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Food Gifts for Mother’s Day

May 7, 2014

The easiest way to her heart is through her tummy.

Before I ask my mom what she wants for Mother’s Day, I already know her answer. “Oh, I don’t need anything,” she’ll say. Or maybe, “Just seeing you is enough of a gift.”’

And I know that she truly means it. If your mother figure is like my mom, she probably doesn’t ask for extravagant gifts, but would be happy with a card, a hug, a phone call or just time spent together.

But if you’re like me, you want to do something thoughtful on Mother’s Day—after all, those years of sacrifice, support, encouragement and love deserves acknowledgement. We’re looking at homemade gifts that you can make to delight your mom—and her taste buds.

Basket of Berries Our selection of organic fruits and vegetables is one of the largest around, and growing bigger every day.

If your mother figure is health conscious or a lover of fruit, you could make her a special basket with her favorites. Buy a unique basket and line it with a new, pretty hand towel. When you’re inputting your grocery delivery in Minnesota order, include some beautiful pears, grapes, raspberries and strawberries to make your gift beautiful, colorful and delicious.

Picnic to Go

Outdoor-loving mothers might enjoy a picnic to go for their gift. You can include some mini sandwiches, blueberries, cheese and crackers, sparkling juice, and her favorite cupcakes.

Coffee

If your mom is a lover of coffee, you could put together a variety pack for her. Include a few different brands and styles, add flavored creamers and a few accompanying sweets, like biscotti and cookies. If you’re artistic you could even hand paint a special coffee mug and include that as well.

Chocolate

As a chocolate lover, I appreciate a decadent gift of home made chocolates, and I know that many moms are the same way. Two of my personal favorite treats are truffles and toffee.

Oreo Truffles

Photo courtesy of allrecipes.com

Photo courtesy of allrecipes.com

36 Oreo Cookies

1 pkg.  (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened

4 pkg.  (4 oz. each) Baker’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted

Crush the Oreos, reserving ¼ cup of the cookie crumbs. Mix the cream cheese and remaining Oreo crumbs until blended. Roll into 48 one-inch balls. Dip into the melted baker’s chocolate and place on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Sprinkle with the reserved cookie crumbs and refrigerate for at least one hour until firm.

Toffee Butter Crunch

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon light-color corn syrup

¾ cup milk chocolate pieces or semisweet chocolate pieces

½ cup chopped nuts, such as almonds, pecans, walnuts, and/or cashews, toasted

Line a 13x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over edges of pan; set pan aside.

In a 2-quart heavy saucepan melt butter over low heat. Stir in sugar, water, and corn syrup. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Avoid splashing side of saucepan. Clip a candy thermometer to side of pan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until thermometer registers 290 degrees F, soft-crack stage (about 12 minutes). Mixture should boil at a moderate, steady rate with bubbles over entire surface. (Adjust heat as necessary to maintain a steady boil and watch temperature carefully during the last 5 minutes of cooking as temperature can increase quickly at the end.)

Remove from heat; remove thermometer.

Carefully pour corn syrup mixture into prepared pan; spread evenly. Cool 4 to 5 minutes or until top is just set. Sprinkle evenly with chocolate pieces; let stand for 2 minutes. Spread softened chocolate into an even layer over toffee layer. Sprinkle with nuts; lightly press into chocolate. Let stand at room temperature several hours or until chocolate is set. Use foil to lift candy out of pan; break into pieces. Store with waxeCOOKIEMIXd paper between the layers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

You can also find delicious ideas on the Easy Eats page. I like this super chunk oatmeal cookie mix, Earl Grey tea cookies and turtle bars.

Whatever your plans for Mother’s Day, consider getting your mother figure a gift that includes some of her favorite treats. It’ll be easy on you since you can include your purchases with your Twin Cities grocery delivery. She’ll love it because it’s thoughtful and shows you care. And really that’s all that moms want on their special day anyway.

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