Sunday May 11th is coming up and we are excited to share a few homemade and natural ideas to make Mother’s Day a very special one. No need to splurge to surprise her!
1. JUMP STARTING MUM’S DAY: What better than a healthy nutritious breakfast to start the day? And prepared by her dream team. Rise and Shine Juice. Juice six oranges and place in a jug in the fridge with a sliced lemon. When you’re ready to serve breakfast, top up the juice with sparkling lemonade (naturally flavoured) and serve. I learned about this one while living in England. It is so refreshing and has a nice kick to it.
And how about a healthy Fried Egg Muffin. Made in 10 minutes, healthy and tasty. Fry one egg without butter or cream, stir in chopped sun-dried tomatoes and torn fresh basil, and pile on (e.g. wheat-free) toasted English muffin halves. (Adapted from Good Food Magazine, Jan. 2013 “Scrambled Egg Muffin”)
Add some fresh slices of organic fruits. In season now are honeydew, mango, strawberries and pineapple.
Don’t forget her favorite coffee or cup of tea.
2. IMPRESS MUM WITH FLOWERS: Skip the cut flowers and go for a nice planting pot – maybe you can plant it together in the garden later on. She’ll love it.
3. SWEET DELIGHTS IN THE AFTERNOON: Gluten-Free Lemon Scones and a nice cup of tea.
The recipe below for the scones is based on a regular recipe from www.joyofbaking.com. The difference, though is the flour and the addition of the xanthan gum (along with a few other changes in the directions by Amy Fothergill, The Family Chef).
If you are looking for something to satisfy that muffin/scone craving, look no further. Time to get back in the kitchen.
Gluten Free Lemon Scones
- 2 cups gluten free flour mix
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbl lemon juice (the lemon juice replaces 1 Tbl of the cream; see below)
- 1/2 cup whipping or heavy cream less 1 Tbl (you can also use whole milk but the cream is best)
- Grated zest of 1 lemon
- 1 egg beaten
- Preheat oven to 375° F and place the rack in the middle of the oven. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silcone baking mat.
- In a large food processor, add flour mix, xanthan gum, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pulse 2- 3 times. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the processor. Pulse the butter-flour mixture 20-30 seconds. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Place flour mixture in a medium bowl. If you only have a small processor, add 1 cup of the flour to the processor and place the other cup in a medium sized bowl. Add the other dry ingredients to the processor, pulse a few times then add the butter. Once this looks like coarse crumbs, mix with the remaining flour in the bowl. If you don’t have any type of processor, use two knives to “cut the butter into the flour” or a pastry blender.
- In a small measuring cup combine the beaten egg, vanilla, lemon juice, and cream. Add this and the lemon zest to mixture to the flour mixture. Stir just until combined but do not over mix. If necessary, use your hands to bring the dough together.
- You can either knead dough in the bowl or on a lightly floured surface. Roll or pat the dough into a circle that is about 7-8 inches. Cut this into 8 wedges and separate so each piece is on the cookie sheet by itself (if you’d like you can make the wedges smaller by cutting again).
- Brush the tops of the scones with the egg. This helps to brown the tops of the scones during baking.
- Bake for about 15 – 18 minutes or until nicely browned and a toothpick inserted into the center of a scone comes out clean. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve with Devon cream or softly whipped cream and your favorite jam. These scones freeze very well.
4. TAKE OVER
Any long overdue repairs at home? I am sure there are, take a moment to think. Or maybe uploading her new favorite music on her iPod? Taking over dish washing duty (for those of us without dishwasher)? There is always something that needs to be done and has been dragging on for a good while. Ask dad to help. It will put a big smile on her face.
5. A WARM FOOT BATH AT THE END OF THE DAY
Every mum loves a nice spa treat and you can do it at home. A warm foot bath has so many benefits. Soaking feet in warm water has not only a very relaxing effect, but is really good for health – it increases circulation throughout the body and the brain. The water temperature can be ranging from 100 to 115F.
Add a nice scent like some bath oils or salts. Keep it homemade? You can add spices from your kitchen cabinet. Extremely calming is sage, rosemary, chamomile or green tea. The last one is also good for the skin.
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!