i love mom

Moms deserve special treatment everyday for the love and care they shower on their families. While we may show our appreciation in small ways throughout the year, the second Sunday in May is set aside for the official recognition of Mom.

Start the celebration with Mom’s favorite hot beverage and magazine brought to her in bed, while brunch is being prepared. Here are a few menu ideas to get you started. You’ll find several recipes at the end of this article.

MENU IDEAS

Sparkling Water w/Lemon Slices or Moscato

Mixed Vegetable Tart with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Steamed Asparagus

Blueberry Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Fresh Fruit Tray

 

SPECIAL TOUCHES

Ask Mom if she’d like brunch in bed or at the table with the family. For either option she’ll appreciate a beautifully set table in her honor.

Mother's Day Brunch Table Setting

Mother's Day Brunch Table Setting

In addition to using the best dinnerware possible, consider a few of these ideas to warm her heart. Fresh or silk flowers, pictures of her and/her children, children’s artwork, candles, and her favorite music softly playing in the background. Online radio stations like Pandora make it easy for mom to listen to her favorite genre all day.

Mother's Day Brunch Table Setting

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 RECIPES

 veggie tart 1

Mixed Vegetable Tart with Applewood Smoked Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 lb applewood smoked bacon, cooked and roughly chopped
  • 1 can Pillsbury Pizza Crust
  • 2 cups frozen Stir fry Vegetables, heated
  • ½ sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups Monterey Jack shredded cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup evaporated milk

Pizza dough tends to shrink sometimes when it’s rolled out. To try and counteract this I rolled it out and let it set for about a half hour before I put it in the pan. While waiting, I cooked and chopped the bacon and assembled the rest of the ingredients.

After the waiting time I had to give the dough another quick roll. Then I placed it into a tart pan with removable bottom that had been spritzed with a  non-stick spray. After that I combined onion, Monterey Jack cheese, evaporated milk, all abut ½ cup of the bacon, and veggies in a large bowl. Once combined I poured the mixture into the pizza dough lined tart pan and sprinkled the top with the remaining bacon and Parmesan cheese.

Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 30 minutes or until the dough is golden and the filling is set. It’s good right out of the oven and even better the next day.

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white choc bundt 2

White Chocolate Pound Cake – adapted from Recipezaar

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 4 (1 ounce) white chocolate baking squares, chopped
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt

Glaze

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla or almond extract
  • 1-2 TBS milk or water

Preheat oven to 325°. Prepare a 10-inch tube or bundt pan for non stick baking. Spray evenly with Bakers Joy or grease and flour the pan.

In a heavy saucepan, combine evaporated milk and chocolate. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate is melted. Cool to room temperature. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy approximately 5 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in vanilla bean paste. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with chocolate mixture. Beat just until combined. Pour into pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

For the glaze mix the 2 cups of powdered sugar with the vanilla and the liquid. If mixture is too thick add a tablespoon of milk or water at a time until it reaches drizzling consistency. Another good way to apply the glaze is with a pastry brush.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!

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