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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mother's Day Ideas... Gifts, Recipes, and 10 ways to make her day special...

So Mother's Day is right around the corner... Are you ready?

Last year a group of friend's and I had a fancy schmancy tea and brunch to celebrate our important day. My husband was deployed (AGAIN), and so were many of their husbands. It was a great way to band together to make the day special, and a wonderful excuse to wear pearls, long gloves, fancy hats, and flowery dresses.

Needless to say, it was a great time.

And we are doing the same thing again this year!

Since we are doing it potluck style, I am making a few things for the occasion. I don't expect anything fancy for my actual Mother's Day, so instead I am making all the delicious things I would want for myself... It's a win-win, right?

Here is my menu:

Brazilian Lemonade
Cranberry Scones
Cheddar Leek and Bacon Muffins
Leek and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches
Spinach Mozzarella and Ham Mini Quiches
Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting
Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes

You COULD say I am going overboard... but like I said: things I would like to have... the list just happens to be long!!

I will of course be adding my own touch to the recipes, but just so I don't leave you hanging, here are some recipes for the above items.

Brazilian Lemonade

(Mix the sugar, lime, and water mixture in a large jug ahead of time to save time, then add to a pitcher and stir in sweetened condensed milk when ready to serve)

Cheddar and Leek Muffins

(I am adding crisp, crumbled bacon to mine)

Leek and Goat Cheese Mini Quiches

(So this is a frittata recipe... I am going to make some simple pie crust, use a drinking glass to cut circles, and press the crust into muffin tins and fill with the mixture and bake until set. I will be leaving out the pumpkin seeds. I will also be making a version of these with spinach, mozzarella, and ham.)

Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting

Mini White Chocolate Cheesecakes
(I will be making a graham cracker and butter mixture and pressing it into mini muffin cups, then pouring the mixture into the cups to bake. Then I will be topping with a small strawberry and a mint leaf)

So there you have a bunch of brunch ideas!!! I hope you make and enjoy some of them, either as the author intended or with the changes I will be making.

So this is one of the few mother's days that my husband will actually be home for. Let me rephrase that:

This is one of the few mother's days that my husband will not be deployed for... But he has duty and has to stand watch... So I won't actually get to see him... So I don't really expect much, but if he were to do something, here are some ideas that I wouldn't mind!

10 FREE (or very close to being free) Ways to Spoil the Mother of your Children
1. A clean house
2. A nap while he watches the kids
3. Breakfast in bed
4. A handmade card
5. Some hand picked flowers from the front yard
6. A bubble bath
7. Coupons promising things like a massage, chores around the house done without asking, or an hour of whatever I want to watch on TV, etc.
8. A bottle of wine to drink while he cares for the kids (Fresh and Easy has "Big Kahuna" for $1.99)
9. To sleep in
10. A day of being told how amazing I am and reminded of all the incredible things I do.

And if you have some money to spare and want to give her an amazing present (for Mother's Day, Christmas, her birthday, or just because you love her), check out these ideas, made by ME! You can purchase these, or items like these, through my facebook business page: Decked Out: Custom Creations by Virginia Decker.

Charm Necklace with a bird's nest to represent the children in a Mother's life.

Multi-color nest necklace

Lace and Pearl Necklace

I hope you have enjoyed my Mother's Day Idea post. And I hope that you walk away (click away?) from this post with several ideas to make the Mom in your life feel like the queen she is on her special day.

Before I leave you, I want to show you the best gifts I have ever received:

My beautiful children. <3

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