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Do Something Special for Mother's Day

Let our mothers know how special they are. Here is some information about Mother's Day and how you might celebrate it. 

Nashville, Ark. – Sunday is the day we celebrate our mothers. It is a time to let our mothers know how special they are. Let’s face it motherhood is a 365 day a year job. We should let mom know on a regular basis how much we appreciate her efforts. It’s never the wrong time to wash the dishes, make dinner, or just carry out the trash without being asked. Tell mom how much you appreciate all she does for you. If you think about it, I bet you can come up with many ideas to find simple ways to show appreciation for mom, not just on Mother’s Day, but throughout the year.

            Mother’s Day is celebrated all around the world, on different dates. As the custom of Mother’s Day spread in America, the emphasis shifted from the pacifism and reform movements to a general appreciation of mothers. The first official recognition of the holiday was by West Virginia in 1910. A proclamation designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day was signed by U.S. President, Woodrow Wilson, May 14, 1914.

            The official holiday became known for celebrating motherhood and thanking mothers. Traditionally, roses or carnations are worn by mothers on this day-a red one if one’s mother is alive, and white if she has died.

            Considering all that mothers do for their kids, remembering one day out of the year is the least we can do in return. While it’s nice to remember mom with flowers, cards, or even a meal out, you can make it even more personal by preparing lunch or dinner for her.

            To make this meal go smoothly, make sure you have a menu planned ahead of time. Go to the grocery store as soon as you can to make certain all ingredients are available, and to allow yourself more time.

            Even if there are smaller children in the house, they will want to be involved in this special meal. Allow them to help set the table, pick flowers from outside for the table centerpiece, fold napkins, or slice strawberries with a plastic knife. Older children that are responsible enough to use the stove or oven can prepare the special meal, with adult supervision.

            Most of all, the most important thing you can do on Mother’s Day for your mom is simple. Get everyone involved and Clean Up! Make sure you leave a totally spotless kitchen behind you after you cook. She will certainly appreciate that!

            However you celebrate Mother’s Day, be sure to let your mom know how much you cherish all the times she patched you up from accidents, washed your clothes, and served as a taxi service to get you where you needed to be. For more information on creating family traditions or parenting, contact the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.

Recipe of the Week

            Why not make a special breakfast for your mother this weekend. This recipe was shared by Anna McKinnon, a member of the Super 4-Hers Club. Anna shared this award winning recipe at the recent 4-H Egg Preparation contest, where members prepare a main dish or party idea.

Breakfast Casserole

8 large eggs

1 pound sausage

1 cup grated Cheddar cheese

2 cups milk

6 slices bread

1 teaspoon dried mustard

            Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Brown sausage in a skillet, drain. Cut or tear bread into cubes. In a large bowl, crack the eggs and beat with a fork. Pour in milk and stir. Add cooked sausage, mustard and bread. Stir to combine. Pour into a 9x13-inch casserole dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake at 350⁰F for 30-40 minutes. Serve warm.

            Yield: 8 servings

*Note add a glass or juice or fresh fruit to complete your meal.

By Jean Ince
County Extension Agent - Staff Chair
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Jean Ince
County Extension Agent - Staff Chair
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852
(870) 845-7517


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