Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days of the year to go out to eat. And that is not necessarily a good thing. It may be fun to go out to brunch, lunch or dinner with Mom, but when a restaurant is jam packed with big groups of people, it’s not quite the pleasant, intimate experience you might hope for. I like to skip the crowds (and high priced specialty menus!) and cook at home. Brunch is my favorite, although I’ll also do dinner, because it gets the day off to a very pleasant, relaxing start for mom. Here are some of my favorite ideas to treat your mom with on Mother’s Day.
For a small group, just the nuclear family, I’ll keep it simple. French toast, scrambled eggs and fresh juice are all you need to put out a really nice breakfast. Pancakes are good too. Try Chocolate Chip if you want something indulgent, and while Red Velvet Pancakes were also a Valentine’s Day treat, their heart-shaped design will be a hit with most moms. If you want some more protein, add in some bacon or some homemade breakfast sausage.
For a big group, I’ll do a lot more and put out more of a buffet. I’ll start with a big pot of coffee and a carafe of juice. Then I’ll put out some coffee cake and maybe some easy Cream Cheese Danishes. Sugar Donut Muffins are a crowd pleaser, too (As are the Jelly Donut Muffins in the Baking Bites Cookbook!). Cheesy Egg Casserole and mini fritattas are great for serving a crowd, too. Of course, I’ll also put out some bacon and a fresh fruit salad.
Don’t forget to do the dishes afterward. Not only does Mom get to eat, she shouldn’t have to clean anything on Mother’s Day either!