A very special greeting to three very special mothers: my Mom (of course), Mamy (my husband's mom and mine now too), and Lola Pu (my paternal grandmother, who is a very well-loved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and mother figure). How I miss you all and wish that we could celebrate today together!
Dear ♥ ♥ ♥ Mommy ♥ ♥ ♥,You are the BEST MOM. I will love you forever and not make faces when you tell me to eat my vegetables. And I will clean my room every day from now on. PROMISE.♥♥♥ xoxo,Cookieyour BEST daughter, ha ha(Seriously, the 'ha ha' would be tacked on at the end there)
Recipe for the best mom ever¼ cup kisses½ cup hugs1 cup laughter2 cups love2 Tbsp tough love
Mix everything together and bake for some amount of time (probably the number of years corresponding to my age at the time).
Mom and I are now separated by a national border and a time zone, but we talk to each other regularly, at least once a week, and make it a point to see each other at least once a year. Since becoming a mother myself, I have grown in appreciation and understanding of all she has done and continues to do.
My Mother's Day greetings have gotten a bit better, but not by much: for some mysterious reason I'm completely incapable of giving my mom anything serious and completely loving for Mother's Day. It's shameful, really.
"Mom, if I could go back to before I was born, and if I were given the chance to pick my mother from all the mothers in the world, I would still pick you."
Hull and slice:
6 cups strawberries
3 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp maple syrup
Let the fruit macerate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
Prepare the shortcakes
10 ounces all purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
Scatter over the flour mixture and pulse about 15 times, until the mixture resembles coarse meal:
8 Tbsp butter, cold, in ½” cubes
Transfer this mixture into a medium bowl.
Mix in a measuring cup:
1 large egg
½ cup buttermilk
Pour this liquid mixture over the flour mixture and combine with a spoon or spatula until the mixture starts to come together. Turn it out onto a floured work surface and knead very lightly until you have a cohesive mass.
Pat the dough into a 9x6 inch rectangle (¾” thick). Using a floured 2 ¾” round cutter, cut out 6 pieces. Gather the dough scraps and form a larger round (or 2 smaller ones). Lay these 1” apart on a baking sheet.
Bake in a preheated 425°F oven for 12-14 minutes, until the biscuits are golden brown.
Let them cool on the sheet, over a rack, for 10 minutes.
Prepare the whipped cream
Beat with a whisk, either by hand or with an electric mixer, until soft peaks form:
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
If a slightly sweetened cream is desired, beat in:
1-2 Tbsp powdered sugar
Assemble the shortcakes
When the shortcakes are still warm but cool enough to handle, split them in half like a burger bun. (This can be done gently with your fingers, or with a knife). Spoon berries over each cake bottom, followed by a nice portion of whipped cream. Cover with the cake top. Serve immediately.