Saturday, May 11, 2013

Weekend Cooking; Mother's Day menu

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and many mothers will be taken out to brunch, lunch, or dinner to be celebrated.  Yahoo.  It is a wonderful day to show our mother's how much we appreciate all that they do.

Now that I have a family of my own I don't always get to spend the day with my own mother.  I did send her a pretty e-card, my way of saving a tree.  I know in my childhood my brothers and I gave her our fair share of handmade cards,  bright floral arrangements (dandelions), and burnt breakfast foods all arranged on a tray.  I know my mother appreciated what we pulled together for her as I appreciate what my kids have done for me on this sacred Sunday but what I think matters most is the everyday celebrations that we can share together.

I often call my mother in the morning as I'm driving to work.  I have a peaceful drive to work with no chaos or traffic.  I love how her voice reflects joy in my simple phone call.  "How are you?'  What are you doing today?'  and we chat about the day ahead of us.  When I'm making dinner I often call my mother with cooking questions especially as I get used to cooking meat which I did not do for years.  "At what temperature is the chicken done at?"

Mother's Day can even be celebrated at the end of summer as my mom and I put together our salsa using all her late harvest tomatoes.  We cook and talk and reminisce about my grandmother, her mother.  She loved to cook also, her specialty was jam and pies.  Mother's Day can be a year round celebration as we toast those who raised us and did their best.  Whether you take them out for a meal, buy them a fancy bouquet, or just spend time with them the important element is thoughtfulness   Think about what your mother truly wants; does she need another knick-knack from the drugstore or would she prefer just your time?  Could you bake her muffins?  Could you take her for a walk?

If my mom were coming to town I would make her this big crumb coffee cake if I had rhubarb in my freezer.  If I could fly us both somewhere for breakfast I would fly us to La Jolla to eat at The Cottage~we've both always wanted to try it. I might also take her for pie at this little joint right here in Iowa.  There are so many great ideas out there that go beyond-try and find one that includes food and time.  Enjoy your mother.  Seek her out on a regular basis though; not just on the second Sunday in May.

I predict my daughter will serve this to me come Sunday morning:

Mother's Day Menu:

1 bowl of cereal light on the milk
1 piece of sourdough toast
1 glass of orange juice
with a flower or plant of some sort on the side

all brought to me in bed on a bamboo tray.
Sounds yummy, I know.  Lucky me.

She has not yet mastered cleaning the kitchen up after this cooking extravaganza.

Here are a few sites to learn more about the origins of Mother's Day as a holiday.

Mother's Day History
Wiki article

This year my husband and Groovy Girl already gave me one surprise; an manicure and a pedicure so my toes would be sandal ready for the wedding we are attending this evening in Iowa City.

{my toes in purple}

This post is linked to Beth Fish Reads Weekend Cooking meme.  Click her link to find more recipes and food-related posts.  Have a wonderful weekend.


JoAnn said...

Sounds like a perfect Mother's Day to me! Enjoy the wedding tonight.

jama said...

Happy Mother's Day. Such a lovely post. I won't be able to see my Mom in person tomorrow, but I did just spend 3 weeks with her in Hawai'i. :)

Have fun showing off your purple toes tonight!

Carole said...

Happy MOther's Day!

Beth F said...

What a great presents -- I love the color of your polish! I too talk to my mom almost daily. Have a happy day.

Unknown said...

I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day. Your toes are lovely. :) What a great gift.

Anonymous said...

Happy Mother's Day! Nothing like breakfast in bed.

(Diane) bookchickdi said...

What a lovely post- I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day.