May 8, 2016

Lovin' Life 8/5/2016: the Mothers and the Mothered.

There's so much going on today.  Mother's Day, The Logies and last but not least... Election Calling Day.  Something there for all of us, I think.

Anyway.  This is just a quick post focusing on the Mother's Day part of the equation.  It's been so long since I've watched free to air television, I don't even know who's in the cast of Home and Away these days so the Logies will be wasted on me.  Besides, I've seen all the paparazzi shots of the Big Names sashaying through Melbourne airport ahead of the ceremony.  With regards to the election?  Malcolm still hasn't called it which means I still don't know if I'm up for a sausage sizzle lunch at the local primary school cum polling booth come July 2.

All I wanted to say is that I hope you spend today in the way that is best for you.  The origins of Mother's Day involve not only festivals and feasts of the Greek and early Christian markers of the day (or the retailer and social media buffing of the day into one of gifting and plasticky perfection if you're living in 2016) but also, through Anna Jarvis and Julia Ward Howe, something a little more.

Jarvis and Howe both had the idea of Mother's Day being a day of honour and remembrance.  Of mothers who have left their earthly bodies for a place of rest and release from pain.  A day to reflect upon the love and self sacrifice mothers have and given and continue to give.  A day, perhaps, to also reflect upon ourselves.  As mothers, potential mothers and as the mothered.  Are we patient and sensitive enough to those we mother and those we are mothered by?

Whether you're going to be out there in the thick of it with the flowers, gifts and celebratory meals or whether you're going to be spending the day in quiet reflection, may you have the day that's best for you.

And if you could tell me how to preserve 3D preschool Mother's Day art, that would be lovely.

I don't think the laminator's going to work as well for them as they have for my print outs of my favourite Cookie and Kate recipes.

Before I go, guess what I just saw at Woolies?

Have you ever made a mug cake?


  1. Happy Mother's Day SSG! Our daycare beat us to the punch this year and pre-laminated the artworks that came home, a nice touch! They weren't quite as 3D as yours though. We have an (admittedly large) storage box we've been putting all the 3D creations in, along with everything else once it's had its time up on the fridge for all too see :)

    I've made mud cake before (and today will be a day of many cakes!) but I've never seen packet mix for them, will have to check that out next time I'm in Woolies.

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Happy Mother's Day SSG, and thank you for a sensitive thoughtful post.
    For some of us, Mother's Day is a emotionally difficult day, for various reasons. So, as you as so well said, I am having the day that is best for me.
    Mug cake looks easy and yum, I love woolies and I'm drawn to new products like a moth to a flame!
    L xx

  3. Cake in a cup!! Yes please.
    Beautiful post and thanks for the history lesson. That is really beautiful and one I'd like to share for so many of my friends and followers who have lost their mums or have never fulfilled their dream of being a mum.
    Thanks for linking.
    Happy mothers day

  4. Cake In A Cup, oh my! I put my son's art in those plastic folders with the plastic pockets, but it gets a bit hard when they are not A4 size, doesn't it? Happy Mother's Day x

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  5. Sounds like a lovely Mother's Day! I have a recipe for a 5 minute cake in a cup that you make in the microwave but I've never tried it :)

  6. I have a special box where I store everything and anything the kids have given me for Mother's Day. That way it fits most if not all of their creations. :)

  7. Hope you had a good Mother's Day. There are recipes for mug cakes. My daughter had a go. It turned out OK from what I recollect. For me it all seems to easy and would lead me to eating cake every day. Not a good thing. My art from primary school is blutacked to my wall.

  8. I've never made a mug cake but was excited to see Melinda's brand makes gluten-free versions now... so if I wanted to do it (as a coeliac) I could!

  9. Happy Mother's Day! It's not Mother's Day here in the UK but it's never a bad time to reflect on how awesome the mothers I know are, especially my own. I have in fact made gluten free mug cake before, it was ok but not as good as real cake and not much less effort. Still, a packet mix might change that...

  10. Happy mothers day. Your dedication to your son and to the art of Lamination knows no bounds xx


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