What’s up you buttercups today I’m here to remind you all that Mother’s Day is approaching! Sunday, May 10th, you need to be prepared. Now, we’re closed on Mother’s Day because it is a Sunday but also because – let’s be honest – it’s parent’s buying stuff for kids here so there’s little point to it. But!! Don’t you worry because we still got you covered for this year’s Mother’s Day presents (look we know a lot of people out there rely on school projects to be gifted but school isn’t in right now so what is a significant other to do?)
Here’s what you do: make your own art projects at home for Mom! See, we got a buuuuuuunch of art stuff for you to use: everything from finger paints, crayons, colored pencils, drawing paper, painting paper, coloring books, clay kits, models, generic paint, and a bunch more that I’m not going to list because you can just go to our online shopping website to look for yourself! Just check under the “Art” tab and search from there.
Well now that the kids’ gift are covered, what about you? Well how about that old standby of flowers? Yeah suuuuure you could get her a dozen roses from Fred’s at the last minute if they still have any, but how about some flowers that actually have meaning? Three really come to mind: the day lily, pink carnations, and orchids. In China, the day lily is a symbol for motherhood while the orchid is a symbol for “many children”. The orchid was also a strange part of the culture of ancient Greece: if the father ate large, new orchid tubers then the child would be a boy, if the mother ate small orchid tubers the child would be a girl. They are edible by the way but I don’t personally recommend it, they taste nasty. Finally, the pink carnation: often considered to carry the greatest significance to Mother’s Day. According to Christianity, the pink carnation first appeared from the Virgin Mary’s tears after she wept for her son, symbolizing a mother’s undying love for their children.
Yeah I know this is a long one but bear with me it’s definitely worth it. Okay, the last gift I have for you is a recipe for my toffee chocolate chip cookies (seriously people love them so much that’s all anyone asks for when I go to a bar-b-que). Don’t worry they’re actually very simple to make. Here we go!
So, you’ll need to melt 1/2 cup of butter in a medium to large bowl. After it’s melted, add 1/2 cup of white sugar, 3/4 cup of brown sugar* and a teaspoon of salt, mixing until the butter is combined then add one egg. Beat until it’s a nice paste-like texture. Add vanilla extract (I never measure but at least a teaspoon), and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Combine. Add 1 and 1/4 cup of flour, fold until combined (it’s gonna be very thick so it might take a while to get all the cumblies). Add chips to flavor. Let chill for at least 30 minutes to bring out the toffee flavor in the dough**. Bake at 350 for 6-12 minutes (seriously, start with 6 and work up, don’t just go to 12) until edges are just starting to turn gold. Let cool for 2 minutes before removing from pan. Each batch makes 11 – 15 cookies depending on size.
* – feel free to use either light or dark brown sugar depending on taste, dark brown will have a richer toffee flavor. If you don’t have dark brown but want to add more flavor then mix in a teaspoon of molasses.
** – if you don’t care too much about the toffee flavor then feel free to skip this
Don’t worry, you got this! So long as you remember the day: this Sunday, the 10th of May. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some cinnamon rolls to make for my Mama.