{from scratch holidays} Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is the weekend (yep… you better rush and get that card for Mom right now!!). In my family we have a tradition, like many families, of doing brunch on Mother’s Day Sunday. My mom’s mom (my “Mamie”) is a mother to ten children, and many of my aunts, uncles and cousins get together to celebrate both Mamie and our own mommas. It’s a good time with A LOT of people.

Nothing says lovin’ like something from the oven, right? (Especially if that something is made from scratch.) Show Mom how much you care by whipping up a little goodie or brunch of your own as a thanks for all that hard work she did to raise you. And don’t limit it to just your mom. Celebrate any lady that helped you through life!

For me (and maybe for you), food is love. It’s how I let people know I care. Something from one’s heart and hands is the best way to say “I love you,” in my opinion. Take inspiration from the From Scratch Club archives (or stick with my suggested menus below) to show your moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, and so on just how much you love them on Mother’s Day.

Muffin Bar

Serve with an assortment of coffee and teas, butter, granola, yogurt and fresh fruit

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free S’mores Muffins

Butternut Squash Muffins

Tomato-Basil Jam with Corn Muffins (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Peach Upside-Down Muffins

Food Allergy Muffins


Infuse some syrups with fruits and spices and let diners make their own flavor combos

Apple Pancakes (version one)

Apple Pancakes (version two)

Korean Pancakes

David Eyre’s Pancake (like a Dutch Baby!)


Baked Goods Galore!

Assign a recipe to each attendee, and then host a Mother’s Day baked good potluck! Serve with icy milk and steamy drinks (like chai)


Fried Cakes

Matcha Lavender Scones

Soft Double Chocolate Cookies (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Brownie Swirl Cheesecake (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

Black Bean Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Traditional Brunch

Serve with Mimosas, Bloody Marys, and embarrassing pictures of Mom throughout the years

Rib Roast

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole


Savory Scones

Dessert Pizza

Flourless Carrot Cake

No-Crust Apple Pie 

Don’t forget the booze (it wouldn’t be brunch without some!!). Try a refreshing Rosie Collins or keep these Mocktail Mixers on hand for last-minute tibbles (can be made adult-friendly, too!). When all else fails, make some Soda Syrups and mix with juice, seltzer, or a bottle of fizzy wine for a build-your-own-libation bar.

Brunch not your thing? Host a cupcake decorating party or drop off a Breakfast Basket early in the morning with a bouquet of flowers… be a breakfast elf! We have 11+ recipes in our free Ebook, From Scratch Holidays, with even more inspiration!

What ways do you celebrate Mother’s Day? Is it a big family gathering? If you are a mom, what’s the best Mother’s Day gift you ever received (this is my fourth Mother’s Day… I’m still waiting for that breakfast-in-bed and day-and-the-spa ordeal (hint hint)). Happy Mother’s Day!

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Deanna N. Fox is a twentysomething entrepreneur and writer. She lives in Delanson, NY on an old farm and apple orchard with her four year old daughter Edith, and three year old son Eric (and a bunch of mangy animals). Deanna is dedicated to leading a stylish, sustainable lifestyle (while having fun!) and teaching others how to live similarly regardless of living situation via her blog Silly Goose Farm. Deanna was raised on similar principles amongst farms in Chenango County, NY, and believes that most of the world's problems can be solved by first ensuring everyone has access to good, wholesome food. When not hatching up new business ideas, renovating the farm or playing the in the dirt, Deanna can be found obsessing over boats, practicing for the World Bocce Championship with an adult libation in hand, or holding impromptu dance parties with her kids. More about Deanna can be found at www.deannafox.org.

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2 Comments on “{from scratch holidays} Mother’s Day Brunch”

  1. John Larsen
    May 11, 2012 at 11:48 am #

    Food is love and what love fest of dishes referred to here! Yummy and thanks! I’m making a couple of loaves of banana-date bread for the Mom’s on Sunday (Honestly, I am chopping dates up this very minute in between tapping out this message!) Happy day!

  2. May 12, 2012 at 1:04 am #

    Reading this post is making me so hungry!

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