From Memories to Mimosas: The Ultimate Mother’s Day Guide

Celebrating Moms

Moms are incredible multi-taskers who deserve more than just one day of recognition! Put down the scented candle. Walk away from the fancy bubble bath. A homemade Mother’s Day brunch or dinner is what your mom really wants on her special day. What else says “thank you” better than feeding the hand that’s been feeding you, well, forever? Keep in mind it’s also helpful to say “thank you.” Out loud. A lot…and don’t forget a sprinkling of “I love you!”

Recipes fit for a Queen

Our best Mother’s Day brunch and dinner ideas will guide you in the right direction whether she has a sweet tooth—think strawberry French Toast , —or a craving for the savory such as Roasted Butternut Squash. For our Mother’s Day brunch and dinner recipes fit for a queen, read on—and, please, don’t forget to do the dishes.

Recipes below: 

Mango Tropical Smoothie Bowl and Sheet Pan Brunch with sausage patties, French Toast and fruit topping,  and Lemony Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin.

Making Memories: Fun Activities to do with Mom

Our special list of activities around Philadelphia, Baltimore and Wilmington have something perfect to make every mom feel extra loved this Mother’s Day. A  unique museum outing, a fun family bonding opportunity like a, or some quality time together —there are so many ways for Heartland Foods’ families to show appreciation for their wonderful moms!

Things to do in Philadelphia:

For those with a sense of adventure: Opening Weekend on the Delaware River Waterfront in Philadelphia at various times Friday, May 12th – Sunday, May 14th. 

For those who enjoy the kid-friendly activities: Franklin Square Fountain Show – Philadelphia – Every half-hour starting at noon. 

For those who love all things Disney: Disney100: The Exhibition in at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Various times available. 

For those who enjoy gardens: Celebrate the Festival of Fountains opening weekend Mother’s Day Weekend at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. Opens May 11th.

For those who enjoy museums: A Celebration of Trailblazing Women with A Mother’s Day Weekend 2023 at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia. Saturday, May 13 – Sunday, May 15th at various times. 


Things to do in Baltimore:

For those who love the theater: See the Broadway show SIX the Musical at Hippodrome Theater – multiple showtimes available May 9th-14th. 

For those who love historical landmarks: Mother’s Day Spring Social @ the Liriodendron Mansion Saturday, May 7th at 11:30am for music, crafts, food.

For those who enjoy an active lifestyle:  Mother’s Day Family Fun Run – Saturday, May 7th at 8:30am at Charm City Run Bel Air:

For those who love arts and crafts: Mother’s Day Mommy & Me Flowers at Hansel Hill Farm & Orchard – Saturday, May 7th at 4pm for yoga, seed planting and flower pot painting. 

For those who love animals: Mother’s Day Yoga with Pigs at Whispering Rise Farm & Animal Sanctuary – Sunday, May 8th at 12pm. 


Things to do in Wilmington:

For those who enjoy museums:  Hagley After Hours: Celebrating Women Inventors at the Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington. Saturday, May 12th.

For those who enjoy flowers:  Wilmington Flower Market at Rockford Park in Wilmington Friday, May 12 – Saturday, May 13th. 

For those who enjoy art:  Farm Life and the Rural Landscape at Greenbank Mills in Wilmington. Art exhibit. 

For those who enjoy the theater:  William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at the Everett Theater in Middletown weekly shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights at 7:30pm. 

For those who enjoy sports:  Mother’s Day Celebration – Sunday Family Fun Day with the Wilmington Blue Rocks at Daniel S Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. Sunday, May 14th at 1:05pm 

Check out some of our favorite Mother’s Day brunch and dinner ideas that allow you to spend more time with mom and impress her with your culinary finesse!

Peach Creamsicle Smoothie Bowl


  • 3 cups frozen Cascadian Farms Peaches
  • 1 splash of milk of choice to blend
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • **Optional: 2 tablespoons of protein powder 


  1. Add frozen ingredients and protein powder to a high speed blender or food processor and blend until thick and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Add a splash of milk to help blend if necessary. 
  2. Scoop the smoothie into a bowl and top with toppings of your choice. Our favorites are shredded coconut, chai seeds, banana and orange slices, blueberries and granola. 

Sheet Pan Brunch


  • 6 large eggs, beaten to blend
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar 
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted 
  • 10 (3/4-inch-thick) slices white bread1 orange 
  • One bag Cascadian Farms frozen strawberries , thawed and drained
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 8 Five Star Home Foods sausage patties
  • Confectioners Sugar, for serving


  1. Position the oven racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk the eggs, half-and-half, vanilla, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon salt together in a medium bowl until combined. Line two 18-by-13-inch sheet pans with parchment paper or nonstick foil. 
  3. Brush one prepared pan with 2 tablespoons butter. Arrange the bread slices on it so the bottom is completely covered (2 rows of 4 slices lengthwise, and the remaining 2 slices cut in half and arranged at the bottom). Pour the egg mixture over each slice and let sit in the mixture for 5 minutes. Flip the slices and let soak until the batter is almost completely absorbed by the bread, about 5 minutes more. Brush the tops with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
  4. Remove 4 strips of zest from the orange using a vegetable peeler, avoiding as much of the white pith as possible. Toss together the strawberries, orange zest, remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg in a small baking dish and place on the second sheet pan along one of the short ends (it will take up about a third of the pan). Toss the almonds, syrup and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in a small bowl until the almonds are coated. Spread the almonds on another third of the pan next to the baking dish. Arrange the sausage patties on the remaining third of the pan. 
  5. Bake the French toast on the bottom rack and the sausage, cherries and almonds on the top rack until the French toast is puffed and beginning to brown and the almonds are golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the sheet pan with the sausage, cherries and almonds from the oven. Transfer the pan with the French toast to the top rack, increase the heat to high broil, and broil, rotating the pan halfway through, until the top of the toast is golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Check the toast every 30 seconds so that it doesn’t get too dark! Serve the toast topped with the crumbled almond brittle, roasted strawberries, a sprinkle of confectioners’ sugar and a drizzle of syrup, and sausage on the side.

Lemony Garlic and Herb Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time: 15 minutes  Marinating Time: 12 hours – 2 days  Cook Time: 12 minutes  Total Time: 30 minutes  Yield: Serves 4-6 


  • 3 pounds Five Star Home Foods Boneless Pork Tenderloin Roast
  • 1 clove Garlic
  • ¼ cup of fresh parsley
  • 1 tsp Lemon, zest
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons Thyme, leaves
  • ¼ cup Chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Kosher salt
  • ¼  teaspoons Red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cups Apple cider vinegar
  • 5/16 cup Olive oil
  • ¼ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt 


  1. Prep the lemon herb marinade & marinate the pork tenderloin: Add the lemon zest & juice, garlic, fresh herbs, olive oil, Dijon mustard, & honey to a large baking dish or resealable plastic bag. Season with 2 teaspoons kosher salt & ground black pepper or crushed red chili flakes as desired. Whisk to combine. Add the pork tenderloin to the baking dish, tossing to completely coat with the lemon herb marinade. Cover & marinade in the refrigerator for 6-12 hours.
  2. Preheat the grill. About 30 minutes before you’d like to begin grilling, pull the pork tenderloin from the fridge to let it come up to room temperature as the grill preheats. Prepare the grill for 500-550 degrees F direct heat grilling.
  3. Place the marinated pork tenderloin on the grill such that it’s positioned perpendicular to the grill grates, shaking off any excess marinade into the baking dish. Discard excess marinade. Close the lid & grill the pork tenderloin 10-12 minutes, rotating the pork tenderloin every 3-4 minutes to ensure even cooking, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the pork tenderloin registers an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Transfer the pork tenderloin to a large plate or serving platter. Tent with foil & allow to rest for 3 minutes before serving.
  4. Serve the grilled pork tenderloin upon resting. Carve into 1/2 inch-thick medallions & serve alongside some roasted butternut squash or roasted sweet potatoes.  Enjoy! 


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