There are many occasions during the year that I love to celebrate but one of my favorite days is Mother’s Day. Now, I’m fully aware that having a totally awesome mom is what makes this day so special for me. You see, my mom is in no way ordinary. She’s fun. She’s supportive. She’s my biggest cheerleader and my best friend. She’s all the things that you imagine when you think of the perfect mom. I’m really hoping the mom gene is genetic because I can say proudly that she inherited it from her awesome mom (my grandma) and I really, truly hope I got it from her. But back to Mother’s Day. Because my mom is so amazing, I think she needs to be celebrated big time! So when Tyson Foods offered to sponsor a brunch for her as part of the #TysonLovesMom sweepstakes, I said yes and got to work. I wanted to create a day for her that was just as special as she is. I wanted it to be full of fun and with amazing foods. I also wanted it to be with the ladies who love her most. I have to say, I think I was able to accomplish that using a few Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas, some amazing products from Walmart, a little creativity and a big Mother’s Day surprise that involved three generations.
To fully explain how special this day was for three generations of moms, I have to explain that much like my mom is my best friend, her mom is her best friend. And amazingly, I can proudly say that at 88 years old, my grandma is still a force to be reckoned with! However, it’s rare when all three of us are able to get together for some special time of good conversation, great food and fabulous fun. Knowing that us all being together would be the ultimate Mother’s Day surprise, I started figuring out ways to make it happen. So often, my mom’s place is the gathering place for family. However, that often means she’s scurrying around preparing meals, making sure everyone is comfortable and playing hostess. Knowing that my Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas would allow her to sit back, relax and simply enjoy the afternoon, I invited her to pick up my grandma and stop by my house. I didn’t give much detail. I simply told them that I wanted to see them for a little while. Then I headed to Walmart and stocked up on everything I needed to make my Mother’s Day Brunch unforgettable!
I really wanted to create a brunch that offered something for everyone but that was simple to put together. Most importantly, I wanted our Mother’s Day Brunch to taste amazing! It might not hurt to mention that my mom is an UH-mazing cook and when cooking for her, there’s a lot to live up to! I felt confident that I could do it though and after picking up essentials like Sara Lee® Pound Cake, Jimmy Dean® Regular Premium Pork Sausage, Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausage and Thomas’® Pre-sliced Plain Bagels and The Original Nooks & Crannies English Muffins, I knew I had everything I needed to create a delicious spread. But as any good hostess knows, preparing, serving and presenting brunch in a beautiful way is almost as important as the quality ingredients that you include! Knowing that I wanted to have a variety of amazing dishes for our three generations to nosh on, I got to work coming up with ways to transform my purchases from Walmart into a truly unforgettable spread!
To start, I decided on the perfect area for my Mother’s Day Brunch. Then I quickly set the table with colorful plates, beautiful place mats, a few candles and some fresh flowers.
With a bright and happy mood set in seconds, I moved on to creating my Mother’s Day Brunch spread. All of what I created was super simple thanks to the quality ingredients I had been able to find at Walmart! To start, I added my Thomas’ Pre-sliced Plain Bagels to a serving platter and paired them with jelly. That literally took two minutes and once it was done, I moved on to a “Spring Smoked Sausage Salad”! All the ladies in my family are HUGE salad fans and creating a great brunch salad simply required cooking up my Hillshire Farm smoked sausage and adding it to a bed of spinach with goat cheese and orange slices. After drizzling a little lemon juice over the top, I had a fresh and flavorful salad that was perfect for my Mother’s Day Brunch.
With my salad and bagels prepared, I moved on to English Muffin French Toast with Brown Butter Peaches. This simple dish was made by slicing my Thomas’ Original Nooks & Crannies English Muffins in half, dipping them in egg, sprinkling them with cinnamon and cooking them in a little butter.
While my English Muffins were cooking, I sliced up fresh peaches and sautéed them in brown sugar for a topping. With everything for my Mother’s Day Brunch quickly coming together, I opened my Jimmy Dean regular premium pork sausage, cooked some patties and added them to a plate.
Finally, I sliced my Sara Lee pound cake, added freshly sliced strawberries to the top and some whipped cream to the side and arranged my entire spread on the table.
I have to say, with very little effort and minimal cooking, I was able to create a Mother’s Day Brunch spread that even I thought was impressive. I couldn’t wait for my mom and grandma to arrive so that I could show them how much they mean to me in the best way possible….with amazing dishes and quality time spent together.
As soon as they walked into the kitchen, they were greeted with the smells of amazing food that was prepared especially for them. Just as importantly, they were greeted with a morning of three generations spending time together, sharing stories and simply getting to enjoy the gift that being with each other is.
For me, it was an amazing day. What started as a way to give back and say thank you to my mom for being so amazing really gave something special right back to me…the memory of a day spent with two of the most amazing mothers that I know.
It was the perfect time together and an afternoon that I’m sure none of us will forget any time soon because for a few hours, we were able to truly celebrate the moms that taught us, the moms that continue to teach us and the moms who we still hope to become.
Set those lessons to an amazing meal and honestly, this Mother’s Day Brunch is one that I know we will all remember for many years to come!
Now it’s your turn to celebrate the mom in your life by showing how special she is to you! I encourage you to try my idea of an easy Mother’s Day Brunch! It’s such a simple and meaningful way to make moms feel special and with the ability to get everything you need for your brunch at Walmart, it’s easier than ever to really put a fantastic celebration together! Even better, you could win for doing it! You see, no matter how you decide to celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day, Walmart wants to help make it memorable! With the #TysonLovesMom contest, Walmart shoppers can enter for a chance to win one (1) out of five (5) $200 Walmart gift cards! To enter, simply post a picture to Instagram or Twitter showing how you celebrate your mom, tagging @TysonFoods and using the hashtag #TysonLovesMom and #Sweepstakes! Maybe it will be a picture of you and your mom spending time together. Maybe you’ll show how you serve her breakfast in bed with delicious ingredients from Walmart. Maybe you’ll create your own brunch for mom! Regardless, be sure to share that special moment with your mom for your chance to win! To see full rules and details, click here.
No matter what you do this Mother’s Day, I encourage you to find a way to bring a smile to the face of a special mom in your life with a little help from Tyson products at Walmart!
Now tell me, how will you celebrate the special mom in your life?