Friday Favorites–Mother’s Day

This Mother’s Day is kind of a big one for me.  It’s my twentieth time celebrating it as a mom.  On top of that, I was born on Mother’s Day forty-five years ago.  I’m ready to party. Mother's Day Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a big fan of breakfast in bed.  I’m always worried I’m going to spill something and sitting alone in my bed eating is not my idea of fun.  However, I LOVE when someone else is willing to do the cooking for me and I’m happy to come to the table and enjoy it.  These Strawberry and Sprinkles Buttermilk Pancakes from Averie Cooks would get the day off to a great start.

Strawberry and Sprinkles Pancakes by Averie Cooks

These Heart Thumbprint Pendant Necklaces from That’s What Che Said are so sweet, and amazingly easy to make.

Heart Thumbprint Necklace by Thats What Che Said

What mom doesn’t like chocolate?  Ok, I know there are some, but the beauty of this Mother’s Day DIY Box of Chocolates by Live Laugh Rowe is that you can put just about anything inside.  If it fits, it gifts.

Mother's Day Box of Chcolates by Live Laugh Rowe

Photos are always a safe bet when it comes to gifts for moms.  I Heart Naptime took it a step further by including several generations in this Mother’s Day Printable Book.  I love that it’s round.

Mother's Day Printable Book by I Heart Naptime

Let’s face it – sometimes us moms have to carry around a pair of eyeglasses.  Make your mom a stylish case for them with this pattern from Dream a Little Bigger.  Then tell her they’re for her sunglasses and earn a few points.

Crochet Eyeglasses Case by Dream a Little Bigger

I started growing my hair out a couple of years ago.  It’s made its way more than halfway down my back.  Most of the time I love it, but sometimes I just need it out of the way.  One of these Double Sided Fabric Headbands by Happy Together would be a great Mother’s Day gift for me.  Hint, hint.

Double Sided Headband from Happy Together by Jess

Back to photos again, this time as a Pull-out Photo Album from Country Living.  This is a great idea to file away for the graduations coming up too.

Pull Out Photo Album by Country Living

I can’t decide if the strawberry or rose heart is cuter in this project from Krokotak.  Obviously I chose the strawberry photo, but I had to flip a coin.

Paper Strawberry by Krokotak

Coupons are an old Mother’s Day standby, for good reason.  What I particularly like about this version from Skip to my Lou is the clever use of a sewing machine to perforate each coupon.

Printable Coupon Book by Skip to my Lou

I’ve seen lots of recipes out there for beauty products, but I don’t think I’ve come across body butter before. which I’m pretty sure my sandal feet would love.  Imagine the flavors you could make in this Homemade Body Butter by She Wears Many Hats.  You know, for mom.

Homemade Body Butter by She Wears Many Hats

Friday Favorites–Mother’s Day

I was born on Mother’s Day.  Being a mother myself for the past 20ish years, I generally get to celebrate a bit more than most, as my birthday and Mother’s Day tend to blend into one another.  Yes, you can go ahead and feel sorry for my poor family.

If you’re looking for a gift you can make for a mom, it doesn’t get much easier than this Rice Bag Feet Warmer from V and Co.  All moms have cold feet, right?  It’s not just me?

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If your mom is a bird watcher, check out this Acorn Bird Feeder from Tried and True.  It’s made using a thrifted wooden bowl and some basic hardware.

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These Little Paper Houses from Just Something I Made would make a great container for a gift, but they’re cute enough to just be the gift.

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If she’s a coffee or tea drinker, try these Vanilla Sugar Cubes from Chica and Jo for your mom.  Don’t make them too pretty though, or she’ll just leave them in a bowl because you made them and they’re too nice to eat.

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I love a good scent, whether it’s a candle, flower or perfume, so I wouldn’t mind receiving this Solid Perfume from Bloom, Bake and Create.

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Succulents are all the rage right now, but some of us can even kill those low-maintenance plants (ahem).  If your mom falls into my that category, try this Hanging Succulent Garden from Addicted to Decorating.  The secret?  Pistachio shells.

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Moms have to carry stuff.  It’s just a fact.  That stuff changes as the kids grow up, but there’s always something.  This Double Flap Pouch from All Wrapped Up would be a good place to stick a few basic first aid supplies.  My “baby” is 17, so that’s where we are on the stuff chain.

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I can think of several fabric prints that are on my shelf right now that would be great for this Fabric Pendant from Momtastic.

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If mom’s a gardener this Summer Blooms Garden Apron from Garden Therapy makes a great gift.  If she’s a gardener-wannabe, like me, at least she’ll look nice while she’s practicing her watering skills.

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Peanut Butter Brownie Pie

I made myself a Mother's Day pie yesterday.  I'm sure someone in my very sweet family would have done it for me, but I was itching to do something.  I hadn't planned on sharing it here, but it turned out really well.  I combined a couple of recipes and did some tweaking, so I'm claiming it as my own.  1 (9 inch) pie crust (I can't make them better than Marie Callendar, so I use hers, frozen)

1/3 cup peanut butter

3/4 cup powdered sugar

1 cup chocolate chips

1/4 cup butter

1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup Bisquick

2 eggs or 1/2 cup egg substitute

Preheat oven to 375.  Poke the pie crust a few times with a fork, then bake for 10 minutes.  Reduce oven temperature to 325.  Cool crust.  Mix peanut butter and powdered sugar with a fork until combined and crumbly.  Spread evenly in the bottom of the cooled crust.  Melt chocolate chips with butter in the microwave until smooth, stirring at least every 30 seconds.  Combine chocolate with the remaining ingredients in mixer bowl and mix until smooth.  Pour gently over peanut butter into crust.  Bake about 40 minutes, or until middle is set.  Cool.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream. 

I think this would also be good using other flavors of chips - maybe vanilla or even peanut butter.

One note about the chocolate filling...mine didn't all fit in the crust.  I poured it into a couple of mini pie pans, sprayed with nonstick pan spray.  That works out well in my house, since we have one that hates the chocolate/peanut butter combo.  I know, but the DNA test proved she actually is mine.

Enjoy and I hope yours lasts longer than mine did...here's a photo of the last piece!

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Last-Minute Mother's Day Flower

I have two problems today.  I'm not supposed to be doing anything and I'm not allowed to have any plants or flowers in the house until I've recovered completely.  Those are both particularly painful the day before Mother's Day.  Being the crafty girl I am, I set out today to remedy those without getting into too much trouble.  Turns out, my solution would also make a quick and easy Mother's Day gift…

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