Honey Whole-Wheat Strawberry Shortcakes for Mother’s Day

Last year I confessed that my Mother’s Day indulgence of breakfast in bed was rigged – and then I gave all my readers who are also mothers instructions on how to have peace, serenity and breakfast in bed on that second Sunday in May. Based on my own plan of action, the post demonstrated simple steps for mom to do in advance, a to-do list for dad, and pointers to putting little helpers to work.

Goodness. I had hoped to enable a few husbands to step it up and encourage a few mums to relinquish their kitchen without fear of fire, flood or other natural disasters, but I didn’t quite expect the enthusiastic response from moms eager for a little pampering…

“This is the only way I’d let breakfast in bed happen.” ~ Shaina

“My husband once sprinkled sanding sugar on cheddar dill scones, so he definitely needs a list!” ~ Melissa

“I had never even considered breakfast in bed as a relaxing treat until I read this post! Thanks for this, am forwarding now to husband.” ~ Theresa

Even better was when moms emailed back reports of their special Mother’s Day. It was touching. A few emails rolled in that made me smile from ear to ear, (one mom even emailed me from her bed on the morning of Mother’s Day to say thanks) and the comments were amazing.

“My breakfast this morning was warm, delicious, and created entirely by my husband and kiddos – I didn’t have to do anything but print out this post. THANK YOU!” ~ Kara

“I made the scones and put them in the freezer with the instructions for baking. Hubby and The Kid bustled around making them Sunday morning …and brought it all in on a tray. Best Mother’s Day breakfast ever!” ~ Paula

“I love this post. It worked beautifully for me. My five year old was asking me the whole week about Mother’s day. So I made gluten free waffle mix, set out the waffle maker and set the coffee maker to just be turned on. Told my husband lovingly that the kids wanted to do something for me and that I had prepped everything so that he did not have to worry. I know he works so hard all week so I wanted to make it easy for him too. He took the kids and made cards for me and got breakfast ready. Thanks for the ideas!” ~ Keilah

Mums, it’s not that we’re control freaks, but by simply planning ahead and offering a few instructions for the well-wishers, we increase our chances of getting a speedy and tasty breakfast in bed, minimize kitchen disasters, and ensure a relaxed start to the day for all. Sound good?

Today, I’ve got a new recipe, an improved scone, dressed up with berries and cream. It’s a classic Strawberry Shortcake, but with a healthy twist, and perfect for breakfast on Mother’s Day. [Read more…]