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For the month of May we celebrate Mothers, Moms, Mums, Mamas, and/or any other spelling you use to call the lady who brought you into this world. I’m sure that, not all of us might not have that special relationship with our moms, or that some moms have passed away, and so of us might even be adopted. However, to me the month of May has always been a time within my family to celebrate my Mom. Her birthday is also during the month and every 7 years (or so) it falls on Mother’s Day, (so to my Mom Happy Birthday). Before we start making our dessert this month let’s take a look on how “Mother’s Day” took its start in the US.
Mother’s Day History:
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Anna Jarvis creator of Mother’s Day in the US
Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. It was originally conceived that Mother’s Day would be a day of personal celebration between mothers and families. Her version of the day involved wearing a white carnation as a badge and visiting one’s mother or attending church services. But once Mother’s Day became a national holiday, it was not long before florists, card companies and other merchants capitalized on its popularity. When that happened, Anna spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar.
While dates and celebrations vary around the world, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards, and other gifts.
Mother’s Day Around the World:
In the US we celebrate our Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, below are just some of the many other counties that do the same:
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dominica, Finland, Grenada, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Namibia, Pakistan, Suriname, Turkey, Uruguay, Vietnam, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
In Norway, they honor their Mothers (or Mors) on the second Sunday in February.
March 3rd is the day for Mothers (or დედა) in Georgia
While on International Women's Day, March 8th, some countries like:
Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Vietnam pay tribute to their Mothers.
The British, Irish, and Nigerians (to name a few) celebrate their Mothers (or Mums) on the 4th Sunday of Lent (which I’ve learned is exactly three weeks before Easter).
In the Middle East on the Spring Equinox, March 21st is the day they commemorate their Mothers.
Mothers (or Mati je) in Slovenia are recognized on the 25th of March.
On April 7th is when Armenians celebrate Motherhood and the beauty of their Mothers (or մայրերը).
The first Sunday in May is when a few countries like Angola, Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, and Spain, honor their Mothers.
In South Korea, they recognize both parents on May 8th not just their Mothers (or 어머니)
These 3 Latin American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico commemorate their Mothers (or Madres) on May 10th.
On May 15th the Madres of Paraguay are honored
The Polish recognized their Mothers (or Matki) on May 26th.
Depending on when Pentecost falls these countries to name a few, Dominican Republic, France Morocco, and Sweden either celebrate their Mothers on the Last Sunday in May or the first Sunday of June.
Madres of Nicaragua is recognized on May 30th.
In Mongolia, both Mothers (or эх) and their children are honored on the 1st of June.
The Mothers (or Mammen) of Luxembourg are commemorated on the second in June.
On the first Monday in July Mothers of South Sudan celebrate.
Not just Queen Sirikit’s birthday but on August 12th, Mothers (orมารดา) get the royal treatment.
The assumption of Mary on August 15th is also the day Costa Rica and Belgium’s province Antwerp pay tribute to their Mothers (or as the say in Belgium майки).
In Malawi Mothers (or amayi) are celebrated second Monday of October.
Día de la Madre (Mother’s Day) is on the third Sunday in October in Argentina.
About 6 months later North Korea honor their 어머니.
Finishing off our list with the Mothers (or Ibu) of Indonesia they are recognized on December 22nd.
This Month’s Dessert:
Now that we learned about Mother’s Day, let’s take a look into this month’s dessert. Back in February, a young couple that I’ve known for years asked if I would make them a dessert table. The Mom-to-be advised me after I said yes that the theme would be “construction” for her baby shower. The obvious choice was to make dirt cups, so I went online to see what I could add to the table. I found cute ideas for Paintbrushes and Cake Pop Hard Hats to store bought Doughnuts and a Candied Rocks (not to be confused with Rock Candy, these were jelly beans that looked rocks). One night, I was working out ideas with my Mom, because I felt like I need one more cup dessert. With her help, she reminded me of my Orange Dream I made for a ladies meeting and commented they have become a favorite of hers. I changed the name to Caution Cone Creamsicles for the party and they were the first to go. Since they were a hit at the shower I thought I’d share the recipe with you today. We’ll be placing our Orange Creamsicles into SupaCute’s Joli cups for this recipe. My day job was kind enough and supplied the background for the table. Below is the picture of Nick and Karen White with the dessert table I made. (Since this photo was taken baby Gunnar was born so this will be Karen’s first Mother’s Day as a Mommy. Congrats.)
It’s been called Creamsicle, 50/50 Bars, and Orange Dream (by me) throughout the years. However, Creamsicle is the brand name for this frozen treat also owned by Unilever. On a flat wooden stick, it is made as a single flat bar with a rounded end. The center is vanilla ice cream, covered by a layer of flavored ice.
Creamsicle flavors include orange, blue raspberry, lime, grape, cherry, and blueberry.
In 1905 in Oakland, California, 11-year-old Francis William "Frank" Epperson was mixing a white powdered flavoring for soda and water out on the porch. He left it there, with a stirring stick still in it. This was probably an accident, that night, temperatures reached a record low, and the next morning, the boy discovered the drink had frozen to the stick, inspiring the idea of a fruit-flavored 'Popsicle'.
Creamsicle Fun Date:
August 14 has been named as National Creamsicle Day in the US.
What You’ll Need:
1 box orange Jell-O
1-pint heavy whipping cream
There’s not much to this recipe, just make the Jell-O according to the “Speed Set” instructions.
As it chills, whip the heavy cream into medium peaks.
Then stir into gelatin until well incorporated.
Place in the fridge for 30 minutes and stir. This will keep from making a foamy top layer.
Pour into cups and pace back into the fridge till they set.
Feel free to add a layer of whipped cream to add to the creaminess.
Below is a closer look at the Caution Cone Creamsicles.
Enjoy these festive treats for about a week when covered or unless the dairy expires before.
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