Men making meals for mothers

Written by Danny.

Let’s face it: Mom’s are special, and deserve extra special attention and effort.  Our family typically eschews  most “commercial” holidays, such as Valentine’s and Festivus, but Mother’s day is a commercial reminder that is more than appropriate to celebrate.

So skip the chocolates and flowers: mothers just want time out of the kitchen.  Even Aimée, believe it or not.  The solution for so many is to pick a great restaurant and treat Mom.  And that is a good way to do it, of course, but then great restaurants probably cost a great deal, and you may spend more time with mom waiting in line to get a table than sharing a meal together.  So do it at home!

If you’ve been a reader of Simple Bites for some time, or any of the other SLM sites, you won’t find many recommendations to get gift certificates or other “big-box” standard fare.  Instead, SLM (and this author) believe that handmade gifts and just plain-old time spent together is one of the best gifts that you can give a person.  (One of my Christmas presents this year was a big latte bowl, some special coffee, a book and 2 certificates allowing me a sleep-in while Aimee got the kids up and fed.  Amazing.)

And so for Mother’s day, I’ll be doing breakfast in bed for Aimee with the kids and will be visiting my mom later that day – and bringing food. [Read more…]

Queen for a Day winners (& coupon codes)!

What fun we had this weekend with our Queen for a Day giveaway for mothers!

Thanks to each and every one who left a comment and shared a word that described their mother. Your comments were truly heartfelt and fun to read! Some of you shared about your sister, a grandmother, your own mom, or a friend – but everyone agreed that mothers are very special.

I wish everyone could win, but only one reader will take home the basket of goodies…

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Simplest Scalloped Potatoes

My technique for scalloped potatoes comes from a young chef I once worked with when I first moved to Montreal. The fact that he proposed marriage to me every second Saturday never lessened my admiration for his skill in the kitchen, and I learned a lot during the time we were together.

We were both transplanted, he from Lyon, France, and I from Canada’s West Coast. Trapped together in a small, hot kitchen six nights a week, we talked of family back home, the peculiarities of Quebec, and, of course, food. He would prepare the sauces and trim the meats for the evening service, and I would make the desserts and accompaniments to the entrees. Like these Pomme de Terre Dauphinois, or scalloped potatoes.

My chef-friend showed me how to layer thinly sliced potatoes in a shallow baking dish and cover them with cream for the simplest – yet delicately rich and lovely – side dish. The only seasoning on the potatoes was salt and pepper; hence, they went with nearly every dish on the menu.

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Weekend Links

Clever Uses for Everyday Items in the Kitchen :: ~ Featuring a few tips from yours truly.

Tequila Spiked Guacamole :: A Thought for Food ~ Brian and I share a love of tequila; I can’t wait to make his version of guac! It’s happening at my next Girl’s Night In.

Grapefruit Pound Cake :: Sassy Radish ~ I want to invite a few friends for tea and serve generous slices of this cake all ’round. Just beautiful.

How Simple Design was born :: Simple Design ~ We welcome a new site to Simple Living Media!

Basic Burger Recipe :: My Kitchen Addiction ~ I’m ready to get grilling, are you?

…and because I know someone will ask…pictured at the top is my Best Ever Whole-Wheat Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chunks. We made a double batch this weekend for school lunches and I managed to snap a photo. My boys would eat a whole loaf if I let them!

You can still enter our Queen for a Day giveaway! Check back Tuesday for the winner.

Queen for a Day giveaway 2012

Welcome to our second annual Queen for a Day giveaway! Today we’ve got six gift baskets full of treats to celebrate the mom in your life (maybe that’s you!), just in time for Mother’s Day on May 13.

Mothers are selfless and make a lot of sacrifices – both daily and over a lifetime – for their families. That is just one of the reasons they more than deserve to be honored. Today we at Simple Living Media want to honor you and make one of you Queen for a Day!

This week, all six blogs at SLM (you have seen Simple Design, right?) are celebrating mothers by blessing six of them with a gift basket full of lovely things.

Each and every item we’re showcasing would make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift for the mom in your life—and most are around the $20-$50 price range.

Hooray for moms! Read on to find out what’s in the Simple Bites gift basket.

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