Happy Mother's Day from Spotlight

Mishae Frisbee
 

SPOIL THE MOMS IN YOUR LIFE

 
  • Treat Mom to Breakfast in Bed Give mom permission to relax! Everything tastes better when it's made with love and she will appreciate the gesture!
  • Finish Her To-do List Mom may be a superhero, but she can’t always do everything. Give her the sweet reward of a helping hand by completing a few tasks on her to-do list.
  • Recreate Her Favorite Meal Is Mom’s favorite restaurant already booked for Mother’s Day? Grab her favorite bottle of craft cider or wine, and some flowers, and cook her favorite meal at home.
  • Host a Mother’s Day Party Throw a party in honor of your mom. It could be a tea party, a fancy dinner party, brunch, or a barbecue, depending on her style. Set up some decorations and ask each guest to bring a dish. Kids and dads are obviously in charge of the setup and cleanup, while mom relaxes and socializes.
  • Send Mom Fresh Flowers Flowers are always a beautiful gesture. Deliveries are easy to arrange online or by a simple phone call!
  • Stir up Nostalgia Relive her childhood memories. Let her tell you about her life, a true gift for both of you.
  •  Help Her Relax with an At-Home Spa Turn the master bathroom into an oasis of tranquility with some candles, essential oils, and a little ambiance of the music. A full hour of peace and quiet will have Mom feeling renewed and refreshed.
  • Give Her A Gift From the Heart The best gifts are ones from the heart. Handmade presents can be a lot more meaningful than store-bought ones, get creative and give her something she will cherish forever!
  • Have A Picnic Consider heading to any nearby park for a picnic. Pack a comfy blanket and a basket filled with goodies and soak up the spring weather, swing, blow bubbles and enjoy every moment with mom.
  • Slow it down with a Family meal Schedule ahead and reserve seats at mom's favorite restaurant! Don't forget to toast mom and say a few nice things about her!
  • The Gift that Keeps on Giving This Mother’s Day plant Mom an indoor garden. Mini herb gardens are fun and easy to create, mom will love being able to use fresh herbs in all her cooking!
  • Go on an Adventure Get outside, get moving and enjoy Mother Nature. Take Mom for a great hike, go fishing, read a book lakeside, go paddleboarding or bike ride along her favorite trails.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Looking for something fun to do with your mom this Mother's Day?

Bring her down to this Bazaar on the Patio along with 25 local vendors with a variety of handcrafted items available for purchase! Spend some time with your mom, and find her a great gift she's sure to love! The full bar and kitchen will be open!

Enjoy a drink and some English-pub-inspired food while you peruse unique locally-made gifts!

 
 

This event is for all mothers, so bring your kiddos and your own mom for sweet generational photos! You do not need to book or save your spot, just come between 9 am-12 pm. Plan on a small wait time of around 5-10 minutes.

This event is free, but they are collecting donations for the Women & Children Alliance of Boise! In the last 3 years they have raised $3,500!

 
 

Spring is in full swing! Now is the perfect time to get outside and get planting.

The greatest selection of plants, pottery, and garden goods. Spend the day shopping to live music, enjoy a meal from various food trucks, and get garden help from our experts.

The greenhouse, garden center, and gift shop are bursting at the seams with spring arrivals.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

11 POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

 

Positive Affirmation can give us strength when everything feels difficult or unmanageable. Believe in yourself and Repeat them daily!

  1. "Mу bоdу іѕ healthy; mу mind іѕ brilliant; my soul is tranquil."
  2. "I believe I саn dо anything."
  3. "Everything that is happening now is happening for my ultimate good."
  4. "I am the architect of my life; I built its foundation and will choose its contents."
  5. "I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them."
  6. "My ability to conquer challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite."
  7. "Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, positive ones."
  8. "I саn achieve greatness."
  9. "Tоdау, I аm brimming with energy and overflowing with joy."
  10. "I lоvе and ассерt myself for who I am."
  11. "I am Beautiful and worthy."
 

MOTHER'S DAY TRIPS

 

Stargaze at Bruneau Sand Dunes
At first glance, this Idaho landmark looks like a
piece of the Sahara Desert — windswept sand
dunes for miles around, warmed by the blazing
sun. The tallest dune rises 470 feet high!

Bike (or Hike) through the Boise Foothills
Watch the sunrise from the top of Tablerock. Pick
wildflowers on the trails at Shafer Butte.

Raft down Hells Canyon Whitewater
Home to the deepest gorge in North America,
Hells Canyon is a prime spot for whitewater
rafting. The canyon cuts right along the border of
Oregon and Idaho, and it’s filled with Native
American legends, geologic wonders, and diverse
wildlife.

Kayak or paddleboard on Payette Lake
Combined with views of snow-capped mountains
and towering pine trees, this expanse of clear
glacial water makes an ideal spot for kayaking
and paddleboarding.

 

5 WAYS TO RELAX

 

Continuous stress, on the other hand, can harm your mental and physical health. Try one of the following stress-relieving activities for ten minutes.

  1. Exercise Walk around the block, do 20 jumping jacks, go for a quick run or find a 10-minute yoga flow on YouTube to follow.
  2. Organize Sit down and write out everything you need to get done and each step you’ll need to take to complete each task.
  3. Intentional Breathing Taking a few deep breaths can help slow your breathing and heart rate, relax your muscles and calm your mind.
  4. Take a time out Do something you enjoy like reading a book or listening to music or find a trusted friend or colleague whom you can talk to about how you’re feeling.
  5. Meditate Scientifically proven to help decrease and manage stress, and promote mental wellbeing, these tools are useful for when you’re experiencing stress and as prevention tools in times when you’re feeling well.
 
 
 
 
 
 

MOTHER'S DAY HEARTS CARD

 
 
 
 
 

CHICKEN ARRABBIATA STEW & PARMESAN DUMPLINGS

 

Recipe and photo from bbcgoodfood.com

Ingredients:
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
8 skinless and boneless chicken thighs, halved
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
1-1½ tsp chili flakes
4 tbsp sun-dried tomato pesto
250ml chicken stock
2 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
5 thyme sprigs, tied
2 tsp sugar
½ small bunch of parsley, finely chopped

For the dumplings:
80g cold unsalted butter, cubed
150g self-raising flour
80g parmesan, grated
50-60ml milk

 

Directions:

STEP 1: Heat the oil in a large shallow casserole dish. Fry the onion over low-medium heat for 7 mins or until soft and turning translucent. Turn up the heat slightly, add the chicken and fry for 5 mins until beginning to brown around the edges. Tip the garlic and chili into the casserole and fry for 1 min. Stir through the pesto, pour in the stock and tomatoes, then add the thyme, sugar, and some seasoning. Turn the heat to low and cover with a lid. Cook gently for 40 mins. Remove the thyme and check the seasoning.


STEP 2: Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. To make the dumplings, put the butter and flour in a bowl with ½ tsp fine salt, then rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Mix in 50g of the cheese and pour in 50ml of the milk, then swiftly combine with a cutlery knife until everything is well distributed and you have a soft dough (add more milk if it’s too dry). Briefly bring the dough together on a work surface, then divide it into eight balls.


STEP 3: Arrange the dumplings over the stew, then scatter each with the remaining cheese. Put in the oven and bake, uncovered, for 25 mins or until the dumplings are doubled in size and golden brown. Scatter over the parsley and serve.

 
 
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