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May 9, 2014

What I Want Most for Mother’s Day

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

By Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD

Dear Girls,

People often ask me what I want for Mother's Day. I'm not interested in fancy gifts, spa treatments, or time spent by myself. All I really want is brunch in bed, the same way you've prepared it for me with your Dad since you were very young.

From the start, I have loved the way you deliver coffee made just the way I like it (I used to wonder how you made it up the stairs without spilling it!) and how one of you keep me company while the others prepare the meal with your father.  After my coffee is gone, the first course arrives, which is often fresh fruit dipped in chocolate - my favorite! Next there are eggs and toast or bagels. All five of us crowd onto the bed and enjoy a delicious breakfast.

The food tastes great, and the company is even better.  I relish the time we spend together and I wait eagerly for the homemade cards that you still give me as teenagers, as I did for the Mother's Day gifts you would make in elementary school. I kept every one of them, but you probably know that already.

You're getting older and our family Mother's Day brunch in bed ritual won't last forever, but I'll take it for as long as I can get it. By the way, now that you know how to follow a recipe, I do have one small request. Would it be possible for you to make these delicious dishes for me this year? 

Spinach, Egg and Cheese Cups

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Chocolate Sour Cream Pound Cake


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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