Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother's Day BouquetMother’s Day is that annual holiday where we all show our mothers how much we appreciate them. Of course, we do that year-round, too. But still, it’s a good excuse to get family together and have a leisurely brunch.

I’ve put together some ideas for a Mother’s Day brunch and included a few notes on the recipes and a timing suggestion to help you plan the day.

The Brunch

Set your mother out on the patio with a refreshing strawberry daiquiri or a steaming cup of tea and throw together this quick Mother’s Day brunch.

What would brunch be without a frittata?Β  Frittatas are at their best when cooked right before eaten, but the red potatoes can be boiled up and cubed the night before.

Pair the frittata with an easy tomato and shallot soup and add some fruit slices on the side for a satisfying and complete meal.

Don’t Forget Dessert

Who can forget dessert? You could even skip the meal and start right here. It’s Mother’s Day. Be a little crazy.

Green Diva’s Strawberry Squares are sure to brighten any menu. The recipe is simple and quick – only twenty-five minutes of hands-on time – and allows for fresh or frozen strawberries. Give it at least an hour to freeze (cover tightly) or you can make it the night before and leave it in the freezer until it’s time to serve.

Or how about a carrot cake frosted with cream cheese frosting? The total time on this one is an hour and fifteen minutes, with forty-five minutes of that in the oven. Prepare this one the night before and keep it in the fridge, covered, until just before the guests arrive. That will give the cake time to reach room temperature before cutting.

If you don’t have the time to cook, just pick up some ice cream and serve it up in some pretty bowls. Becky Striepe did a review of vegan ice creams.

Menu Timing

1-3 days before: prepare the dessert(s), boil up and cube the potatoes for the frittata, check that you have all ingredients on hand

1 1/2 hours before: prepare the soup and set the soup on to simmer (don’t forget to stir occasionally), put the frittata ingredients on the counter to reach room temperature

30 minutes before: set the table, arrange any flowers that still need arranging, slice fruit and keep it in the fridge until time to serve

5 minutes before: prepare the frittata and put it in the oven, boil the water for tea, put the blender for the daiquiris on the counter, remove the carrot cake from the fridge

When the guests arrive, prepare daiquiris or tea, as they prefer.

Written by Heather Carr

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