OK, so you didn't start making glacé fruits last month, to be tenderly rolled in sugar and wrapped in handmade paper for Mother's Day. And you didn't pre-order the fancy chocolates from the local chocolatier, the coconut truffles that say "I love you mom" in pink-dyed white chocolate. You didn't even remember to go the grocery store to get more butter to make her a batch of oatmeal cookies. Now it's Sunday morning. What to do? Here are a few ideas.
1) Buy her a subscription to Bon Appétit
, or Cook's Illustrated
Just order online and go to the bookstore to pick up this month's copy and roll it up with a ribbon and a flower. If she's far away, just forward her the confirmation email and an e-card.
2) Take her to the movies and smuggle in several bags of her favorite childhood candy (my mother's partial to Charleston Chews and those jaw-killing Jujubes). Have an illicit movie theater candy picnic.
3) Create an electronic recipe box for her on Epicurious.com
- you can compile your favorite recipes and make comments about them. Email her the password.
4) Show up with a shopping bag full of ingredients and suggest you bake a cake together. Eat half the batter raw. Eat the rest while watching cheesy movies on TV.
5) Send her some virtual chocolates at virtualchocolate.com
. One caveat: you must follow it up in a few days with some real chocolates. I'm partial to Moonstruck Chocolates
these days - check out the friggin cute chocolate ladybugs.