Mother’s Day is the perfect day to go above and beyond to show mom how much you truly care. After all she has done for you, a special notion like making her food could mean so much more to her than you think. While you could reserve a table at your local restaurant, we think making her food (or picking up take-out for a picnic) would impress her even more.
Here are some of the easiest Mother’s Day dinner or take-out ideas.
Home-made pizza is a fantastic Mother’s Day dinner when you have younger kids and you want to keep everyone busy, happy and excited for their food. If you really want to get into it you can look up pizza crust recipes online (there are all kinds of recipes out there), but for most recipes you’ll need to make the dough several hours in advance, as you need to give the yeast time to rise and the dough enough time to settle.
Don’t have that kind of time? There are pizza crust options you can pick up at the grocery store. In the pasta aisle of any local Walmart, Fry’s, Bashas’ or wherever you go for your groceries, you can find packaged pizza crust that is ready to pop into the oven. You can even find smaller pizza crust, which is great if you want to make several individual pizzas.
Make sure to grab all your favorite toppings so everyone, including mom, can make their favorite pizza. And if you really want to get creative, you can go with a BBQ chicken pizza.
Some of the best times you can have with mom is laughing and having fun in the kitchen. This is painless, easy to do, and it’s inexpensive.
Here’s another fun Mother’s Day meal idea you and the kids can have fun with. Whether it is making French toast or pancakes, you can’t go wrong. You can easily grab some pancake batter from the store, or if you want to really kick it up a notch, stop by Bobo’s (in Tucson) for some of their iconic banana pancakes.
Don’t have time to run out to pick up some pancakes? You can make French toast, which is always a win. Make sure to have Texas toast on hand, as that’ll give you extra thick slices of bread to work with. Whip up your batter. There are plenty of sweet batter options out there, but one of the most popular recipes on Food Network calls for:
Whisk all of the ingredients together, toss some butter onto a stove, then submerge your bread into the mixture and fry the French toast.
But here’s the step Food Network won’t tell you about. Take the toast off the stove while it’s still a little moist, then pop it into the oven to finish. This will toast the outside of the bread while still giving you a warm, melt-in-your-mouth interior. By going this route you won’t dry out the toast (you only need the bread to be in the oven for up to a minute or so).
Things are starting to get warmer here in Arizona. Before you know it the temp will be too hot to spend any kind of real quality time outside during the day without instantly craving a pool and shade. Thankfully, Mother’s Day comes before the outdoor temperature gets too crazy. This means it’s a fantastic opportunity to head out to one of the many green spaces for an outdoor picnic.
Of course, you can make up some sandwiches before heading out to the park, but if that’s too much work, or you don’t want to dirty up all the dishes back at the house, you can stop off at eegee’s and grab some classic grinders, subs, and some legendary bacon ranch fries and chilled eegees.
You might even want to consider driving up to Flagstaff from Phoenix or head to Mt. Lemmon from Tucson. That way you’re guaranteed the temperature will be cooler, you’ll have an amazing view, a peaceful drive, and you can kick back and relax with mom.
Mt. Lemmon is one of the best spots in the entire region to watch the stars, so if your mom is a stargazer and likes to watch the setting sun, Mt. Lemmon and some eegee’s is the perfect combination.
You know your mother better than just about anyone else. Whether you’re an adult looking to take your mom out for a meal, or you’re planning an afternoon with your younger children and your wife, there are plenty of options for you.
Use one of these ideas, or tweak the suggestions and make them your own. From making pizza at home to picking up some eegee’s at the drive-through and taking your mom out to a relaxing picnic, you know what that special woman in your life wants. And just remember, if all else fails, and you need help in a pinch, your neighborhood eegee’s is just around the corner.