Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Making Mom’s Day

One Mother’s Day long ago, I wanted to surprise my mom by baking homemade pecan rolls for breakfast. The recipe called for eight refrigerator biscuits, but the package held ten. So my mom asked me what I did with the other two biscuits—judging from the look on her face, “I threw them away” wasn’t the right answer.

Now I’m the mom, and I can tell you firsthand that I appreciate the simple things on Mother’s Day. Homemade cards, quiet time in my garden, and meals I don’t have to cook myself. (Hint, hint!) And if things go a little sideways in the kitchen, just hide the evidence.

For all the kids and spouses and friends who want to spoil the moms, here are some easy recipes you can make for Mother’s Day.

You’ll find ideas for breakfast in bed, springtime brunches, and special dinners. (Seriously—fighting restaurant crowds on Mother’s Day is not a recipe for relaxation.)

We’ve pulled together easy-to-make, classic Mother’s Day favorites like Old-Fashioned Pancakes. (Bonus: The recipe comes with must-see video giving you great tips for the fluffiest pancakes.)

For the littlest cooks, here’s a super simple Yogurt Parfait they can spoon together for mom. And it’s healthy!

Feeling a bit more ambitious? Try this wow-worthy brunch dish: Savory Bacon & Crab Bread Pudding Benedict. Yes, it looks totally impressive, but this video shows you how easy it is to make.

Mother’s Day dinner doesn’t have to be fancy. Maybe steaks on the grill, or quick, easy, and colorful Pork Chops with Fresh Tomato, Onion, Garlic, and Feta.

For dessert? You could take advantage of all the fresh strawberries in season right now and whip up this beautiful Strawberry Cheesecake.

And who doesn’t love cookies? These rolled sugar cookies make a great homemade gift from the kids:

You’ll find more recipes, menus, videos, and inspiration in our special Mother’s Day feature.

Wishing you all a very happy Mother’s Day!

Vanessa Greaves
Senior Editor