Monday, May 15, 2017

Roses and raspberries


Mother's Day was very nice, in spite of the fact that both of my children were sick with colds all weekend. They gave me a lovely day, though, and I enjoyed it very much. To be honest, it was kind of awesome to stay home all weekend, given how busy we've been lately - and how busy will be this week and next before school finishes for summer. I went out on Saturday morning for groceries; otherwise, we hung out at home. On Saturday afternoon, I baked a cheesecake (the super-easy recipe I like to call Lazybones Cheesecake) as a Mother's Day dessert. The Bear and I had Chinese takeout for dinner on Saturday for our at-home date. The small Bears went to bed by 7 because they felt poorly, so we had a nice, long evening of MST3K on Netflix (have you seen the new episodes? They're pretty good!). And Sunday was a lovely Mother's Day for me.


They made my favorite breakfast, an everything bagel with cream cheese, lox and tomato. This is my usual Mother's Day breakfast. Lox is a very special treat for me, and they always remember. So delicious.


The Bear made me a hazelnut latte with Torani syrup and milk foamed with an immersion blender. Also delicious.


They gave me some lovely presents. The Bear replaced my old pruning snippers with a new pair. The old pair could barely cut anything, plus I'd been holding them closed with a rubber band because the strap broke. The GB made me an embroidered card (see the first photo in this post) and the LB made me a beautiful necklace in school. He used a flat glass marble fused to polymer clay to make a pretty background you can see through the glass. He wrote a very sweet message in a card too. 


I took my new snippers outside to try them on the roses. They work beautifully, so sharp and neat. They're exactly what I've been needing for happier gardening.


I brought a few roses inside for a kitchen bouquet. I'm so glad it's rose season again. The new snippers will be nice for the roses and everything else this summer. While I was outside, I watered my geraniums and also the seeds we planted a few weeks ago in the beds around the water feature. We have sunflowers sprouting now, as well as lots of other wildflowers from seeds I've put down over the years.


The afternoon progressed in a mostly non-photo-worthy way, including laundry, cleaning and straightening up. Yes, I know it was Mother's Day, but there was plenty to do. I made a quick sauce from frozen raspberries to eat with our cheesecake. For dinner, I roasted a chicken, which we ate with mashed potatoes, and broccoli slaw that I made with apple, walnuts and Craisins.


Later, I watched Call the Midwife and had a small slice of cheesecake with raspberry sauce. Perfect! It came out well and it capped off a day of really good food. My family made such a nice day for me. I'm so thankful for them. I hope you had a lovely Mother's Day as well.

18 comments:

  1. sounds and looks like an especially wonderful day.

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  2. Glad you had a nice day and hope the little bears get well soon. It's strange how different parts of the world celebrate Mother's Day at different times. In the UK it's in March, in Australia, where my brother and also an aunt live it's the same as yours. Cathy x

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  3. This sounds like a lovely day Jennifer. Glad you enjoyed it. I hope the Little Bears are feeling better now x

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  4. Such sweet cards and lovely gifts. I'm embarrassed to say I'm actually drooling at the picture of your chicken! That looks delicious. I went to the grocery store this morning and now I'm wishing I had bought a whole chicken to roast! Thank you for sharing your day with us. It sounds like an absolutely lovely one. I hope yout young bears are much better today. There seems to be a lot of colds going around this spring. Blessings always, Betsy

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  5. What a special day. I love the embroidered card, she is good at that. Kids do what they see!! Jo x

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  6. What a lovely day, and wonderful, thoughtful gifts. I like a sharp pair of snippers too, as you say, they're a pleasure to use. Your roses are doing beautifully. The food looks delicious, especially that cheesecake. I'm a huge fan of anything raspberry, I imagine the sauce set off the cheesecake beautifully. Hope you have a good week, and that it's not too busy. CJ xx

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  7. It looks like you had a wonderful day, Jennifer. I hope both wee bears are feeling better now.

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  8. What a great day and great food! Snippers do make a nice difference. We're going to get freezing temps on Thursday night so I have to put pillowcases on the peonies again!
    You reminded me that tonight I can watch Call the Midwife! Woo hoo! I was so busy yesterday that I forgot!
    YOU are a good, good, good mom, Jennifer!

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  9. Seems like it was the recipe for a perfect day. All your lovely pictures prove it! Thank you for the recipe!

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  10. It sounds like a perfect weekend! I love the way they took care of you and your gifts. Glad you had such a nice day. Hope the small bears are feeling better.

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  11. Thanks for sharing your lovely day, Jennifer. We had a virus a month ago that ended with colds that have dragged on, but we are getting better and we had a good Mother's Day, too. I was surprised by a text from my oldest son in NY who sent me a text that arrived at 5:30AM here in OR! However, I loved it and it was a great way to start the day :) Flowers and cards drifted in throughout the day and we had a yummy taco dinner. xx

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  12. We had our Mothers Day back in March. Yours sounded perfect, a lovely family day and feeling spoilt... the cheesecake and sauce look delicious xx

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  13. It looks like you had a wonderful day! I love the handmade cards they are so sweet. The food all looks so delicious too! the photo of your bagel with lox and cream cheese is making me crave one for myself. Glad you had a good Mother's Day!

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  14. Your bagel and lox made my mouth water! Love the gorgeous roses so much. Those are the smell-good kind, aren't they? The roses we planted last year all died over the harsh winter. I'm so mad that my Secret's Out roses aren't coming back. They were so pretty and smelled heavenly. Your chicken looks perfect! Glad you had a wonderful Mother's Day. ♥

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  15. What a lovely mother's day. Your beautiful kids spoiled you and it sounds like it was a nice, calm respite in a busy time of year. x

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  16. What a lovely Mother's Day you had Jennifer. The card is so special - you will keep it forever! I love the look of that cheesecake - maybe you could tell us the recipe some time, as I really go for quick/easy desserts :) Your long-stemmed red roses look wonderful and see how they reach out for Mr Sun, hanging there on the wall. And you most definitely have the World's Best Bird Bath, gosh it is beautiful.

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  17. I am so glad you had a nice Mothers' Day Jennifer, you really deserve it. x

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