By Mary Heyl
Mom always says the best gifts are from the heart! Make her proud by exploring your DIY side this Mother’s Day to make some extra special gifts that she will cherish. You, too, will enjoy the memories of making these gifts, as well as making her day! The best part? You can find most of the supplies you’ll need right here in Ellicottville!
Nothing says “relax and enjoy” like breakfast in bed! Treat Mom to a tasty homemade breakfast that’s impressive but surprisingly easy to make: Quiche Lorraine. This classic cheesy egg dish will make her day, and it’s much easier to eat quiche in bed than syrup-covered fare! Stop by EVL Cheese Company at 5 E. Washington Street and get 8 ounces of Swiss cheese or 4 ounces of Swiss and 4 ounces of her favorite cheese, like cheddar or gruyere. Grate the cheese and blend it together before refrigerating.
To get started, preheat the oven to 425 degrees and fit a refrigerated pie crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Fold the edges under and crimp. Prick the bottom and sides of the crust with a fork and bake for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly browned. Cool the pie crust on a wire rack and reduce the heat to 350 degrees.
Next, cook 1 pound of bacon, cut into ½ inch pieces, in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring often, for 7 to 8 minutes or until crispy. Drain the bacon on paper towels. Sprinkle it over the bottom of the pie crust. Next, sprinkle ¼ cup of chopped green onions over the bacon and then sprinkle ½ cup of grated cheese over the onions.
Whisk together 6 large beaten eggs, 1 cup of heavy cream, ½ teaspoon of salt, a dash of red pepper, a dash of white pepper and 1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Carefully pour the mixture over the cheese. Sprinkle the remaining half cup of cheese over the egg mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until lightly browned and set in the middle. Cool 15 minutes before serving.
Keep breakfast sweet by adding a tasty treat from Ellicottville’s delicious bakery, Cupcaked! Of course, you can’t go wrong with a tasty cupcake, but you can also order traditional breakfast/brunch treats like scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls and more. Stop by Cupcaked at 22 Monroe Street or call 378-8850 to place your order.
If flowers or perfume are stand-bys that you’ve resorted to many times before, try a DIY twist on these classic gifts. Use basic sewing skills to make Mom or Grandma sweet-smelling lavender sachets that she can tuck into dresser drawers, her suitcase or linen closet! Stop by Ellicottville Quilt Shop at 19 S. Jefferson Street and pick out a yard or two of fabric that Mom will like. Think of her style, favorite colors, animals, flowers and more! One yard will make several sachets or, if you’d like to make a variety, consider purchasing a few different fat quarters.
Cut 5” squares from the fabric (you can cut several squares at once). Stack two squares with the right sides facing inside. On a sewing machine or by hand, start sewing 1/8” to ¼” in from the edge all the way around the square, leaving at least a ¾” opening. Carefully cut off the corners and turn the square right side out. Flatten and use your fingers or a pencil to push out the corners. Sew around the edge again, leaving the opening the same size.
Use a funnel or a rolled index card to fill the square with dried lavender. For a longer-lasting scent, add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil as you’re filling the square. Nature’s Remedy Natural Foods Market & Holistic Wellness Center is the perfect resource for essential oils and more! Consult their certified natural health professionals at 26 Monroe Street to find just what you need.
After the square is filled, shake it to settle the lavender. Be careful not to over-fill! Sew up the opening and get started on your next sachet! Mom, Grandma, or whoever the special Mom-figure in your life is will love this thoughtful gift that makes life a little bit sweeter—just like she does.