Mother’s Day 2017

It’s not Mother’s Day in Costa Rica.  They celebrate it on August 15th.  But I did get to enjoy Mother’s Day on Sunday.  Before Paul left for Ward Council Meeting, he stopped and gave me a small, purple box that had a pink bow on top.  I had thankfully, by accident, come upon it in the safe the day before, so I wasn’t too shocked or embarrassed to open it.  Inside was a replacement ring for me to use while in Costa Rica.

I am actually really grateful for this new ring.  Paul found it at the Cenada (our farmer’s market) with Ginger Snap (K) who helped him pick it out.  It didn’t cost very much, even though the band is made of silver, so I won’t be worried if something happens to it.  I had to put my original ring away for safe keeping because my hand had a reaction to it with the soap and water we have here.  After 2+ years, it is nice to have a ring again on my finger.

On top of a new ring to wear, the 3 youngest made me breakfast and brought it to my room.

The girls also crafted some pots at the local mall and the boys planted plants in them for me to display in my bathroom window.  Besides beautiful handmade cards and fresh flowers from our community gardens, Joy Boy felt that he needed to give me one more gift – a song sung just for me, “My Mother Dear.”  It melted my heart.

After church, where our Relief Society President Stephanie wished the Gringas a Happy Mother’s Day, we came home and the kids helped me prepare a feast fit for a Queen.  I purchased some steaks through an import company and decided it was a good day to try them out.  We also baked potatoes, covered in oil and salt, had fresh watermelon and grilled up some zucchini with fresh red pepper, purple onion and grape tomatoes.  Sadly, Paul missed the fresh version of lunch but made it home in time to enjoy his lunch before he dashed off to a Stake Leadership Meeting where a visitor from Guatemala was coming to speak with the Bishops of the Stake.

Ginger Snap felt that lunch was lacking something.  She felt it needed a dessert and asked to make brownies.  I am sick of brownies, well chocolate anything, and immediately said, “No.  We’re okay.  We don’t need a dessert today.”  But she insisted and asked if she could look at what we had in the pantry for her to make.  She found a lemon cake mix and I immediately remembered my dear friend Michelle’s AMAZING Lemon Bundt Cake recipe.  Since I had lemon pudding on hand, from the USA, I felt this would be a great time to teach Ginger Snap how to make a bundt cake, especially how to grease & flour the pan.  She accepted the challenge.

I had her search online for 3 different videos on preparing the bundt pan and we discovered this new method and loved it!  It worked beautifully and I highly recommend it, even for cupcakes or breads (the woman on the video said it works for those too).  The cake turned out divine and was the perfect treat to celebrate Mother’s Day!

    

Don’t you think Motherhood is a lot like Lemon Bundt Cake? I sure do.  It looks great from far away but too difficult for just anyone to make.  It has contrasting colors, dark and sunny days, with a sweet but sour glaze on top, like the daily moments of Motherhood. But the cake itself is moist, firm and full of flavor.  I love how uncomplicated this recipe is but if you don’t know your ingredients, or your mixer or your oven (i.e. – your kids, your environment, your limitations, etc.) you can mess this super delicious cake up.  But that’s okay, just keep trying.  Motherhood has its own “try again” too – it’s called a new day.

I am so very, very thankful that I have continued to work at being a mother.  It has been the TOUGHEST job I could have ever imagined but it is truly the MOST rewarding. Yes, I get criticized and even receive persecution or opposition, but that is what makes the challenge so much fun.  I am truly learning WHO I am, WHAT I am capable of doing, and HOW amazing any person can be if only they keep trying at something, with faith that it is the right thing to be doing.  No, we don’t have all the answers but the answers do come and that is all part of the process.

I hope each of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day, either being celebrated or celebrating your own beautiful, talented, selfless (for ALL mothers are truly selfless – or else you wouldn’t be here) and loving Mother.

Happy Mother’s Day ~ Here’s my gift to you . . .

Michelle’s AMAZING Lemon Bundt Cake

1 box yellow (or lemon) cake mix

1 box small lemon instant (or cook ‘n serve) pudding

2/3 cup oil (canola or vegetable)

4 eggs

3/4 cup water

Glaze:

1 cup powdered sugar

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

Mix all 5 cake ingredients together in a bowl.  Mix on low speed until blended, then beat on high for 10 minutes (or 5 minutes on high in my Bosch).  Put in a greased and floured bundt pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 30 -35 minutes.  Turn onto a plate immediately.  After cake is done, make glaze.  Poke holes into the cake with a fork.  Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake.  Let it cool.  Enjoy!

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