Moms are the toughest cookies out there. They manage to do everything and still have time to hang with the kids. How does she do it? No one really knows, but it starts with a cup of coffee. In honor of all the superhero moms running on coffee and love alone, I bring you coffee-filled recipes that are sure to please.
A few of these recipes call of instant espresso powder, which is a type of quick-dissolving coffee crystals. Check your grocery store; they’re often in the coffee section in little glass jars. Instant espresso is richer and darker than instant coffee, but you can use the coffee in a pinch — just add 1 1/2 times the amount of espresso called for.
This Mother’s Day treat your mom to something special, but first make sure she’s caffeinated.
- Turn your kitchen into a French bistro with Laura Calder’s Coffee Eclairs (filled with vanilla pastry cream and topped with a coffee glaze.) Get crazy with your eclairs and fill them with Coffee Pastry Cream instead.
- The dieting mom’s delight: Coffee Angel Food Cake (pictured above) with sweet coffee glaze.
- It’s a dessert and a cocktail at the same time, Giada’s Mexican Coffee is a drink your multitasking mom would be proud of.
- Take the ultimate combo of Coffee and Doughnuts to the next level. This doughnut dough proofs twice for ultra light texture, just be sure to start this project a few hours before you want to eat.
- So your mom’s more into savory? Singaporean Coffee Ribs are the way to go. Marinated and then fried, these ribs are tossed in a coffee-oyster sauce glaze and finished with some ground cinnamon. Nom.
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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
Luckily, with things like flower delivery services and online subscriptions to magazines or whatever, it’s okay that you forgot about Mother’s Day until just now. But now that we’re three days away from celebrating the most important woman ever, it’s time to get a plan in place, preferably complete with Sunday brunch and drinks for a crowd.
This White Sangria is the perfect brunch punch. Crisp white wine, brandy and slices of citrus are all dumped in a bowl with ice. It’s easy, delicious and totally something Mom will love.
Bottoms up, folks!
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Our life is a freight train — a constant grind of family, jobs, chores and occasional headaches, just like everybody else’s life. Being that we live in New York City, this is somewhat amplified by the “concrete jungle” and the city’s never-ending buzz. This is not our house in Fiesole, Italy, where we can find peace by taking a walk in the olive orchard, or by simply sitting on a tree stump and waiting to spot a deer, pheasant or hare.
What works for Debi and me is to gift each other with free time: One of us takes care of it all, and the other one takes care of himself or herself. It does not sound as romantic as it is; our lifetime is always running too fast, and this is the only way we can find a pause.
Mother’s Day is one of those calendar events that is, for our family, as important as Christmas, and the girls and I always end up having a blast celebrating “Debina.”
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Mom deserves more than standard brunch fare on Mother’s Day. This gorgeous towering Boozy Butterscotch Cinnamon Roll Cake combines cocktails, sweets and breakfast into one impressive dish, with the swirl-topped look of a bouquet of flowers. To assemble it, slather each fragrant layer of sponge cake with whipped cream and then sprinkle them with crushed brown sugar meringues for an added crunch. Don’t stop there! Place a batch of your favorite homemade cinnamon rolls on top of the entire cake, and instead of icing, prepare the butterscotch sauce, using bourbon, brown sugar and golden syrup. Let that glaze drip down the sides of the cake, then finish it all off with a generous handful of chopped pecans for a crunch.
Good luck topping it next year.
Round out your Mother’s Day brunch with these recipes from Cooking Channel:
Remember how much your mom loved it when you came home with a gift you’d made and not just run out to buy at the last minute? Now that you have more manual dexterity (and access to raw ingredients), make her something special from your kitchen. From edibles to spa-style products, this list will help you find here are some creative DIY gifts for Mother’s Day.
Bath Scrub: Salt or sugar bath scrubs are easy to make, and leave your skin silky-smooth. Try this recipe from Wellness Mama: Mix together two parts of sugar, 1 part oil (almond, olive or coconut), 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil (or the gel from a few capsules) and a few drops of your favorite essential oils.
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Remember that time your mom literally brought you into this world? Yeah, that might be a hard act to match. We don’t doubt she loved the macaroni necklaces you gave her when you were a kid, but if you want to step it up this Mother’s Day (aka Sunday — freak out!), woo her with some food-centered gifts that really show her the love.
Method 1: Start Strong
If there was ever a day to serve Mom breakfast in bed, May 11 would be it. Start things off right by serving her in style on Reclaimed Wood Trays from West Elm ($69-$115). Load them up with brunch dishes while she sleeps in, and rejoice in the fact that these gorgeous rustic trays are gifts in and of themselves.
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1. Hummingbird High’s impressive tart has three surprisingly easy-to-make components: a crunchy brown-butter crust, creamy panna cotta filling and roasted rhubarb topping.
2. Mother’s Day brunch will be a breeze with A Pinch of Yum’s one-pan coconut French toast bake.
3. This green shakshuka from What Jew Wanna Eat gets its verdant hue from tomatillos, spinach and freshly chopped cilantro.
4. Toast mom with Half Baked Harvest’s fizzy raspberry-rhubarb bellinis, garnished with a sprig of mint and a playful blueberry stirrer.
5. What’s even better than a bouquet of spring blooms? These gorgeous floral cake pops by decorator extraordinaire, Bakerella.
- Plan out your Mother’s Day celebration with recipes that mom is guaranteed to love.
- Celebrate the fruits of spring with these delightful seasonal desserts.
Mother’s Day is the perfect time to celebrate your mother by treating her to a delicious homemade brunch. And while brunch can sometimes feel like a decadent version of breakfast (several courses! dessert!), there’s no reason brunch can’t also be healthy. For brunch this weekend, plan a menu that’s as good for you as it is good. Assemble your own healthy brunch menu by choosing one dish from each of the categories below:
Chocolate And Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
Olive Oil Muffins
Morning Glory Muffins
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Your mom probably used to tell you not to eat too many sweets, but sometimes we have to make exceptions. For me and my mom, that exception is cheesecake. If you need an excuse to spoil mom this weekend for Mother’s Day, make a decadent drink that brings together all the goodness of cheesecake in a cocktail.
Start this cocktail with a base of tangy buttermilk to replicate cheesecake’s rich flavor and creaminess. Next, add some sweet amaretto and hazelnut liqueur to the cocktail shaker with a strip of lemon peel for a citrusy accent. Shake on ice, and pour into glasses rimmed with cream cheese and textured graham cracker crumbs. After all, what is cheesecake without a graham cracker crust? Finally, finish with a strawberry garnish for a delicious, indulgent beverage.
Bottoms up, folks.
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