Don’t Wake Mom for Breakfast — Cook Her Dinner Instead!
Give mom what she really wants.
Here’s something that has always stumped me about Mother’s Day: breakfast in bed. Sure, being served eggs, toast and fruit (on a tray with a cute little bud vase of freshly picked flowers) while snuggled under the warmth and comfort of my favorite blanket sounds like something I should want. But I don’t. As the parent of an energetic 8-year old girl I can tell you that sleep — 8 glorious hours of uninterrupted rest — is far more satisfying. (Never mind the fact that breakfast in bed = waking up to a dirty kitchen and a sink full of dishes!)
That’s right, breakfast in bed is one of those things that sounds nice in theory but doesn’t take into account what I really want on my special day. And, I’m willing to bet there are a lot of other moms out there who feel the exact same way.
So, how do you treat mom to some much-needed "r and r"? Let her sleep in — and cook her a special, Mother’s Day dinner instead. I’ve even rounded up a few mom-approved recipes to get you started!
Let mom know that you appreciate all of the ways she goes above and beyond, by doing the same for her; start her special Mother’s Day dinner with a drink and appetizer. It only takes a handful of ingredients and a few minutes of your time to mix up a bubbly Aperol Spritz or a pretty, pink (non-alcoholic) Raspberry Lemonade. Pair with tomato Bruschetta or a classic Caprese Salad for an impressive (yet easy-to-make) first course.
Why says you need reservations to give mom a nice dinner? Tyler’s Shrimp Scampi is ready in just 25 minutes and uses ingredients that you probably already have on-hand. Mom doesn’t do seafood? Giada’s Chicken Piccata is just as easy and equally impressive. Pair either dish with mom’s favorite veggie and you’ve got dinner.
Even the youngest of kiddos can help make Mother’s Day dessert. Mom’s special little ones will have fun layering lady fingers for a show-stopping Raspberry Tiramisu — or chocolate chip cookies for Ina’s decadent Mocha Chocolate Icebox Cake. Running out of time? Try Ree’s 5-ingredient Cherry Cheesecake Shooters instead. (You’ve got to have time to clean up the kitchen, after all!)