Saturday, April 18, 2009

Frugal Mother’s Day Gifts

   I love mother’s day. The reason I love mother’s day is not because of the gifts, it is the appreciation. I love feeling like my children appreciate what I do.  I am not saying I do not enjoy gifts, I do but a gift doesn’t have to be expensive or cost anything for me to love.  It is the love and thought into a gift that is all matters.  I thought i would share a few examples of cheap or free things you can do for your mother or with children to make for your wife.

How about homemade gourmet food! something you cook in your own kitchen! How about making homemade scones for breakfast. I bet most of you have all the ingredients in your cabinet that would make the most delicious scones!

Here is a recipe for a basic scone mixture and you choose the ingredients. I apologize to whomever wrote the recipe because I got this off the internet and didn’t write down the name of the person who wrote it.

Whatever" Scones
2 1/2 cups "grain" {all flour(s), or a combination of flour(s) and oats}
(I used 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, and 1 cup oats)
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine (some recipes suggested regular or light cream cheese)
1/2 cup or so of whatever (see below for ideas)
2/3 cup milk, buttermilk, sour milk, sour cream or plain yogurt
Combine grain(s), sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in the butter with two knives, a pastry blender, or (my favorite) a food processor. (At this point, you could put your ingredients in a quart size zipper freezer baggie and freeze.) Add your whatever and wet ingredient. Stir until dough comes together. Pat dough into a circle about two inches thick on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar or cinnamon sugar if desired. Cut dough into wedges, separating them so that their edges do not touch. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.

Suggestions for "Whatever"
Dried fruit, blueberries, cranberries, raisins, apples, cherries, apricots, etc.
Dried cranberries with white chocolate chips
Dried cherries with chocolate chips.
Chocolate chips
Cinnamon chips
Nuts
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2-1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
Blackberries and lemon zest
Strawberries
Blueberries, fresh or frozen
Pumpkin with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or pumpkin pie spice
Maple syrup and cinnamon
Bacon or ham, onion, and cheese (You may want to reduce the amount of sugar.)
The possibilities and combinations are almost endless.

 

How about waffles and a homemade syrup!

Here is a video on how to make homemade waffles

http://video.about.com/baking/Homemade-Waffles.htm

homemade blueberry syrup

 

It doesn’t have to be  breakfast you could make a special dessert. Strawberries are in season and so you could make a fresh strawberry pie! This recipe is from daily recipe group on yahoo.com

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie
Sometimes simpler is better. This pie recipe showcases your fresh strawberries perfectly. Fill a pie shell with fresh strawberries and cover the berries with glaze. Garnish the pie with whipped cream and you're done.
This pie is not too sweet and the fresh taste of the strawberries is really showcased.
Ingredients
1 baked nine-inch pie shell
2 pounds quality strawberries (you'll have some extra berries to snitch or use for garnish)
1 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons butter
couple drops red food coloring (optional)
1 cup whipping cream
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Directions
1. Prick the surface of the pie crust with the tines of fork to allow for steam to escape and avoid bubbles in the crust. Bake the crust for eight to twelve minutes or until it just starts to brown.
2. Wash and hull the strawberries. Do not allow the strawberries to sit in water since they will absorb water and make the pie runny. Mash enough strawberries to make about one cup of pulp.
3. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, crushed strawberries, and water in a saucepan. Stir well and cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil, stirring often. Cook for two more minutes or until the sauce becomes thick and translucent. Stir in the butter. Add the red food coloring if desired. Set it aside to cool.
4. In the meantime, fill the cooled pie shell with strawberries. If the strawberries are small, use whole berries. If not, cut the strawberries into chunks. Pour the cooled glaze over the berries. Let the pie chill for 2 to 3 hours.
5. Whip the cream until peaks form, adding the powdered sugar when the cream begins to stiffen. After the pie has chilled, garnish the pie with whipped cream.
*~Sandy U.~*

 

It does not even have to be food, you could make a coupon book ! Good for one nights dish duty or good for one dozen chocolate chip cookies what every you know that she would appreciate! Here is a list of ideas and places you can print coupon books!

Also if you check there are a lot of events free on mothers day! For example we go to the zoo and it is free for mother’s. You can bring your own lunch into the park so it is fairly cheap!

These are just a few very simple things you can do on the inexpensive side, there are many more ideas all you have to do is just google it!  Whatever you do Big or Small, Expensive or Free as long as there is love behind it I know will be appreciated

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5 comments:

  1. Arriving via the DST blog train...

    What great ideas! I really like all the ideas you've suggested.

    I haven't been to your blog (or if I have, it's been a while!) so I am going to spend some time reading more posts. It looks like you have a lot of good info here!

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  2. thank you so much for so much inspiration!

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  3. Those recipes sounds yummy. Maybe if I give a big hint DH will cook some pancakes for mothers day :) Thanks for the freebie list too - I found a nice QP I hadn't seen before.

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  4. Thank you so much for recipes!! This is great!!

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