Coffee is the elixir that has kept many a groggy mom going. Why not spoil her this weekend with some coffee-related treats?
One of the first things I can remember my mom teaching me in the kitchen was how to make coffee. I’ve never been much for sleeping in and, in an effort to make my little hands useful on sleepy Saturday mornings, my parents showed me how to work our Bunn Automatic Coffeemaker and taught me how much coffee to use (always Maxwell House). I’d stand on a chair to pour the water in, wait until the coffee had brewed, and then carefully carry two steaming mugs into my parents’ room to help them wake up.
Seeing the joy (as much as one can muster at 7:30 on a Saturday morning) on my mom’s face as I brought her coffee inspired me to make her breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day for what I’m guessing was probably the next 8 years. I’m sure my attempts at pancakes and Eggs Benedict (hey, I was a creative kid!) were less than five-star worthy, but at least I got the coffee right.
With Mother’s Day less than 48 hours away, I thought I’d share some coffee-related ideas for spoiling mom with more than just flowers or in case you haven’t found a gift yet. I’m talking to my male readers here. Hint. Hint.
A mom without coffee…
Why not make mom’s morning with a coffee mug that reminds her of just how awesome she is or how much you love her? I found a collection of mom-related mugs on Zazzle.com, a website that lets users create their own products and sell them online. You can find mugs that feature the word Mom inside Superman’s crest (because what mom isn’t a superhero?), cute ones to express your love, or one even officially making her a member of the “hot mom club”.
My favorite however, reads “A mom without coffee is like a dad without the remote!” So true.
If you know a new mom, welcome her back to the world of the caffeinated with a gift basket full of coffee-related goodies. With a newborn to take care of, the last person she’ll be thinking about is herself, so make sure you include some indulgent favorites like chocolate-covered espresso beans or a special coffee that she wouldn’t normally buy. It’s said that monks helped popularize coffee because it helped them stay up at night for midnight prayers. Since moms often have middle-of-the-night rituals of their own to attend to, she’ll no doubt thank you later!
If you’re no longer living at home, one of the best things you can give your mom is your time. If mom’s a coffee fan, make a date just for the two of you to spend a couple hours hanging out at a local coffee shop. You can visit a place mom loves or try someplace new. What really matters is sharing a cup of coffee and a conversation with the one person who loves you more than anyone else in the world.
Come to think of it, I’m not even sure my mom likes Eggs Benedict. It’s the thought that counts, right?