Its a strangely empty Mothers Day this year for this empty nester, my girls are all off living fabulously exciting lives in different cities around the country, my parents are off visiting one of my girls in her fabulously exciting city and Hubby is away for work.
Mothers Day traditionally centres around family and food in our house, I would spend the day absolved of all chores such as cooking, cleaning, taking out rubbish, doing dishes and most importantly of all, nappy changing duties. We would always start the day with breakfast in bed on a breakfast tray.
Seriously Good Cereal
- A glass
- 1/2 a cup of really good quality muesli filled with nuts & grains instead of flakes & rice pops
- 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
- Greek style yogurt
- Frozen berries
The night before get the kids to spoon the muesli into the glasses, pour over orange juice and refrigerate overnight. In the morning they simply need to top with a generous dollop of yogurt and some berries. Place on a tray and bring to mum in bed once she wakes up, accompanied with a small gift and card. (Preferably jewellery like earrings as apposed to small appliances like irons)
After breakfast Hubby and the girls ring his Mum to wish her a happy Mothers Day.
Lunch would be a strictly girls only event and would consist of my girls and myself meeting up with my mother and sister for lunch somewhere that served eggs bene, bearing flowers and gifts for my mum.
The afternoon spent at a park with the kids.
Dinner would involve all the family at ours, the men and kids setting a lovely table and cooking
Linda’s Chicken Couscous
- 2 drumsticks per adult, 1 drumstick per kid
- 1 chopped onion
- 4 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 parsnips, cut in wedges
- 1 potato, cut in chunks
- 1 cubed swede
- 1 cubed kumara
- 1 chunk of pumpkin, cubed
- 1 cup of frozen mixed vegies
- 1 tsp. of dried thyme
- 500 mills of stock made with 2 tsp. of chicken stock powder & 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of couscous
Preheat oven to 180, place the drumsticks in a large roasting pan with onions, garlic, thyme, parsnip, potato, swede, kumara & pumpkin. Bake for 30 minutes. Add stock, stir and cook for another 30 minutes. Sprinkle in frozen vegies and couscous, give a quick stir and return to oven for 15 more minutes. Serve straight from the pan with a glass of red wine
Easy Berry Instant Ice cream
- 1/2 a cup of frozen berries per person
- 2 Tbsp. of icing sugar per person
- 2 Tbsp. of yoghurt per person
Blend all in a food processor until you get an ice cream like consistency, serve in chilled stemmed glasses.
Men and children cleaning up while we women enjoy a chocolate truffle or two, perfection. I understand this all seems very indulgent but it is just one day a year.
This year, I have opened care packages filled with good health treats from my girls and enjoyed the luxury of a day to myself. I will have to look at creating new Mothers Day traditions now the girls are grown and I’m a empty nester. I have missed the family and my thoughts today have often been with a Mum I’ve had the pleasure of knowing who lost her youngest son a couple of years ago on Mothers Day. My heart goes out to her and all other Mothers who have known the tragedy of losing a child in their lifetime and I am filled with gratitude to have never experienced such a loss myself.