Mother’s Day Recipe Round Up


Mother’s Day is the day we get to celebrate the wonderful women in our lives, and I feel pretty blessed that all the “moms” in my life are definitely worth celebrating. I’m lucky to say that my mom is my best friend and my go to person for just about everything. (You may have noticed I talk about her a lot on this blog) My sweet Grandma Dolly is the best Grandma around, and I am so lucky to say that my future mother-in-law is absolutely wonderful as well. And since I’m sure you all have some fantastic ladies to celebrate next Sunday, I thought I would share a few of my favorite brunch recipes with all of you. Seeing as breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day, I realized I have quite a few recipes to share. From main dishes to sweet breakfast desserts, below you will find a delicious list of recipes that are sure to impress your mama next Sunday. Enjoy!


Breakfast “Main Dishes”

Cinnamon Raisin French Toast Casserole

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Peanut Butter Syrup

Oatmeal Cookie Pancakes


Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Banana Coconut Pancakes

Muffins and Breakfast Breads

Orange Blossom Muffins


Blueberry Crumble Muffins

Vegan Chocolate Muffins

Vegan Raspberry Muffins


Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Vanilla Bean Scones

Pumpkin Scones

Coconut Crusted Banana Bread

Coconut Lime Bread



Breakfast “Desserts”

Apple Turnovers


Baked Apple Cinnamon Donuts

Mini Blueberry Pastries

Lemon Blueberry Bars

My BFF Julie

My BFF Julie


Chocolate Chip Macaroons


There are billions of food blogs on the internet and hundreds of cookbooks on the shelves of the bookstore, but sometimes I’ll find a favorite recipe in the simplest of places. Like the newspaper. And I don’t mean the online version of the local paper. I mean the good old fashion black and white paper that is delivered to your doorstep a few times a week. When I was little I went straight for the comics. (Did you really expect a 10 year old to go for the finance section?) Later on I starting skimming through the Life & Home section to read the restaurant reviews and recipes. I still love relaxing on Sunday mornings and leisurely going through all the different sections of the paper. There is something wholesome and comforting about reading the actual newspaper rather than scanning the headlines online. It makes me sad to think the newspaper may soon disappear completely. But while the paper is still being delivered to my doorstep, I plan on taking advantage of the delicious recipes you can often find in it. Like these Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroon Cookies. My mom saw these in the paper and we immediately decided to whip them up. And with only 6 ingredients and 15 minutes of baking time, they came together in a flash. The cookies are very sweet and chewy with a delicate crunch. And if you are a fan of the chocolate + coconut combination you will love these cookies. Enjoy!

Ingredients: Makes 2 dozen, from Detroit Free Press

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, coconut, egg whites,chocolate chips, vanill and salt
  2. Dampen hands with cold water
  3. Roll the batter into 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  4. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until golden brown


Alex’s Baby Shower

My mom has a close knit group of girlfriends that I grew up calling “my aunts” and all of their kids are “the cousins.” Well seeing as my mom was the last of her friends to have kids, I was quite a few years younger than all of the cousins. But it didn’t bother me much because I always referred to the cousins as “my big girlfriends.”  I remember going over to their houses to see them get ready for prom and thinking they were so cool and grown up. Nowadays the age difference doesn’t seems so big, but I still refer to my cousins as my big girlfriends.


This weekend I got to help celebrate at the baby shower of one of my “cousins”, Alexandra. It was such a fun day and if their little guy is anything like his parents he is going to be one cool kid. And although seeing all of the adorable tiny onesies  that this little guy will soon be wearing was the biggest highlight, the food was another great part of the day. So like any normal food blogger, I thought I would share our delicious lunch with you.

The first course was a miniature cup of creamy tomato basil soup with a mini grilled cheese sandwich. And ohmygoodness was it delicious. The soup was incredibly creamy and was topped with basil oil. And it was perfect paired with the mini grilled cheese sandwich.


Next was the house salad served in a parmesan bowl. The salad featured mixed greens, black olives, tomatoes & chickpeas, tossed in a tangy and sweet vinaigrette. The salad was also garnished with a fried ball of goat cheese.


By this point, we were all a bit full but that didn’t stop me from tasting the main dish: cheese tortellini with fresh vegetables and grilled chicken. I could only have a few bites but it was fantastic.


And finally, my favorite part of every meal…dessert. Out came a flourless chocolate cake served with vanilla ice cream. So chocolatey and delicious. Stay tuned for some great new recipes this week!