Hi friends and to all who it applies to….HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! A day for mothers to sit back, hopefully be treated like royalty and make it a day that is all about them, doing whatever they want, however they choose. I know of no other job, that works as tirelessly and as unselfishly as that of a mother. Whether your kids are toddlers or grown adults, a mother’s love and care does not have an expiration date. We love them unconditionally and with that comes an ever evolving and always changing role of being a mother. I salute every one of you, for reaching the pinnacle in your “career” there is none that can possibly come close to the many many hats we wear as mothers! I feel like one of the really lucky ones, to have a mom who epitomized what being a mother is. The most loving, kind, selfless, dedicated person I could have asked for. I know I hit the jackpot with the mom I have. Not a day goes by that I do not remind myself how lucky I am. And though she has alzheimers, her sweetness and kindness has not be diminished. I am forever in awe of this woman. And I feel extra lucky that I will be with her this Mother’s Day! On that note, hope you are enjoying a wonderful spring weekend. Weather here has been rainy but overall I am loving the milder temps and the shedding of the many layers I wear all winter long. _____________________________________________ 1 OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING. I was “cleaning up” my thousands of pictures stored on my phone and came across so many from spring/summer that got me dreaming about dining and entertaining outdoors. Cannot wait! Here are some of the pictures that took me away to warm summer nights and birds chirping… 2 A VIDEO FOR ALL MOTHER’S Forewarning- have a box of tissue ready. I balled like a baby over this but ti beautifully shows the cycle of life and how there is not match for the love of a mother. 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Never at a loss of incredible and very inspiring instagrams to share, h9ope you enjoy…. 4 FAVORITE TOPIARIES. Look again, these are not real but they sure to look it! These are my new faves, I had three myrtle topiaries die on me in the last month and I was so upset as I had kept them going for over a year and a half. The mourning was real. So…these beautiful topiaries which will always look this good were a great quick fix! They are now online, click here to see (and use code mother for a 20% discount) 5 A FAVORITE RECIPE TWEAKED A BIT Oh my word, forgot how insanely good this is! I made a small batch the otehr day and it was gone within hours. This is back on my radar and will become a staple again, sooooo good! 1 head of cabbage (I bought white and red) 3 nice sized chicken breasts OR one rotisserie chicken finely shredded, About 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1-2 TBSP sugar 2 bunches scallions finely chopped about 1/2 cup slivered almonds (roasted) 1-2 packs chicken Ramen noodles, one pack rice noodles, 3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, about 2-3 tbsp rice vinegar Shred cabbage very thin with a good sharp knife or a mandolin, which makes it easy. Boil chicken in salted water or shred the rotisserie chicken. When cool, shred to small pieces. Chop up 2 bunches of scallions. Bake almonds until golden brown. Add cabbage, chicken, scallions and almonds and set aside covered. In small mixing bowl, add about 1/4 cup soy, cup rice vinegar, the sesame seeds, cup oil (not olive any vegetable or corn is fine),the chicken seasoning packets from ramen noodles and 1-2 tablespoons sugar. Mix well, toss over salad up to 30 min. before you want to serve, add rice noodles at end. The original recipe calls for the ramen noodles (crushed first) to also be added but it works either way. Yum yum. 6 INCREDIBLE ROSES! My sweet son, who is away and will be gone for Mother’s Day sent me this most incredible box of roses. Not just any roses, mind you. Venus et Fleur is the company to go to when you want to give the very best, roses that last up to a year with their special preservation technique. I cannot even convey the scent when opening this beautifully packaged gift…..unbelievable. It literally permeated several rooms with the most incredible and intoxicating cent of roses. I love you BY! Click here to visit their site 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY OK I admit it, I am still wearing a mask to most 9but not all places). What can I say, I am just so used to it. It feels like a strange security blanket. It is so second nature for me to reach for my mask, I have several in my car at all times (along with my many bottles hand sanitizer and wipes) and I find myself wearing them in many public places. I am not alone. Though I have seen a decrease I would say I still see about 30% still wearing them. Curious if you are at all? Which best describes you and masks? ____________________________________________ TODAY THE SITE IS 20% OFF in honor of Mother’s Day. Treat yourself to something wonderful Click here to visit shop (use code mother) Thank you for stopping by. Wishing everyone a wonderful Mother’s Day! Hope the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. Until next time………. _Which best describes you and masks?