Peony -- My Favorite Spring Flower (reminds me of my mama)
My daughter made me my first Mother's Day lunch when she was seven years old. I don't know if you can read what she wrote on my handmade invitation (photographed below), but I framed it and have it hanging in my kitchen now. In case you can't read it, here's what she wrote:
When the kids were young, I never liked to eat at a restaurant on Mother's Day (and still don't), because they are always so crowded. Instead, we would prepare a picnic basket (or order out at KFC or a drive-thru window) and either go to the park or take a quilt and walk to the property where our house is now built. Outdoor picnics with the family were so much more fun than trying to find a table in a crowded restaurant. We usually ended our meal with a game of Frisbee or by taking a hike in the woods. We have a couple of old oak trees on the east side of our house that the kids used to enjoy climbing after (and sometimes during) our picnics.
Today, I want to demonstrate how to make one of my favorite "take-out" foods that looks complicated, but is really easy and yummy. From a make-ahead brunch to a picnic in the park, your mom will have a wonderful time if you prepare this beautiful meal for her. It's pretty wrapped and placed in a picnic basket, or presented on a delicate platter and served indoors.
Let's get started!