When you’re cooking with kids for Mother’s Day, the simplest recipes are the best. Skip the four-course meal and try this delicious ham and cheese breakfast casserole that’s simple enough for the most kitchen-clueless dads. The best part? You assemble the casserole the night before serving, making morning-of preparations a snap.
To make the casserole, cover a greased ceramic pie pan with a single layer of bread cubes, followed by ham, cheese and an egg-and-milk mixture. The kids will love layering in the ingredients and helping to mix up the eggs. Bake at 325 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until golden brown. Serve alongside a simple salad and store-bought cake or cupcakes. Don’t forget the kitchen clean up!
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Still searching for the perfect Mother’s Day card? I love these cards that Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio created just for HGTV.com: The printable templates are adorable and easy to assemble, but each one has a handmade touch that will make moms of all ages smile.
This 3-D flower card features patterned spring flowers. (Fun fact: The printable paper for Kim’s flower designs was inspired by children’s fingerprints.) To create, simply print the card, cut out the flowers and attach using double-sided tape. Then, use a hole punch to create a tiny center for each blossom.
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Mother’s Day is sneaking up fast (it’s this Sunday!) but you still have time to craft a handmade gift — especially one as simple as this sweet little jewelry box. Best of all, the materials for this project cost less than $20 and you’ll be ready to surprise her with your thoughtfulness in no time flat!
All you need is paint or stain, a decorative knob and a pair of fence post caps (1 flat and 1 raised). Yep, just plain old fence post caps. You can find them in the fencing department of your local hardware store and they look like this:
Thanks to the flat cap’s stepped design, it fits nicely inside the raised cap to create a lid – like so:
Finish your jewelry box with the paint or stain color of your choice, add a knob and surprise Mom with a charming personalized box filled with a small trinket or sweet surprise.
Ready to get crafting? Get the step-by-step instructions>>
MORE MOTHER’S DAY CRAFTS TO TRY:
Block-Print Napkins With Simple DIY Stamps
Make a Simple, Floral Mother’s Day Centerpiece
Hand-Painted Wooden Bracelets for Mother’s Day
Make a Fingerprint Table Runner for Mother’s Day
Make an Easy-to-Sew Lined Tote Bag
Update: Thanks for playing, D-Happ readers! This month’s grand prize winner is Rosemary B, who says she’ll spend Mother’s Day grilling out with her husband, children and grandchildren. Congratulations, Rosemary — six months of flowers are headed your way!
Runners-up Pat W. and Helen have won a three-month flower subscription, while Gremol, Mel, LJsMommy, Julianna, Donna and Nancy W. have each won one double bouquet of their choice. Happy Mother’s Day, all! Come back on June 7 for another Freebie Friday giveaway.
Mother’s Day is around the corner, and if you’re like me, you’re still searching for that perfect gift. Fresh flowers are a go-to Mother’s Day gift for a reason: They’re beautiful, they smell great and they’re easy to deliver to Mom even if you can’t make it home for the big day. That’s why we partnered with online subscription flower service The Bouqs to give 8 lucky winners free bouquets — and why we’re starting our May Freebie Fridays giveaway a week early to make sure the flowers arrive by Mother’s Day.
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My mom reads this blog, but she’s on vacation right now, so let’s scheme while she’s away, shall we? Mother’s Day is coming up (May 12!), so you know I’m scouring the Internet for the perfect present for her. While I’m sure any mom wouldn’t turn down a little something from the mall or the florist, homemade gifts are unique and heartfelt. Show your mother, mother-in-law, grandmother or any special woman in your life that you care with one of these crafty gifts made with embroidery hoops.
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Happy Mother’s Day, everyone! Perhaps you’re getting showered with gifts and love today because you are a mother yourself. Then you should definitely watch the video from Thanksfa below. (Just keep some tissues handy.) Or maybe you want to honor your mom, but you’re far away and can’t give her our sweet last-minute Mother’s Day idea. Watch the video, then send it along in an email to her. If she’s anything like we are, she’ll tear up at sight of random New Yorkers thanking their moms on camera for everything from homework help to sharing punk music.
And because I’ve had success in giving a small shout-out in a post before — Buzz and I are engaged now, ta-da! — I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to you, Mamacita. Thank you for giving me your appreciation for all things beautiful (watching you decorate your condo was instructive), your silliness, your work ethic and also for keeping me alive for 30 years. No small feat! You continue to impress and inspire me. Love infinity!
What do you want to thank your mother for? Tell us in the comments!
[Via: Lili and Gothamist]
Happy Mother’s Day! My sisters and I always take my mom to Cracker Barrel, her favorite breakfast spot — she loves their pecan pancakes and prefers them over anything we could ever make for her (and I don’t blame her). I’m sure this day has snuck up on a lot of you, so you may not have a gift for your mother, or maybe you want to do a little extra to show your appreciation. You can start out by making her favorite breakfast. To add that extra personal touch, set the table and add a sweet message on the tablecloth or place mat. This idea from A Subtle Revelry will make your mom feel extra special on her day and you can create the look in minutes. Here’s what you do: Print out your message on iron-on transfer paper in your desired font, place the paper face down on the cloth, iron it and peel back the paper.
What other plans do you have for your mom or grandmother today? Tell us in the comments below.
Strawberry season is upon us, and for me, that means lots of opportunities to whip up my one of my all-time favorite spring dishes: strawberry shortcake. I know I’m not alone in my devotion to this dessert; in fact, I seriously question anyone who claims not to be head-over-heels for this classic combo. (If you want to diss strawberry shortcake, you’ll have to go through me first.)
That’s precisely what makes it perfect for a spring dinner party or a Mother’s Day brunch. Plus, it’s easy to give it your own spin to make it feel extra-special: In this Italian-inspired version, lemony ricotta cream and balsamic-mint strawberries elevate the Southern classic.
Strawberry Shortcakes With Ricotta Cream and Balsamic-Mint Berries
Get the recipe and see step-by-step photos after the jump.
Moms? Well, they’re pretty amazing. I know mine is: she’s taught me everything from how to curl my hair (when I was ten) to how to plant the right flowers in my shady yard (this week). This year, show your mom you care with a bright spring flower arrangement. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro florist: we’ve got step-by-step instructions to help you build four show-stopping bouquets.
Lilac Flower Arrangement
Arrange fresh lilacs and lavender alongside green lady’s mantle or eucalyptus in a vintage pitcher. To create the perfect spiral-shaped bouquet, hold the stem of a flower in your hand and add another variety of flower to it at the end, twisting the bunch slightly in one direction as you do so.