Tuesday Taste – A Mother’s Day Tea

As I mentioned – this week is all about Mama Bear! So here are some fun ideas for Mother’s Day and beyond.

(Just so you know – I don’t get paid for any of the brand name items I talk about, much to my husband’s chagrin. If I ever do, but not really planning on it, I will tell you. K? K.)

*A Mother’s Day Tea Party*

Time for tea. I remember having a tea party with my mom and sister when I was young… with hats and snacks and well, there may have been tea, but I know there were hats and snacks. This is a recipe my friend Laurinda gave me. It is for homemade Chai Lattes – yum. She brought me the ingredients one day to make them, which was very nice of her…and which meant, now I HAVE to make the recipe. I’m so glad I did. Maybe you and your mom or you and your kids or you and your dolls can have an afternoon tea this weekend.

Laurinda’s Chai Tea Latte: Makes 4 Cups

Place 2 cups water, 2 tea bags (normal black tea), one stick of cinnamon, one whole clove, 1/4-1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger and ground cardamom in a saucepan.
Bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes
Add 1/4 cup of sugar (or less – I used agave nectar. You could use honey or other sweetener)
Then add 2 and a 1/2 cups of milk (you can use any kind of milk or creamer. I used vanilla almond milk) and bring to a simmer.

Take out the cinnamon stick, clove and tea bags before serving. You can place leftover tea in clean used drink bottles and try it cold later!

A gift of Chai!

A fun gift idea for Mother’s Day or maybe a hostess gift: All the spices and tea in a bag with the recipe. I enjoyed getting mine as a gift!!

Whole Wheat Blueberry and Zucchini Muffins 

And because you need a snack at every good tea party – here is a recipe for delicious and healthy muffins. My toddlers LOVE these. This recipe was suggested to me by my friend Tracey & was originally in Parents magazine. Easy to make and are perfect nap time creations – prepped in 25 mins or less. They are over the moon warmed up with a little peanut butter on them…with coffee or tea of course.

Makes 12 muffins. Note: the recipes suggests to ONLY use King Arthur Whole Wheat Flour (for it’s lighter texture). If you use a different whole wheat flour (and I do), flip the flour ratio and use 1/2 cup whole wheat to 1 cup all-purpose flour. Good either way.

- 1 cup whole wheat flour (see flour note above)

- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (last time I made, I used a tad less flour & sprinkled in some flax meal for omega 3 beef)

- 3/4 cup sugar (I have used honey instead)

- 1 tsp baking soda

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 1 large egg

- 1/2 cup olive oil

- 1/4 cup milk

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 1 cup shredded zucchini, packed (About one large zucchini. Can use yellow squash as well. I use a packed overflowing cup – makes muffins so moist and even more veggies)

- 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries (Or frozen. I used a cherry berry blend last time and tasted great)

Nap time muffin prep - not pretty but worth the mess

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tin.

In a medium bowl, combine flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.

In a large bowl combine the sugar, egg, olive oil, milk and vanilla – mixing well. Stir in zucchini.

Add dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until just combined. Fold in blueberries. Spoon batter into muffin cups and bake for 20-25 minutes until muffins are light golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.

Now, it should still be nap time. Eat one warm in silence…ahhhhhh.

K-Cup Flava

If you don’t feel like making anything, here is a suggestion for a new K flavor – I always want to try new flavors, but never sure. I can attest this one is A-OK.

Coconut Mocha by Donut Shop. I take it on walks with the kids in the morning in my covered and insulated coffee cup (Bed Bath and Beyond have the best covered and insulated cups AND can go in dishwasher.) It’s really pretty much a beach vaca in a cup. A great “throw in a mixed basket” for mom.

The “Gender Cake Party”

And last but not least, are you expecting a baby or do you know someone who is? Or plan to have babe-o’s in the future? This is one of the most darling things I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing the idea and picture, Aleasha. How sweet that cake must have tasted.

Here’s the skinny: You get pregnant – or someone you know does (easier that way). At ultrasound appointment, ask the tech to keep the gender of the baby a secret from Mom & Dad, but to please put the sex in an envelope. Mom and Dad, don’t look.

Take the envelope either to a local baker or give to a friend who is handy with buns in the oven. Ask them to please bake a cake that is normal on the outside but that will reveal the sex of the baby on the inside. Either using pink or blue food coloring in the mix or just having a ribbon of pink or blue inner icing. Or I suppose if you are really wanting to be healthy – you could do blueberry or strawberry filling.

Now the fun part. Gather the chosen few that get to “cut the cake” with you. And the big reveal happens – with loved ones and cake – you can’t go wrong.

Surprise - it's a girl!!!

Let them eat cake and be nourished!

 

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