Breakfast in Bed – Delightful French Toast

We’re still celebrating our Mothers!

I am always trying to dream up different and new ways to surprise my mom for Mother’s Day. Let’s face it – she is my world and she is always doing extra special things for me all of the time. One of my favorites when I was a kid was breakfast in bed. Today we are going to be making some super delicious french toast. It is perfect for a very scrumptious breakfast in bed surprise for that very special mother. It is a really simple thing to make and it is just a touch bit fancier than the usual pancakes. So take a leap and do something easy and fun, that will make your mom feel extra special and loved by you. I promise you that she will not forget it.

Delightful French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 8 thick slices of French Bread
  • 4 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Half & Half
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • Powdered Sugar, for dusting
  • Boysenberry Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a wide shallow dish, combine eggs, half & half, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon. Beat together until combined.

  1. Place bread in egg mixture and let soak for a minute. Then flip to soak on the other side.

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add 4 bread slices to skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Then flip and cook on other side for 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining slices of bread.

  1. Dust french toast with powdered sugar if desired. Add butter and boysenberry syrup to your liking.

Serve to your very special mother while she’s still in bed. She’ll love it!

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My first Mother’s Day as a mom

My very first Mother’s Day. It was a very special milestone for me. One that I wasn’t really thinking about in advance. You think about the major holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween, and how spectacular they are going to be. But somehow you overlook the significance of your very first Mother’s Day until it’s almost upon you. In the past, it has always been about honoring my mom and my grandma. I had so much to be thankful for and I spent each Mother’s Day trying to show them just how grateful I am to have them. This year it was about so much more. It was my very first Mother’s Day as a mom, my mom’s first one as a grandma, and my grandma’s first one as a great grandma. We had so much to celebrate, and I couldn’t wait to do it!

I wanted to plan a special brunch for my family in honor of my grandma, my mom, and Krystal for Mother’s Day. I was really excited about it. I planned a fabulous menu and put together some spectacular gifts. I couldn’t wait until the day finally came. I was so incredibly excited to show my family how special they are to me and Aaliyah. I spent most of the week before, putting together Mother’s Day gifts. Shelby and I made footprint tiles for my mom and grandma and a handprint tile for Krystal. I also put together some pop top candy tins as favors for the table. Nothing too spectacular. Just a little something special.

We celebrated at my grandparents’ house. We love to spend time over there. It is the most beautiful setting ever and one of my favorite places in the world. It was a beautiful sunny day with a nice cool breeze. The best kind of California weather. My mom set up a table outside in the backyard under my favorite tree. We decorated the table with Mother’s Day messages and flowers. The stage was set for our special family celebration.

The menu I planned was very decadent. I couldn’t wait to prepare it. We began with fresh fruit – strawberries, watermelon, blackberries, pineapple, and blueberries. Then I baked up a savory individual tomato basil frittata and some spicy breakfast potatoes to accompany them. My mom also fried up some of her delicious crispy bacon. She makes the best bacon and I am still learning. And to finish things up, I prepared my extra special French Toast with blackberry butter, powdered sugar and boysenberry syrup. It was a menu to die for and I couldn’t wait to prepare it.

I was running behind in the morning. George and I had stayed out late the night before visiting with his sister and her boyfriend. So I missed my mark for the beginning of brunch. My brother made sure that I knew that – Sibling rivalry and all. But it all came together perfectly. Even Cory admitted he was won over and it was worth the wait. It was a great afternoon. The best people I know all in my favorite place in the world, laughing and talking. It’s moments like these when I just sit back and smile. They make everything worthwhile. All of the work and the preparation seems to pale in comparison to all of the happiness. My family is the most important thing to me and this Mother’s Day was extra special for all of us.

The only negative part of my day, was that George had to work all day. I wished he could have been there, but you can’t have everything. But he still managed to make me feel special. He showed up for dinner at my parents’ house that night with the sweetest card and a new Willow Tree figurine for our collection. It was a beautiful Mother’s Day. And it was my very first one ever!

Happy Mother’s Day

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Today is a very special day. It’s Mother’s Day. I hope that you all are out spending the day with those special women in your lives. Today is a day to take a moment to tell our mothers and grandmothers just how special they are. We all know just how much they do for us, but we don’t always tell them how much it means to us. Today is the day – Make a phone call, write a note, or give them a hug. I promise you that it will mean the world to them.

Today my family and I have been celebrating all day. It has been a wonderful day. Later on this week, I will share our Mother’s Day celebration with all of you. It has been a spectacular day and I’m enjoying every moment of it. Happy Mother’s Day!

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Decorating for Mother’s Day

I love decorating our house! It’s one of my favorite things to do. I love waking up and coming home to that’s festive and fun. So I try to decorate our house all year long. This year I decided to decorate for Mother’s Day, since this year is my first one as a mother. I really wanted to have fun with it, since May is usually a spare month in our hour. It’s usually bare until I start decorating for Memorial Day and our patriotic summer.

I have told you before that I love Subway Art. It is a fun and easy way to get festive. I found some links online to some really cute Mother’s day prints. It was so incredibly difficult to choose which ones to go with. I thought I would share all of them with you, so you can choose which ones you’d like to use to dress up your house. Like I have said in the past, just print them up and place them in a fun little picture frame.

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Dollar Store Crafts Blog has some great links to quite a few Mother’s Day Subway Art printables. There are also some links to some cute and easy Mother’s Day cards. Check them out!

I also put together a couple of festive little Mother’s Day banners. My plain window banner I made out of paint swatches I picked up at Osh. It’s similar to the one I made for springtime. I also made a cute Mother’s Day Pennant for our living room table out of cardstock. I love hanging them around the house.

Decorate your house in honor of this amazing holiday. We all have special women in our lives. We should take the time to share our feelings and our love for for them. Decorating will help you get into the spirit and start feeling festive. Have fun!

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts for Kids

DIY – Handprint Tiles

I love crafting. It is one of my favorite things to do. And more importantly, I love crafting things for other people. When I was a kid, I loved making gifts for my mom and dad. And I still love seeing those gifts and gadgets around the house years later. They’re a part of my family identity. Today we are going to make a quick and easy handprint craft for Mother’s Day. It’s a fun little play on tile art your mother or grandmother can put on display at home or at work.

Materials:
Large 8″ Tile (square or rectangular)
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush
Glass Pen
Display Easel (optional)

Begin by cleaning the surface of your tile piece. Then paint the surface of your child’s palm. Determine the preferred placement of your handprint, then press the hand down on the tile’s surface. Hold for a moment to make sure the paint was applied evenly. Then set the tile aside to dry.

Once the paint has dried on your tile, use your glass pen to write a special message to you mother. I chose to write A child’s hand touches a Mother’s heart When you decide what you wish to say, write the message on the surface of the tile.

Seal the writing according to the pen’s instructions. typically it requires baking the object in the oven for a short period of tile.

When you’ve finished the sealing process, your present is done. Fine a cute little box to wrap it up in, and your got yourself a great gift for that special woman in your life.

Enjoy!

Here are some other great little activities for your kids to do for Mother’s Day. These projects for kids are a great way to get them in the spirit of Mother’s Day. My fellow Bloggers have come up with some great activities. So check them out!

The Organized Classroom Blog – The Scoop! Mother’s Day Edition

A letter to mommy for Mother’s Day – JEFFCO Public Schools site

Martha Stewart has some great Mother’s Day gifts – Mother’s Day Newspaper

Mother’s Day Coupon Book

The Creative Place10 Things I Love About You