Happy Mother’s Day


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Instead of partaking in my usual chores and housework this weekend, I’ll be sitting on the couch with my feet up, looking into my very clean kitchen that I didn’t have to clean.

From my vantage point on the couch with a cup of coffee in one hand and a bowl of bon-bons in the other, I’ll be watching as anyone other than me does the dishes, prepares the meals, cleans up the peanut butter that’s on the floor and the crumbs that went everywhere because a peanut-butter-cracker was accidentally dropped.

Peanut butter and crackers are great in your mouth, not so great on the wood floor.


I’ll also be watching and waiting for the laundry fairy who will do and fold a couple loads for me.

And I’ll be on the lookout for my personal assistant who can do the grocery shopping and carry the grocery bags up six flights of stairs for me, fill out permission slips for the next school field trip, and re-do Skylar’s hair for the tenth time before noon because her ponytail keeps slipping out.

All while I am kicked back with a bowl full of bon-bon’s from the couch.

Oh wait.

Wake up from that dream.

The chances of that happening are about as likely as Hades freezing over.

I’d rather keep others out of the kitchen so nothing breaks, burns, or explodes and since I am well aware that red shirts and white sheets should never be washed together, I’ll be the one in charge of the laundry.

In all seriousness though, I don’t mind. I really don’t. As a mom, it’s just what we do. We keep things running smoothly, or we try to.

However, instead of any complicated menu plans, I will be giving myself a little break in that department and plan to keep things very easy.

Fresh strawberries

Fresh Strawberries in cartons

A Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

Strawberries and Cream Smoothie

Fresh watermelon

Half of a watermelon

Tempeh and cucumber sticks with balsamic reduction

Tempeh and cucumber sticks with balsamic reduction

Vegetables with Cheezy Coconut Sauce

Vegetables surrounding cheezy coconut sauce

Maybe I’ll fire up the oven for ten whole minutes and toss in some Mango Basil Personal Tortilla Pizzas

Mango Basil Personal Tortilla Pizzas

Instead of having Scott surprise me with dessert from a fancy boutique dessert bar or something from the Cheesecake Factory, I’ll happily go to town on my own cheesecake.

Coconut Spice Cheesecake Bars

Coconut Spice Cheesecake Bars

 I think Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch (Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free, No Sugar Added) is in order, too.

Sure beats water.

Coconut Water Champagne Fruit Punch

What are your plans for Mother’s Day Weekend?

We don’t have any formal plans other than to just spend lots of time together. A family walk, brunch at home, and then who knows what we’ll do.

It’s supposed to be in the low 70sF and sunny which is perfect weather to just enjoy the fresh air and watch my peanut run around at the park. That gives me more joy than anything. The simple stuff.

If I could get a foot massage or a back rub from Scott while sitting on a blanket watching Skylar run around, my day would be complete.

If you’re a mom, will you be “taking the day off”?

I’m not “taking the day off” but it’s actually easier if I don’t. That would just mean double the work on Monday since it would have piled up. No thanks.

If you missed my 15 Gift Ideas Under $25 for Mother’s Day post, you could always order something for yourself for that special mom in your life and let her know something special is on the way.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms. I hope your day is exactly how you want it. Hug your kids, put your feet up, enjoy those bon-bon’s, or whatever it is that makes your day special! Know that you are a fabulous mom and your kids and families appreciate all that you do!

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  1. What a great post! Happy Mother’s Day, Averie! I love all the recipes you listed (especially the cheesecake bars — can’t wait to try those!) and your kitchen is to die for!! Enjoy your day today, even if you don’t have a personal assistant or a designated laundry-er. ;)

  2. I so agree that taking the day odd means double the work n Monday. *sigh* Guess its business as usual today. :-)

  3. Happy Mothers Day Averie. Thank you for all the amazing recipes, tips and humor you bring to us all. Your infrormation brings pleasue to many and for me it has helped make cooking so much fun again so my hubby sends his thanks too! Happy Mothers Day!

    1. Such a sweet comment. Thank you, Catherine!! I really appreciate that you enjoy my recipes (and attempts at humor) :)

  4. Happy Mothers Day! Mom’s are the best. I sent my Mom a present in the mail since unfortunately I can’t be with her in person…but I am hoping she relaxes and does everything she wants to do tomorrow. Enjoy your day!

  5. Happy Mother’s Day Averie! I hope you are enjoying your weekend :)

    My mom lives in a different city, so I traveled home to spend it with her. We went shopping today and tomorrow I’m going to make her some healthy baked donuts. My mom is my best friend. :)

  6. I don’t have any “plans” for Mother’s day but the hubs says he has something planned for us for lunch. What I’d love is to have a cup of Starbucks, go out for brunch, and hang out with the fam.

    1. And I hope you get exactly that! Low key, with the family, and with…coffee in hand :)

  7. My mom is across the country so I’ll be calling her.
    But I have a friend who is a new mom and her husband has to work so I’m gonna go celebrate her.

  8. I am so glad that you are having a nice and relaxing day, Happy Mother’s Day! Also, your kitchen is beautiful, probably a pleasure to cook in!

    1. Lol…the first half of the post was my “dream sequence”..it hasn’t been a super relaxing but that’s okay :)

  9. Happy Mother’s Day, Averie! I hope you do get to put your feet up, enjoy bon bons and praying that the fairy visits you and everyone else on this special weekend :)

  10. Your kitchen is gorgeous, Avery. Love it! Tomorrow I’ll be spending the day with my mom and sister (a new mom). We’re going out to eat because no one wants to cook or clean (but I am bringing my chocoholic mother a chocolate truffle cheesecake). Happy Mother’s Day!

    1. Thanks…that photo makes it look bigger than it is…my entire house is 1400 sq ft so the kitchen is tiny! That shot is like…half my house :)

      Choc truffle cheesecake? LUCKY mama! :)

  11. I read the first line and was about to skip down here and you call you out on your lies! I know you too well to know you’d take the whole weekend off. Or a day even.

    I am about to go kick up my feet and read in my lounge chair outside in the gorgeous weather though. After a very productive morning, I think I deserve it! Even if I’m not a mom.

  12. You’re so funny Averie! Although my sweet husband took me on vacation as a Mother’s day gift I know if I’m home I;d cleaning, cooking and multitasking other house chose.
    Happy Mother’s day! Great round-up!