Tonight, for my mom's birthday, Kelsey and are going to cook her dinner. Her favorite right now are these Tomato, Basil & Mozzarella sandwiches that we used to make last summer all the time. They're quite easy to make... toast some French bread in the oven, mix some balsamic vinegar with some olive oil, spread that onto the bread halves. Slice some tomato and slice a fresh ball of mozzarella, line them up on the bread, and sprinkle with fresh cut-up basil. Then get ready to eat the best sandwich ever known to man.
The basil has to be fresh - once my mom and I couldn't find any fresh basil in the grocery store, so we used this old dried basil that came in a spice container. It was definitely not anywhere near as good! This meal can be a little bit pricey - the fresh mozzy and the fresh basil are both a little expensive (by our standards) - however, both packages come with more than enough for about two dinners and a lunch, so I think it's worth it!
I can barely contain myself about the Christmas gift that Em decided on for my mom. I gave her a few ideas, figuring she'd choose to get her the silicone bakeware or the bath towels (which we desperately are in need of, haha). However, she chose to get her something that I mentioned that I knew my mom wanted really badly. All of my gifts to my mom this year for her birthday and for Christmas are practical things - things that she needs. However, what Em is getting her is just something that she wants, and I think it's going to make her so happy! I'm not going to post a photo of it, just in case... Here's a hint though: It's used in a backyard and is functional and also beautiful, and will keep you warm!! I can't wait to see her face when she opens it!! :)