Browsing Category: Mother’s Day

Summer Watermelon Bars

Oh Momma!  This may be the most delicious sounding dessert I have ever seen.  Watermelon is my wife’s all time favorite, and any dessert that includes lemon is ok in my book!  Put the two together, and you have one perfect post BBQ dessert for summertime in the back yard!  I am most definitely making this for my wife for Mother’s day.  I’m so excited, I want to run out now and grab the ingredients!  This recipe comes from RightAtHome.com

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ingredients

  • 1 box round vanilla wafers (12 oz.), finely ground
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 cups watermelon juice (from about 1/2 of a large watermelon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2 large lemons)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 4 small envelopes (1 oz. total) of unflavored gelatin, (see chef’s note)
  • 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar or 1 cup whipped cream, for garnish

directions

step 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on the long sides of the pan. Spray the foil with cooking spray.
step 2 Mix the melted butter into the finely ground vanilla wafers and add 2 Tablespoons of water. Mix well and press the crumbs onto the bottom of the prepared pan, forming a crust. Bake the crust for 20 minutes and allow to cool.
step 3 Set aside 2 cups of the watermelon juice in a small bowl. In a large bowl, combine the remaining 3 cups of watermelon juice with the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and heavy cream.
step 4 Sprinkle the gelatin over the reserved 2 cups of watermelon juice. Allow to sit for 2 minutes so that gelatin can dissolve and begin to absorb liquid, or “bloom.” After the gelatin blooms, heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes on high, or heat gently in a small pot over low heat on the stove top, until the gelatin has completely melted into the juice and the liquid is smooth.
step 5 Add the watermelon juice with the melted gelatin to the larger bowl of juice from Step 3. Stir to combine. Gently pour the mixture over the prepared crust from Step 2 and place in the freezer for 2 hours or until the mixture is firm. (Alternately, place the pan in the refrigerator and allow to set for 3 to 4 hours.)
step 6 Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Before serving, cut the watermelon bars into squares. If desired, sprinkle each serving with confectioners’ sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.

chef’s notes

To make watermelon juice, simply place the watermelon cubes in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Strain the mixture with a strainer into a bowl.

Unflavored gelatin is commonly packaged in small envelopes (one or more envelopes to a box). Look for it in the pudding and gelatin section of your grocery store.

Vegetable Bouquet

One of my wife’s favorite dishes is vegetables and dip, so I always make sure to have that on hand for the Mother’s Day celebration.  This year I wanted kick the vegetables and dip up a notch to see if I could make it more special.  In my search, I found some good examples on Hostess with the Mostess Blog that even has a nice video on some tips and techniques for making a really nice vegetable bouquet!  However, basically all you have to do is put your vegetables on bamboo skewers, and arrange them in a vase, or a homemade melon vase like this one from watermelon.org.  You can also check out Instructables for a very easy and fast way to make radish roses.

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Sugar Scrub Cubes

I was trying to find a mother’s day present that I could help my boys make that my wife would really like.  We are running out of space for all of the art projects my kids create at home and at school, so I figured helping them make something she could use would be great!  My wife and I made sugar scrub for her sister’s baby shower favors, and she really loved using all of the leftover, which is now gone.  So, when I saw this, I knew she would love it, and my kids would be able to do almost all of the work to get it done!  I found these instructions on TheIdeaRoom.net, and here is what they say about the process:

Here is what you will need:

  1. Almond Oil or Coconut Oil (or oil of your choice)
  2. White Granulated Sugar
  3. Shredded Bar of Soap
  4. An Essential Oil (I used DoTerra’s Citrus Bliss)
  5. Mixing Bowl
  6. Spoon
  7. Microwave and possibly a double boiler
  8. A mold or a scoop

Sugar Scrub Cubes:

1/4 cup Almond Oil

1/2 cup Shredded Soap

3-4 drops of Essential Oil

1 cup Sugar

1.  Pour the oil into a bowl and add the shredded soap of your choice.  Microwave this on high for 10 second intervals stirring in between each.  If this does not work to slowly melt your soap into your oil you may have to melt the soap shaving in a double boiler.  (If you don’t have a double boiler like me, simply place a small bowl over a saucepan filled with boiling water).

2.  When the mixture is melted and and stirred together, add several drops of your Essential Oil.

3.  Get your mold ready to go before adding the sugar.  This is important because once the sugar is added the scrub will harden VERY quickly.

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4.  Pour in sugar and stir quickly.  Take mixture and place it into your molds with your fingers.  Or…if you don’t have a mold you can take a scoop and make rounded sugar “cubes”.

5.  Let cubes harden by popping them into the freezer for at least 30 minutes.  Then pop them out of the mold and cut them into fourths depending on the size you would like them to be.

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Blue Mason Jar Vase

Mason jars, I love ‘em!  This is a very simple way to make a mason jar into a more efficient and effective flower vase.  My wife loves mason jars, and uses them for everything, but as a flower vase, it just doesn’t always work right.  In just a few minutes, with very little supplies, you can make it work perfectly!  This idea comes from CraftaholicsAnonymous, and I think I will help my kids make some of these for my wife for Mother’s day!  We can present them to her filled with flowers from our garden, and I know she will love them!  Check out the step by step photo guide below for the technique.  Like that beautiful blue color of their mason jars?  Check out their post on making your own Blue Mason Jars!

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DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box

Homemade gifts are the best, especially for Mom!  She’ll so appreciate the time and thought that went into something crafted by you just for her.  This DIY Mother’s Day Lily Box found on Decor and the Dog is so perfect for the occasion.  This could be really neat if made with herbs or other plants and flowers as well.

Supplies Needed

  • Planter Box
  • Paint Markers
  • Flowers, Herbs or Plants (whatever suits your or your mother’s fancy)

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