Your Guide to Mother’s Day 2017

Confidante, friend, leader, role model, giver of best hugs, TV-binging partner… Whoever your mom is to you, make sure to celebrate all that she is and does this Sunday for her special day! You don’t have to plan a lavish excursion or intricate surprise to make Mom feel loved — all you need is a little creativity and an open heart to say “thank you!”
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Cozy breakfast in bed

“Mom” is one of the toughest jobs in the world. It’s an endless cycle of hard work and sacrifices (and a whole lot of love along the way.) Give your mom a chance to relax and enjoy a lazy morning with a wonderful breakfast in bed! She’ll marvel at the smell of bacon and eggs without having to leave the cozy confines of her room.

A breakfast tray is the best way to avoid mess and spills, and will allow her to enjoy her comfort while indulging in her favorite meal. [1] In need of cooking inspiration? Try these delicious Stuffed French Toast Hearts [2], fluffy Eggs in Clouds [2A], or classic Chocolate Chip Pancakes [2B] — all three say “I love you” at first bite!

To make the meal magical, accompany her food with the rich aroma of freshly brewed coffee. A coffee maker with a multitude of settings and ability to create her favorite café drink, whether an espresso, cappuccino, latte, or even hot chocolate, will surely brighten her morning, and brighten the day ahead! [3]

Indulge in an afternoon adventure

After a satisfying breakfast, head outside to enjoy the lovely spring weather! While New Jersey is often known first for its coastline, there are countless opportunities right around your home for some afternoon fun. For the wine lovers out there, Working Dog Winery in Robbinsville is the perfect spot for a special experience. [4] With tours and tasting room opportunities in this spectacular vineyard, Mom will be having fun in no time. Relax in the sun, try a delightful new wine, and enjoy the beautiful view!

If your mom is a fan of art, there’s no better place to take her than Grounds for Sculpture. [5] Located in Hamilton, this magical outdoor museum-arboretum will take her breath away. Filled with thousands of trees and flowers, and hundreds of astounding sculptures that you’ll have to see to believe, this wildly unique attraction is one that she’ll always remember. Enjoy a lunchtime picnic in the park or simply gaze at the wonders on your stroll or from a tranquil gazebo!

A classic homemade meal 

Your most wonderful memories of childhood may include mom’s signature cooking or laughter-filled meals together. After all, there’s no greater gift than sharing happiness and delicious food shared with the ones you love. This Sunday, put on your chef’s apron and whip up a memorable dinner for Mom.

It all starts with an appetizer: Tomato Crostini with Whipped Feta [6] and Fig Toasties [6A] are two light and tasty bite-sized snacks that will prime taste buds for the main meal. As a bonus, she’ll be extremely impressed with this sophisticated (yet simple to make) appetizer! Pair with refreshing Mint Citrus Water, [7] or a beautiful floral cocktail (flowers in delicious drinks are a two-for-one!) [7A]

When it comes to the main meal, you can’t go wrong with her all-time favorite dinner. The most important thing to remember is that it’s not about how professional the meal looks, but the care that you put into making it. For a lineup of dinner ideas that will hit the spot, try Bon Appetit’s special Mother’s Day menu, with options like elegant Broiled Salmon with Scallions and Sesame, and mouth-watering Lamb Chops with Sorrel Salsa Verde. [8]

One thing’s a given: chocolate for dessert is a great idea. While you can never go wrong with a rich, decadent, and gooey cake, [9] chocolate-covered strawberries are a staple of love. [9A] They’re fun and easy to make, and taste even better when eaten with others! For those who enjoy a tangier treat, this creamy and tart Lemon Ice Box Pie, [9B] and flavorful and juicy Blueberry-Nectarine Pandowdy [9C] are satisfyingly sweet spring desserts that absolutely melt in your mouth. The finishing touch on your delicious dinner will be a celebration of sweetness!

The most priceless gift

Presents don’t have to be expensive or intricate to express feelings. Sometimes, the greatest gifts are the simplest. While a lovely picture frame with a special photo, her favorite scented-candle, or bouquet of flowers speak volumes, you don’t have to purchase anything fancy to show that you care.

Simply showing your gratitude through spending time together is priceless. Flip through a photo album to relive your best memories together, ask her to tell a story about her mother, or just sit back and watch your favorite show or movie together — there’s no price tag or right answer for genuine, quality family time.

Celebrating from miles apart

For those who can’t be with their moms on Mother’s Day, don’t fret! Technology makes it possible to celebrate from even the furthest distances. Schedule a time for a Skype, Facetime, or videochat date together and laugh over a meal or beverage and reminisce about memories shared together, or celebrate the present moment.

No matter what you choose, this Sunday, let’s celebrate all that moms around the world have done and will continue to do for their family, friends, and communities. This 24/7, 365 day-a-year job is hardly glamorous or glitzy, yet moms everywhere do their jobs with a certain kind of love that cannot be quantified. Shower your mom with gratitude this Mother’s Day and have fun!

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Breakfast-Trays/b?ie=UTF8&node=681147011
[2] http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/creamy–fruity-stuffed-french-toast-hearts
[2A] http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipe/eggs-in-clouds
[2B] http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-chip-pancakes-45935
[3] https://www.hhappliance.com/products/wolf/ec24s.html
[4] http://www.workingdogwinerynj.com
[5] http://www.groundsforsculpture.org/index.cfm
[6] https://barefootcontessa.com/recipes/tomato-crostini-with-whipped-feta
[6A] http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/fig-toasties
[7] http://allrecipes.com/recipe/242135/mint-citrus-water/
[7A] http://www.saveur.com/floral-cocktails-recipes?image=1
[8] http://www.bonappetit.com/entertaining-style/menus/article/mother-s-day-dinner
[9] http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/moms-chocolate-cake
[9A] http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/chocolate-covered-strawberries-recipe
[9B] http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/lemon-ice-box-pie
[9C] http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/blueberry-nectarine-pandowdy

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