Food Facts & Lore, Monday Magazine

The Monday Mag – Apr 25, 2016

In This Edition Of Our Weekly Magazine:

  • 3 Questions To Ask Your Mother… Over Brunch
  • 3 Activities For a Date With Mom
  • A Time & Place For Mothers

Our Favorite Quote Of The Week – “It is clear the future holds great opportunities. It also holds pitfalls. The trick will be to avoid the pitfalls, seize the opportunities, and get back home by six o’clock.” – Woody Allen

mothers day brunch

3 Questions To Ask Your Mother… Over Brunch – At times, we assume mothers naturally share their deepest thoughts with their children. The truth is, there are certain things it may not even occur to them to discuss. When you take mom out to Brunch for Mother’s Day (hint!) the conversation may lapse into memories of good times and challenges. Here are 3 uncommon Questions to give a new twist to your Mother’s Day conversation. We especially like #3. It presents good opportunity for doing something really special for your mom.

  1. How did you define happiness before you were a mom and how do you define it now?
  2. What do you think is better about the world today than when you grew up?
  3. If you could have a new skill, what would it be?

mothers day activities

3 Activities For a Date With Mom – Going out to eat is a worthy tradition that sets the stage for further invitations. Set aside some time during the upcoming weeks for a date with mom. Bring some variety to her life with one of these activities.

  1. Host a Game Night: Round up your mom’s favorite games, or teach her a new one. Play cards. Let her win.
  2. Just Get in The Car and Go: Pick her up for a date. Once in the car, invite her to pick the destination for the day. Bring snacks for an impromptu picnic break.
  3. Take a Class Together: Find workshops and classes in the Classifieds, at a Community College or Chamber of Commerce. If you have a friend who possesses a skill of interest to your mom, enlist this person’s help.

simnel cake

A Time & Place For Mothers – Back in the 1600’s, wealthy families encouraged servants to visit and honor their mothers on the fourth Sunday of Lent. This was known as Mothering Sunday. Servants went home with gifts of fruit-filled and marzipan cakes called “simnel.” The custom of celebrating mothers dwindled considerably by the 1800’s, but was revived after WWII when servicemen returned home. Some established businesses such as bakeries. Mothering Day provided the perfect occasion for marketing. – The word for mother begins with the letter “M” in the majority of the world’s languages. – Ancient Egyptians celebrated “Bast,” a feline deity believed to be the mother of all cats on earth. – If being a mother were a salaried career, tasks performed by mothers would be worth over $64,000 a year per today’s standards.


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