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Mother's Day The Natural Way

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Butter Gems

(Family Features) - When spring comes, you can't help but appreciate the wonders of Mother Nature. So it's fitting that spring also brings a time to appreciate mothers. Why not celebrate Mom and Mother Nature with a natural Mother's Day?

Organic, green, and fair trade products are becoming more popular, so it won't be hard to find something to please mom.

  • Treat mom to breakfast in bed. Serve waffles, French toast, scones or coffeecake as breakfast-in-bed. Top them with delicious, flavored butter pats made from organic butter. Certified organic butter, like the butter from Organic Valley, is produced by family farmers without antibiotics, synthetic hormones or pesticides. The animals are raised humanely and given certified organic feed, and pastures are also certified organic.

  • Getting mom organic flowers ensures that the blooms you give haven't been treated with pesticides. Choosing locally grown flowers or potted plants - over those shipped from another state or country--supports local producers while reducing transportation costs and emissions.

  • Mom deserves to be pampered. So how about a natural spa treatment at a local salon? You can also put together a gift basket made up of lotions, soaps and scents with organic ingredients.

  • Fair trade clothing and jewelry comes from artisans all over the world. Mom gets a beautiful gift, and the artisans get paid a fair wage.

  • Put mom's breakfast on a tray made from bamboo, a fast-replenishing grass, along with a pretty soy candle and organic cotton napkin.

So take care of your mom and Mother Nature by celebrating Mother's Day the natural way.

Butter Gems

Recipe courtesy of Terese Allen for Organic Valley Family of Farms
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  • 1/2 pound Organic Valley Pasture Butter, softened
One of the following
  • 1/2 cup organically grown edible flower petals (such as Signet Marigolds, Dianthus, Bee Balm or Pansies), minced
  • 3-4 tablespoons maple syrup or sorghum syrup
  • 2-4 tablespoons minced chives, basil, parsley or other fresh herb (or a mixture)
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel or 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon fine-grated fresh ginger
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    1. Line a sheet pan or large platter with waxed paper. Beat softened butter in a bowl with one of the additions until creamy and light. Transfer mixture to a pastry bag fitted with a decorating tip and pipe butter onto the waxed paper into small, decorative shapes. Alternatively, you can use a plastic bag and snip off an end to pipe out the butter. Cover with plastic wrap; chill several hours to blend the flavors.
    2. Before serving, let butter shapes stand at room temperature 10-15 minutes to soften slightly.

Makes 25-50 butter pats

SOURCE: Organic Valley

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