Take Mom out to lunch for Mother’s Day

by Frugal Brian

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The most special person in our lives to most of us is our Mother. Husbands and wives, children and even fathers just don’t quite have the special bond that is there between a child and the special woman who gave birth to them, fed and nurtured them, nursed them back to health, gave a willing shoulder to cry on when sad, rejoiced with them when happiness soared, and stood by them when devastating events occurred in their own lives. Mom deserves a medal but in lieu of that why not take her out to lunch, dinner, or even make a special dinner for her yourself? Mother’s Day is a world wide holiday although it is celebrated on different days in various countries. The second Sunday in May is traditionally Mother’s Day in the U.S. and this was first established back in the late 1800′s. In 1910 West Virginia declared officially that there be a special day set aside for celebrating Mothers and on 1914 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed a day to show honor for mothers who had sons that had died in war by flying flags in Mom’s honor. President Franklyn D. Roosevelt then approved a commemorative stamp in honor of Mother’s Day in 1934. First becoming officially a holiday in the United States, it soon went international.

Dinner Lunch Brunch or just a phone call or greeting card pleases Mom One of the busiest days for making telephone calls, and the most popular of all greeting card days is the celebration of Mother’s Day. Mom gets more flowers in her special day than any other day for any other purpose. Why do we each go to such great lengths to give to Mom on this day? Well perhaps because she has always given 100% of herself to us each and every day, never asking for more than our reciprocal love. Taking Mom out for a special brunch, lunch, or dinner is special Dainty little cakes tarts and salads to be shared by a child and their special parent, their Mother can be easily prepared with simple ingredients that will please and impress her while you chat quietly for a few precious and special moments, just mother and child. Try these low cost yet very easy to make suggestions:

Quiche Lorraine (sounds fancy but quite simple to make) 9″ pie crust (refrigerated type works well) 1 chopped medium onion 5-6 slices bacon 3 beaten eggs 1 ½ cups milk ¼ tsp salt 1 TBS flour (all-purpose) 1 ½ – 2 cups Swiss cheese (shredded) Preheat your oven to 400°F Double wrap the pie crust in foil and bake 8 minutes. Lower oven to 325°F then cook bacon in skillet until browned and crisp. Set aside the drippings then cook the chopped onion in same skillet. Drain and set onion aside. Mix eggs, milk, and salt in large bowl, stir in bacon & onions. Mix shredded cheese and flour in another bowl then add to egg mixture bowl. Mix well then pour into your pre-cooked pie crust. Bake 35-40 minutes. Check with blade of a knife and when it comes out clean remove from oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into slices and serving. So quick and simple yet sounds and looks elegant for Mom on her special day!

Strawberries & Spinach Salad (Elegant and appealing, this quick Spring-time salad will appeal to every Mom!) 2 TBS toasted sesame seeds 1 TBS toasted poppy seeds ½ C. olive oil ½ C. white sugar ¼ tsp paprika ¼ C. white vinegar (distilled) ¼ tsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 TBS finely minced onion 10 ounce package fresh baby spinach leaves (thoroughly washed, then dried) 1 quart sized container fresh strawberries (cleaned and sliced) 1/3 C. blanched almonds (chopped into slivers) Whisk seeds, oil, paprika, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and onions and chill in the refrigerator one hour before mixing together spinach, almonds, and strawberries. Pour liquid dressing over salad, tossing lightly, then put back in fridge to chill another 10-15 minutes. Serve in chilled glass bowls.

Champagne Cocktail with a twist (before of after brunch pepper-upper) 1 ounce pear brandy 6 ounces sparkling white wine (Champagne) 1 TBS blackberry preserves (made with whole berry) Simply pour brandy into a fluted champagne glass, pour in champagne, then gently drop preserves into glass. Yummy, low calorie, low alcohol level, and actually healthy drink to celebrate Mom’s special Day!

Cheese & Tomato Strata (elegant affordable and easy entrée) 4-5 slices white bread (stale bread works fine) 2 thinly sliced tomatoes 1 C. Shredded mild cheddar cheese 2-3 scallions (or green onions) chopped 2 eggs Kosher salt (1/4 to ½ tsp) 2 C. whole milk Spread oil in 8″ square oven proof dish. Place half of the bread slices in bottom of dish, add on half of the cheese, tomatoes, and onions. Top with remaining bread and top with rest of cheese, tomatoes, and onions. In another bowl mix milk, eggs, and salt then pour over bread/tomato layers. Refrigerate at least two hours (can be prepped the night before). Heat oven to 350°F and bake 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Sprinkle additional cheddar cheese over dish about 5 minutes before it is done for a truly inspiring appearance plus more calcium and richer flavor.

Happy Mother’s Day to each and every Mommy! If you can’t actually be with Mom on her special day, send her a gift card for her favorite restaurant and ask her to think of you when she eats there. But don’t forget the flowers and a phone call would also be nice! In addition, we’ve got 1-800 Flowers coupons to help you get started!

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