Something for Mom

Last weekend was Mother’s Day. My mom the outdoorsy nature girl she is had the same request she has every year “I just want to be with my girls and be outside”. I decided to take the reins this year and host a brunch for my family (and now extended family).


Apparently I really enjoy brunch and may have overdone myself just a little. (Below is one of two food tables.)


Menu included bagels (with lox), scones via Stone Gable, muffins, fruit salad, Greek salad, spinach and goat cheese frittata via Epicurious, granola, yogurt, berries, and mimosas.






I set up a table outside (to follow with Mom’s wish) on one of the most spectacular days of the year so far. My mother is a gardener and nature lover so cut flowers are never an option. She prefers hers with roots. I went to the local farm stand and grabbed some plants for centerpieces (which doubled as mommy day gifts) and supplemented with affordable supermarket cut flowers.




We also FINALLY unpacked our wedding china and were able to use some of it for the first time. Very exciting stuff. I did a mix match of our every day china and our fancy pants china to encourage the casual elegant feel.



I’m pretty sure the moms were really happy and grateful for the beautiful brunch. They seemed pretty relaxed by the end of it.


I hope all the mommies out there had an equally relaxing and beautiful mother’s day as these two did.




French Breakfast Muffins

If any one is looking for a beyond super quick and easy and delicious weekend (or holiday) breakfast this is it. I don’t exactly know if it’s really “French” however, I wouldn’t put it past the French to make something this decadent and surprisingly easy.

I unfortunately don’t own a large muffin pan so my muffins were made in a regular cupcake pan. The recipe found at Velvet Lava will make 11 cupcake sized muffins. I promise you they won’t last longer than dinner time. These little beauties are great for breakfast, an afternoon snack with tea, or dessert.

I also think this recipe would be a great way to get the kiddies involved in the kitchen. Although I don’t have any little one’s of my own, I’m from a very large extended family and have spent the majority of my life with kidlets running around. I’ve found it best to set up an “assembly line” for the dip and roll. Kids’ little hands should have no problem dipping and rolling these muffins (just make sure both the muffins and melted butter aren’t burn your hands hot.)

And there you have it, quick, little helper friendly, and delicious muffins great for any time of day.