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      Blog — mother's day

      Playlist: Lovely Day

      Playlist: Lovely Day

      No one deserves to be celebrated more than Mom – especially on Mother's Day, the day moms rule the world, more than usual... let the good times roll.  

      Lovely Day
      1. Sunrise – Norah Jones
      2. Sunny –– Bobby Hebb
      3. Lovely Day –– Bill Withers
      4. It's Not Unusual –– Tom Jones
      5. It's Your Thing –– The Isley Brothers
      6.Hold On I'm Comin'
       –– Sam & Dave
      7. Good Times –– Sam Cooke
      8.Cry To Me –– Solomon Burke
      9. Happy –– The Rolling Stones

      Listen on Spotify

      Sip of the Month: Cool As A Cucumber

      Sip of the Month: Cool As A Cucumber

      Fresh, vegetal and a beautiful shade of green, this striking cocktail is sure to please mom. Tequila's sweet and peppery flavours are pronounced with cool cucumber juice and zingy lime. Drink as is, or top with club soda to make it a highball.

      Cool As A Cucumber:  Cucumber, Lime and Tequila Cocktail

      Serves 1

      3 ounces of fresh cucumber juice
      1 1/2 ounces of lime juice
      1 1/2 ounces of tequila
      sugar to taste (1/4-1/2 a teaspoon per drink)
      club soda (3 ounces)
      lime and cucumber wedges for garnish 

      Fill a small glass or highball with ice.
      Mix the cucumber juice, lime juice, tequila, and sugar together in the glass.
      Fill up the glass the rest of the way with club soda (3 ounces). This step can be skipped if desired.
      Garnish and ENJOY!!

      Recipe and photo via Coolina

      Sip of the Month: Mother's Little Helper

      Sip of the Month: Mother's Little Helper

      One sip of this light and refreshing cocktail will have mom feeling relaxed and happy!  The Paloma cocktail is as beautiful as it is easy to make. The classic drink combines tequila, fresh lime juice, and sweet grapefruit. Cheers!

      Serves 1

      2 oz Azuñia Reposado
      0.5 oz Giffard Pamplemousse
      0.5 oz Lime Juice
      0.5 oz Grapefruit Juice
      0.5 oz Simple Syrup
      Dash Sea Salt
      Grapefruit wedge for garnish

      Moisten the rim of a glass with the grapefruit wedge and salt the rim. Add a dash of sea salt to the bottom of the glass. Fill with ice. Add all ingredients. Top off with club soda and garnish.

      Recipe and photo via Azunia Tequila

      Recipe: Mrs. Clarkson's Queen Mother's Cake

      A cake fit for a Queen. Serve something sweet this Mother's Day with one of Helene's mother's recipes. Mrs. Clarkson has a lovely family story and a delicious recipe for her Queen Mother's Cake: "Our relative Jan Smeterlin, the concert pianist, was an excellent cook. He was given this recipe by a fan and served it to the Queen Mother Elizabeth. She was very impressed so he gave the recipe to her chef. The roundelay came full circle when he visited Buckingham Palace and was served, of course, the cake."
      Queen Mother's Cake
      fine bread crumbs
      6 ounces sweet chocolate* 
      3/4 cup sweet butter
      3/4 cup sugar
      6 eggs, separated
      6 ounces almonds, finely grated
      pinch of salt

      Preheat oven to 375°. Butter a 9" spring form pan. Line the bottom with wax paper and butter the paper. Dust sides and bottom with fine bread crumbs freshly made in Blender. Set aside. Melt chocolate in double boiler. Remove from heat and cool. Cream butter and sugar very well in Mixing Bowl with Beater. Add yolks, 1 at a time, and beat until smooth. Stir in with Manual Control cooled chocolate and almonds ground on Medium Grating Blade. Beat egg whites with salt until stiff but not dry. Adding 1/2 of the whites at a time, fold carefully into chocolate mixture. Pour into prepared pan and bake 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° and bake 45 minutes longer. Remove from oven and place pan on a wet towel to cool

      1 rounded teaspoon instant decaffinated coffee
      1/2 cup cream
      8 ounces sweet chocolate *

      Heat cream in saucepan until it just begins to boil. Add decaffinated coffee and stir until dissolved. Add chocolate. After a minute or two, remove saucepan from heat and stir constantly until chocolate is completely melted. Let cool a few minutes until it is just barely tepid. Stir well.

      Remove cake from pan. If top is uneven, level it with a thin sharp knife. Place cake on wax paper and pour icing over cake. Using a spatula, completely cover top and sides. Let stand until icing sets. Then transfer to cake platter.

      *Mrs. Clarkson uses Maillard Eagle Sweet Chocolate

      Mrs. Max B.E. Clarkson
      Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Playlist: Mother's Day

      Playlist: Mother's Day

      Let's just call this a big bouquet of amazing songs for mom!

      Playlist: Mother's Day

      1. Born This Way –– Lady Gaga
      2. Scars To Your Beautiful –– Alessia Cara
      3. Ms. Jackson –– Outkast
      4. The Greatest –– Sia, Kendrick Lamar
      5. Shine –– Laura Izibor
      6. Doo Wop (That Thing) –– Ms. Lauryn Hill
      7. Your Song –– Lady Gaga
      8. I'm Every Woman –– Chaka Khan
      9. I Am Woman –– Helen Reddy