My husband’s family is Italian. His Grandmother is famous for her homemade cavatelli and gravy (otherwise known as sauce), Italian Wedding Soup, and delicate Italian cookies. She spends all day in the kitchen, making too much food and shooing eager hands away from the goods.
What’s special is that she involves the children. This is a tradition that we’ve carried on in our family, and my toddler loves nothing more than pulling a chair up to a counter to help.
For Mother’s Day this year we’re keeping it simple- likely just a brunch after church. We’ll invite the special women in our lives who serve as mother figures- blood relation or not. Half the fun will be in getting together in the kitchen, kids and dogs running underfoot, and spending time preparing the meal.
I’ve rounded up recipes from some of my favorite food bloggers that will give you some ideas for a wonderful Mother’s Day brunch. While they’re not all typical toddler fare, I’ve given you some ideas for each recipe about how your child can help.
Multiple generations in the kitchen…that’s a recipe for the perfect Mother’s Day in my book.
Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
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