Mothers are very special and deserve all of the thanks we can give for the many things they do for us during our lifetimes. My mother is no longer with us, but I still celebrate the day in her honor, serving some of her favorite foods each year. This year, I have posted two menus that are easy and delicious. If Dad and the kids want to surprise Mom but are somewhat challenged in the kitchen, they can easily prepare and serve either meal with confidence. The breakfast menu features waffles, one of Mom's most requested breakfasts. She usually made waffles using a boxed mix or, if from scratch, always used regular all-purpose flour. At some point, I starting using whole wheat flour and Mom actually liked them more than her waffles. I posted both versions so that you can choose.
In my family, Mom was always the one to prepare the Mother's Day dinner, especially when my grandmother was still alive to join us. She just loved to cook. Of course, as we got older, we helped as much as she would allow. Although Mom sometimes experimented with gourmet or fancy meals for the immediate family, special occasion Sunday meals were always casual and included good, home-style foods. With that in mind, I decided to feature one of my mother's best main dishes for a family gathering, oven-braised beef brisket. Although it takes several hours to cook, it is all hands off time. The side dishes are the perfect accompaniments for the roast and require minimal preparation. The simple but delicious dessert features a springtime favorite, strawberries. For additional choices, similar recipe links are included on each individual recipe page. If you still don't find what you are looking for, you can use the search boxes provided or browse the Recipe Files for many more ideas. I hope you and your mother will enjoy.