Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day Fun!

Hope everyone had a happy Mother's Day! I drove to Jonesboro around noon to have lunch with my mama. Y'all, my mama is the BESTEST!

She's the kindest soul you'll ever meet, and she's so very generous. She'll do just about anything to help someone, and she's never met a stranger. When I was a kid, she'd always talk to people in line with us in the grocery store, and my introverted self just could not understand how she could muster up the courage to TALK TO STRANGERS (somehow, that must have rubbed off on me though because, though I'm still an introvert, I'm no longer the least bit shy).

My mama is also an amazing cook and a clean freak in the best possible way. She makes housework look effortless. And she also happens to be a LOT of fun. She loves going to concerts and having cocktails and riding motorcycles. She's just all around awesome, and I'm so lucky to have her as my mom.

I arrived in Jonesboro just after noon. My dad had a bad sunburn and didn't want to go out for lunch, so we got some Chinese/Japanese takeout from Chin Chin Express (an Asian fusion place) and brought it back. They had Chinese food, but I went with Vegetable Sushi.

And a side order of Hibachi Vegetables and a Spring Roll.

I wanted to eat light because I knew we were having dessert and cocktails later. After lunch, we watched a DVRed episode of last night's Saturday Night Live (because Melissa McCarthy!), and then my mama and I checked out Jonesboro's newest health food store, Natural Grocers, where I stocked up on some fun vegan finds (like Little Secrets!! The vegan version of M&M's!).

And then it was dessert time! I made the Rhubarb Crumb Cake from The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook. My mama had never had rhubarb, and she was eager to try it. For some reason, the pink color cooked out of my rhubarb, so you couldn't see it in the cake. But this coffee cake was very good. Lightly tart from the rhubarb but mostly cinnamon-y sweet. I can't wait to have a leftover slice for breakfast in the morning with a cup of some Equal Exchange coffee I scored at Natural Grocers.

Rather than coffee today, we washed our cake down with mimosas (because Sunday Funday!).

Happy Mother's Day, y'all!


Susan said...

Sounds like a lovely day! I was going to make that cake from SFT for mother's day as well, but my mum requested a chocolate pudding, so I ended up making something from Chloe's Vegan Desserts. What the lady of the day wants, the lady of the day gets! I ended up making the chickpea salad rolls a couple of days earlier to get in my SFT yearly challenge requirement.

Hillary said...

That sounds like a great day! I had never been to a Natural Grocers but luckily for me SLC has one that is just across from Trader Joe's.
Little Secrets are so good!

Christine @ Run Plant Based said...

Sounds like a wonderful day, great eats. I need to find Little Secrets - yum!

Tea and Sympatico said...

What a nice day. It's on a different day here for some reason! I got excited the other week cos a friend brought me some Little Secrets back from a holiday to the States after I'd asked her to look out for them. I didn't realise some of the range aren't vegan though and she didn't eitther and she brought us both back the only flavour she could find which was pumpkin. We were disappointed that we had to give them away :(

Dana said...

We have a Natural Grocers and it's awesome. How did you like it? said...

Your Mom is super cool! I love that you guys hang out and make / eat delicious vegan food together. The Rhubarb Crumb cake looks super good, I'm a huge rhubarb fan so I'll need to make that one day.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful person! It is clear that you have a special relationship with her. It looks like you had a really nice day with your family.

I have to try the Little Secrets! I see them at the store every week but have never picked the up! I need to change that :)