Making every moment of Mother’s Day count
Time. Though a physicist might argue, our experience of Time begins with one person: Mom. It is only fitting, perhaps, that the state of motherhood is all about time. Being a mom is a 24/7, 365-day-per-year position. Moms bring us into this world, even those moms who haven’t physically given birth to us, because they introduce us to living life. Those moments Mom laughed when we were sure she would yell taught us joy. Those hours of conversation taught us about wisdom. Sleepless nights holding us through earaches taught us how to love. Moms put in more time just being moms than we often even realize.
Mother’s Day only lasts 24 hours. In the scope of a mother’s efforts, it’s just a blip. Why not make each of those hours count? For every minute of the meals we spent with Mom, we might want to take some time ourselves to appreciate what we owe. Of course, paying Mom back is something we can do every day of the year. For Mother’s Day, however, we can really focus on celebrating Mom from morning to night.
The bakers in the Clabber Girl kitchen have plenty of ideas, from traditional homemade meals to clever goody gifts, to get you started on making sure Mom will truly feel the love on her day.
Morning: Breakfast in Bed
Classic as a black-and-white movie, breakfast in bed is a surprise that can start Mom’s day right (although, if your mom is opposed to crumbs in the sheets, you can always set her up a lovely table). We think we have the perfect treat: blueberry almond breakfast scones. The blueberries tend to hold their shape, creating a burst of tart sweetness with every bite, while the crunch of the almonds grounds the scones with a touch of elegant earthiness.
Blueberry Almond Breakfast Scones
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/3 c. butter (2.6 oz.)
1 c. fresh blueberries
1 c. sour cream
2 tsp. almond flavoring
1 1/2 tbsp. milk
1 tbsp. granulated sugar
Sliced almonds for garnish
Afternoon: Sugar Cookie Cards
Remember how Mom always had to pack snacks so you wouldn’t get grumpy on trips? A touch of sugar is good for Mom, too. Get creative by combining the sweet treat with a sweet message. These crisp, yet cake-like Clabber Girl sugar cookies make your base, so you can mix up some savory strawberry icing to pipe a different heartfelt message on each one. Since these will be gone before you know it, you should probably still write her a note on a paper card, too.
Creative Cut Out Sugar Cookies
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 sticks (10 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Evening: Spring into Dinner
Moms are people who nurture us and help us grow, seed to sky. It’s fitting that Mother’s Day happens in the heart of spring, so we can’t forget how many winters Mom has spent getting us ready to branch out into the sunshine. Set the dinner table with colorful tulips, open the windows to let in the warm breeze, and make Mom a delicious dinner filled with ripe, fresh spring vegetables. This pasta primavera recipe will bring a savory sophistication to your Mother’s Day celebration.
Pasta Primavera (Pasta with Spring Vegetables)
1 sweet onion (such as Vidalia and chopped)
1/4 c. white wine vinegar
1 tbsp. fresh minced tarragon (or 1 tsp. dried)
1/2 c. olive oil
7 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 tsp. hot red pepper flakes (optional)
2 14 oz. cans whole artichoke hearts (drained and quartered)
2 c. frozen peas
3/4 lb. linguine
1 tbsp. salt
1 1/4 c. minced fresh parsley leaves
1 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Freshly ground pepper (to taste)
Heat one large pot filled with water to the boiling point. While this is heating, in a separate skillet heat two tablespoons of the oil on medium heat and saute the onion for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic for about 2 to 3 minutes.
At this point drop the pasta in the boiling water and stir to separate the noodles a few times during the first few minutes.
Add the vegetables (with the exception of spinach, if using) to the onion mixture and cook though for about 5 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and the chicken stock. Heat through and reduce the heat, keeping the sauce warm.
Undercook the pasta to the point where it is cooked, but you would probably let it boil for about another minute- at this point, immediately drain the pot. Toss the pasta back in the large pot, on medium heat, along with the remaining two tablespoons of olive oil, the warm sauce, the butter, the parsley and the spinach if using. Add salt and pepper to taste. Heat through, mix and toss the pasta and sauce thoroughly for about one minute-test the pasta to be sure it is cooked through and spoon the entire mixture into a large serving bowl.
Serve immediately with the freshly grated cheese on the side. Makes enough for 6 to 8 servings.
These delicious, homemade recipes from the Clabber Girl kitchen are just the beginning of the ways you can thank Mom for her time…especially THOSE times (you know the ones!). Moms come in all shapes and sizes, and each and every one deserves a day dedicated to showing our love. These treats can be a fantastic surprise or a wonderful way to bond with Mom as you make them together…just make sure part of the present is that you’re doing the dishes! We love you, Mom!