Warm heart and full belly

You don’t have to spend a lot for mom to feel loved

Cat Frink // The Torch

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. Mothers are celebrated in more than 60 countries, along with America, on the second Sunday of May. The countries of the former Soviet Union, United Kingdom and 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa honor mothers and motherhood in March.

According to the History Channel, activist Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis organized “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” in her birthplace of West Virginia. There, women would learn how to properly care for children.

During the Civil War Jarvis organized the four clubs to one. Members promised to carry on their friendships and altruism in the midst of the states’ discord. The women exhibited empathy and heroism while they cared for both Union and Confederate injured soldiers.

Jarvis died in 1905. Her daughter, Anna Jarvis wanted to pay tribute to her mother. She put great effort into securing financial support to make her wish a reality. The Wanamaker department store gave Jarvis the money and the tribute was planned. In 1908, on the anniversary of her mother’s death, the tribute celebration took place.

On the same day the Wanamaker department store held a celebration for mothers and thousands of people attended the festivities. By the year 1912, many states had adopted the same day for celebration of mothers.

Jarvis continued to rally for the date of mother’s celebration to be put on the calendar. Her hard work and efforts were finally recognized in 1914. President Woodrow Wilson issued an official measure to commemorate Mother’s Day holiday annually on the calendar.

The National Retail Federation conducts an annual national survey in late April. According to the survey results, American consumers are projected to spend $23.6 billion to celebrate Mother’s Day in 2017. This is an estimated increase of $1.2 billion in sales from last year. This earmarks the highest consumer spending since the survey began 14 years ago.

Mother’s Day is the second largest gift giving holiday in America, first being Christmas.

CNN reports nearly 96 percent of all Americans participate in Mother’s Day celebrations. As a result of people making calls nationwide, long distance carriers peak with an increase of 37 percent on Mother’s Day.

The Greeting Card Association reports 133 million Mother’s Day cards are given annually in the United States.

How will you celebrate your love and respect for the special lady in your life this Sunday?

Many families go to dinner, shopping or to the movies. But, a mother could also be pampered at home. Catering to mom, cleaning the house or preparing a delicious dinner would help make mom feel special. A more personal gift could be a heartfelt letter, poem or handmade card.

Below is a frugal family friendly dinner with only three ingredients. Throw together a salad and serve it with hot bread.

Italian and Brown Sugar Chicken

  • 4 Boneless/skinless chicken breast
  • ½ C Brown sugar
  • 1 (7 ounce) packet Italian dry mix

– Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch baking sheet with aluminum foil.

-Combine brown sugar and Italian dressing packet.

-Coat both sides of chicken with sugar mixture. Place into baking dish. Pour any remaining brown sugar mixture over the top of the chicken.

-Bake 20 minutes. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer. When at 165 degrees turn the oven broiler on high.  Broil one to two minutes. Be careful not to burn. When brown sugar is caramelized chicken is done.

Serve while hot along with salad and warm bread.

  • Recipe works with chicken thighs. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees.