Want to really pamper Mom this Mother's Day? These four easy steps will guarantee a perfect start to her day.
By Julia Edelstein and Ashley Niedringhaus
Make It Ahead
Pick a dish you can whip up in advance and pop into the oven in the morning. (You don't want to wake Mom with your a.m. clattering.)
Jose PicayoBaked Eggs With Asparagus, Ham, and Gruyère
Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 20m |
Total Time: 1hr 40m
-1 tablespoon olive oil
-1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
-1 shallot, chopped
-6 large eggs
-1 1/2 cups half-and-half
-kosher salt and black pepper
-4 cups torn baguette
-1 cup Gruyère, grated (4 ounces) -
4 ounces ham, roughly chopped
-Heat oven to 350° F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and shallot and cook until tender, 4 to 6 minutes; let cool.
-In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, ¾ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Fold in the baguette, Gruyère, ham, and the asparagus mixture.
-Transfer the egg mixture to four
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A stylish file box to keep everything organized on her desk. RS pick: Semikolon Folder Box, $32, seejanework.com.
Elegant stamp holder. Since she still sends a hand-written note, she'll need to keep her roll of stamps easily accessible.
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Address book. To keep all her contacts organized and up to date. RS pick: Robin's Egg Blue Saffian Address Book, $31, paper-source.com.
Interview journal. Have her fill in this thought-provoking journal and see your mother in a whole new light. RS pick: My Mom: Her Stories, Her Words, $10, paper-source.com.
Monogrammed stationery. Whether for thank you notes, sympathy cards, or just-because, you can't go wrong with a personalized set. RS
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