7 Rules for Making Mother’s Day Sweeter

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Mother’s Day comes once a year and we (the moms) love it. It’s our day to get pampered and appreciated; we’re treated like queens. It’s the one morning per year that we’re given undisputed permission to sleep in. We revel in it. That said, we want to help you (and ourselves) get the very most out of this special holiday. You may think that cooking us breakfast or a sweet treat is a good move, and we wholeheartedly agree that it is, but we have a few tips. When cooking for Mom, follow these seven rules to make this the sweetest Mother’s Day yet.

Rule #1: Make it easy, and make it chocolate.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew. This isn’t the day to make an epic mess in the kitchen or destroy Mom’s favorite Bundt pan. Stick to something safe, something familiar, something chocolate — like brownies!

Rule #2: Say “yes” to fruit, but not just any fruit.

We love fruit, but we don’t want cut-up fruit salad on Mother’s Day. This isn’t a potluck or a brown-bag lunch, so please put the grapes and chunks of melon down and listen up: We want something simple yet elegant (just like us!). We want strawberry shortcake or Raspberry Tiramisu.

Rule #3: Breakfast is always nice.

Breakfast in bed is a classic Mother’s Day move, and we welcome it with open arms. But stick to dishes that don’t need to be served piping-hot. Make quiche or Chocolate Waffles — no cold scrambled eggs, please.

Vietnamese ice coffee with condensed milk, cafe sua da on a wooden background

Rule #4: We HEART coffee.

Please don’t forget our coffee—especially if you expect us to sit in bed for an extra hour waiting for those cold scrambled eggs. Perhaps prepare some strong cold-brew the night before? It’s just a thought…

Rule #5: Smoothie, take me away!

Hint, hint. This mango and yogurt smoothie from Bobby Flay has an extra-special ingredient: rum! It will ALMOST keep us from thinking about the huge mess you probably made in the kitchen. Almost.

Rule #6: Make it healthy.

We’re going to eat whatever you make, but could it be something healthy? This beautiful Coconut-Chia Pudding Breakfast Bowl is delicious, requires no cooking and (much like we moms) is positively virtuous.

Cookie Love

Rule #7: Don’t stress, Mom loves you no matter what.

Even if you just pick up bagels and a card, you’re still No. 1 in our book. But whatever you do, DO NOT forget about Mother’s Day!

Here are more recipes for Mother’s Day!