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.
Strawberry Spinach Salad 1 of 8This colorful salad from Your Homebased Mom would be a great addition to any Mother's Day brunch. My toddler loves helping me make salads by operating the Salad Spinner and mixing the dressing. This would be a hit in my house!
Photo Credit: Your Homebased Mom
Zucchini Cheese Quiche 2 of 8The first time I made quiche for my children I was wary. I didn't think they'd go for it but it ended up being a huge hit. Our Best Bite's version of zucchini cheese quiche looks delicious, and your toddler could help make it by rolling out the pie crust, stirring the eggs, or adding the cheese. So much fun!
Photo Credit: Our Best Bites
Cinnamon Streusel French Toast 3 of 8This is my friend Sheri Silver's recipe for French toast, and I know it would go over well with all ages. Kids love playing chef when you're making French toast, and assembling the bread in the pan is a great way for them to help.
Photo Credit: Donuts, Dresses, and Dirt
Shrimp Salad on Cucumber Slices 4 of 8These bite-size shrimp salad on cucumbers look great and make a festive Mother's Day appetizer. Your child could help you put this together by scooping the shrimp onto the slices of cucumber as well as adding the garnish.
Photo Credit: Skinny Taste
Pumpkin Scones 5 of 8Pumpkin tastes just as delicious in May as it does in October, so why not try these yummy looking pumpkin scones by Jen at Experience the Wonderful? My daughter would love drizzling the icing on top, but watch out for sticky fingers!
Photo Credit: Experience the Wonderful
Golden Beet Salad with Feta and Almonds 6 of 8Feta is another food that I was surprised my children enjoyed (two out of three anyway!). Jodi's Kitchen and Home's hearty salad would be a meal on its own, but also a great brunch buffet addition. Allow your child to help add the ingredients or assist you in mixing the salad.
Photo Credit: Jodi's Kitchen and Home
Vegan Cinnamon Rolls 7 of 8These look delicious and are easy to put together the night before. My daughter and I have made cinnamon rolls on several occasions and she has always loved helping me roll the dough and add that sweet filling.
Photo Credit: Side of Sneakers
Lemon Orzo Salad with Veggies and Chicken 8 of 8Our Best Bite's Lemon Orzo Salad with Veggies and Chicken is delicious and easy to make. Your toddler can help mix it together or sprinkle the cheese...and if he or she is anything like mine, this'll be a hit.
Photo Credit: Our Best Bites
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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