(Family Features) - Moms play a lot of roles in life - nurse, teacher, comforter, chef, peace maker, chauffer and so many more. They deserve a big "thank you" every day and something special on Mother's Day.
When it comes to honoring our moms every spring, flowers are one of the most popular gifts to show appreciation. While flowers are lovely, I like to celebrate moms and motherhood in unique ways that build great family memories.
- Whisk her away. I love being "kidnapped" from my daily routine and whisked away on a surprise outing! Think about taking mom on a picnic, a visit to the zoo, an art museum or someplace else that's special to her.
- Create a care package. My mom doesn't live nearby, so I like to make a special Mother's Day care package for her. Some baked goodies or a new photo book will mean a lot when you can't be together.
- Give her the day off. Take away mom's "to-do" list and take care of those chores and errands for her. Make sure the kids and meals are taken care of and let her do what she wants to unwind. She'll love it - I know I do!
- Be the chef. Have the whole family plan a special Mother's Day menu and cook it together. Make sure it's something you can handle - getting frustrated over a recipe that's too complicated won't help anyone enjoy the day. Or go out for dinner and come home to a special dessert.
Finish off the day with this "berry" special Chocolate Chip Strawberry Shortcake. It's fun to make and looks so pretty on the plate! The chocolate chips are a fun - and delicious -twist on the usual shortcake recipe.
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Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens andverybestbaking.com.