I hope all of the Mommies in the food blog world had a FABULOUS Mother’s Day!! I can envision your sweet, little children bringing you breakfast in bed or making a darling card out of construction paper and stickers and the grown up children giving you a phone call or paying you a visit that simply made your day.
You deserve it, Mommies. You have worked so hard all of our lives to bring us the best that life has to offer and we thank you!
In case you didn’t already pick up on this – I absolutely adore my mom. And honestly, she makes it very easy for us to love her. The Mommy is such a giver and is literally the strongest, most loyal and loving woman that I have ever met. Growing up she braided my hair, ironed my clothes, wrote me cute notes in my lunch box, drove me to dance lessons, cheered me on at field hockey games (which she still does even though I’m all grown up), and much, much more. I don’t know what I would do without my mom. I love you, Ma! You’re the most beautiful woman on this planet, and I thank God for you each and every day!
Bearing this in mind, this Mother’s Day was very bittersweet this year because it was so exciting to celebrate the many accomplishments of my mom but we were missing another mother of equal importance.
My Mom and her Mom (Mom Mom) in 2007.
As you learned from this post, our amazingly wonderful Mom Mom passed away less than a month ago. In the few weeks since then we have been fortunate enough to have much to celebrate – my mom’s birthday and my sister’s wedding. We are so thankful to have many joys in our lives at a time that can often be overwhelming.
Even though Mom Mom wasn’t physically present at our Mother’s Day Dinner we made sure to honor her by using her dishes.
Small things such as preparing a loved one’s favorite meal or using his or her every day dinnerware brings about a sense of comfort and love.
Are the dishes adorable?! I think so!
This Mother’s Day, The Mommy and I made a simple but fabulous dinner. It wouldn’t be a family meal without The Mommy and I in the kitchen cooking together!
Normally when I’m cooking a family dinner, I make a detailed schedule of when to prepare and cook each dish and inevitably wind up behind schedule for some reason like talking too much or forgetting something like BAKING A CAKE. Yes, I forget to bake cakes. I’m that bad.
Thankfully, this meal was very relaxed in terms of preparation and cooking. Maybe I’m getting a knack for cooking family meals.
We made very low maintenance dishes that required few ingredients and minimal active prep time. For once I didn’t have every last detail written down and wouldn’t you know it – everything came out PERFECTLY and ON TIME.
Sometimes I look back on past meals and wonder why I feel the need to make things so complicated. I’m truly learning that less is more. I know I keep saying that over and over again in this blog, but I cannot stress it enough! LESS IS MORE!
I’m going to give you the run down of our menu and will post individual recipes in the near future. I’m just too excited about this meal that I want to show you what we made!
Pumpkin Hummus with Semi-Homemade Pita Chips
Rosemary Pork Tenderloin
Scalloped Potato Gratin
Nutty Greens with Bacon and Blue Cheese
And we had vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate syrup for dessert!
It was delicious! I loved being able to spend more time with my family without having to constantly pop into the kitchen to check on the food. After dinner, we sat around with coffee and chatted around the table until 10pm! It doesn’t get any better than that.