Nature’s Favorite Moms

This weekend we’re honoring our moms on Mother’s Day — they deserve it! They do so much for us from birth to adulthood, but the animal kingdom has some pretty amazing moms that deserve a little recognition this week, as well. Here are some of Mother Nature’s most amazing moms.

Elephants Elephant moms are pretty spectacular animals. First of all, the gestation period for elephants is 22 months. That’s a pregnancy that lasts just short of two years! There’s no wonder why females rule the herd. But just like human moms, elephant mothers can’t do it all on their own — their sisters and aunts help out with the rearing of a young calf.  

Orangutan Orangutan moms develop strong bonds with their offspring. Much like humans, they give birth to one baby at a time. The babies then stay with their mothers to learn the ins and outs of life in the forest for up to eight years. But just like humans, their children (the females, at least) go home every so often to visit.

Koalas Koala moms are dedicated creatures. They’re marsupials (like kangaroos), so after koalas give birth, their young live in a pouch in their torsos for about six months. When they’re too big for the pouch, mom puts them on her back and takes them anywhere and everywhere she goes for an entire year. It’s nature’s way of fostering a strong mother-child bond.

Polar Bears Polar bear moms are fierce, but it’s their nature. Basically, polar bear moms are left alone to dig a snow den to give birth and raise her twin cubs until it’s warm enough to leave. When the cubs leave, a whole new set of challenges arise — not only does this single mom have to protect them from the cold and teach them how to hunt, she sometimes has to fight other polar bears to keep her cubs safe.

Cheetah Cheetah moms are moms on the move. After giving birth, every step she takes is an effort to protect her young from predators — she makes a new home for her and her litter every few days so their scent is untraceable. When her cubs are big enough, she teaches them to hunt for themselves for up to two years. After that, they’re on their own, sometimes forming small groups with their siblings.

At The Lakeside Collection, we celebrate all mothers for everything they sacrifice for their children every day of the year. Whether you want to honor your mom with a unique Mother’s Day gift or you want to make her ordinary day extraordinary, we have ideas and products to make your mom feel special.  

 

Monkey Bread Recipe for Mother’s Day Brunch

Monkey-breadWe are busy putting together the plan for Mother’s Day brunch and we want to show mom just how special she is by making it memorable. We have a few things on the list that we have to have — eggs, fruit and mimosas — but we wanted to do something special for our sweet treat. One of our favorites is monkey bread: little bites of dough wrapped in cinnamon and sugar. These little nuggets are hard to resist — unless she doesn’t have a sweet tooth, your mom’s going to love them! Here’s our monkey bread recipe for Mother’s Day brunch.

This version uses an enriched yeast dough (brioche) with a caramel sauce to make it sweet enough for dessert but not so sweet that it can’t be served for breakfast.  If you’ve never made brioche, this is an excellent introduction to it as it doesn’t have to be perfect to get it right. This is a very forgiving recipe.

For the Dough: For the sugar coating: For the sauce:
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 TB active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup plus 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the bowl
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
  • ¾  teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 TB cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter

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Dough: Warm the milk in a medium saucepan over low heat until it reaches about 100℉. Remove from the heat. Place it in a mixing bowl fitted to a stand mixer with a dough hook. Sprinkle in the yeast and sugar (don’t stir). Set aside until foamy, about 5 minutes.

Whisk together the flour, salt and cardamom. Add to the yeast mixture. Mix on low speed until everything is combined. Add the butter, egg and vanilla. Mix until thick and slightly sticky. Knead on medium speed until the dough gathers around the hook, 6 minutes. If it’s too sticky, you can add up to two more tablespoons of flour.

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Remove the dough and shape into a ball. Put the remaining tablespoon of melted butter in a large bowl followed by the ball of dough. Turn the dough in the butter a few times to coat the dough. It should be shiny from the butter.  Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

 In a medium bowl, whisk together the cinnamon and sugar. When the dough is ready, pull off small pieces of dough (1”) and roll them into small balls. Toss them with the cinnamon and sugar to coat them and place them in a cake pan prepared with cooking spray. You can bake them in a tube pan to remain loyal to tradition, but I divided them up into three ramekins for individual servings. Set aside while you make the sauce.

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Melt butter and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until smooth. Pour over dough. Cover in plastic and refrigerate for an hour or overnight if you’re making it in advance (It also freezes well unbaked if you want to save some to bake at a later date).

Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until the top is browned. Let cool and serve. If you want all of the reward without the work, you can also use crescent roll dough (the kind that come in the cans) from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. No one will know the difference.


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Mother’s Day: Our Favorite TV Moms

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It still doesn’t quite feel like spring — and we’re spending a little more time in front of the television than we’d like to admit. But Mother’s Day is headed our way and while we’re looking for gift ideas we thought, since we’re watching TV anyway, we’d use it for a little Mother’s Day inspiration and pick our favorite TV moms.

June Cleaver (Leave It To Beaver) Who better to deal with the shenanigans of Wally and the Beav than June Cleaver? She embodies the quintessential 1950s stay-at-home-mom (back then, they were known as housewives). She was calm, cool and always reasonable and supportive — all things moms strive to be.

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Carol Brady (The Brady Bunch) Carol Brady made blended family life seem so simple! But simple doesn’t mean easy. Convincing six kids to love an entirely new family was a big challenge, and the even bigger challenge was dealing with them as teenagers. But whatever hair drama, girl trouble or miscommunication came up, Carol always had an answer.

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Marion Cunningham (Happy Days) Sweet Mrs. C kept the house clean, got meals on the table and was always full of cheer despite her gruff husband, the greaser who lived above the garage and the two teenagers she was raising. Always delightful with her subtle quips and the balance she brought to the Cunningham family, her assumed naivete thwarted by her profound brilliance was what made Mrs. C a mom worth watching every week.

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Elyse Keaton (Family Ties) Elyse was the hippy-dippy mom who was blessed with children that were her polar opposite. With boy-crazy Mallory, conservative Alex and spunky Jennifer, she had to stretch her parental skills to match three very different children. She did it all and managed to be a successful architect, to boot. She was a model working moms of the 80s appreciated.

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Peggy Bundy (Married With Children) This list isn’t about the best TV moms, just our favorite TV moms and Peggy Bundy, with all the hair, heels and humor is definitely one of our favorites. While she was no June Cleaver and parenting wasn’t her top priority, we could suspend our disbelief once a week to watch how not to be a mother.

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Image Source: Stand-Up Sucks, LLC – “I Am Comic” Directed by Jordan Brady and distributed by Monterey Media Located on Monterey Medias Flickr account.

Roseanne Conner (Rosanne) Roseanne Conner was a refreshing change from the common upper-middle-class mom we typically get from Hollywood. She gave America a small glimpse at blue collar life that we rarely see on TV. Her no-nonsense parenting and unvarnished humor made her an unconventional and respected TV mom.

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Marie Barone (Everybody Loves Raymond) Just about everyone has a Marie Barone in their lives — she may not be your mother-in-law, but you know one just like her. She smothers her grown son and gets under her daughter-in-law’s skin, but her intentions are good.

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Carmela Soprano (The Sopranos) On the surface, Carmela Soprano has a pretty nice life — nice home, good kids, a husband who provides well for the family — but being married to a mob boss is a tough gig with no way out. But she was a tough cookie — not taking any guff from Tony Soprano and still raising respectable children is no small feat.

The Lakeside Collection is always looking for ideas and products to inspire our customers every day of the year. From Mother’s Day gifts to ideas to make your Memorial Day cookout spectacular, shop Lakeside for fabulous products at unbeatable prices.

5 Ways to Show Mom You Care Every Day

mothers-dayMother’s Day is just a few weeks away. Though we set aside the day to celebrate our moms, they deserve recognition for the lunches, driving us to and from soccer practice, musical rehearsals and loving support they give us year-round. Here are 5 ways to show mom you care every day.

Say Thank You We grow up with our mothers dressing us, feeding us and cleaning up after us so it’s easy to take these tasks for granted when she deserves a big thank you. While you’re probably thinking of gifts to give your mother on Mother’s Day to show your appreciation, taking a moment to actually say thank you to your mother will blow her away.

mothers-dayDutiful Children There’s so much that goes into running a household that we don’t realize until we have to run things ourselves. Why not share some of your mom’s load? Take over one of your mom’s chores or take on a cleaning project she hasn’t been able to get to. Shred the junk mail that’s been piling up, do the grocery shopping for the week or wash her car. Any little thing you can do will ease some of the burden your mom takes on every day.

Tell Her How She Inspires You Moms inspire children every day whether they’re aware of it or not. Your mom does amazing things — things you want to be able to do, too. Whether it’s being kind and generous or smart and accomplished, let your mother know how she inspires you.

Tell Her Your Favorite Memories of Her When you grow up with someone, it’s hard to see the impact they have on you day-to-day. It’s only when you look back at all of the experiences you had with someone that you can appreciate your relationship. Though your mom may have the same memories you have of different events, letting her know how special they are to you is a priceless gift.

mothers-daySpend Time With Her Time is about the most valuable thing you can give a person. Take your mom out for a meal for one-on-one time to catch up on things that have nothing to do with school, work or chores. Spend the afternoon nurturing your relationship with your mother and showing her you appreciate her.

There are dozens of ways to show your mom you love her. Whether you want to give her the perfect gift, surprise her with a spectacular brunch or you want to spend quality time with your mom, The Lakeside Collection has ideas and products to help your day with mom memorable.

 

The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for Mother’s Day Gifts

The countdown to Mother’s Day has begun! You have plenty of time to come up with thoughtful ideas to spend the day and pick out the perfect present to please your mom — if you start now! We have a few ideas of our own to get you inspired. Here’s this week’s The Lakeside Selection: Our Choice for Mother’s Day Gifts.sunflower-bird-house

Gardenista For the mom who loves her garden and all the critters that come with it, she’ll be able to welcome feathered friends with this Sunflower Birdhouse. The metal flower has glorious yellow petals that draw the eye and adorable birds to add a little more life and beauty to her yard. The opening to the birdhouse is in the center, complete with a perch for all her feathered friends.sport-mom-tote

Soccer Mom A soccer mom (or basketball mom or football mom) can never have too much room in her bag for the next big game! She can pack up everything she needs for every sporting event with the Sports Mom Organizing Utility Tote. The spacious, open interior lets you prepare for sporting events, the pool, grandma’s house and more. There are 2 patch pockets on the front for drinks and water bottles, and each of the sides has an elasticized mesh pocket for extra storage. The front has an embroidered design with your sport of choice. Double shoulder straps for easy toting.wooden-baskets

Entertaining Mom Give mom the gift of a little country with a Set of 2 Lined Wood Baskets. The stylish baskets have cutout stars along the front and back, revealing more of the red-checkered fabric lining. Each basket has 2 leather handles for easy carrying from the kitchen to the table. Get these for Mother’s Day and she’ll be all set for her Memorial Day cookout! handprint-wall-art

Sentimental Mom Delight mom with a sentimental gift she’ll cherish through the years! All you need to do is add handprints to this Framed Handprint Wall Art with your own paint. Personalize the potted plant in Mom’s Garden of Love with her kids’ handprints to create a wall hanging that will be admired well after the kids go off to college. The finished art is protected under plastic in its wooden frame. Comes ready to hang.prayer-box-charm-necklaces

Faithful Mom Prayer Box Charm Necklace makes a wonderful gift for a mom of faith. It features a prayer inside the pendant and comes with a prayer card inscribed with the same words that can be carried in a wallet. You can choose from a prayer for a mother or daughter, the Lord’s Prayer, or the Serenity Prayer.

The Lakeside Collection has gifts and ideas for every holiday and season. From trinkets for mom on Mother’s Day to kitchen gadgets to put together a fall party, shop The Lakeside Collection for great products at the best deals.