Make-A-Meal Mondays: Mother’s Day Special

Mother’s Day is this coming Sunday.

What does every mother really need?

Perhaps some of you might say a day at the salon or a new dress.

Others might dream about a romantic get-away or dinner at a fancy restaurant.

But budgets are tight for most of us and young children really don’t have money to spend.

So what can your young children give you?

Here’s a beautiful solution that involves your young children in the planning and preparation (children love to help in the kitchen and it builds self-esteem, develops pre-reading skills and creates a life-long parent-child bond. 

It’s also fun for the entire family and costs nothing more than a regular lunch or dinner at home.

Have a Mother’s Day Picnic…outside if the weather is mild (at a local park if you have one nearby) or indoors if it is cold or rainy.  Spread out the blanket on the living room floor and you are all set!

Use paper plates for no-hassle cleanup…not having to prepare or clean up the meal is a wonderful gift for any mom.


You will need: An assortment of fruit such as grapes, strawberries and apples, a small block of American, Cheddar or Swiss cheese, several slices of cooked turkey or chicken and bamboo skewers.

1.     Wash the fruit, cut stems off the strawberries, cut the apples in chunks.

2.     Cut the cheese into small cubes.

3.     Cut the meat slices into strips.  Roll each strip before you push it onto the skewer.

4.     Push pieces of fruit, cheese and meat onto each skewer in a colorful arrangement…let your child decide.

5.     Wrap each completed skewer in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready for the picnic.

To round off the meal, choose whole wheat rolls or crackers and a juice box for each member of the family.  Bring a ball to toss back and forth if you go to a park.   If your picnic is indoors, why not turn on some music and have a family dance-off.  I guarantee that your young children will treasure this Mother’s Day memory for years to come and, hopefully, you will as well. 

Spending fun positive time together (that doesn’t cost a fortune and cause financial stress) builds family bonds.  If you want some more Mother’s Day activities, including a craft project that will make beautiful note cards your child can give to a beloved grandmother or preschool teacher, please head over and click the activities tab on my website at

Summer is just around the corner.  I know that many parents are wondering what they will do with their children.  Great activities abound in my new book.   

For this week only, in honor of Mother’s Day, we are offering a $10 MARSHALLS/TJMAXX GIFT CARD (two of the favorite stores of every mom) that will be included when your book ships out to you…a treasure-trove of fun-filled simple activities for your child and a lovely gift for you!  Happy Mother’s Day from MoneyPenny Press, Ltd.

6 thoughts on “Make-A-Meal Mondays: Mother’s Day Special

  1. I think people, especially in this country, tend to go overboard. Young children really do like things simple…and inviting them to participate validates their self-worth. 🙂 Picnic anyone?


    • Hi Sharon,
      Thanks for always letting me know you “like” my posts. 🙂 It means a lot to me.
      I’m hoping the gift card idea will encourage people to take the step and get a copy of the book…it is such a valuable tool for parents who are time-short.


  2. Delicious way to spend Mother’s Day! I love that picture of your daughter… it is so beautiful. This year, I haven’t decided what we will do but I always love the handmade cards my daughters give me… 🙂


    • I remember the handmade cards with little rhymes my mom always made for our birthdays and other occasions…and I did the same for my children…and now for my grandchildren. Sometimes I “cheat” and send a store-bought card if I’ve run out of time or it says the “perfect” thing.
      I’m so looking forward to this weekend which I will spend in Chicago with my son and his wife. 🙂
      Happy Mother’s Day, Eliz!


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