Mother's Day Is Right Around the Corner

Dinner, Dessert, Gifts & Crafts
Well, Easter is over and spring has sprung...thank goodness! Up next, "Mother's Day". This year Mother's day is on May 9th. So just a few short weeks away. I thought it would be fun to write a post on a Mother's Day dinner, some kid's projects for Mom and a few ideas for gifts for Mom. Although my Mom has passed, it was always fun trying to find the perfect present for her. I'm a crafty person, so Mom usually got something that was homemade along with pretty flower basket that she could hang outside. We all love flowers and by far I think the flower basket is the best gift of all...along with our appreciation for all that Mom has done for all of us. I'm pretty sure we all feel the same way about "Mom".
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OK, let's get started with an easy dinner for Mother's Day. We're all mothers and the dinner should be easy for us too.  I thought about what I would love for a Mother's Day dinner and this is what I came up with...
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
Grilled Vegetable Salad
Grandma's Potatoes
Fruit Salad with Brown Sugar Dressing
Rolls
Pink Lemonade Margaritas
Well the menu is complete. Doesn't it sound wonderful? I added the Pink Lemonade Margarita as an afterthought, but Mom likes adult beverages too! And besides who can resist a "Margarita"?

Note:
I changed up the "Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs" just a little. I personally like green peppers, and red onions with pineapple and chicken, but you can make them any way you like. I also used boneless, skinless chicken breasts and boneless skinless chicken thighs. I think that chicken thighs add more flavor and don't dry out like chicken breasts tend to do. Again, it's totally up to you how you like your kabobs. For the original recipe click on picture of kabobs. Here is my revised recipe...
Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs
Ingredients:
1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into about 1 1/2"X 1 1/2" pieces)
1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs (cut into about 1 1/2"X1 1/2" pieces)
Salt and Pepper 
1-2  T. oil
1  can (20 oz.) pineapple slices (quartered)
1 red onion
2 green peppers (sliced to pieces) or a combination of red, yellow, orange and green peppers
Bamboo skewers
1/3 C. BBQ sauce
1/2 T. chopped parsley leaves

Directions:
  1. Salt and pepper chicken. Tread one piece of chicken, one piece of pineapple and one piece of green pepper and one piece of red onion  on skewer. Repeat until your skewer is filled. 
  2. Cover and refrigerate until your grill is ready.
  3. Grill on BBQ until chicken is done or internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  4. Remove from grill and brush generously with BBQ sauce.
  5. Sprinkle with parsley flakes.
The remaining recipes are from other contributors. I have made everyone of them except the grilled veggie salad. I'm going to try it for Mother's Day myself. Just click on the pictures and you will be redirected to their website where you can obtain the recipe.
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Now, it's time for DESSERT!!!! There are so many ideas for desserts...which one to make is the question. I'll leave that up to you. I picked out 6 desserts that I think are wonderful. Have fun deciding which one you want to make. None of them are hard to make and require few ingredients, which I love the most. 
Lots to choose from...
(My favorite Recipe!)
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Now on to the kid's presents for Mom. There are so many ideas on Pinterest that I thought I would share a few with you that are so cute and easy for a little one to make for Mom. The kids always feel so proud when they can give Mom or Grandma something that they make. Those big smiles on the kids faces when Mom or Grandma opens their special gift from the little one is the "true" gift. It also teaches the kids that it's truly better to give than receive. A great life lesson...

All these crafts are from other contributors on Pinterest. Just click on the pictures and you will be redirected to their website for more information and instructions.
Aren't these projects just adorable? I hope one of these work for your kids. They love making them and what Mom could resist not giving them lots of hugs and kisses on Mother's Day!
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Like I said in the beginning of this post, I would always make a little gift for Mom that was hand-made and a hanging basket of flowers for her to hang outside. Here are a few cute hand-made items that you might be interested in making...and don't forget those flowers! Moms love flowers...
I love making bags...lunch bags, carry-all bags, make-up bags...any kind of bags. The ones pictured above were made with panels from Loralie Designs. I love her caricatures of ladies, cats, dogs and whatever.  They are so unique and make really cute bags...LOL! I'm thinking about making a quilt with them when I get some time. If interested, you can check out her website by clicking on her logo below.
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I love collecting "Pins" on Pinterest. I believe my count is up to 15,000 pins. A few months ago I rearranged all my boards and now can find a pin in about 2 seconds...which is a wonderful thing. I thought it might be a great idea to show some of those pins I've collected for great crafty gifts for Mother's Day. If any of them interest you, just click on the picture and you will be redirected to the contributor's website.

For more great ideas on Pinterest, please check out "My Boards" on Pinterest. Just click on my picture  to be redirected to My Boards on Pinterest.
Great little ideas for Mom from Pinterest Contributors...
Knot Bag
Reversible Mom Bag
I think these gifts are the cute little gifts you can make for Mom. All of them take less than a few hours to make. Simple instructions for all of them. The wine glasses would be considered intermediate, but really they are so easy to make. I hope you enjoyed taking a look at some easy, quick gifts to give to Mom...
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Great gift basket ideas for Mom from Pinterest...
Decorative Basket
A Beautiful Mother's Day Collection
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Here are a few posts from Cafe' Hoffy that might interest you. I love cooking and baking and when fall comes, canning. For more information on each, just click on post you are interested in.
If you are interested in seeing more Cafe' Hoffy Posts, just click on "More Recipes" or "More Crafts". You'll be redirected to many more fun crafts and yummy recipes...
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Cleaning Shower Doors

Have you ever scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed those shower doors? Oh how I hate cleaning the shower doors. Well here's a sure winner. I've tried it and WOW, it works!

Mix together 1 cup Epson salt, 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup blue Dawn dish liquid (Dawn cleans everything!) Mix it together. Rub in a circular motion onto your shower doors with a sponge. Leave on for 10 minutes. Rub off with a wet sponge and rinse with water. SPOTLESS! After going through all that work, keep a bottle of white vinegar in your shower. After each use, spray vinegar on the shower doors and rinse. they will stay cleaner a lot longer.

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I hope you enjoyed this post for Mother's Day. It's always fun making something for a special person and making an easy dinner that everyone will love. The kids love crafts and when it's a special occasion like Mother's Day they put their whole heart into their project. Their eyes get so big and their chests push out with so much pride. Their thank you for their gifts will be a big hug and a kiss. Everyone understands hugs and kisses...until next time... 
Always remember..."Life's short, eat dessert first!...words to live by!

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