claire Danes making some. It looked easy enough. I followed this recipe and got the mixture successfully into my Bosch kitchen mixer.

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With 2:23 left to go my wire whisks broke from the top of the machine! I didn’t even have a chance to add the vanilla. But, I determined by a very important method – dipping my finger in it – that it still tasted super yummy! So, my estimate is that you only need to mix it for 8-10 minutes (update: I’ve made them several more times and 8 minutes seems to be perfect for my mixer), then stir in the vanilla (Update: I add the vanilla with about 3 minutes of mixing remaining). I’ll do that next time (since I was able to fix my whisks).

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The mixture was SUPER thick and getting it into the ziplock bag for piping was tricky – but I did it.  Spray the inside of your gallon bag with non-stick spray to help it slide out. It would be helpful to have one person holding the bag and the other person scooping. Alos using a large plastic cup to hold to bag is helpful.

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While it was in the mixer, I prepared my baking dish by adding about 5 – 6 cups of flour and then made indentations using a spoon. My mother in law uses a plastic Easter egg to get her shape, both work for me.

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I wasn’t sure how the soft flour would hold enough to be a mold, but it actually worked. I piped the mallows in and then pinched it off with floured fingers. Once the entire dish was filled I dusted the tops with flour and let it sit overnight to dry out.

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The next morning I dusted them off and dipped them in melted chocolate and set them on wax paper to harden. Then came the best part – tasting them! They are delicious!! I don’t care if they completely break my mixer – they are worth it!

Chex Mix Easter Nests

Since Easter is just around the corner, I decided to combine two of my favorite things: gooey Chex mix and Cadbury mini eggs. Typically you see cute little “nests” made out of chow mein noodles, but I think they taste like cardboard. So I set out to find something that still looked like a nest, but that I could actually swallow voluntarily. I LOVE this delicious Chex mix recipe and it made the perfect little nest for my chocolate.

Chex Mix Easter Nests

Chex Mix:

Combine in a large bowl:

1/2 box of Chex cereal (any variety)

1/2 cup Shredded sweetened coconut

1/2 cup slivered almonds

In a saucepan melt:

5 TBSP of butter

1/2 c. Karo syrup

1/2 c. Sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla

Bring sauce to a boil and allow to boil for 1 minute while you stir it. Remove from the heat and pour over the cereal mixture and toss to coat.

Then I pressed them into muffin tins lined with cupcake wrappers and topped them with Cadbury mini eggs. Luckily, making the 24 we needed for our friends and neighbors still left about 1/2 the mixture for me and Lucy to eat! 🙂IMG_8974

Link Party Thanks: Craft-O-Maniac, Alderberry Hill, Uncommon Designs, The Girl Creative, Skip to my Lou, Chef in Training, Naptime Crafters, Or So She Says

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