While I am not one to think that loving and respecting our mom’s should be celebrated one day a year, society and Hallmark have made it a recognized holiday. So, I will go with it. Now most people I know prefer to have brunch on this particular Sunday so our family is not unique. Now the typical brunch menu can have many variances but typically include the staple items: Eggs, potatoes, fruit, coffee, some form of a dead animal, i.e. sausage, bacon, ham, steak, etc. Let’s not forget the bubbly and OJ! Now I prefer to not dumb down my sparkling so I rarely have a mimosa but if the bubbles are not my favorite, then that is a perfect solution!
I also particularly enjoy preparing the brunch myself and hosting the Mother’s Day celebration in my home for my mom, dad and kids to all enjoy. I know, it is the one day of the year, I should take off but I get such enjoyment working in the kitchen,, that it really doesn’t feel like “work”. My brunch suggestions consist of the following:
- Oven roasted twice baked red potatoes
- Sausage wrapped with maple bacon
- Belgium waffles with powdered sugar, whip cream or just a touch of butter
- Fresh fruit, consisting of blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, apples and bananas
- Farm fresh scrambled eggs with pepper jack & sharp cheddar cheese
- Hazelnut coffee with hazelnut creamer poured over ice
Now, my bubbly choices depends on what I feel like spending. I am partial to Schramsberg, Mumm, Domaine Carneros and Domaine St. Michelle but if I need to rush out and grab something, Trader Joe’s is a great place for Cava, Prosecco and Sparkling Wines. I love to just grab one or two to try and see what the result will be…. bubbly roulette rarely ends with me disappointed.
Now this year, 2012, Mother’s Day was spent a bit differently. We hosted my youngest son’s birthday party early so we had a big family party on Saturday. So on Sunday, Mother’s Day, I spent the day with my sweetheart, my best friend and lover and my 10 yr old son. I didn’t do laundry, I didn’t make the bed, I didn’t clean the bathroom. They cleaned up from the party, the kitchen, and took me to brunch at a lovely little place in Napa, ABC Bakery. Eggs Benedict with oven roasted potatoes was my treat this year.
My sweet fiance’ took me for a motorcycle ride later in the afternoon to check out the views from Mt. Veeder and had a wonderful day. The first of many more together I am quite sure.
We even saw a random T-Rex on our ride.
I then made one of my 10 yr old son’s favorite dinner. Oven roasted chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, caramelized brussel sprouts with my special green salad (which basically has everything but the kitchen sink) Then we followed that up with cupcakes and ice cream for dessert. It was a truly special day and I am always so grateful as a mother to have amazing children in this world of chaos. I hope you all enjoyed your special day as well!