There have been many, many firsts the past three months, but none quite so enjoyable as the first Mother’s Day.
So we celebrated. Gathering for brunch in our desert abode and feasting on an egg casserole that was served at my baby shower, bread pudding from this barbeque, fresh fruit, bagels, English muffins, chocolate-covered macadamia nuts that are seriously tempting me to get a Costco membership, and mimosas of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic variety.
And while five women enjoyed a leisurely meal, two dads wrestled two fussy babies during mealtime. We owe you guys come Father’s Day.
But the moment that stole my heart was when Daddy’s little helper decided to make Mom’s bread pudding extra special:
Seeing her in the kitchen, helping or not, always makes me beam. Visions of cookie-baking and cake-making and family dinners simultaneously dance in my head. And, yes, she already has a big-girl apron.
So it was only appropriate that I was given two Mom cookbooks for Mother’s Day:
Cookbook #1: Dinner A Love Story
My newest blog obsession is Dinner: A Love Story so it was so sweet of
Eric Emily to get me this book for Mother’s Day. The cookbook/memoir covers all stages of family dinner including the just-married stage, the new-parent stage and eventually--and this seems light years off--the stage where everyone sits together at the table sans high chairs and meltdowns and eats more or less the same thing. The recipes are the family’s tried-and-trues and the writing is refreshingly honest. Like the blog, it just feels very down to earth.
I think it may be my new go-to shower gift (that, and the Sleep Sheep).
Cookbook #2: The Little Big Cookbook for Moms
Such a cute book from my sister-in-law. With adorable Norman-Rockwell-meets-Toulouse-Lautrec-style illustrations, this book features classic fare for children of all ages–including first meals for little ones and favorite meals for picky palates–with something decadent every now and then. Tips on everything from stocking the pantry to packing lunches abound.
I think it’s safe to say that you’ll be seeing many of these collective recipes on the blog soon–long before Emily starts solids. And if her fascination with watching us cook and sitting in our laps during dinner is any indication, she’ll be sporting that big-kid apron in no time.
Hope your Mother’s Day was filled with good food, good company and lots of love–and some baby snuggles thrown in for good measure.