Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Mother's Day Treat for a Special Mom

Disclosure: I was sent these treats by Shari Berries to share with a mom in my life.  All opinions in this post are 100% mine. 

I was recently given a great opportunity that I could not pass up.  I was asked to write a post about a mom in my life.  While I am close to my mom, she lives several states away and I do not have the chance to see  her very often.  I knew right away of another mom that I wanted to write about, my friend Rhonda.  I met Rhonda almost six years ago when we were both volunteering at our kids' elementary school.   We were both greeters who sat in the front hallway, and  welcomed parents when they came in the building.  I had the first shift of the morning, and she had the second. We started talking and realized we had a lot in common. Both of our boys were about the same age, and are very similar  My son had already been diagnosed with Aspergers, and her son was just starting the process. Not only did we become good friends, but our kids did as well.   Do you remember the milestone birthday Garden Party I shared a few years ago? How about  the It's Not a Party Until Someone Throws Up post?  That was her special birthday, and our kids having a great 4th of July holiday together.   

She has become one of my best friends, and is like an older sister to me.  She is a nurse who loves to take care of others, but doesn't always have the chance to do things for herself. This time of year can be a little hard for her.   Her mom is no longer with us, and she does not have a lot of family. I know she really misses her mom, and it is hard not to think about her with the constant reminders that are everywhere this week.  She has done so much for me over the years, and I really  wanted to something special just for her. She recently had a birthday, so I chose a day between her birthday and Mother's Day to celebrate.  I told her I had something special planned, but did not tell her anything else other than  she should come over hungry.  

Originally we were going to have lunch, but with our schedules it ended up being later in the day.  I knew we were going to have a decadent dessert, so I planned for a healthy meal.  We had chicken salad with cranberries and almonds, and homemade pepperoni pizza salad.  There was a little problem though, I forgot to pick up the pepperoni at the store so it was just pizza salad.  Since it was Cinco de Mayo, we also had blue chips in with individual bowls of mango salsa. (Aldis's has an excellent mango salsa for under $2!)  It was starting to get dark when we started to eat, so the lighting was not the best for pictures.  

Luckily I was able to take pictures of all the great goodies sent to me by Shari's Berries before dinner.  What they sent was amazing! Gourmet Dipped Strawberries that we gigantic, chocolate dipped cherries, and cheesecake bites. 

In addition to all of the other goodies, we also got Mother's Day Chocolate Covered Oreos. Yum! 

Everything looked so good, we had to try it all!  It tastes as good as it looks! It was the perfect  way to finish a special dinner.  Do you have a mom friend that might need a special treat this time of year?  

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