Mothers Day 2013 – Make your Mom dinner.



Its a epic holiday where an overabundance of flowers buffets and cards abound.



Here are some suggestions on what to give your MOM this weekend:

Start with a cocktail…. 

Seriously this amazing cocktail comes from a kickass MOM – Dee from Cocktail Deeva She rocks the cocktail world, wears fab shoes and knows her stuff inside and out!  Make sure you visit her website often. She is guaranteed to make you laugh and love her cocktail concoctions.

“Love your Mamma”..Martini…with a little slice of peace and quiet…


2 oz Watermelon Vodka

2 oz lemon juice 1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar/warm water)

3 slices cucumber

2 mint leaves

Shake vodka, juice, syrup and mint leaves with ice. Serve in a martini glass with ice. Garnish with cucumber floating on the top of cocktail. This cocktail is best made up ahead of time so mint and cucumber flavours can infuse infuse into the cocktail. So make up a pitcher the day before and invite the other Momʼs over to enjoy some if that TIME you asked for…

Make her dinner & clean up the kitchen. 

Grilled up some Veggies (I ♥ Asparagus) with Roasted Garlic Chipotle Dipping Sauce:

Roasted Garlic & Chipotle Dipping Sauce

  • 1 cup                     Good quality Mayonnaise
  • 1                              Bulb of roasted Garlic (approx. 10 cloves)
  • 3                              Chipotles in adobo sauce
  • 3 tablespoons    freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons    freshly chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon      freshly chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon        kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon        freshly cracked black pepper

Place ingredients into a food processor. Pulse till incorporated well.  Season with additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve with grilled meats, vegetables or fish.

Serve her some beautiful seafood – planked roasted garlic & tomato scallops


or some great herb crusted prime rib:

Herb Crusted Smoked Prime Rib


Finish the meal with a sinfully good dessert.


Nutella Dessert Pizza

(2 pizzas)

For the Crust:

  • 750-g     fresh pizza dough
  • ¼ cup    Cornmeal for dusting

For the Toppings:

    • 1 cup     Nutella

  • 1 cup     Mini Marshmallows
  • ½ cup    Pecan pieces
  • ½ cup    Strawberry slices
  • ½ cup    Skor toffee bits
  • ½ cup    Chocolate chunks or chips
  • Whipped Cream & icing sugar for garnish

Bring pizza dough to room temperature as per package instructions. Remove from bag; divide into 2 balls.

On lightly floured surface, pull and shape into 2 pizzas, about 9 inches (23 cm) wide. Crimp edges as you would with pie. Prick dough all over with fork tines. Let rest at room temperature 30 minutes.

Spread Nutella onto each pizza, and then layer each with mini marshmallows, pecans, skor toffee bits, chocolate chunks.

Place pizzas onto cornmeal or flour-dusted pizza paddle. Place on a heated cornmeal dusted pizza stone or oiled grill preheated to medium-high (about 550F/280C); close lid. Grill about 5-10 minutes until chocolate is melted. Remove from grill and cool for 1-2 minutes. Top with strawberries, whipped cream & icing sugar.


After dinner give her a gift certificate for something she LOVES. For me thats the SPA or my favorite BBQ store.  Or heck you could even clean the house without being asked. You can’t give your Mom everything but something as simple as a cup of tea, a favorite book and quality quiet time to read it – may be exactly what she is looking for.






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