A day for spoiling and so much more
In dozens of countries around the world, the second Sunday in May means just one thing - it’s the day to honour our mothers.
The history of the founding of Mother’s Day is almost as interesting as the day itself, being first celebrated in the guise we do today in the US in 1908, following a determined campaign by Anna Jarvis.
While many countries adopt some sort of celebration of the role of the mother at other times during the year, Australia and 85 other countries will do so this Sunday, May 13.
And as the following two pages show, there is plenty on offer in Narrabri, both in the lead up to the big day and on Sunday itself, to ensure your mother shouldn’t miss out on a well-deserved special day.
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Everyone has a mother and they all deserve to be spoiled, not just on Mother’s Day but every day.
Remember the highs and lows of growing up - Mum was always there and although it may not have seemed it sometimes, always had your best interests at heart.
As a wise sage once said “you can always trust your mother to tell you the truth”.
And don’t forget she thinks you are the perfect child, whatever age you are.
Mother’s Day is payback time each year, so let’s say a special thank you.
Why it’s never too late to say a big, fat ‘THANK YOU MUM!
Only as an adult can you really appreciate all the effort that your parents invested in keeping you healthy, happy and safe from your own childish impulses.
We all know that expressing yourself isn’t always easy, especially when there is so much to be said.
If you think back to all the things your mum did for you (and still does for you) you’ll find there is plenty to say, and for good reason.
The good news is that it’s never too late to get it all off your chest. Mums are incredibly patient people, I’m sure kids have tested these boundaries many times and hey, they survived!
So if there’s something your mum did for you as a kid that you’re only appreciating now, why not spread your gratitude this year?
She will more than likely be happy to hear your kind words, even if they’re just a few years overdue!
It’s never too late to sing her praises, especially once you’re at a place in life when you can really appreciate all of the time and effort she put into raising you.
We’ve determined that Mums are a special breed of superhero, because they have powers no one else in the house possesses. In any household, they are evidently the only human who can do the following:
1. Replace the toilet paper roll.
2. Throw away food wrappers.
3. Throw away or recycle empty food containers.
4. Throw away or recycle anything, really.
5. Notice that the garbage bin or recycling is overflowing.
6. Hang a hand towel back up.
7. Hang a bath towel up.
8. Get clothes actually INTO the laundry basket
9. Put dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
10. Answer questions.
11. Find things that are missing throughout the house.
HEY NEW MAMA! Spoiler alert, your life is about to change
The most precious gift a Mum can receive is the gift of a new child.
For first time Mums it the most exciting and wonderful time, but also a daunting prospect.
Being responsible for the health and well-being of your little one is a full time job with no days off, but it is also the most rewarding thing you can do.
A few tips will help you keep things in perspective, so you can enjoy time with your child, rather than worrying.
Remember, women have been raising children for tens of thousands of years. If they can do it, so can you.
Lots of people will offer advice. Listen to experienced mothers, because they know a lot of valuable information, and they want to help.
However we know that parenting techniques change with each generation, so you don’t have to take advice if it’s not for you.
Watch what other people do with their children, after all, we learn by copying. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, even if it seems trivial.
It’s important to try and stay relaxed.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, you are not expected to keep a super-tidy house or look like a swimsuit model after having a baby.
One of the hardest things for new parents is sleep deprivation.
This one is for you, Dads – rest is important, and Mums need a break, so make a point of taking bub for a walk in the stroller in the afternoon, so mum can have a catnap.
Most of all, enjoy your child. Each phase they go through as a baby is exciting, share the joy of your child’s achievements with them, because, after all, you’re the centre of their world.
Narrabri Craft Shop’s annual Silver Service is well-known for its elegance, pretty cups and high tea with all the trimmings.
It is a lovely way to relax and celebrate Mother’s Day.
The gallery will display art by Ange Strong and she will explain her unusual art medium ‘Flow Acrylic Art’.
Local art will also be hanging and the gallery will have lots of pretty hand made gifts.
Enjoy a glass of strawberry champagne while you browse the shop and gallery.
The most practical gift - and no, it’s not an iron...
For the practical Mum who likes to look good, Liz’s Gift and Kitchenware has a great range of handbags for every budget, every occasion and every colour.
Part of Liz’s range includes hand painted Modapelle Leather, which is exquisite in bright, vibrant colours.
With this range, your Mum can match her wallet and glasses case with the handbag.
The Modapelle bags are available as handbags, shoulder bags and backpacks, as well as wallets and travel wallets of different sizes.
They are Australian made and have nine colour ranges and designs in the current winter collection, with the newest release being Purple
Liz’s best selling handbag which comes in 20 different colours and ticks all the boxes.
Drop in to see Liz’s huge range of wallets, coin purses, card holders, evening bags, clutch bags, backpacks and handbags of all sizes to find the perfect gift for Mum. There is a huge range of giftware to choose from.
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What’s better than getting flowers on Mother’s Day?Receiving flowers once a month for six months of course!There’s no denying that 9/10 mother’s adore receiving a bunch of fresh flowers on the second Sunday of May, but if you count up all the favours your Mum has done for you, is one bunch really enough? Nope. Didn’t think so.Blooms on Maitland offers flower subscriptions, which allows customers to prepay for the bunches that will be delivered to the person of his or hers choosing.All the customer has to do is decide on a special date to spoil their loved one and voilà!Proprietor Konnie Wilson, needs a break too, so she won’t be available on Sunday, but rest assured she’ll be there to get every special delivery out on her customers desired working days.There’s no wrong way to gift someone with flowers, but it does help to choose the right ones for the occassion.Konnies top choices for this Mother’s Day florals are...-Chrysanthemums, traditional Mother’s Day flower-Stocks, come in a range of different colours and smell divine-Columbian Rose in hot pink, bold & beautiful!
No grey skies at The Grayhound!The Grayhound has something for everyone, men, women and kids and especially men and kids who are looking for that special present for Mum. With prices to suit all budgets, Grayhound has all your favourite brands as well as new up-and-coming brands.
Narrabri’s coffee shop scene has been graced with two new faces who are bringing back the true feel of a coffee shop.T-Table is your local coffee shop located conveniently in the heart of the Narrabri shopping precinct. Whether you’re dining in or grabbing a coffee to go, the staff at T-Table will provide you with quick and friendly service as you choose from an array of delicious food and tempting cakes.
CAMstart can do it allCAMstart Pharmacy has a great range of giftware, and you are sure to find the perfect gift for mum on Mother’s Day. Currently in stock is a fantastic collection of fragrances, which includes all the classics as well as fresh new releases.Dolce and Gabbana’s Garden comes in the prettiest bottle.Inspired by Mediterranean summer gardens, this fragrance is like a flower garden in a bottle, with hints of citrus and blossom. Narsico Rodriguez For Her is a modern classic, with musk at the heart and notes of soft amber for a contemporary and seductive feel.No woman can wear this scent and not feel a little bit classier. Based on pure white notes of soft florals, amber, patchouli and musks, this fragrance lingers as you pass through the room.For the homemaker, go no further than CAMstart Pharmacy for a choice of heartwarming figurines and home decorations.A gift like this is the perfect way to convey heartfelt sentiment.You will find all of this, and more, in CAMstart Pharmacy, your one stop gift shop.
Everyone’s a winner at Narrabri Bowling ClubFor Mums who like a challenge, what about a barefoot bowls evening at the Narrabri Bowling Club?
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The best breaky bruschetta
500g trussed cherry tomatoes, 400g portobello mushrooms, stalks removed, 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil, 24 slices mild pancetta, 2 bunches English spinach, trimmed, washed, dried, 12 slices sourdough bread, 250g fresh ricotta.
Preheat oven to 160°C. Place the tomatoes and mushrooms in a roasting pan. Drizzle with 1 tablespoonful of oil and season with salt and pepper. Bake in oven for 20 minutes or until tomatoes begin to collapse.
Remove from oven and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat a large frying pan over high heat. Add the pancetta and cook, turning occasionally, for five minutes or until crisp. Transfer to a plate.
Reserve and set aside one-quarter of the pancetta. Heat half the remaining oil in the pan and add the spinach. Cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until spinach just wilts. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
Spread the ricotta over two toasted bread slices. Top with spinach, pancetta, mushrooms and tomatoes. Serve immediately and ENJOY!
This decadent apple and cinnamon pull apart bread will win your Mum’s heart, and thank her for all those meals she cooked for you!
1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg, 4 tbsp unsalted butter, 1 Golden Delicious apple, Caramel sauce and coarse salt.
2 1/2 cup plain flour, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 package active dry yeast
(about 2 1/4 teaspoons total), 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 cup whole milk, 4 tbsp unsalted butter, 3 large eggs, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
In a large bowl (or the bowl of an electric mixer), whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Place the milk and butter in a small heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook over low heat until the butter melts, five to six minutes. Remove from heat. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture, then add the eggs and vanilla. With the mixer on low, beat until the flour mixture is moistened. Increase the speed to medium and mix until the dough is smooth, about six minutes. Scrape the dough down in the bowl to loosen it, then cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel. Set the bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise until it doubles in size, about 45 minutes.
While the dough is rising, line a 10cm by 21cm loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an 8cm overhang on the long sides. Butter the parchment and the sides of the pan. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter.
Punch the dough down, then transfer to a lightly floured work surface and roll into a 30cm by 45cm rectangle. If the dough is sticking, sprinkle the underside with a bit more flour. Arrange the dough so the long side is in front of you. Brush the melted butter over the dough, then sprinkle with the brown sugar mixture.
Core and cut the apple into 3/4-cm pieces. Cut the dough crosswise into six even strips. Sprinkle one strip with some of the apples, gently pressing them into the dough. Top with another strip of dough and more apples; repeat with the remaining strips of dough and apples. Cut the stack into six equal portions. Stand the prepared loaf pan on one of its short sides, and arrange the stacks with cut sides facing out (tucking in any fallen apples). Cover and let rise for 20 minutes.
Heat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Bake the loaf until deep golden brown, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool in the pan for five minutes, then transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes more. Drizzle with caramel sauce and sprinkle with coarse salt, if desired.