THE RECIPE BOX – Do something special for the mom in your life

THE RECIPE BOX – Do something special for the mom in your life

LINCOLN – Dads, listen up! There’s still time to plan a special treat for the “mom” in your life this weekend to honor her for Mother’s Day. This week’s recipes are very simple and will make her think you spent a lot of time, and all you have to do is go to the market, buy some basic ingredients and plan ahead.

Prepare her a cup of coffee or tea, let her relax in another room and get the kids to help you in the kitchen. You see, all we mothers really want is to be appreciated for the million little things we do day in and day out. We don’t need expensive gifts.

Moms worry, prepare, plan ahead, shuttle little people around town, cook, clean, do laundry, attend doctor, dentist and eye appointments, and most have jobs outside the home. No wonder we’re exhausted. If you had to pay an hourly wage, it would break you.

But here’s the good news: we don’t want or need that. All we want is to be appreciated; that’s payment enough. So make this a special day where you focus on mom and do for her. Note, she may keel over with pure shock, but try it. No kids fighting, no messes left for her to clean, and a few extra hugs are in order.

I am lucky to have my mom. She will be 80 this June. When I look back on all the lessons I learned from her, I quickly realize that much of me is her.

She has always been there for me, even when I sarcastically recited the “Children Learn What They Live” poem as a smart-mouthed teenager as retribution for her correcting my “constant complaining.” I said, “The child that lives with criticism learns to condemn.” Her hand was quick, and I learned respect just as quickly.

My mother was the kind of mom that gave up the last piece of food for a hungry child, even though it was her piece. She went without in order to stretch a family budget and provide that little bit of extra money for our special events – a school trip, or a vacation day you were invited to go along with a friend, or a book fair.

She never put herself first; quite the contrary, we all came ahead of her, including my dad, and there were five of us Bedford kids. She has always – and steadfastly – set the best example she could.

Patience, kindness, fairness (and trust me with five children all of those were essential) and most of all unconditional love have been the gifts she gave to us all.

Another gift she gave to me was teaching me about faith, a foundation that gives me hope for this world and the people in it.

If you are blessed enough to have your mother, honor her. If you do not, find the one who has helped you to realize your full potential and given to you selflessly. Mothers come in many forms and they deserve to be appreciated, forgiven and loved. Call your mother!


Farmland Brunch Casserole

Ingredients:

4 slices cubed bread, any type
12 eggs
1 cup low-fat sour cream
3 green onions (scallions)
1 lb. ham, cut into thin strips, (can use deli ham or leftovers from a spiral ham)
1 cup low-fat milk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions:
Spread cubed bread over the bottom of a 13-by-9-inch baking dish that has been sprayed with Pam cooking spray.
Top with ham. In large bowl, beat eggs, milk and sour cream until smooth. Stir in onions and cheese. Pour the mixture over the ham.
Bake uncovered in a 325 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let stand for five minutes before serving. Serves 8 to 10. Enjoy!


Peachy Oven Pancake

Ingredients: Pancake

2 tsp. margarine or butter
1 & 1/4 cups Hungry Jack Buttermilk “Complete” Pancake Mix, (just add water type)
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. sugar
1 egg
1 can (15-1/4 oz.) sliced peaches, well-drained and coarsely chopped
Topping

Ingredients:

1 cup sliced strawberries
2 (3-1/2 oz. containers) vanilla pudding (may use fat-free pudding)

Directions:

1. Generously grease a 9-inch pie pan with margarine. In medium bowl, combine all remaining pancake ingredients except the peaches. Beat them together with a wire whisk or low speed on electric mixer until smooth. Fold in peaches. Pour batter into greased pie pan.
2. Bake at 375 degrees for 22 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and center springs back when touched lightly. To serve, run a knife around the edge to loosen. Top pancake with strawberries then spoon pudding over the fruit. Cut into wedges to serve, makes four servings.
Some Fun Pancake Toppings
• Apple Strudel Cakes: Mix three tablespoons apple pie filling, one tablespoon raisins or dried cranberries, and a dash of cinnamon per each pancake. Heat and serve warm fruit over the pancakes.
• Banana Split Cakes: Top pancakes with sliced bananas and strawberry jam, garnish with whipped topping and sprinkle with nuts.
• Luau Cakes: Spread pancakes with pineapple or apricot preserves then sprinkle with toasted coconut.
These topping suggestions and the Peachy Pancake Bake recipe come from “Family Features, Ask Betty.”