To all the mums out there, I do hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Mine was very relaxed and celebrated with my mother and three of my four sisters and their families.
In the morning Alfie was a little upset. He came into my room, empty handed, and said he didn’t have a gift for me. That came as a surprise as before Easter I filled out the form that came home from the school and I sent it back with $10.00 so he could go shopping and buy me a gift.
A few days before Mother’s Day he proudly told me he had hand-painted the gift wrap for the present so he was all set for his moment of shopping. But then he was late to school on the Friday and when he arrived his class had already done their shopping so that was that and there were no second chances. He was shattered. Drew took him up to Bed Bath and Table and he bought me a candle. Sorted.
The week before Mother’s Day the emails starting flying around about who was to bring what to my parents’ house for the lunch. Katie was doing the delegating and I came up trumps as the only thing I was asked to bring was sausages. So easy! All I had to do was walk to the local butcher and buy a couple of kilos of snags. Excellent – extra sleep-in for Charlie!
Here’s some trivia…Can you believe, the oldest of the five of us was born on Father’s Day and the youngest of the five born on Mother’s Day. And mum and dad didn’t even plan that but I think it’s a lovely way to begin and end a breeding program.
So it wouldn’t be Mother’s Day if we didn’t also have Lou’s birthday to celebrate and this year it once again fell on Mother’s Day. But May’s a busy month of celebrations in our family so it was happy birthday to Drew and Katie’s husband as well. And we can’t forget Ruby would have been 15 that week as well so we had a special toast to her.
Although it’s been quite cold lately, the weather on Mother’s Day was sunny and warm enough to be able to eat outside which is helpful when you have 10 grandchildren running around.
We started the celebrations with a glass of pink champagne – a very good colour for Mother’s Day.
My cousin, Meg, brought the appetisers and there was a lovely selection. I particularly enjoyed the figs wrapped in prosciutto.
Katie brought an eye fillet of beef that was barbecued and left to rest while the sausages were cooked. The beef was served with a choice of bearnaise sauce or horseradish cream.
There were two types of sausages, chicken and chive and Mexican but once they were cooked it was impossible to distinguish between them so you just had to have a surprise.
Lou made a quinoa salad with roasted beetroot and carrots and a spiced yoghurt dressing – I’ll make it and put it on my blog as it’s a terrific salad that can either be a complete meal or a side dish.
Katie was going to bring baguettes but the bakery had been knocked over in the rush and were completely sold out so we settled for some sourdough.
Millie made the dessert which was three very dark and incredibly rich chocolate cakes stacked on top of one another. No frosting as it wasn’t necessary and instead served with creme fraiche and strawberries.
For those who hadn’t yet eaten enough, Lou also brought some dark chocolate balls rolled in cocoa and some crunchy nougat.
Although it was a shame Em and her family couldn’t be with us, it was wonderful to see the rest of the cousins all in the same place at the same time. They put the house through its paces while loving being with each other and making up games and running around playing hide ‘n seek.
I do hope your Mother’s Day was equally as wonderful.