Perfect Recipes for Mother’s Day Brunch

*This post is sponsored by Foodie, one of my fave places to search for recipes!

Are you aware that Mother’s Day is fast approaching? I don’t know how it works in your family but the men generally try to take the reigns on our family get together, with gentle prodding from the females, of course. There is no telling how this year’s holiday will turn out. So I can always fantasize about the perfect Mother’s Day spread. In my opinion, it needs to be pretty and delicious. Girly but not too frilly, spring-inspired without being too flowery, and yummy without being over the top indulgent. And I’m just realizing it is posts like this that probably have my husband paralyzed trying to figure out what each of those things means. :) Brunch on a gorgeous sunny day sounds amazing right?  But if brunch doesn’t work out, I know it will still be a really special day. I’ve collected 16 perfect recipes for your Mother’s Day brunch, including some beverages. A good beverage is sometimes key to the overall success of a meal, says this iced tea connoisseur.

Here is a sample brunch menu for you in case you are salivating over all the photos too much to plan out the perfect meal: Apricot Glazed Ham served with Strawberry, Quinoa and Spinach Salad, and Blueberry Earl Grey Tea Cake.  How about some Watermelon Lemonade and a rose cocktail to go with it?

Or I’d start off with an appetizer of Honey Toffee Marscapone on toasts.  Then I’d move on to a Mushroom, Bacon, Swiss Strata, some Strawberry Pico de Gallo with tortilla chips, and end it with a Berry, Lime and Cardamom Spring Cake for dessert.  A Lemon Tea Cocktail or a Blood Orange Gin Float would round out that meal quite nicely.

And Goat Cheese Bacon Balls?!  YES!  Head on over to the collection to check out all the brunch recipes.

What does your Mother’s Day usually look like?  What does your fantasy Mother’s Day look like?

Kid’s Birthday Banner DIY

Make a wall-sized birthday card for your kids.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo here’s the deal.  I know there is a typo in this banner.  And no, I didn’t want to go back to the print store just to have them reprint it.  I’m lazy and cheap.  Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, isn’t this kid’s birthday banner DIY SO cute!  My oldest guy just turned 8, can you believe it!  I decided that such a special occasion needed a super special card.  So I took a photo of my son against a blank wall and then added the text in Illustrator.  I saved the image to a file and took it to my local Kinko’s/Fed Ex store to have them print out a blueprint copy.  This size is 4′ x 3′ and cost $9.  They printed out some smaller sized ones for me as well (I think the 3′ x 2′ option was only $4 and still perfectly large enough to hang on a wall.)

DIY birthday card for kid's birthdays.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe all signed the card and then I used Scotch tape to hang it on the wall.  I found that super cute paper garland at Target to frame it with.  Is it just me or is Target killing it lately with their Spritz line of party goods?! 

Fun ideas for kid's birthdays.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThen we waited around for my son to get home from school and so he could see his big surprise.  We were all pretty excited about this wall card. 

Giant birthday card DIY for your kid's birthday parties.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHe loved it!!  But really who wouldn’t love seeing their face this large on a wall in their house?  ;) We put this up a few days before his birthday but would also have been great to put up after he had gone to sleep the night before his actual big day.  This would also be a really great way to acknowledge a big accomplishment for a kid like a great grade on a test or listening to their parents for the first time…Gosh dang it I love that sweet little face.

 

Baby Poncho for Cinco de Mayo

Baby Poncho out of a place mat for Cinco de Mayo.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYOU GUYS!  How rad is this little baby poncho!?!  Our friends threw their kid’s a fiesta themed party a month ago and I thought this was SO great and perfect for those of you that have babies or little kids and are planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!  They made this adorable little pullover out of a placemat!  Genius, right?!  They nailed this theme and the entire party was amazing.  I wish I had saved the invitation because it was adorable.  It was essentially 3 cards sewn together to look like papel picado.  Which really isn’t that surprising considering that our friends run a custom invitation company.  So if you have a little one, then you need to make them a poncho.  That is all there is to it!

 

Best Frozen Margarita Recipe

Margaritas are the perfect summer drink.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo last summer I discovered that I really enjoy tequila.  Or rather tequila based cocktails.  I’ve never been a shots kind of a girl and I don’t think my late 30′s, with two small children, is the time to start.   And since I like the flavor of limes so much it makes sense that I would love a good margarita.  About 6 months ago I asked my Facebook followers for their favorite margarita recipes.  They were varied to say the least.  So I decided I would try several of them and see which ones I like the best.  It was hard work, you guys.  But these are the kinds of things I do for you.  Turns out I found the best frozen margarita recipe.  Ever.

Tequila shots, leopard print and Mexican blankets = summer.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI know that the flavor of a margarita depends of the taste of the tequila you are using.  I’m not a tequila expert at all.  I just used what we had in the cupboard.  I see the guys on Real Housewives drinking a lot of Don Julio so I’m guessing that is a good brand to use.  And let’s talk for a second about the lime shortage we are currently facing.  Are you all as broken up about it as I am?  And I’m not even exaggerating about that.  I went to my grocery the other day to get limes for the margaritas, some salsas and guacamole I was going to make.  And my store was completely out of them.  Like, there were no limes in the entire store.  I asked.  Luckily my mom was able to grab a few from her store for me but that is why you see the bottled lime juice in some of the photos.  I’ve had to supplement with it.  It is not ideal.  I’m thinking about starting a fundraising campaign for the lime plight.  My summer relies heavily on limes.  But back to the margaritas. [Read more...]

Monte Cristo Roll Ups for Easter Brunch with King’s Hawaiian

*This post is sponsored by King’s Hawaiian.  All opinions are mine!

Monte Cristo Roll Ups Recipe.  \\   www.cupcakesandcutlery.comSo I have a thing with Monte Cristo sandwiches.  My mom and I used to head to a restaurant in South Coast Plaza (anyone remember Magic Pan?!) for their Monte Cristo’s, salads with raspberry vinaigrette and delicious rosemary bread.  It is where I fell in love with the salty and sweet sandwiches.  And now when I see them on any menu, I HAVE to have it.  Because you don’t find them that often.  And I have a thing about brunch.  I “go pupule” over a good brunch.  When I was thinking about the perfect recipe for Easter brunch, I thought a Monte Cristo would be perfect.  Easter is all about ham, everything is better with cheese and raspberry jam just about screams brunch, am I right?  What the heck is “go pupule?”  It means go crazy in Hawaiian.  Add this phrase to your lexicon.  It is super fun to say.

Easy to make Monte Cristo roll ups.  \\  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhile a traditional Monte Cristo is pretty much a sandwich made on french toast, I decided that sweetness of the King’s Hawaiian bread would work perfectly for this.  And I also decided that sandwiches are too boring.  I wanted to do this dish a little bit differently. So I decided that Monte Cristo Roll Ups just made sense.  It takes only a few ingredients, and not a lot of time, so I think it is a great dish to add in to your Easter brunch entertaining.  The key is SEEDLESS raspberry jam.  Ain’t nobody got time for all those seeds.  And you need a good gruyere – one that is salty and smells a little bit like feet.  Trust me, it makes this taste the best.  I “go pupule” over a feet-y gruyere. [Read more...]