Think about your mom, or a woman in your life who is extra-special. We have given you a special menu you could make on Mother’s Day (with help). Or write her a short note listing a few things you admire about her. Be creative: write a poem, a story, draw a picture of the two of you or some other special surprise.
We asked some grown ups to write about their moms. See what they said below.
My mother is a woman of courage, extreme smarts, disciplined work ethic, and incredible moral integrity. My mother is not interested in being like others. She has an incredible heart and a passion for service that spills into everything she does. Thanks, Mami, for your godly example.—Myrna
I often wonder how my mom carved out time to parent the eight children God gave to her while extending her reach to embrace the many youth who became members of our church family. Thanks for the values you embedded in our lives through Pathfinders and choir.—Grace
The greatest parts of existence—praying, churchgoing, learning, eating, walking, breathing—I owe to my mother. She loves quietly. Laundry is mysteriously clean. Prayers are offered in secret. One phone call is like she is hundreds of miles in a hospital room with me where I am sick.—Andy
—To read more of these tributes, see pages 60-61 of the May 2015 Adventist Review.
Now on to the Food!
This year, give Mom (or Grandma or another special woman) a break. Take charge in the kitchen. Here’s a menu that is relatively easy to put together. We do think it would be a good idea to have Dad (or Grandpa, or another trusted adult) hang around in the kitchen, just in case.
•Tater Tot Casserole
•Chocolate Chip or Blueberry Pancakes
Tater Tot Casserole
•1 large bag frozen tater tots
•1 can mushroom soup
•1 medium-sized container of sour cream
•2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or pre-shredded in a bag)
Preheat oven to 375 F. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well so everything is incorporated. Pour mixture into a 9”x13” baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until golden (the time sort of depends on your oven, so begin checking it at 45 minutes). Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving. It’s a rich dish, but one that is fine to have for special occasions.
Use your favorite mix—some require you to add only water—paying attention to the directions for the serving size you would like. Add as many chocolate chips as you think your mom would enjoy to the mix. If you’re using blueberries, it may work better to spoon the batter into the hot pan first and then drop a few blueberries onto each pancake before flipping them to finish cooking. (Sometimes mixing the berries into the batter causes everything to turn purple. If you like that effect, then feel free to do it that way.) Follow your mix’s directions for cooking temperature and time.
• 1-2 eggs for each person served (use 4-8 eggs for 4 people)
• salt to taste
Crack your eggs into a bowl and use a whisk or fork to whip. Add a sprinkle of salt (it’s always better to have not enough than too much). Heat your pan to a low temperature setting, and spray it with cooking spray. When it’s hot, add your eggs and gently push them from the outer part of the pan to the center. Keep doing this until all the liquid egg cooks. Cooking eggs in this low and slow method makes them creamy and soft. Take them off the heat when they are all cooked through.
Choose Mom’s favorite fruits. Wash and cut all the fruits you will be using (berries or grapes don’t need to be cut). Arrange them on a pretty plate in any attractive design you choose, and serve.
Serve it up with a smile and make sure she knows how much you love and appreciate her! Don’t forget your mom’s favorite morning drink!
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