Friday, May 9, 2014

Mother's Day Scramble

So... Mother's Day is this Sunday. Are you ready? I'm not. Okay, I'm ready for someone to cook for me and give me extra love and may a gift or two, but I'm certainly not ready for the giving end of Mother's Day. My poor mom. So here's a few great ideas courtesy of Whole Foods Market and Imperial Sugar (not in conjunction with each other, and not sponsored, I just figure I'm not the only one out here without a clue what I'm doing, so I'm sharing.)
Imperial Sugar Mother's Day Recipes {A Cloth Life}
I haven't used Imperial Sugar since I lived in Athens, GA (approximately one lifetime ago, or so it seems). I just want to be completely transparent here. Nothing against Imperial (obviously), except it's just not available in Oregon. Like, the whole state. But they do have some pretty amazing recipes on their site, not the least of which being this Bananas Foster French Toast Bake. Their Caramel Apple Cheesecake also looks AMAZING. So click over to their Mother's Day recipes collection and try something fun. For Mom. Or just for you.

And if you care at all about being healthy (and we all should), you should know what an amazing resource Whole Foods Market can be. I mean, it's a grocery store, but it's kind of amazing. I really wish I lived closer to one, because it's sort of inconvenient for me at this time. The first time I actually shopped at a Whole Foods was just in the last few months. I was invited on a Mom's tour and learned so much about the company and what they have to offer. There is a LOT of thought that goes behind everything they do.

Did you know that NOTHING in the entire store has artificial colors/dyes? Nothing. Their produce section is amazing. They actually carry our favorite tea (Roastaroama!). Everyone working in the meat department is a trained butcher (which I find impressive if you don't). And the list goes on. Anyway, the point I was trying to make before I got off on my tangent is that the people working at Whole Foods know what they're talking about, so definitely feel confident going to them for a little help and advice for any special occasion.

And did I mention Whole Foods Market has tons of recipes available? So if you're wanting a brunch option that seems a bit more gourmet (and healthy and delicious!) check out these Brunch Basics. And if you don't want to do the cooking yourself, just head into a store near you and pick something up. Their deli is amazing.
Whole Foods Market brunch ideas {A Cloth Life}

For a few fool-proof bites, try these picks from Whole Foods Market experts:
  • Set the right tone for mom’s breakfast in bed by pampering her with prosecco. Pair pomegranate or orange juice with Presto Prosecco ($10.99), a sparkler with orange blossom aromas and honey notes that goes deliciously with eggs, pastries or anything dad and the kids dream up.
  • Prosecco Cheddar - This aged English cheddar is highlighted with light fruity aromatics from the wine and has a creamy texture. Pairs well with candied orange and, of course, prosecco. (Average price - $13.99/lb, exclusive to Whole Foods Market)
  • Blueberry Peach Upside-Down Cake – Once you’ve covered your bases with eggs, coffee and fruit, it’s easy to forget about dessert. Don’t sweat it – Mom will love this flavorful, moist cake made with Greek yogurt and olive oil, whole wheat and almond flours and plenty of fresh fruit ($7.99)

As for gifts from the kids, we're planning on adapting this Easter craft for Mother's Day. For more options, Whole Foods Market locations are offering project demos and kids' crafting stations this Saturday (TOMORROW May 10) along with yummy samples of their Mother's Day dishes!

What are your plans for Mother's Day? Anything special you're hoping for, or hoping to do? What was your favorite gift or activity from past Mother's Days? 

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