It’s almost Mother’s Day, which means it’s time we start talking about sappy greeting cards and dainty lemon bars.
Believe me, I love my mom, but when it comes to Mother’s Day I’ve learned that less is more with her. She’s not one for fancy brunch buffets or extravagant bouquets of flowers. A simple note from the heart and a healthy homemade meal are much more her style.
But no Mother’s Day meal is complete without a beautiful dessert! Which brings us to the lemon bars.
These in particular are so healthy you could even add them to a brunch menu without guilt. The original recipe appeared in my first cookbook, The Pure Kitchen, which includes 100 recipes free of gluten, dairy, soy, and refined sugar. (A great gift for any food-loving mom, by the way.)
Most lemon bars are tooth-achingly sweet and guaranteed to spike your blood sugar. That’s no way to honor Mom! Instead, my zesty lemon bar recipe offers plenty of citrus flavor without all of the refined sugar.
This weekend I’ll be preparing my mom whatever she wants on Mother’s Day. I do the same thing on Father’s Day and the occasional birthday, too. There’s no better gift than that of a nutritious meal made with loving hands, right? I know it’s cliche, but I really do think that food tastes better when it’s made with love. :)
I was planning to write an entire post on things I’ve learned from my wonderful mom over the years, but once I started I knew I wouldn’t be able to stop. There are way too many lessons to fit into one post. So I thought I’d share the short version of my list with you instead. All the credit goes to Mom for teaching me these things!
- Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today.
- Take good care of what you’re entrusted with.
- When in doubt, add lipstick. (Preferably red.)
- Never leave home without a few dollars in your pocket.
- And never—ever—leave home without Kleenex in your pocket.
- Don’t be shy about asking for help. Most people love helping other people out.
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
- Your home should be a reflection of your personality.
- Respect your gut feeling. It’s usually right.
- Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
- Sometimes you really do have to fake it until you make it.
- Safety first.
- A life well loved is a life well lived.
My family is probably the biggest blessing in my life. I have a mom who is one of the most honest, loyal, kind, wise, intuitive, and authentic people I know.
The saying goes that children are a gift. But my oh my, so are parents. I don’t even like to think about who I would be today if it weren’t for the mom (and dad) who raised me. My mom is not only one of my greatest influencers, but also one of my best friends. Most of the time, she feels more like a longtime companion than a parent.
I’m so grateful to have been given such a beautiful gift!
Now let’s make some lemon bars.