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10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

We all have a special woman in our life, a mother, mother figure, or wife. We want to do gift ideassomething nice for them but coming up with fresh gift ideas can be difficult. Most of us go to lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day. This year, why not think outside the box and give her something she doesn’t expect? Here’s a list of 10 Mother’s Day gift ideas for that special lady:

  1. Relaxation basket. Fill up a basket with items that make her happy and relaxed, things that are good for the soul. My suggestions: a devotional book or journal, chamomile tea, fuzzy socks, good chocolate, lavender lotion. This can be her go-to when she’s in need of a boost.
  2. Massage or facial. Get one together for a relaxing hour of bonding. Or perhaps lay her back in a recliner and give her a facial yourself.
  3. Mani/Pedi. What woman doesn’t enjoy being pampered occasionally? Do this together to make it even more special.
  4. Outdoor concert or festival. Check out websites of your local towns or parks to see if there’s anything going on around Mother’s Day. Of course, this option depends on the weather in your area.
  5. Day trip. Explore an area, stopping at roadside stands, Amish country, or a quaint small town. You may find a hidden gem that will become your favorite restaurant.
  6. Visit a museum. Cincinnati has a great museum with an Imax theater inside as well as a children’s museum. There may something similar in your town.

Bonus: If you know how to crochet, here are some free patterns.

If your funds are low, don’t stress out. There are plenty of things you can do for her that don’t cost much. I’ve got a few low-budget ideas. You don’t need to spend a lot of money as long as you treat your mom to something heartfelt:

  1. Chocolate spoons or peppermint sticks. Dip a plastic spoon or peppermint stick into melted milk or white chocolate until it covers about halfway. When set, wrap loosely in plastic wrap and tie a pretty bow around it. These are great flavor enhancers for coffee or hot cocoa.
  2. Have a picnic. Find a great park with a lake, lay a blanket on the ground, and spread out a nice lunch for your mom. Then feed the ducks and go for a stroll.
  3. Plant flowers for her. Mother’s Day in many areas is a great time of year to plant spring flowers, and she will love the help.
  4. Pick some wildflowers and put them in a vase or old bottle. Attach a homemade card to the bouquet.

Take one or more of these Mother’s Day gift ideas and put your own spin on the occasion. Whatever you choose to do with your mom, you can be sure she will enjoy it. Just remember to make memories with her to look back upon fondly. Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be expensive, as long as it’s a special day.

Recipes for dinner on a budget

I want to share some recipes and leftover hacks I’ve come up with. I don’t particularly love to cook, but I do feel pride when I come up with my own recipes and the family likes it. Hopefully you and your family will love these.

Easy Hamburger Pasta Dinner

It was way past supper time and I hadn’t even thought about what I was going to cook. I went in the kitchen thinking I’d make chili dogs with homemade chili. Well, I found the recipe and I didn’t have all that I needed, so I thought I’d make tacos but the tomato was rotten and I didn’t have lettuce, sour cream, etc. Can you tell my cupboards are pretty bare right now? 🙂

I went to the pantry and looked around. I had dry onion soup, chicken broth, a jar of mushrooms, and some pasta. In the fridge I had hamburger and broccoli. Hmmm, what could I do with all that?

Well, I recipesbrowned the hamburger, drained it and added the soup and some broth. It cooked together for a few minutes and I added the mushrooms, juice and all, and some rotini. Then broccoli florets, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a splash of milk. I let it simmer about 20 minutes. It was still a little runny, so we ate toast with it to sop it up.

It was unbelievable how good this stuff was; very rich, but comforting and savory. I was so pleased with myself. The only problem was that there wasn’t enough! And I was so excited I forgot to take a picture for the blog. Lol

Ideas & Leftover Hacks

I often come up with hamburger meals like this, similar to Hamburger Helper, just throwing in whatever we’ve got available. I also do the same with chicken at times. It helps to use up things that are going to go bad otherwise.

It’s hard for me to give measurements because a lot of the time I come up with new recipes on the fly and just add whatever is on hand. Sometimes I’ll add frozen peas and corn to the hamburger and pasta, and some type of cream soup.  Here’s a link for some recipes I came up with for pot pies.

I found a recipe online for an Italian sausage dish the other day. I wanted to share the link, but of course, now I can’t find it. There wasn’t any Italian sausage in the fridge, but there was breakfast sausage, so I used that instead. The recipe called for a box of frozen spinach, which I’ve had in the freezer forever, so this helped out. I love using leftovers and saving money in the kitchen! Here’s a post on ways to save money around the house too, if you’re interested.

And vegetable soup, I’m sure you guys can relate.  I never make my soup the same because it depends on what I’ve got on hand. One day I had leftover creamed corn and mashed potatoes. I went ahead and added those to it and it was great!

I’d love to hear about some of the recipes you have come up with and tips on saving money and/or time in the kitchen!

Happy Monday!