“… love as powerful as your mother’s for you leaves its own mark.”
J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Mother’s Day is a day of celebration nationwide. Billions are spent on flowers and candy and taking mom out for her special day.* For those of us whose mothers have passed away, this day can be difficult. To make it better, we choose to focus on good memories of our moms and to suggest ways for others to make Mother’s Day special. Both of our mother’s loved celebrations – guess that’s where we got it from!
This week, enjoy a tasty artichoke dip, simple ways to make Mother’s Day flowers more special, some ideas for creative gifts, a garden update, and, of course, the bears.
*According to statisticbrain.com, total spent for mother’s on Mother’s Day: $20.7 Billion!
NEW ARTICHOKE DIP
This Easter, Kevin’s niece Corinne, who is a great mom herself, made this delicious artichoke dip. We are pleased she let us share her recipe here. We’ve actually had this dip as a side dish with dinner more than once. Great way to get your veggies!
Make it for your Mother’s Day celebration!
- 8 oz. softened cream cheese, cut into manageable chunks
- 1/3 cup mayo (we use Hellmann’s Light)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- two cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
- 3/4 cup parmesan cheese
- two 14 oz. cans artichoke hearts in water, drained
- chopped scallions
- seeded, chopped tomatoes
How to prepare:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Have a large mixing bowl ready to place the ingredients in after they have gone through the food processor.
- Mince artichoke hearts in food processor and pour into bowl.
- Mix cream cheese, mayo, and garlic powder in processor until smooth.
- Combine cream cheese mixture with chopped artichokes.
- Finely grind cheeses in food processor, add to mixing bowl and stir all ingredients until thoroughly incorporated.
- Spread mixture in glass pie plate.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes (should not be too brown on top).
- Top with scallions and tomatoes.
- Dip can be served warm or cold. It also reheats well in the microwave.
- Serve with corn or pita chips.
Here are three easy and inexpensive ways to make a gift of flowers more special! Cute glass vases from the dollar store are easy to decorate. Cut out three 2-inch squares of decorative card stock, and spell MOM out on the cards, one letter per square. (We used stickers, but the letters can be handwritten in crayon or magic marker for a child’s personal touch.) Tie the squares onto the vases with jute (top photo). You also can use a single vase and do the same technique with one piece of 3″ wide x 5″ long piece of cardstock. The third example is the easiest. Simply spell out MOM in stickers on the vase itself. We got these lovely tulips on sale at a supermarket and using stickers and cardstock we had on hand, this gift cost under $10.00!
Last year’s post:
Here is last year’s Mother’s Day post with some additional ideas and thoughts.
There’s still time to get a great gift for mom!
Here are a few ideas:
- Print out a new or old photo that is special to your mom and put it in a nice frame. Instant keepsake.
- Offer to scan your mom’s family photos to the computer or onto a disk. She will be able to print those she likes or share favorite photos with others from her computer.
Gift cards to theaters, museums, craft and fabric stores or other creative venues will thrill the creative-minded mother. Practical gift cards for supermarkets or department stores also are great. Kevin’s mom loved getting gift cards to her local dollar store to stock up on greeting cards and gift wrap. No time to shop in-store? E-cards can be bought online!
Gifts of time and service:
- Help mom clean her basement or garage.
- Take mom food shopping or to the mall.
- Enjoy a show or lunch with mom.
- Pick up some of your mom’s favorite plants.
- Help her plant her flowers.
Kevin’s mom used to plant her patio and window box flowers on Mother’s Day. She enjoyed doing this with her daughter, Christine, who would gift her with the flowers and help plant them. This became a very special yearly tradition.
We are starting to plan our garden for this year. Most years, Mother’s Day is a good time to start planting, but this year it is too cold and wet. We’re looking forward to getting our patio planting done soon!
Looks like the flamingo has started helping with clean up by pulling a weed! (This photo is not staged.)
Flowering food art (baby carrots, celery and grapes)
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
What did the momma broom say to the baby broom? “It’s time to go to sweep!”
The bears are celebrating Mother’s Day, too! Shown above and here with Irene’s handmade “MOM” pillow.
We end this post with photos of our own mothers, always in our thoughts and in our hearts.
Kevin’s mom, Irene, with some of her loved ones at her 85th birthday lunch a few years ago.
Roy’s mother, Phyllis, with new baby Roy and the rest of her family – quite a few years ago.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!
Roy and Kevin