Fresh Fridays, May 12

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The crazy that is May!” I thought life would have slowed once our boys graduated from high school, yet it feels just as busy. How’s your May shaping up?

In this week’s newsletter, we’ve got amazing recipes perfect to surprise mom with this Mother’s Day! A quick peak into my life, which includes mountains of laundry #help!

Plus, I’ve got some great gift ideas as we are in the graduation, gardening, vacation, and wedding season.

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Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Whether you’re a super mom whipping up brunch for a big crowd, or dropping hints with printed recipes of your favorite dishes, or planning a fun cooking and baking session with the kids or grandkids, I’ve got you covered! Get ready for some delightful recipes to make your Mother’s Day celebration extra special and love-filled.

Mother’s Day Brunch Mains

Charcuterie Bouquet with mini champagne, bottle, salami rose, grapes, pink macarons, heart shaped cheese and red grapes, a unique charcuterie.

How to Make Charcuterie Bouquet

I'll teach you how to make a Charcuterie Bouquet or individual charcuterie cones, a creative and fun DIY treat for all special occasions! Skip the flowers and choose an edible bouquet using easy DIY paper cones; packed with meats, cheeses, nuts, fruit, and more.

Easy breakfast pancake and waffle charcuterie board.

How to Make a Pancake Breakfast Charcuterie Board

This Pancake Charcuterie Board is a fun way to serve all the deliciousness of your favorite breakfast foods in a beautiful and creative way. Fresh fruit, fluffy pancakes, crispy bacon are just the beginning. Gather your favorite toppings and pass the syrup!

A slice of biscuits and gravy egg bake on plate with pan behind, smothered in sausage gravy, with bowl of gravy on the side.

Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

Biscuits and Gravy Egg Bake is an easy breakfast casserole, easily made overnight or the morning of for a delicious feed-a-crowd breakfast. Filled with flaky biscuits, light eggs with a layer of delicious green chile sausage gravy on top. Plus extra sausage gravy for serving. While not a southern girl, that does not mean I

Protein overnight oats or bircher muesli in pretty glass jar topped with sliced bananas, oranges, blueberries and nuts.

Protein Overnight Oats (Bircher Muesli Recipe)

Bircher Muesli is the original overnight oats; also called Protein overnight oats, a quick and easy recipe for a healthy, whole grain and delicious breakfast. 

Tropical Mango Fruit Salad

A vibrant ultra fresh tropical fruit salad bursting with ripe mangoes & berries, dressing in an all natural light lime dressing that's sublime!

Overnight Cinnamon french toast slice on a plate with oranges, maple syrup, sausage and bacon.

Overnight Cinnamon Crunch French Toast

This scrumptious baked cinnamon crunch french toast topped with a mouthwatering cinnamon crumb crunch topping is the perfect make ahead breakfast! Whether for a special occasion, a holiday breakfast, or just a lazy weekend morning, this is a breakfast casserole recipe you need to have in your recipe box.

Chile Relleno Casserole Recipe slice on a plate garnished with cilantro.

Easy Hatch Green Chile Relleno Casserole Recipe

Best Chile Relleno Casserole is an easy, delicious vegetarian dish made with Monterey Jack cheese stuffed whole roasted chiles, topped with an egg, milk batter, topped with more cheese, then baked to fluffy perfection. Easily adapted to be gluten free.

Prosciutto & Gruyere Quiche with Hash Brown Crust | www.thefreshcooky.com #hasbrowncrust #quiche #gruyereandprosciutto

Prosciutto & Gruyere Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

Golden and crispy hash brown crust filled with a baked mixture of luscious eggs, cream, gruyere cheese, caramelized leeks, peppers, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and prosciutto.

Mom’s Favorite Breakfast and Brunch Treats

Square image of copycat nothing bundt cake white chocolate raspberry bundt cake.

Best White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake {Copycat}

An easy from-scratch Copycat Nothing Bundt Cake recipe, White Chocolate Raspberry Bundt Cake. Raspberries, white chocolate, and creamy cream cheese buttercream frosting makes a great spring dessert!

Fresh peach bundt cake on pedestal with drips of glaze.

Peach Cobbler Pound Cake Recipe

Today I will show you how to make a peach cobbler pound cake recipe, in bundt cake form! A comforting classic made with real fresh peaches and cream cheese to produce the rich flavor of this perfectly dense and moist pound cake—YUM!

Blueberry Pancake Bundt Cake Recipe with cake frosted and on pedestal with slice removed and on plate.

Blueberry Pancake Bundt Cake Recipe

Snuggle up with a steamy cup of coffee and this warm, moist Blueberry Pancake Bundt Cake made with fresh juicy blueberries, pancake mix, creamy buttermilk, zesty lemon, and a touch of cinnamon. Bonus — it's low sugar!

Crock pot cinnamon roll casserole serving on plate, drizzling cream cheese icing over the serving.

Best Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole Recipe

If you are looking for an easy and delicious breakfast casserole recipe, look no further than this easy crock pot cinnamon roll casserole. Using organic canned cinnamon rolls for the win.

ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls in a pan slathered with frosting with a bowl of frosting nearby.

Best Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Tender, better than Cinnabon ooey and gooey Cinnamon Rolls dripping with brown sugary cinnamon insides and topped with this luscious cream cheese buttercream.

Cinnamon roll casserole with fork stuck in the middle of the slice.

Breakfast Cinnamon Roll Casserole Recipe (canned rolls)

Make a mouth-watering Breakfast Cinnamon Roll Casserole from Grands cinnamon rolls that tastes like it took hours to prepare. A family favorite in no time!

Heart Biscuit Donuts glazed in chocolate and strawberry.

Air Fryer Biscuit Donut Recipe (Heart Shaped)

This Air Fryer Biscuit Donut recipe is quick and easy way to make special heart shaped donuts. Crispy outside, covered in strawberry and chocolate icing, with adorable Valentine's Day sprinkles!

How to make strawberry cheesecake cups, shown on a plate ready to serve, topped with strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.

Easy Strawberry Phyllo Cheesecake Cups Recipe

How to make delicious strawberry cheesecake cups with phyllo dough! The combination of sweet strawberries and creamy cheesecake, all wrapped up in crispy phyllo dough cups.

Starbucks Cream Cheese Danish with drizzle of glaze.

Easy Cream Cheese Danish Recipe (Copycat Starbucks)

You'll quickly fall in love with this incredible Copycat Starbucks Cream Cheese Danish Recipe! An easy recipe using puff pastry and a quick cream cheese filling, then baked to golden, puffy perfection.

Slice of cream puff cake topped with fresh berries and a sprig of mint.

Best Italian Cream Puff Cake Recipe

This Italian Cream Puff Cake recipe is a giant light and airy cream puff and creamy, delicious filling, this cake is the perfect end to any meal!

What Moms Drink on Mother’s Day

Skinny grapefruit paloma mocktail drink in pretty crystal couple glasses.

Skinny Grapefruit Paloma Spritzer Mocktail

This skinny non-alcoholic sparkling grapefruit mocktail surprises you with a bright citrus flavor, using fresh grapefruit juice, fresh lime juice, topped with ginger beer. A Paloma mocktail that is bubbly, crisp, and oh-so-refreshing!

Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade in glass starbucks cup with fresh hibiscus flour and half of lemon.

Passion Tea Lemonade Recipe

Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade is so refreshing with passion fruit flavors. Today I’m showing you how to make one at home for a fraction of the cost. It is my favorite drink, full of refreshing tart flavor perfect for summertime. This herbal tea will become your favorite summer drink!

Starbucks cup filled with iced peach green tea.

Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade Recipe

There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than a tall glass of iced peach green tea lemonade. This copycat Starbucks version is a bit lighter, using all natural flavor, no sugar, fresh peach juice, light lemonade and Jade Citrus Mint Tea, a flavorful green tea.

Frozen paloma cocktail in frosted, salt rimmed glass with limes and a grapefruit wedge.

Easy Frozen Paloma Cocktail

Try our Frozen Paloma recipe made with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and simple syrup! This tangy and sweet drink is perfect for any occasion, and the frozen twist adds a unique touch to the classic Paloma. Don’t miss out on this crowd-pleaser!

French 75 cocktail in champagne glasses garnished with a lemon twist.

Easy Elderflower French 75 Cocktail with St Germain

If you have never tried a French 75 Cocktail, you are in for a treat! This easy cocktail is a delightfully sparkling floral champagne cocktail with only four ingredients. And St. Germain elderflower liqueur adds sweet flavor and floral notes.

Pink lemonade vodka punch cocktail in a glass with a lemon wedge, mint and a slice of strawberry.

Pink Lemonade Vodka Cocktail

Looking for a simple, homemade pink lemonade vodka cocktail? With a few simple ingredients this fresh and delicious all-natural pink lemonade vodka drink will become a summer favorite! This easy cocktail recipe can be made by the glass or by the pitcher!

Image of a bluebuerry gin fizz with pansies and blueberries strewn about.

Blueberry Gin Cocktail

Learn how to make this gorgeous, layered Blueberry Gin Cocktail or as I like to call it, Blueberry Gin Gin Fizz. Made with a layer of homemade blueberry syrup on the bottom, spicy ginger beer in the middle and topped with this beautiful gin. Easy steps to create this lovely ombré layered look by a simple "float" process.

Image of a blueberry limeade drink in a pretty textured glass with a garnish of lime, mint and blueberries.

Easy Blueberry Limeade Drink

Using a homemade blueberry syrup, make this easy, refreshing Blueberry Limeade drink, or use lemonade for a blueberry lemonade either way, this is a sweet and easy, non-alcoholic summer drink recipe!

Two pretty tall glasses with strawberry gin and tonic on bed of fake leaves with strawberries and ice cubes.

Fresh Strawberry Gin Cocktail

Let's make a beautiful Strawberry Gin Cocktail! This gorgeous pink gin and tonic uses a fresh strawberry syrup blended with your favorite gin and tonic for a fresh, bright, pink signature cocktail for spring and summertime. Great for Mother's Day, Bridal and Baby Showers, Easter or any summer cocktail hour.

Gorgeous shot of strawberry refresher drink on wooden cutting board with pink straw and a strawberry garnish with limes and strawberries in the background.

How to Make a Homemade Strawberry Refresher

The Strawberry Refresher is a light non-alcoholic drink made with summer fresh strawberry syrup, lime juice and your favorite mixer. Perfect for a warm spring or summer day, refreshing and delicious.

DIY Gift Ideas for Mom

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hibiscus syrup recipe in jar with label with dried hibiscus flowers and a fresh hibiscus flower behind.

Homemade Hibiscus Simple Syrup Recipe {not just for cocktails}

This Hibiscus Simple Syrup adds a subtle floral, lemony and slightly tangy flavor to craft cocktails, Italian sodas, iced-teas, buttercream and ice cream.

Homemade Golden Milk Spice Mix + Free Label

Healthy, delicious, Golden Milk Latte Spice Mix is perfect for those enjoying Golden Milk or Turmeric Tea daily. Also great for a gift.

Top down shot of jar of lemon peppermint antibacterial hand scrub with free label, tied with dried lemon and a wooden scoop.

Lemon & Peppermint Antibacterial Hand Scrub

Make your own easy DIY antibacterial hand scrub that promotes healthy, clean, soft skin.

Strawberry Freezer jam in jelly jar with leaves and fresh strawberries.

Easy No Cook Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe (Low Sugar)

Forget the cooking, special canning equipment, and hot water bath that come with making traditional jam. This recipe is oh-so-easy with simple steps and sweetly divine flavor! It’s a low sugar strawberry freezer jam recipe that will make you swoon!

3 label designs free printable labels for DIY Strawberry Lip Scrub.

DIY Strawberry Lip Scrub

Strawberry DIY Lip Scrub made with all natural ingredients like all-natural cane sugar, coconut oil and Vitamin E and real strawberries! Exfoliate, moisturize and remove dead skin with this homemade lip scrub making dry, chapped lips look and feel better!

Image of glass jar of Whipped Sugar Scrub Soap recipe with scoop, strawberries in the back.

DIY Sugar Scrub {Whipped Sugar Scrub Soap Recipe}

All natural, DIY Strawberry Sugar Scrub gives you a luxury spa experience at home, for pennies. Simple ingredients; coconut oil, jojoba oil, all natural cane sugar, freeze dried strawberries and essential oil . These make beautiful homemade gifts, perfect for face & body exfoliating scrub in your bath and shower.

What Readers are Saying

I followed this recipe exactly as written. I am at 8,000 feet and it was DELICIOUS and looked beautiful. My family devoured it. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe!

Sliced banana bread on cutting board.

Banana Bread at High Altitude & Sea Level

Love banana bread? This recipe is the best! Perfect for any altitude, with unique tweaks for higher altitudes where baking can be challenging.

Made this wonderful banana bread yesterday. I live in the mountains of Colorado – our altitude is 7700 feet – and it turned out great! Baking at high altitude is a challenge and you made this easy for me! Thanks so much!


In the here and now | Real life stories

Our youngest survived his freshman year in college!! YAY! It wasn’t the easiest year for him; he chose a tough engineering school, and we are so proud of him for rising to the challenge. We picked him up on Monday; having him home is so good!

And then, my laundry room exploded! A massive pile of laundry because, um, a 19-year-old boy! Clean and dirty, all came home together. It’s now clean and folded. Somehow, his t-shirts multiplied at college, so I asked him to sort out what he doesn’t wear anymore. We’ll donate those to ARC.

Our oldest will be home for a week, arriving on Sunday — then it’s back to Bozeman for work this summer.

Gardening, Vacay, Graduation and Wedding Gift Ideas

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As we enter gardening, vacation, graduation, and wedding season, here’s a hodge podge of things that have caught my eye this week.

Weekly Inspiration

Corrie ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her family, helped many Jews escape the Holocaust during World War II. While not herself a mother, she was a “mother” to many in the way she loved, nurtured, mentored, and cared for others. Here are some of her thoughts about mothers:

  • “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.”
  • “The measure of a mother’s love is not in the gifts she gives, but in the sacrifices she makes.”
  • There is no pit so deep, that God’s love is not deeper still. And it is a mother’s love that reflects this most perfectly.”
  • “A mother’s love is patient, forgiving, and unwavering. It is a reflection of God’s love for us.”
  • “Mothers are like glue. Even when you can’t see them, they’re still holding the family together.”
  • “A mother’s love is the foundation upon which her children build their lives.”
  • “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother, and the most important thing a mother can do for her children is to love them unconditionally.”
  • “The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is immeasurable. She has the power to shape their character, their dreams, and their future.”
  • “A mother’s love is a reflection of God’s love for us. It is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional.”
  • “A mother’s heart is a deep ocean of love, compassion, and grace. It is a place where her children can always find refuge and safety.”

On this special day, we celebrate and honor all mothers—the ones who are still with us, the ones we’ve lost, and those who long to be mothers. We recognize that motherhood is a gift from God, reflecting His love and nurturing nature.

To those who have a mother’s love guiding them, we are grateful for the blessings and sacrifices they have made. May we cherish the precious moments and express gratitude for their unwavering care and support.

I pray for comfort and healing for those who have lost their mothers. May God’s presence bring solace in times of grief, and may the memories of love and warmth bring comfort to your heart.

To those who long to be mothers, I pray for your hopes and desires to be fulfilled according to God’s perfect timing. May you find strength and encouragement in knowing that God sees your heart’s longing and has a plan for you.

And let us remember the ultimate example of a mother’s love found in God Himself. He nurtures and cares for us unconditionally, just as a mother does for her child. May we extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the incredible women who reflect God’s love through their selflessness, patience, and compassion. Happy Mother’s Day!

Thank you for hanging with me this week, it was a long one, but hopefully, you found a few treasures to brighten your day!

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  1. So many fantastic ideas in this post! I have my eye on that gruyere proscuitto quiche😉. I hope you enjoy the brief time with both boys home this summer!

  2. I love your posts! Your recipes are great and the detailed instructions could not be better! This one was chock full! Thank you so much and Happy Mothers Day to you!