What are your plans for Mother’s Day?   

Mother’s Day is the one time a year that we all get to celebrate our 1st best friend. Your mom loves you to the depth of her heart. This is the lady that put a quarter of her life into raising you, protecting you, caring for you, teaching you, and guiding you to become the person you are. Now that you are grown, she is still your best friend.  She is your own personal fan club, ready to take on the world for you at a moment’s notice. And while this may drive you crazy at times, she always has your best interests at heart.

I know what you are thinking, I cannot be with my mom this Mother’s Day because of all the social distancing or other obstacles. I still want to show her how much I love and appreciate her. How do I make a big deal out of her day?

You could mail her a handwritten card with some memories of your childhood, and a gift, but what can I get that she does not have?

One of the things mothers miss most is feeling important to the ones they love, we all do. Any time they get to spend with loved ones is important to them. Here is one idea, order each of you a cookbook, pick recipes and discuss things you might change, or what you like. Your mother will love this! Make this mother-daughter time a family tradition. You get bonus points if your gift is something that helps you stay connected better, such as a weekly cooking time with mom.

Great American has some wonderful cookbooks which are also informative travel guides, pick a story from one of these cookbooks to talk about, and maybe even plan a mom-daughter trip.

As life gets back to normal, make plans for a late get together with family when possible. Let us look at a few ways you might use to make your mom feel special.

  1. Spend the day with your mom doing the things she loves. Maybe lunch out and a long walk and talk. She misses spending time with you. Then present her with a gift that has an inscription to make that day special.
  2. Spend a day helping her with a project she has been wanting to get completed. It is your companionship she has been missing.
  3. You could create a scrapbook filled with a variety of memories—leaves, flowers, pictures, and whatever else might please her. Do not just give this gift and run. Spend some time with your mom—slowly move through these memories, relive them, and let them sink in. Let your mom know how important she is to you. Your mom will appreciate this more than you can imagine.
  4. Mothers love their grandchildren to the moon and back. Give them something to remember and at the same time, something to last a lifetime for their grandchildren. Kids in the Kitchen Activity and Cookbook will let your mother create and record memories that will last a lifetime.

Grandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete.” —Marcy DeMaree

  1. Throw her a family party. If your mom is like most, she will love having her family together. How do you make it extra special? Cook for her. Buy a cookbook, let each of your siblings pick one or two recipes, cook them, and bring them to the party. After the meal is enjoyed, each one signs and dates the page they cooked from. This will last a lifetime. You have started a new tradition that will last for years to come. Cooking for your mom on Mother’s Day is beautifully symbolic. She spent around 18 years cooking for you, and probably still does it to this day.

She planted the seed that I base my life on, and that is the belief that the skill to achieve starts in your mind.” —Michael Jordan

Mother’s Day is the special time of year when you get to celebrate your first best friend and the person you always turn to when you need advice. Mother’s Day is also a great time to show your love for all the other wonderful women in your life. If you are looking for a way to show your sisters, aunts, and friends how you feel about them, how about one or two of the great cookbooks listed here?

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