There isn’t a woman in the world who could take her place. She’s universal, yet she’s singular, personal, special and unique.
She can come in any size or shape, wear linen and lace, or be an angel in blue jeans. She can turn frowns into smiles, sometimes with just a hug or a cookie. Grown men can be reduced to little boys by her smiling countenance. She can be a protector, provider, pal, cook, coach, teacher, mentor, disciplinarian, nose-blower and more.
Her greatest strengths are in her many sacrifices. She’ll always love you — in spite of … whatever. She has a special beauty that wrinkles or graying hair can never take away. She can’t be bought or replaced, and although there are millions of them, she’s one in a million to you. She doesn’t need an introduction, for you know her well. She’s your Mother.
The official day set aside to honor your Mom is this Sunday. Did you know the origin of Mother’s Day has Philadelphia roots? Financial backing for the day came from Philadelphia department store owner John Wanamaker. The idea to honor her mother was first conceived in 1908 by Anna Jarvis. She received both financial and political help from the well-connected former Post Master General, Wanamaker. Jarvis campaigned successfully to make Mother’s Day a recognized holiday. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it official – 100 years ago this Friday.
A card, flowers, chocolates, perfume and jewelry – all are nice gifts. But how about making your Mom a special libation? Make two to share, sip, and spend some Mom-time.
Although mothers can be as different as night and day, almost all of them like strawberries. Mother Nature has just delivered a bounty of beautiful berries to our markets on schedule, and in time to make a Mother’s Day treat. What Mother could resist sipping a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri on her special day, especially a special drink made for her by one of her “darlings?”
The following recipe is delicious and easy to make, even if you consider the kitchen to be a foreign land. What’s more, if your Mom has a second serving, she will have had enough strawberries to fulfill her day’s quota of Vitamin C. Strawberries are low in calories, supply fiber, and contain good antioxidant properties.
A long-stemmed, globe-shaped glass really makes a spectacular Frozen Daiquiri presentation. To begin, dip the rim of the glass (about 1/8-inch high) in a shallow saucer of water. Then dip the rim in granulated sugar. Refrigerate or freeze the glass while you prepare the frozen daiquiri.
FROZEN STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI
2 cups of ice cubes
5 or 6 large strawberries, washed and hulled
2 Tbsp. frozen lemonade concentrate
1½ oz. rum
1 Tbsp. sugar
- Put the ice, berries, lemonade concentrate, sugar, and rum into a blender.
- Pulse on and off a few times.
- Continue to run blender until drink becomes a delicious mound of strawberries and ground ice.
- Makes two servings.
- Serve with a straw.
Note: This drink is equally delicious without rum. Just substitute 1½ ounces of orange juice for the rum. Children also love this icy berry delight.
If your Mom is just not a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri girl, or is allergic to strawberries (perish the thought), make her a Margarita. Again, to begin, dip the rim of the glass (about 1/8-inch high) in a shallow saucer of water, then dip the rim into salt.
1 (6-oz.) can of frozen limeade concentrate
¾ cup tequila
¾ cup triple sec
A splash of Chambord (about 2 tsp.)
- Fill your blender with ice.
- Pour in limeade, tequila, triple sec, and Chambord.
- Blend well.
Makes 4 servings.
If you prefer your Margarita on the rocks, blend all ingredients except ice. Then pour into a glass filled with ice cubes.
Happy Mother’s Day to all who answer the call – “Mother!”
Love you, Mom.
Eat well, live long, enjoy!
(Questions or tips can be sent to Donna Zitter Bordelon at WhatscookinNEPhilly@gmail.com or in care of the Northeast Times, 2512 Metropolitan Drive, Trevose, PA 19053)