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5 Simple Breakfast-in-Bed Meals and Morning Cocktails for Mom

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On Mother's Day, Mom deserves royal treatment. What better way to make her feel like the queen she is than to make her breakfast in bed (and serve up some morning cocktails)? While the kids make breakfast, Dad can whip up a cocktail to complement her scrumptious and relaxing meal. He can also make nonalcoholic versions of the cocktails so the kids can enjoy a fruity drink as well, or if an alcoholic beverage is not your mom's cup of tea, she will enjoy any of these mocktails.

Here are five easy breakfast-in-bed meals with morning cocktails for Mom on her special day. And as Joanna said, take her out to dinner as well.

5. Egg Frittata with Mimosa

Frittatas are fun dishes to make for a nice breakfast in bed. First, everything goes into one pan, making for an easier clean-up, and second, you can add whatever ingredients you want, making each frittata unique. If Mom wants a lighter breakfast in the morning, simply use egg whites instead of whole eggs. Preheat the oven to broil, then let the kids whisk together six eggs (or 12 egg whites), an ounce of cheese (Parmesan, Swiss, Cheddar), and salt and pepper to taste. Then heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add a teaspoon of butter and spread over the pan. Cook the ingredients you want to add into the frittata -- onions, spinach, bell peppers, ham, squash, etc. Once those ingredients have cooked for about two minutes, add the egg mixture, then cook until the bottom has set, about four minutes. Place the skillet in the oven to broil for three minutes or until the frittata is fluffy, then serve.

While the frittata cooks in the oven, make the mimosa by pouring ½ ounce of triple sec, then 1 ½ ounces of orange juice, followed by 3 ½ ounces of chilled Champagne into a Champagne flute. Top with an orange slice for a pretty touch. Simply give the kids orange juice with sparkling cider in the same glass to let them in on the fun.

4. Muffins and Fruit with Sea Breeze

Make a fruity Sea Breeze for Mom by adding 1¾ ounces of vodka and 3 ounces of cranberry juice into a highball glass filled about 2/3 of the way with ice cubes. Then add 1 ounce of grapefruit juice and top the glass with a slice of grapefruit for decoration.

A great combination with a sweet and tart Sea Breeze is a fruity muffin, like blueberry, banana nut or apple cinnamon. Use a box mix for easy preparation in the morning and help the kids slice fresh fruit to go on the side. It's a wonderful mix of sweet and tangy that Mom will definitely love. Just combine the juices for your kids, but substitute the grapefruit juice for something less tart, like orange juice.

3. Eggs-In-A-Basket with Bloody Mary

Eggs-In-A-Basket are fun breakfast dishes for kids to make, but they will need adult supervision. So, before you get started on the egg meal, make the Bloody Mary first. In a highball glass with ice cubes, pour 3 ounces of tomato juice, followed by 1 ½ ounces of vodka, ½ ounce of lemon juice and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Mix the ingredients together well. Finish with celery salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce to Mom's liking. Top the glass with a celery stalk and lime wedge.

Now for the eggs. Cut a shape out of the bread slices with a cookie cutter -- the kids can have fun with this by making their favorite shapes. Just make sure the shape is large enough to accommodate the egg. Then crack individual eggs into their own dishes to easily pour them into the toast. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium, place a pat of butter into the pan, then place one piece of bread into the pan, followed by the egg into the hole. Once the egg white has set enough for you to flip it over, add a little bit more butter to make the other side golden and toasty, then flip the bread. Repeat these steps with the rest of your bread and eggs.

You probably can't make this kid-friendly, so just pour them some milk or apple juice.

2. Stuffed French Toast with Peach Bellini

Use a peach marmalade and cream cheese in this stuffed French toast to go perfectly with the Peach Bellini. Simply make French toast the way you normally would, and once it is done, spread peach marmalade onto one piece of toast, then spread cream cheese onto the other piece and stick them together like a sandwich. Top with syrup, butter and/or powdered sugar.

For the Peach Bellini, juice a peach, then add two ounces of the juice into a Champagne flute, followed by slowly pouring four ounces of chilled Champagne into the glass. Make it a mocktail by using chilled sparkling cider instead of Champagne.

1. Blueberry Pancakes with Iced Café Con Leche

If Mom loves her coffee in the morning, then she won't have to miss it with this iced coffee cocktail. Simply mix 2 parts Kahlua with 1 part fresh espresso, 1 part evaporated milk or half-and-half, followed by two tablespoons of condensed milk. Pour into a tall glass with ice and decorate the top with cinnamon. If you want to make this into a mocktail, leave out the Kahlúa and add more coffee for a sweet iced coffee drink.

Pair this sweet drink with simple blueberry pancakes. It can't get any better than a classic breakfast dish with coffee.

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