Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes

April 21, 2015 in Recipes

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mothers-day-brunch-2012This is for all dads, grandpas ,uncles,brothers…. in short – this is for all the guys out there: Combine forces with kids – or with each other and start planning Mother’s Day brunch for that special mama in your life. I am going to help you out – here are recipes for a great brunch – all are easy to put together, even for those who do not have a high level of expertise in the kitchen.

The Mother’s Day Brunch Menu:

  • Old Fashioned Pancakes
  • Asparagus and Soft Eggs on Toast
  • Strawberry Crepes
  • Apples Fritters
  • One Bowl Chocolate Fudge Cake

I know – this not exactly a menu for calorie counters and cautious eaters. But – it is Mother’s Day, so – why not indulge?

Old Fashioned Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • 3 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/4 cups of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of melted butter or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Stir flour, baking powder, salt and sugar together.
  2. Beat eggs thoroughly and add milk.
  3. Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients, slowly add the egg-milk mixture.
  4. Add melted butter and vanilla.
  5. Stir quickly until ingredients are just mixed and batter is still lumpy in appearance.
  6. Drop by 1/4 cupfuls on a hot griddle.
  7.  Cook the pancakes until they are filled with bubbles and the under-surface is golden brown.
  8. Turn and brown the other side.
  9. Serve as hot as possible with maple syrup, honey, jam or jelly, bacon or sausages.
  10. Do not turn the pancakes more than once during cooking.

Variations of pancakes:

Sour milk pancakes – make pancake batter, using sour milk or buttermilk. Reduce baking powder to 1-1/2 teaspoon; add 1 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in 1 teaspoon warm water.

Blueberry pancakes – make pancake batter, increasing sugar to 1/3 cup. Reduce milk to 1 cup. Add 1 cup of floured blueberries. Cook slower than plain pancakes.

Apple Cinnamon pancakes – make pancake batter. Reduce milk to 1 cup;add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla. 1 cup of grated raw apple, 1.2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in 1 teaspoon of warm water.

Ginger’n spice pancakes – make pancake batter. To dry ingredients add: 1/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon allspice.

Banana pancakes – make pancake batter. Reduce sugar to 2 teaspoons and milk to 1 cup. Add a few grains of black pepper to dry ingredients, fold in 3/4 cup of mashed ripe banana.

Asparagus and Soft Eggs on Toast

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Ingredients:

  • 4 slices of your favourite bread (white sandwich bread is not recommended)
  • 1 lb. of  asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil                            
  • salt and black pepper
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan (1 ounce)

Directions:

  1. Heat broiler.
  2. Place the bread and asparagus on a baking sheet.
  3. Drizzle with the oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  4. Broil until the bread is toasted, 1 to 2 minutes per side; transfer the bread to plates.
  5. Continue broiling the asparagus, tossing once, until tender, 4 to 8 minutes more.
  6. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil.
  7. Carefully lower the eggs into the water.
  8. Reduce heat and gently simmer for 6 minutes.
  9. Cool under running water and peel. If you want to, you can make poached eggs your usual way and place them on toasted bread with asparagus.
  10. Divide the asparagus among the toast, sprinkle on the Parmesan, and top with the eggs.

Apple Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 cups of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together and beat gently until smooth.
  2. Pick nice firm apples, peel them, core and slice into round circles about 1/2: but no more than 3/4″ thick.
  3. Using tongues (or fork), dip each slice into batter mixture and drop into hot oil.
  4. You will need to turn the fritter over once one side turns golden brown and rise to the top of your oil.
  5. When they are cooked on both sides, gently lift them from hot oil and place on absorbent paper that will soak up excess grease.
  6. You can then either put them into a mixture of sugar and cinnamon or sprinkle them with icing sugar mixed with a bit of vanilla sugar of just place them plain on a serving plate.

Also try: Banana Fritters by pealing firm bananas and cutting them into rounds about 1/2″ thick. Sprinkle pieces with about 2 tablespoons of sugar and about 1 tablespoon of orange juice, let stand for 20 minutes. Dip banana rounds into the batter, making sure it coat the entire piece. Drop one by one into hot oil and fry same as Apple Fritters.

 

 Strawberry Crepes

Filling:      

  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 4 cups of sliced, hulled strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of orange-flavoured liquor or orange juice

Crepes:

  • 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of orange flavoured liquor or orange juice

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar and salt.
  2. Whisk together eggs, milk, butter and liquor or orange juice and whisk into dry ingredients.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Heat 8 or 9 inch crepe pan or skillet over medium heat; brush with some of the butter.
  5. For each crepe, pour ¼ cup of batter into pan, swirling to coat; cook, turning once until golden – about 1 minute.
  6. Transfer to plate and continue cooking crepes from the remaining batter.
  7. In a bowl, combine strawberries, sugar and liquor. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  8. Spoon ¼ cup of strawberry mixture onto centre of each crepe, fold sides over into thirds or spread the strawberry mixture over crepe and roll.

One Bowl Fudge Cake

Ingredients:

  • 1-3/4 cups of flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of milk
  • 2 squares of unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Stir first 5 ingredients together in a large bowl of electric mixer.
  2. Add shortening (at room temperature). eggs and 1/2 cup of milk.
  3. Mix on low speed with electric mixer for about 2 minutes.
  4. Scrape sides of the bowl often during mixing. Add cooled melted chocolate, vanilla and remaining milk, beat 2 more minutes on same speed.
  5. Pour into greased and floured 9 square cake pan.
  6. Bake in a moderate oven (350F) for 35 – 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Frost as desired.

This batter can be used to make fudge cupcakes – place cupcake paper cups into a muffin pan and fill each about 3/4 full with the batter. Bake at 350F for about 15 – 20 minutes. It will make about 1-1/2 dozen of medium size cupcakes.

Hope you have a great Mother’s Day and please, send in your comments, your input is welcomed and much appreciated!

 

 

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Just in Time For Mother’s Day

April 21, 2014 in Featured Articles

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mothers dayThe things your mother – and my mother for that matter used to say, may or may not all be truth. Did you ever wonder about that? I really was never quite sure if it was OK to go out with wet hair or not or if holding my breath would really cure me of hiccups. Now I am a grandmother – so I don’t have to say things like my mom said to me – and if you want to know what being a grandmother means to me, just click on the link.

You are probably thinking that I kind of missed a generation – and you are right. Did I say things that my mom said to me to my boys? I have to admit that I did – at least one of them. :-)

 The Canadian Living magazine did find some answers and I thought the information was interesting enough to share:

“Hold your breath to get rid of your hiccups”

That is true. There have always been a good number of suggestions on how to cure this annoying thing, caused by spasms of your diaphragm. It was suggested to quickly drink cold water or standing on your head. But apparently holding your breath really does work.

“Don’t go outside with wet hair, you will catch a cold”

That statement is not true. Simply because being cold will not actually cause you to catch a cold. You really need to come in contact with the virus first – so apparently you could roll around naked in the snow and you would not catch a cold

 “Drinking coffee will stunt your growth”

That again is false. Coffee should definitely not be given to youngsters simply because of the effects caffeine has on the heart rate, increased anxiety, possible stomach aches and difficulty to sleep. I think those are reasons enough

 “Don’t sit on cold surface, it will give you hemorrhoids”

Another false one. That is because true cause for getting those very uncomfortable hemorrhoids is straining, which causes lining of the intestines to be forced out. Constipation and childbirth are common causes -not sitting on cold surface

 ” Don’t sit too close to the TV, it will ruin your eyes”

Another false one – apparently children have an amazing ability to adapt to blurred vision without experiencing eye strain. That as I’d, if you are noticing that your child is sitting too close to the TV all the time, it may be a sign that check up with the optometrist and possibly a pair of glasses is needed.

 “Stay out of the shower during thunderstorm

Personally, I don’t recall my mom saying that one, but if yours did, she was right. While showers do not actually attract lightening, if it does strike the plumbing system, it can be conducted into the tub or shower.

“Drink your milk if you want strong bones”

Oh yes -this one is definitely true. It’s calcium and some good protein that milk will give you. In short, if you are not getting enough calcium, your body will take it out of your bones.

There are a lot more saying moms have – and some definitely deserve translation. Check out:

Mother’s Day Wisdom - and have a good laugh!

On that note – mom was right about lot of things and showing love and appreciation on Mother’s Day (and every other day as well) is definitely the right thing to do!

Happy Mother’s Day and lots of love to all wonderful moms out there!

 

 

 

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Mother’s Day Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

May 7, 2013 in Recipes

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Give a consideration to making something special for mom this Mother’s Day. And it could be these easy to make and very,very delicious Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes. The recipe is easy to follow, so you can involve your children and watch their faces light up with pride as they serve mom something they made!

Ingredients:

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

  • 3 cups of strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar
  • 4 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate sauce

Chocolate Biscuits:

  • 2-1/4 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon each baking soda and salt
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 cup of buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla

Topping:

  • 1 tablespoon of whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar

Directions:

    1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
    2. With pastry blender, cut in butter until crumbly.
    3. Whisk together buttermilk, egg and vanilla, add to the flour mixture, stirring with fork to make soft dough.
    4. With lightly floured hands, press dough into ball.
    5. On floured surface, knead gently about 10 times.
    6. Pat into 1-inch thick round, cut out rounds, patting out scraps and making more rounds.
    7. Place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
    8. Brush biscuits with cream and sprinkle with sugar.
    9. Bake in the centre of 400F oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until puffed and test toothpick comes out clean.
    10. Cool on pan on racks.
    11. Meanwhile, mix:
    12. 3 cups of strawberries with 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar, cover and let stand for minimum of 20 minutes, until juices form (when making ahead, let stand for 2 hours)
    13. Split cooled biscuits horizontally in half, place bottom half on each serving plate or large platter, layer with berries, ice cream, chocolate sauce and biscuit top.

 

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day and send me your comments, suggestions and experiences – your input is very much welcomed and very much appreciated

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Mother’s Day Wisdom

April 25, 2011 in Featured Articles

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Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I thought I share some fun stuff with you. Ask yourself whether or not you have used even one of these statements – I know and I admit that I sure did. Looking back – it makes it even funnier as the years go by. Enjoy!

1. My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE 
“If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning.” 

2. My mother taught me RELIGION.  
“You better pray that will come out of the carpet.” 

3. My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL
“If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of next week!” 

4. My mother taught me LOGIC
” Because I said so, that’s why.” 

5. My mother taught me MORE LOGIC .  
“If you fall out of that swing and break your neck, you’re not going to the store with me.” 

6. My mother taught me FORESIGHT
“Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident.” 

7. My mother taught me IRONY.  
“Keep crying, and I’ll give you something to cry about..” 

8. My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS 
“Shut your mouth and eat your supper.” 

9. My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM
“Will you look at that dirt on the back of your neck!” 

10. My mother taught me about STAMINA  .. 
“You’ll sit there until all that spinach is gone.” 
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!” 

11. My mother taught me about WEATHER
“This room of yours looks as if a tornado went through it.” 
12. My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY
“If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Don’t exaggerate!” 

 

13. My mother taught me the CIRCLE OF LIFE
“I brought you into this world, and I can take you out..” 

14. My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION 
“Stop acting like your father!” 

15. My mother taught me about ENVY
“There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do.” 

16. My mother taught me about ANTICIPATION
“Just wait until we get home.” 
“You are going to get it when you get home!” 
 

17. My mother taught me about RECEIVING 
“You are going to get it when you get home!” 

 
18. My mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE
“If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to get stuck that way.” 

19. My mother taught me ESP
“Put your sweater on; don’t you think I know when you are cold?” 

20. My mother taught me HUMOR. 
“When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don’t come running to me.” 

21. My mother taught me HOW TO BECOME AN ADULT 
“If you don’t eat your vegetables, you’ll never grow up.” 

22. My mother taught me GENETICS.  
“You’re just like your father.” 

23. My mother taught me about my ROOTS
“Shut that door behind you.  Do you think you were born in a barn?” 

24. My mother taught me WISDOM.  
“When you get to be my age, you’ll understand.”

   
25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE  
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you
!”

And my favorite:

25. My mother taught me about JUSTICE  
“One day you’ll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you
!”

I do not have further words of wisdom to add here, but if you do, please send them in!

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