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Enjoy the many ways to celebrate Mother’s Day in style.

Let Mom Know She’s One of a Kind!

Moms mean so much, so when her special day comes along we should celebrate! Start her day with a Sunrise Mimosa and Croissant Breakfast Sandwich with Avocado, or really wow her with a slice of Bacon-Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomato Quiche. Breakfast in Bed is Just the Beginning, so check out ideas to make her entire day special, while a delicious recipe for Banana Split Cake takes care of her sweet tooth!

Looking to celebrate the day outside? Plan your Mother’s Day Picnic, including ideas for yummy food and fun games to bring along. You can always Make Mom a Flower Arrangement as well for a lovely gift she’ll really appreciate.

Carnation and Lily Bouquet with Printable Tags

Carnation and Lily Bouquet with Printable Tags

Here’s a simple and beautiful DIY gift idea for you that is great for spring occasions such as Teacher Appreciation Day or Admin Appreciation Day, as well as Mother’s Day. Or just to brighten the day of a sick friend or someone going through a hard time.

Your local Kroger has a wide variety of fresh flowers this time of year. For a great homemade bouquet, look for carnations, mums and alstroemeria in spring colors such as pink, white and yellow. The grower's bunches are great because they are one type of flower and are generally very reasonably priced. You can pick three different colors and mix them to suit any occasion.

Bring home one bunch of large lilies, too, for contrast in both size and color in a bouquet. Orange Asiatic lilies are fun, or you can keep it more pink and white with Stargazer lilies. (One lily goes in each bouquet – so you’ll have enough to make several bouquets – spread the love!) You can easily change the colors for any occasion or holiday.

  • Start with 2 stems of light pink carnations, 2 stems of white carnations, 1 stem of mini dark pink carnations, 1 spray of pink alstroemeria and 2 stems of yellow button mums. Vary yours according to your color scheme, but be sure to have at least three colors.
  • Choose 1 lily for the center of the bouquet. This will add a focal point with a single large, dramatic flower.
  • Cut the stems to an equal length.
  • To make a bouquet you can carry, start with tissue or wrapping paper cut to 18.5” x 14”.
  • Lay 4 stems of flowers on the paper. Then add the lily, and another layer of flowers, mixing up the colors. Since this is going to be a carried bouquet, you can bring the flowers down just slightly with each layer.
  • If you are worried that your flowers will shift around, you can place a rubber band around the ends. Just place it up high enough that you won't see it and it will be covered by the paper.
  • You can use both tissue and wrapping paper to make it more sturdy and to add more color with a pretty layered look.
  • Finally, tie your bouquet with a piece of matching ribbon and add a gift tag. (Here’s a link for quick and festive printable tags.)

If you’re short on time you can always choose one of the Kroger pre-arranged Harmony Bouquets that feature a similar mix of carnations, mums and one of those dramatic lilies.

*inspired by: KC Coake, The Real Thing with the Coake Family

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Sunny Side and Sausage Breakfast Pizza

Sunny Side and Sausage Breakfast Pizza

Pizza for breakfast is always a good idea, especially when it is full of morning favorites – eggs, sausage and cheese.

Hands-on Time: 20 min | Total Time: 1 hour 30 min | Serves: 8 | Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. prepared pizza dough
  • ½ lb. bulk breakfast sausage
  • 1 package (9-10 oz.) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ½ cup shredded Italian blend cheese or mozzarella cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper
Directions:
  1. Remove dough from refrigerator and let rest 1-2 hours.
  2. Place pizza stone or large heavy baking pan on lower rack in oven; heat oven to 475°F.
  3. In 10” skillet, cook and stir sausage 5 minutes or until brown; drain. Set aside.
  4. On floured work surface, shape pizza dough into 14” circle with rolling pin or floured fingers. Place on parchment paper; place parchment on pizza peel or flat baking sheet.
  5. In medium bowl, stir together spinach, ricotta cheese, onion, salt and pepper. Spread over pizza. Top with sausage and shredded cheese.
  6. Break eggs evenly over pizza; sprinkle with red pepper.
  7. Slide pizza and parchment carefully from pizza peel to pizza stone. Bake 10-12 minutes or until crust is golden brown and eggs are cooked*.
  8. Let stand 2 minutes; cut into 8 wedges.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers.

* Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 280, Calories from Fat 110, Total Fat 12g (18% DV), Saturated Fat 4.5g (22% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 65mg (22% DV), Sodium 820mg (34% DV), Carbohydrates 28g (9% DV), Dietary Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars < 1g, Protein 18g, Vitamin A 90%, Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 15%, Iron 8%.

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Bacon-Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomato Quiche

Bacon-Goat Cheese and Roasted Tomato Quiche

Combining intensely flavored ingredients makes this quiche an extraordinary brunch favorite.

Hands-on Time: 15 min | Total Time: 55 min | Serves: 8 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust, softened as directed on package
  • 2 cups arugula, lightly packed
  • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled (8 oz.)
  • ½ cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and sliced
  • 4 oz. crumbled goat cheese
  • 1½ cups half-and-half or milk
  • 5 eggs, slightly beaten
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
Directions:
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place pie crust in 9” glass pie plate; flute edge. Place arugula, bacon, tomatoes and goat cheese in crust-lined plate.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk half-and-half, eggs, salt and pepper until blended. Pour egg mixture over top.
  4. Bake 35-45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Let stand 5 minutes. Cut into 8 wedges.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 480, Calories from Fat 290, Total Fat 32g (49% DV), Saturated Fat 12g (60% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 35mg (12% DV), Sodium 630mg (26% DV), Carbohydrates 32g (11% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 5g, Protein 14g, Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 10%, Iron 10%

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Southwest Potato Skillet

Southwest Potato Skillet

This easy breakfast skillet comes together in no time. Swap out the sausage links with cooked chorizo and add a few more nacho toppings, like pinto beans, green onion and jalapeño, for a loaded breakfast skillet.

Hands-on Time: 15 min | Total Time: 20 min | Serves: 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 3 cups frozen O’Brien potatoes
  • 8 fully-cooked breakfast sausage links, cut in ½” slices
  • ¾ cup salsa
  • ¾ cup shredded Mexican blend or cheddar cheese
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced ripe olives
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
Directions:
  1. In 10” skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add potatoes; cook 10 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in sausage and salsa; heat through.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese; reduce heat. Cover and cook 2- 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Remove from heat.
  4. Top with avocado, olives and cilantro.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 640, Calories from Fat 390, Total Fat 45g (69% DV), Saturated Fat 11g (55% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 210mg (70% DV), Sodium 1590mg (66% DV), Carbohydrates 33g (11% DV), Dietary Fiber 5g (20% DV), Sugars 2g, Protein 28g, Vitamin A 30%, Vitamin C 50%, Calcium 25%, Iron 15%.

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Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches

Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches

Impress mom with a fancy breakfast croissant. Add fresh fruit and some yogurt for a perfect start to the day.

Hands-on Time: 20 min | Total Time: 20 min | Serves: 4 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 8 slices bacon (8 oz.)
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped chives
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 4 large croissants
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
Directions:
  1. In 10” skillet, cook bacon in 2 batches over medium-high heat until crisp, turning once or twice during cooking. Drain bacon on paper towels. Remove all but 2 teaspoons drippings from skillet.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk, chives, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat reserved drippings over medium heat. Pour egg mixture into skillet. The egg mixture will become firm at the bottom and side very quickly. When this happens, gently lift the cooked portions around the edge with a turner so that the thin, uncooked portion can flow to the bottom. Cook 3-4 minutes or until eggs are thickened throughout but still moist and creamy. Remove from heat.
  4. Meanwhile, stir together mayonnaise and mustard. Spread over cut side of croissants.
  5. Divide bacon, eggs, tomato and avocado evenly among croissants. Serve immediately.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 730, Calories from Fat 490, Total Fat 55g (85% DV), Saturated Fat 18g (90% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 90mg (30% DV), Sodium 1080mg (45% DV), Carbohydrates 38g (13% DV), Dietary Fiber 5g (20% DV), Sugars 10g, Protein 20g, Vitamin A 15%, Vitamin C 15%, Calcium 6%, Iron 10%.

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Sunrise Mimosa

Sunrise Mimosa

Start the day with a bit of bubbly and color. This take on a mimosa gets all dressed up with a splash of grenadine. For a non-alcoholic version, substitute sparkling water or ginger ale for the champagne.

Hands-on Time: 5 min | Total Time: 5 min | Serves: 1 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 2 oz. orange juice, chilled
  • 2 oz. prosecco or champagne, chilled
  • 2-3 tsp. grenadine
  • Maraschino cherry, if desired
Directions:
  1. Pour orange juice and prosecco into 5-6-ounce champagne flute.
  2. Slowly pour grenadine into glass over the back of a spoon, allowing it to settle at the bottom.
  3. Garnish with cherry.

Drink responsibly.

Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 130, Calories from Fat 0, Total Fat 0g (0% DV), Saturated Fat 0g (0% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 10mg (0% DV), Carbohydrates 22g (7% DV), Dietary Fiber 0g (0% DV), Sugars 10g, Protein 0g, Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 30%, Calcium 2%, Iron 2%.

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Banana Split Cake

Banana Split Cake

All the great flavors of a banana split are featured in this stunning cake. Starting with a cake mix and instant pudding mix make this recipe simple!

Hands-on Time: 35 min | Total Time: 4 hours 15 min | Serves: 12 | Difficulty: Medium

Ingredients:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • Eggs, water, and oil as directed on mix
  • 1 package (3.4 oz.) vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, finely chopped
  • 2 bananas
  • 1½ cups sliced strawberries
  • ¼ cup chocolate fudge ice cream topping
  • Maraschino cherries
Directions:
  1. Bake cake as directed on box for two 8-9” round pans using eggs, water and oil. Cool completely.
  2. Make pudding as directed on package using pudding mix and 2 cups milk.
  3. Cut each cake horizontally in half. Place one half, rounded side down, on cake plate. Spread with ¾ cup pudding. Arrange pineapple on cream. Top with second layer, cut side down. Spread with ¾ cup pudding and arrange strawberries evenly over cream. Top with next cake layer, flat side down. Spread with ¾ cup pudding; slice bananas evenly over pudding. Top with remaining layer, round side up.
  4. In chilled large bowl, beat whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  5. Frost top and side of cake with whipped cream.
  6. Spoon ice cream topping into resealable bag; snip corner. Drizzle over top and sides of cake. Garnish with cherries.
  7. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 400, Calories from Fat 170, Total Fat 19g (29% DV), Saturated Fat 6g (30% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 30mg (10% DV), Sodium 420mg (18% DV), Carbohydrates 53g (18% DV), Dietary Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 19g, Protein 5g, Vitamin A 8%, Vitamin C 35%, Calcium 10%, Iron 2%

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Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches with Avocado

Croissant Breakfast Sandwiches with Avocado

Created by: Six Sisters' Stuff

Mother's day is just around the corner - and it's never too early to start thinking of what you want to do for your mom! I decided to have my own brunch with just my little family - and whipped up these super easy croissant breakfast sandwiches.

Ingredients:
  • 4 freshly baked croissants
  • 8 eggs
  • 12 strips bacon, cooked
  • 1 avocado, sliced thin
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
Directions:
  1. In a griddle or frying pan over medium heat, cook eggs over-easy.
  2. Preheat oven to broil.
  3. Cut croissants, and place the top and bottom of each croissant center-side up on a baking sheet.
  4. Top the bottom of each croissant with two eggs, 3 strips of bacon, ¼ of the avocado slices, and one slice of cheddar cheese.
  5. Broil the open-faced sandwiches, as well as the tops of each croissant, for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted and the croissant starts to crisp slightly.
  6. Remove from the oven, place the top of each croissant on each bottom, and serve warm.

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Cherry Danish

Cherry Danish

Try this delicious treat with the sweetness and tart of cherry for breakfast, dessert or anytime you’d like!

Ingredients:
  • ½ package frozen puff pastry, (1 sheet), thawed
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2½ cups cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. water
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp.butter, softened
  • ¼ tsp. almond extract
  • 1½ Tbsp. milk
  • ½ cup almonds, thinly sliced
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil. On a flour covered surface, roll out pastry into a 15”x12” rectangle. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet; set aside.
  2. In a bowl, combine sugar and cornstarch. Add cherries and gently combine.
  3. Add coated cherries to half of the pastry rectangle, leaving a 1” border of pastry uncovered. Beat egg and add water. Brush uncovered pastry edges with egg wash.
  4. Fold the uncovered half of pastry mixture. Using a fork, press together edges of pastry until sealed. Cut slits across the top of pastry. Brush top with egg wash.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes; until pastry is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
  6. Combine powdered sugar, butter, almond extract and milk to make icing. Drizzle on top of pastry. Sprinkle sliced almonds over top.

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Fruit and Nut Chopped Salad

Fruit and Nut Chopped Salad

Chopped salads make an easy do-ahead recipe that can be tossed together just before serving. This one gets its personality from fruits and nuts.

Hands-on Time: 10 min | Total Time: 10 min | Serves: 6 | Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce, torn
  • 1 orange, peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 apple, cored and cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • ⅓ cup toasted sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup sliced green onion
  • ½ cup poppy seed dressing
Directions:
  1. In large bowl, place all ingredients except dressing. Note: Recipe may be prepared up to this point 2 hours ahead; cover and refrigerate.
  2. Just before serving, pour dressing over salad. Toss until well coated with dressing. Serve immediately.
  3. Refrigerate leftovers.
Nutrition Analysis:

Per serving: Calories 180, Calories from Fat 90, Total Fat 10g (15% DV), Saturated Fat 1g (5% DV), Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 95mg (4% DV), Carbohydrates 20g (7% DV), Dietary Fiber 6g (24% DV), Sugars 14g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 270%, Vitamin C 60%, Calcium 8%, Iron 10%.d

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Breakfast in Bed Is Just the Beginning

Breakfast in Bed Is Just the Beginning

Treat mom to a lavish morning wake-up call of crepes and mimosas before surprising her with an entire agenda of special treatment.

Step one: Crepes
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • Pinch of salt

Mix flour, milk and water. Beat in eggs, butter and salt until mixture is smooth. Slowly pour into pan on medium heat and cook each side 1-2 minutes.

Once you have a basic crepe recipe you can count on, decide if you want savory or sweet crepes. For savory, try sauteed vegetables and mom’s favorite cheese or meats topped with fresh herbs. For sweet, choose from fresh fruit, jam, honey, different syrups, powdered sugar and whipped cream.

Step two: Mimosa = Champagne + Juice

It’s easy to play with a cocktail recipe when the foundation is so simple. You know your mom-- adjust the champagne to juice ratios accordingly. What is her favorite flavor? Do you want to add a sugar rim, frozen berry ice cubes, a dollop of vanilla ice cream or a rose petal on top? Mimosa possibilities are endless.

Serve breakfast on a pretty tray with a tiny flower arrangement and card with the day’s itinerary.

Step three: Spa Day

The pampering continues after a pleasant breakfast. To spoil mom with an at-home spa experience, gather supplies the day prior to create a manicure and pedicure station. A small plastic tub (for feet) and a bowl (for hands) can be filled with warm water, epsom salt and your favorite essential oils. Roll up towels instead of folding for that fancy hotel look. Create a playlist of her favorite songs. Whip up a soothing face mask of honey, coconut oil and loose-leaf green tea.

If your mom would prefer a day out on the town, make appointments for a massage, mani-pedi or tea time. Take a stroll through the conservatory or arboretum, or perhaps check out a movie, play or concert. You could take her shopping for a new outfit, or plants for the patio. Whatever combination of fun activities two of you end up doing, she will appreciate all the thought and planning that went into her special day.

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Mother’s Day Picnic

Mother’s Day Picnic

Dig out that picnic basket and your big outdoor blanket; Mom will love a field trip with her favorite people. It’s early spring and we’re all excited to get outside and visit our favorite parks, lakes and trails.

Think back to last summer: where did mom love going? Plan a day around it.

Your shopping list can include yummy prepared foods and easy-to-eat snacks like fried chicken, sliced fruit and veggies, fresh-baked rolls and fancy popcorn for dessert. This eliminates a lot of packing and preparing. If you stick to finger-foods, you also won’t have to bring utensils. To personalize it, plan ahead and make one of her favorite dishes--just be sure it will travel well.

The picnic basket should contain the dry goods for the meal. Pack the blanket, or tablecloth if your location provides tables. Include melamine dishes, silverware and other utensils (it’s more cost-effective and eco-friendly to use what’s already in your kitchen as opposed to purchasing disposable items). For easy cleanup, pack three small plastic bags to separate trash, recycling and dishes, and pack one larger garbage bag to group them all together.

Bring a backpack with bug spray, sunscreen, sunglasses and a first aid kit. Include baby wipes for one-step hand washing. If possible, check out the area the day prior to make sure it’s not a giant puddle, as can happen in springtime. Have a backup location. Advise everyone to dress accordingly: white, fancy or tight clothes generally don’t agree with sitting on the ground. Bring layers so that being chilly doesn’t spoil the fun, and also wear things you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Brainstorm some games that don’t require a lot of stuff, since you’re already going to be hauling lunch around. Hide and seek, scavenger hunts, 20 questions, red rover, Simon Says, tag, I spy and telephone require no equipment at all. If you’re lucky enough to have a troop who all agrees on a single sport, you can get away with packing one single ball for hours of fun.

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Make Mom a Flower Arrangement

Make Mom a Flower Arrangement

Flowers for mom are a classic “I Love You” statement on Mother’s Day. While dandelions and daisies from the yard are sweet day-to-day tokens of affection, for mom’s special day create something a little more elaborate. It can be a fun activity for kids and co-parents to do together.

Choose an interesting vessel. Does Mom like entertaining? Perhaps buy her a new pitcher and use it as the vase. Or if you’re feeling crafty, pick up a mason jar, acrylic sealer and glitter. Paint the glue around the outside of the jar. You could make polka-dots, tape sections off for a striped template, or create a “dipped” look by just painting the bottom portion. Be creative! Or maybe mom loves antiques—make a day out of shopping for an interesting vase with some history. She will appreciate the extra effort, and you’ll get some quality time with the kids.

Prep and arrange the flowers. Pink roses and lilies are fragrant, cheerful options this time of year. Whenever you buy fresh flowers, be sure to cut the stems at an angle. Every stem needs a fresh cut to ensure maximum drinking capabilities, and the angle prevents the stem from settling flat on the bottom of the vase without access to water. Cut the stems at different lengths and arrange one by one to make a full shape. If you know where it’s going to go, consider that in the design. For example, an arrangement for a dining tabletop needs to be attractive from all angles, while something that is facing outward against a wall only needs to look nice from the front.

Filler flowers or extra foliage can be purchased to create a larger arrangement. Keep in mind that woody stems have a harder time drinking water, so carefully cut an inch or so up the base of the stem. Always put flowers in a recently washed vase with clean water. Leaves need to be stripped off so when the stems are placed in the vase, no foliage is below the water line. Leaves in water will decay and promote bacterial growth, shortening the life of your flowers. Change water and trim stems every other day to enjoy your flowers as long as possible.

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