In many Countries around the world, 13th May is Mother Day. Our guest writer this week, Gus Stewart from GardenAble, shares some great recipes and activities for your vegetarian (or any) Mom!
When the ancient Greeks and Romans honoured mother goddesses, Cybele and Rhea, celebrations abounded. This pagan holiday evolved to a time when the faithful returned to their “mother church” in the UK and Europe to worship at a special service.
Just before the Civil War, Ann Reeves Jarvis started “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to teach women proper childcare. By 1869, she had created “Mothers’ Friendship Day” as a way to encourage former Union and Confederate soldiers’ moms to gather and reconcile.
In the early 20th century, Anna Jarvis (Ann Reeves Jarvis’ daughter) conceived of “Mother’s Day” as a way to honour sacrifices that mothers make for their children. Woodrow Wilson officially christened the second Sunday in May Mother’s Day in 1914, creating the holiday we now celebrate today.
Check out these creative ideas to show your love and appreciation for your mom this year.
Feed your mom!
Make her a healthy, hearty—and tasty—breakfast in bed. You can make light, fluffy pancakes by substituting flax for eggs. Saute extra firm tofu to make a breakfast burrito with roasted red peppers and sauce. Add “bacon” to her plate by using tempeh bacon. Include a fruit salad, and you’re good to go. Find these recipes here.
Gathering the family a little later in the day? Why not make a vegan brunch feast instead. The Vegetarian Gastronomy website has 15 delicious brunch recipes that include:
- Cinnamon-infused vegan mascarpone on focaccia topped with strawberries and roasted pistachios
- Banana macadamia nut, coconut whip pancakes
- Loaded potato breakfast bowl with mushroom gravy
- Fresh mango coconut chia seed parfait
- Pumpkin pecan breakfast cookies
Garden with mom
After you’ve feasted, surprise your mom with a new garden —or treat her to some new plants. If you’re starting from scratch, do a little planning first.
- Find a spot that gets at least six hours of daily sunlight.
- Sketch out a space to accommodate the plants.
- Calculate the compost you’ll need to add a 6-inch-deep layer and rake it over the dug-out bed.
- Dig holes, plant seedlings and water well.
Are you a gardening novice or do you want to create a garden that includes more edible plants? The Serious Eats guide provides all the basics and plenty of links to other great online resources.
Upgrade to edible
If your mother already has a garden, enhance its offerings by adding more edible crops.
Decorate her garden
Does your mom like to recycle old things? Add a little whimsy to her outdoor living space.
- Hang outgrown children’s rain boots on the fence, add dirt and flowers and you’ve got a fun, floral display.
- Repurpose worn-out tires as planters.
- Paint and stack graduated terracotta pots to create a lively lighthouse.
- Use acrylic paints to paint designs on garden rocks, create a ladybug, or caterpillar.
- Paint wooden pallets vibrant hues, cover in cushions — and, voila! — new lawn furniture.
For 30 adorable DIY garden decorations that the whole family can create together, visit the DIY & Crafts website.
Waste not, want not
Gardening creates waste, but you can recycle your yard waste naturally with minimal effort. Your garden will reap the benefits.
- Use a mulching mower or get a mulching blade kit that allows grass clippings to fall back onto the lawn. Cut grass returns nitrogen to the soil and can dramatically reduce the need for fertilizer.
- Use shredded leaves and grass clippings to mulch—create a “lasagna” of newspaper layers and mulch between vegetable rows to control weeds and conserve moisture.
- Make or buy a composting bin to recycle organic waste from your kitchen and garden. Eventually, you’ll have a great, rich compost to use.
For more steps on zero-waste gardening, read this article from Learn2Grow.
Whether you celebrate with breakfast in bed or a day adventuring, gift mom with a relaxing spa day at home, or putter all day in the garden, the best part of Mother’s Day is the memories you’ll make together.
Contributor: Gus Stewart from GardenAble
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