Getting married means merging two families into one – and sometimes, those original families may already be comprised of more than one unit, which is the case for Russell and I. We try to alternate who visits on what holiday and sometimes it can be difficult to see everyone you’d love to see. We try the best we can to make room, and it ends up being really nice when you have a quiet, low-key visit with a family member you haven’t seen in awhile.
Russell asked me to invite his mom’s side of the family down for a special Mother’s Day brunch this year, and I love brunch, so there was no resistance on my end.
Unfortunately, Russell’s sister was out of town (miss you, Dee!) and his grandmother wasn’t feeling too well, so our brunch ended up being a quiet event with the three of us. I always enjoy Patsi’s visits though; I know Russell and his mom are close, and now that we’re “all grown up” they don’t spend as much time together as they used to. Today was important for them, and I was happy to provide the food and be a part of it. Plus, I made nearly everything the night before, so it truly was an easy brunch to put together.
Of course, I’m Italian though, so I can’t cook for JUST three people. Maybe 30 people. Every time we have an event like this, I end up with leftovers. I just can’t help it, it’s in my blood!
Our Mother’s Day Brunch Menu:
- French Toast Casserole
- Egg, Hashbrown, Leek, Ham, and Cheese Casserole
- Pan-seared ham, served with biscuits and honey butter
- Fresh Berries
- Blackberry Lemonade and Coffee
- Cheesecake Pudding and Berry Parfaits
If it were up to me, this would be a tradition we’d hold every year. Maybe next spring, we’ll move it out to the garden, and invite every mom we know to come. I do love building new traditions. Happy Mother’s Day!