The old adage says the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, but for this month at least, we should say it's the way to mom's. There are few things sweeter, I think, than cooking for someone as a means to express gratitude, love, or to ask them to go to prom (my oldest daughter tells me this is called a "promposal"). Rather than fretting over choosing the right store-bought Mother's Day gift, let's all cook something special for the mom(s) in our lives instead.
How do I know moms will love this? Because who doesn't love something tasty to eat?! Breakfast in bed is a wonderfully grand gesture. Most of my own Mother's Days have started this way. My husband and girls all cook and load up a tray with an enormous spread of bacon, eggs, toast, potatoes, OJ, and coffee, fortified with a selection of pastries from my favorite bakery and a copy of the Sunday paper. Basically it involves every morning food I have ever said I liked, along the only issue of the newspaper I'll get to read cover-to-cover for the whole year. It's pretty dreamy actually, though I've never figured out why they think I can eat and drink so much in one sitting.
But a single dish can be just as lovely as a giant, multi-course meal. And baking and dessert recipes easily lend themselves to fun and memorable experiences in the kitchen for both kids and adults. Plus, if mom wants to share (and I bet she will), everyone gets to enjoy the scrumptious results. If you're in need of some inspiration, try one of the recipes below. Paired with a pile of handmade cards, they're sure to make the perfect gift for mom—sweet and simple.
Kids can mix the batter for this almond cake and cut the strawberries that top it with a butter knife:
Start with your favorite cupcake recipe and then let everyone decorate their own flower cupcake as part of a bouquet she'll eat right up!:
Satisfy her sweet tooth with this super-easy cookies and cream fudge recipe:
Joy Howard is an associate editor at FamilyFun. Her ultimate breakfast definitely includes bacon and salad greens, but definitely does not include pancakes.
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