What is the Most Popular Mothers Day Flower?

Calling all mums!

What are the most popular flowers for Mothers Day in Australia? We’re running a survey to get an idea of what flowers mums most like to receive.

Will the pretty petalled winner be the ubiquitous chrysanthemums, the most ‘obvious’ choice for Mothers Day flowers? Or will it be the ever-popular rose? Fragrant oriental lilies maybe? Oooooaaah we want to know!

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Most Popular Flowers for Mothers Day

What is your flower fancy? Have your say and go in the draw to win a $150 gift certificate* with Flowers for Everyone.

Use this link to tell us what your favourite flowers for Mothers Day are: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/mothersdayflowers

Upon completion of the survey you will receive a confirmation with the link to submit your details to go into the draw to win flowers.

*Gift certificate valid for flowers and plants only, delivered in the Sydney metro region. Cannot be redeemed for cash. Valid for 12 months from date of receipt.

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Mothers Day DIY for Kids

Mother’s Day will soon be upon us and what a worthy celebration it is! Now in addition to all the gorgeous Mothers Day flowers you can spoil mum with, there are some fabulous Mothers Day DIY for kids craft projects that will keep them busy and add a special, personal touch to mum’s day.

Here are some of our favourite kids DIY Mothers Day gift ideas below. We’d love to see pictures of your completed work if you would care to share them on our Facebook page!

Don’t Forget Grandma on Mother’s Day

Four generations of mothers and mothers-to-be in a photo for Grandma on Mother’s Day. What a great idea by Moose Photography. All you need is a camera and a frame. Take a photo of your granddaughter holding the frame. Print out the picture and put inside the frame, then have a photo of your daughter holding the framed picture. Print and put the new photo inside the frame. Then have one taken of yourself holding it. Print out, put inside frame, then give to grandma to have another photo taken of her holding all three generations. Confusing? Just look at the picture below and you will get the gist.

Mothers Day DIY for Kids

 Vintage Tea Cup Candles

A fun craft for older kids to try. You can purchase candle making kits from most art and craft shops (or online) and spend fun Saturday looking for the perfect tea cup in a local op shop. Detailed instructions and video tutorial can be found on this website.

Vintage Tea Cup Candles for Mothers Day DIY

Finger Print Pendant

A simple, special Mothers Day DIY gift idea for kids. All you need is some white air dry or oven bake clay from an art supply shop and your child’s fingerprint to make a pendant necklace for mum to cherish. Instructions on how to make can be found on this website.

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Cute Mother’s Day Card Alternative

This idea on Pinterest is cute and simple to make. A wooden peg, glue, paper and pens is all you need to write a secret message to mum for Mother’s Day. Cut out a little rectangle square of paper, fold the middle inside the end of the peg clip and then fold the outer layers onto the top (then glue to secure). You can always trim around the paper to have it fit exactly to the shape of the peg once glued. Using a marker pen, draw the outline of an envelope, then open the peg and carefully write your message inside (or you can do this first before attaching to peg). Cute.

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Love Heart Fried Egg

So the website I found this on is in Spanish…but the concept shown in the photograph looks straightforward enough to follow! You will need an egg ring and a love heart shaped metal cookie cutter to create this Mother’s Day breakfast with love. Spray your frying pan with oil, get it to a medium heat, then separate your egg yolk from your egg white. Pour the egg yolk slowly into the heart so that it doesn’t leak out from underneath the heart. Once it starts to set, remove the cookie cutter and crack the egg white into the surrounding space of the egg ring. Getting the temperature right so the yolk doesn’t leak out will be key to making this fabulous Mothers Day DIY idea work!

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So there you have it – cute Mothers Day DIY for kids to make mum this Sunday 8th May. And don’t forget the flowers!

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An Ode to Chrysanthe-mums for Mother’s Day

The humble chrysanthemum. Affectionately known as `Chryssies` here in Australia, these little floral numbers come in all shapes, sizes and colours. With big fluffy pom poms, tight little button holes, and daisy-like heads, the Mothers Day chrysanthemums symbolizes fidelity, optimism, joy, and long life.

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Interesting Facts You May Not Have Known…

The chrysanthemums are tropical flowers and were brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in AD 400. Japanese emperors so loved the chrysanthemum flower that they sat upon chrysanthemum thrones. Chrysanthemums, kikus in Japanese, were featured on the Imperial Crest of Japan.

Chrysanthemums are one of the most popular flowers in the world, next to roses.

A general guide to the colour meanings of chrysanthemums are as follows, however in some countries this does not apply…

  • bronze –  excitement
  • white  – truth
  • red –  sharing
  • yellow  – secret admirer

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Chrysanthemums & Mother’s Day…

In Australia, you see Mothers Day chrysanthemums everywhere for sale. The tradition of giving chrysanthemums  is most likely first began as a marketing gimick because of how the word ends in the Australian spelling of the affection shortening of mother to ‘mum’.

The tradition of giving gifts to mothers on Mother’s Day in Australia was started by Mrs Janet Heyden,[a resident of Sydney, in 1924. She began the tradition during a visit to a patient at the Newington State Home for Women, where she met many lonely and forgotten mothers. To cheer them up, she rounded up support from local school children and businesses to donate and bring gifts to the women. Every year thereafter, Mrs Heyden raised increasing support for the project from local businesses and even the local Mayor. The day has since become commercialised.

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Chrysanthemum Meanings in Other Countries…

In some other cultures including Asia and parts of Europe, the chrysanthemum is actually linked more to funerals and death. “Italians spotting a newly arrived potted chrysanthemum at someone’s home are likely to solemnly ask who has died”. (2)

In particular, it is the colours of chrysanthemums that hold significance in Chinese, Korean and Japanese cultures. For example, white chrysanthemums symbolise grief, whereas red chrysanthemums traditionally symbolise love and affection to Japanese people. Yellow chrysanthemums on the other hand, are used to make herbal tea and to flavour wine.

Similar colour significance is observed in some European countries where white chrysanthemums should never be given or used other than in times associated with grief or death.

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Sources

1. http://www.theflowerexpert.com/content/aboutflowers/tropicalflowers/chrysanthemum

2. http://bloomcollege.com.au/blog/the-many-faces-of-chrysanthemum/#.VRIaBcuJhYd

3. http://flowersinbasildon.co.uk/flower-meanings-carnations-and-chrysanthemum/

4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother’s_Day

Fun Mother’s Day Recipes for Kids (and Dads)!

Flowers and breakfast in bed are the two main staples when it comes to organising the Best Mother’s Day Ever. We’ve got your flowers covered, so read on for some fun and yum recipes that kids will get a kick out of preparing, and dads a blast out of cleaning up. An all round win-win we’d say!

Pancakes

One Cup Blueberry Pancakes

In the words of Jamie Oliver,  “These are the simplest pancakes to make with kids. You don’t even need scales to weigh out the ingredients – all you need is a cup or a mug.”

Ingredients (makes 8, serves 4)One cup blueberry pancakes for Mother's Day

  • 1 large free range egg
  • 1 cup of self raising flour
  • 1 cup of milk
  • sea salt

Optional:

  • 200 g blueberries
  • olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons natural yoghurt

Method

  1. To make the batter, crack the egg into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the flour, milk and a tiny pinch of sea salt.
  3. Whisk everything together until you have a lovely, smooth batter.
  4. Fold through the blueberries, if using.
  5. Put a large frying pan on a medium heat and after a minute or so, add ½ tablespoon of oil.
  6. Carefully tilt the pan to spread the oil out evenly.
  7. Add a few ladles of batter to the pan, leaving enough space between each one so they have room to spread out slightly – each ladleful will make one pancake, and you’ll need to cook them in batches.
  8. Cook the pancakes for 1 to 2 minutes, or until little bubbles appear on the surface and the bases are golden, then use a fish slice to carefully flip them over.
  9. When the pancakes are golden on both sides, use a fish slice to transfer the pancakes to a plate.
  10. Repeat steps 5 to 9 with the remaining batter, adding ½ tablespoon of oil to the pan between batches, if needed.
  11. Serve the pancakes straight away, topped with a dollop of natural yoghurt, and some extra berries, if you like. 

For other equally fun looking pancake recipes for kids to make mum, check out these cool ideas below!

Mint chocolate chip pancakes for Mother's Day

Mint Chocolate Chip Pancakes – Very American, but rather delicous looking! According to www.buzzfeed.com, you could just use a pancake mix, add some food coloring, and mint extract if you want. I’d say that would be the easiest bet with kids. Alternatively for a more challenging version you could use this recipe. (2) Can someone please give these a go and report back how they went?!?

Pancakes with Faces – Have the kids decorate pancakes using Jamie Oliver’s recipe above, with fruit in colours, shapes & expressions that resemble your family members! (2)

Pancakes with Faces

Waffles 

Waffle & Yoghurt Parfait

Donkey in Shrek loved parfaits, so why wouldn’t mum? This recipe is SUPER easy for kidlets to make for a sweet and delicious Mother’s Day brekkie.

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)Waffle & Yoghurt Parfait for Mother's Day

  • 2 of your favorite shop-bought waffles                                 
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced

Method

  1. Dice toasted waffles into bite size pieces.
  2. Mix the yogurt with the vanilla.
  3. Layer the yogurt, berries, and waffles pieces in a large glass. 

Chocolate Brownie Waffles

You will need a waffle maker to produce this rather naughty Mother’s Day breakfast!

Chocolate brownie waffles for Mother's Day

According to www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com, you can just buy a brownie mix and put that in the waffle maker, or you can make them from scratch with this recipe. If the strawberry syrup seems too complicated for the kids to make, just serve with cream or ice-cream and fresh strawberries. Mmmmm, mmmmmmm.

French Toast (and other Bread-Based Brekkies)

French Toast Kebabs

Kids can have fun threading the pieces of french toast and fruit onto kebabs. Simples! Check out the recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart below: (2)

Ingredients (makes 4 serves)French Toast Kebabs

  • 8 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2/3 cup nonfat buttermilk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf (one-pound) unsliced dense white bread (such as pullman), crusts removed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 pint fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 pint fresh raspberries
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Place a rimmed baking sheet in the oven to warm. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, salt, and vanilla. Stir in bread.
  • In a large saute pan set over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Place half of the bread mixture in pan; cook, turning occasionally with a spatula, until browned on all sides. To keep warm, transfer to the oven. Cook remaining bread in the remaining 2 tablespoons butter as before.
  • Thread bread cubes onto skewers alternating with blueberries, raspberries, and banana slices. Serve immediately with maple syrup, if desired.

Heart Shaped Eggs with Toast

Heart Shaped Eggs with Toast

Another Martha Stewart gem – heart shaped eggs. If you have a heart-shaped cookie cutter at home you’re in the game. Check out the recipe here. (3)

Muffins

Mother’s Day Rhubarb & Ginger Muffins

We’ve offered one savoury option, surely that’s plenty?!?! At least this doozie of a muffin recipe from Jamie Oliver doesn’t look as sickly sweet, as say, the chocolate brownie waffles!

Ingredients (makes 12)Mother's Day Rhubarb & Ginger Muffins

  • 350 g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 325 g brown sugar
  • ½ lemon
  • 250 ml milk
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 pieces stem ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 100 g butter, plus 1 tablespoon extra, melted
  • 300 g rhubarb, finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4 and line a muffin tray with muffin cases. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl place the flour, baking powder, salt and 225g of the brown sugar. Mix, then make a well in the centre. 
  3. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice into the milk and set aside for a couple of minutes. Place the orange zest, half the stem ginger, the egg, 100g of melted butter and the milk mixture into the bowl and beat thoroughly. Fold in the chopped rhubarb. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases, filling each one to the top. 
  4. In a small bowl place the remaining 100g of brown sugar, the extra tablespoon of melted butter and the rest of the stem ginger. Mix until it looks like a crumble topping, then sprinkle over the muffins. 
  5. Bake for 25 minutes so the sugar turns golden and crispy and the muffins are cooked through. Serve warm with custard or crème fraîche for a lovely pudding.

Disclaimer: Apologies in advance to all mums currently on the Michelle Bridges 12 week body transformation challenge!

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References

1. http://www.jamieoliver.com/

2. http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/fun-foods-to-make-with-kids-for-mothers-day

3. http://www.marthastewart.com/