Happy Mother’s Day

Today is the day we celebrate Mother’s Day. I read about the origin of Mother’s Day on History.com.  What I found interesting is that a number of people promoted celebrating Mother’s in the late 1800’s.   In 1868 Ann Reeves Jarvis organized “Mothers’ Friendship Day,” at which mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation. It was actually her daughter, Anna Jarvis, who conceived Mother’s Day as a way to honor the sacrifices mothers made for their children.  In 1908, the first official Mother’s Day was held in West Virginia.  Anna did not get married or have any children of her own; yet she pushed for Mother’s Day to become a national holiday.  What’s strange is that once it did, she later fought to have it removed as a holiday because she thought it was too commercial. Much like today, both the floral and card companies were a part of Mother’s Day celebrations. According to Statista.com, in 2014,  jewelry and dinner/brunch were the two largest planned expenditure categories in the United States for Mother’s Day (more than $7 billion!). Flowers were $2.35 billion.  At my dad’s church, everyone whose mother is alive wears a red flower, usually a rose or carnation. For those whose mom is deceased, they wear a white rose or carnation. This tradition is meant to honor all mothers. We rarely go out for Mother’s Day. Instead, my dad, you know the master chef (at least that’s what he calls himself) always cooks dinner.  This year, we had baked salmon, lobster mac and cheese, and salad. I made the red velvet cupcakes (see the recipe below).

Duncan Hines Decadent Red Velvet Cupcake

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Cupcake Ingredients: 2 Eggs, 2/3 cup of water, and 1/4 cup of oil.
Frosting Ingredients: 2 teaspoons water and 8 tablespoons butter.

This recipe is so simple all you have to do is follow the instructions on the back of the box:

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Salt Dough Handprint

I also made a simple craft. My brother made one of these for my mom when he was in the second grade. I’ve always been a little jealous that she’s got one of his hands (and she keeps it on her dresser and puts her jewelry in it).  Now she has one of mine too (and mine is much bigger than his!).  Ha, take that, Jacob!  I found this recipe on Mommymoment.ca

Ingredients: 1 Cup Flour; 1 Cup Salt; 1/2 Cup Water

Instructions:
Mix the salt and flour in a large bowl.
Make a well in the salt/flour mixture and add the water.
Knead until smooth and shape into a bowl.
Place the mixture in a tin pan and imprint your hand.
I pressed my hand into the pan but it did not make a good imprint. So I wet my hand and tried it again. This time it worked.
Decorate with food coloring.
I baked it at 200 degrees F until dry.

 

 

Dance Recital Was AWESOME!!

Hi everybody,

I was so busy showing you how to make a Mother’s Day card yesterday that I forgot to tell you how the dance recital went.  In a word………………..AWESOME!!  My day on Saturday started out at 5:00 am when my mom woke me up.  I took a bath, ate breakfast, and got ready for the day.  I was at the recital venue at 7:45 am where we did hair and make-up and got ready for our first show.  We had ballet barre to warm up between 9:00 and 9:30 am and then it was time for our 10:00 am show.  I was in six dances in Show #1 and I led three dances for the younger girls (I am a teacher’s assistant in those classes).  The show was over at 12:00 pm and then we ate lunch, prepared our costumes for the second show, touched up our hair and make-up, and had another ballet barre warm up from 1:30 to 2:00 p.m.  Show #2 started at 2:30 pm.  I was in nine dances in Show #2 and we finished at 4:15 pm.  It was a long day, but it was exactly why we’ve all been working so hard all year.  Everyone was really happy and relieved that it was over!  I got home after 5:00 pm.  I am so glad that I have the next two weeks off before summer dance classes begin.  I need a break!  Take a look at all the flowers and stuff I got from my family after the recital!

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

Today I’m going to show you how to create a simple home made Mother’s Day card. The card says “I Love You” in sign language on the front.

Step 1: Fold a piece of white construction paper in half and set aside.
Step 2: Take a piece of colored construction paper (I prefer pink) and trace your hand.
Step 3: Cut out the hand figure.
Step 4: Erase any pencil marks.
Step 5: Turn hand over (this is now the front of the hand) and fold down the middle and ring fingers.
Step 6: Write I Love You on the hand in pencil and then trace with a marker.
Step 7: Tape your hand to the folded white paper along the long side.
Step 8: Tape the middle and ring fingers.
Step 9: The front of the card is complete!
Step 10: Now write a message inside the card in pencil and then trace with a marker (remember to erase stray pencil marks).
Step 11: Don’t forget to put the date or year in the bottom corner!

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