Cake and Cards: My Mom’s Birthday yesterday. 

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday and I believe she had a very nice time of it. Relaxing day and very congratulated. I’m glad I was here for it as for her past two birthdays, as with Mother’s Day, I’d been away on travels in Europe. I baked a lovely Lemon Chiffon Cake yesterday using a recipe I found on Cake Journal and decorated it with strawberries all around. 

  
  

Everyone loved it! Even our friends from Thailand who dropped by in the evening enjoyed it and they’re not much for sweets usually. My mother got several beautiful cards for both Mother’s Day & her birthday plus my hubby and I got her some flowers which were delivered yesterday while I was baking the cake. 

  
  
My beautiful mom above with the roses we got her. What sorts of things do you do for your mom on her birthday? 

Links from the blogosphere:

Where is My Mind:   http://whereismymindgone.blogspot.ie/2015/05/some-things-about-me.html?m=1

Blogger Mumma: http://www.bloggermumma.com/2015/05/mummy-mondays-poolemamma.html?m=1

Bug, Bird and Bee: http://bugbirdbee.co.uk/2015/04/23/the-crafty-hen-craft-party-with-laura-ashley-crafts-event/

#Planning & #Creating

  

I wanted to post this yesterday but didn’t really get the chance to so I’m doing a quick post today to introduce my revamped planner. I got this Franklin Covey style compact planner as a gift many years ago and with all the new resurgence of planning decided to use it and make new inserts. I like to be frugal and have LOADS of scrapbooking paper to use up! 

Here’s what I’ve done so far…

  

 I’ve made tabs so far and found some free printables which I’ll share in a later post. Here are some detail shots…

   

  

  

 Are any of you following on the planning band wagon?
Links from around the blogging world:

Fawns & Fables:  http://www.fawnsandfables.com/2015/05/finding-gold-at-end-of-rainbow.html?m=1

Kiki Nakita:  http://kikinakita.blogspot.com/2015/05/10-years-in-united-stated-of-america.html?m=1

My Little Babog Blog: http://mylittlebabog.com/2015/05/08/blogiversary-giveaways/

#Mother’s #Day at Home

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As Alan and I continue my visa application process I’m happy to be able to say that I finally have gotten to spend Mother’s Day with my mom today after two years of not having been home for the occasion. Two years ago on Mother’s Day I was in the Netherlands and on my way back to the UK for a bit and last year I was with my hubby in the UK. So, today I made a recipe from the Smitten Kitchen blog which I’d seen posted on their Facebook page yesterday. I altered the cooking method slightly as it is way too hot to turn the oven on today in Florida so I cooked it on the stove top (hob for my UK readers). The recipe I used was Deb’s Spinach and Cheese Strata. I didn’t make it ahead but rather made it on a heavy & deep pan which worked really well and cooked through only partly covered so that it cooked evenly as it wasn’t going in the oven. *Word of caution: cook on a low heat setting and watch it like a hawk as mine got slightly burnt on the bottom because of the bread and cheese. Still, it turned out very tasty and I think I may make another one again soon! I made this for a Mother’s Day brunch to share with my folks.

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Spinach and Cheese Strata

After we had our lovely brunch, my mom opened her card I’d made her and gifts I got her. She really enjoyed the card with our picture on the front from when I was around or nearly a year old. What did you all do for your mothers? Perhaps later today we will watch a film or something but so far it is just a chilled day.

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Card and gifts for my mom

I hope all the mother’s celebrating today will have a beautiful day and will be very spoilt indeed! Happy Mother’s Day 2015!

 

PHOTOS BY: Nadia M. Perez Bugler
TAKEN WITH: iPhone 5s, VSCO Cam App
TITLE GRAPHIC: Mother With Sleeping Child from a 1920 Children’s Song Book via The Graphics Fairy