When I was 8yrs old my mother succumbed to breast cancer. Throughout the years battling her illness, she used every ounce of her being to instill the best values within me. Even though some lessons would not be relevant until many years later. With a masters in mathematics, a kind hearted personality, quick wit that could hang with the best of them and untouchable personal style, my mom mirrored perfection. Because of her diligence I strive daily to be hardworking, happy, honest and most of all love my family unconditionally.
Not my Mama’s Brunchin
When discussing Mother’s Day, four people in my core support group come to mind. Each of these amazing people have contributed to the person I am today. Let’s start with:
-Mr. Mom aka Dad. As a single parent he has been the epitome of what a father should be and he supports me in everything I do. With that being said, he is probably reading and critiquing this so “Hey Daddy!!!” LOL
-Then, there’s my maternal grandmother and namesake. We’ll just call her “hot stuff.” She is my 92 year old blessing.
-Before knowing she wouldn’t be around, my mom decided that I should have two godmother’s. These days the honor of being a godmother can be taken lightly by some, but let me tell you…… This set! Did it. Done it. Phenomenal! These two are like night and day which has truly served me well. While one is teaching about God, traveling and manners, the other focuses on being fly while attaining my goals, educating myself daily and also taught me the value of money through our favorite pastime, shopping. Both having continuously loved me as their own and I am truly grateful for women who stand by my side and keep my mother’s favorite saying alive…
With all that being said, I have an abundance to be thankful for, so rather than sit around and be sad about my loss it would suit me better to celebrate the “mother’s” I do have.
Now, my Dad isn’t quite the brunch type and my grandmother spends Mother’s Day with her children so my first year in New York, my godmother’s and I attended a Jazz brunch in the lower east side. The following year my best friend and her mother joined us. After that, it stuck that Mother’s Day is special and all mother’s deserve a bit more than just going out. And so I took to the kitchen inviting my friends and their mother’s over for a meal cooked with love.
This years menu consisted of:
- Fruit Salad
- Shrimp and Grits with Sausage and Peppers
- Scrambled Eggs with Gouda
- Maple Bacon
- Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches (a new recipe I’m playing with)
- Peach Cobbler
This year was the third annual brunch. I really enjoy cooking, and entertaining helps keep my mind off the obvious. Aside from a hearty meal I try to add extra touches. To show gratitude, we’ve had goodie bags, video montages and this year mommy and me gifts for my friends, who are now expecting.
I took my own advice from the Mother’s Day gift blog and created a travelers gift bag and a gardening gift bag based on their hobbies.
Living in NYC I only have a small kitchen to play in, but it works out every time. Why?! Because the remarkable ladies deserve it!