At COCINA we LOVE special days in which we get the chance to celebrate and embrace family. That’s why we thought about DIY and Mother’s Day brunch, because… is there a better way to celebrate mamás all over the country than by spoiling them with homemade activities and delicious brunch treats? We think not.

So, as Mother’s Day approaches, it’s time to honor the incredible mothers in our lives, especially those with Latin heritage whose warmth, strength, and love have shaped us in countless ways.

Are you ready to prepare for this day and make it more than memorable? Here are some ideas no matter your answer to that question. 

Brunch with Mom: A Latin Twist

Begin the day by treating mom to a special brunch filled with Latin-inspired dishes that pay homage to her heritage. From savory to sweet, here are some ideas to tantalize her taste buds:

1. Gramajo Potatoes with Eggs: A classic Latin American dish featuring crispy potatoes sautéed with onions, bell peppers, and ham, topped with fried or scrambled eggs. It’s a hearty and flavorful addition that’s sure to impress mom.

Gramajo Eggs

2. Crispy Brioche French Toast: Indulge mom’s sweet tooth with a decadent twist on a breakfast classic. Dip thick slices of brioche bread in a mixture of eggs, milk, and cinnamon, then pan-fry until golden and crispy. Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar and a side of maple syrup for a brunch delight she won’t forget any time soon.

Crispy Brioche French Toast

3. Empanadas: Fill flaky pastry dough with your mom’s favorite fillings, whether it’s savory picadillo, cheesy queso, or sweet guava and cream cheese. These handheld delights are sure to be a hit at brunch. FYI at COCINA you’ll find different fillings recipes and the traditional beef empanadas. 

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4. Watermelon Margarita: Quench your thirst with a refreshing beverage that captures the essence of tropical fruits. Blend watermelon slices with tequila or water (your choice!) and a hint of agave syrup for a drink that’s both invigorating and delicious.

Watermelon Margarita

Latin-Inspired DIY Activities

After brunch or while at it… why don’t continue the celebration with DIY activities that allow you to bond with mom while unleashing your creativity. Here are some ideas to spark inspiration:

1. DIY Flower Arrangements: Gather an assortment of vibrant flowers like roses, carnations, and daisies, and spend some quality time arranging them into beautiful bouquets. Add a personal touch by incorporating mom’s favorite colors or flowers.

2. Handmade Recipe Book: Create a custom recipe book filled with cherished family recipes passed down through generations. Use colorful paper, embellishments, and handwritten notes to make each page a work of art that celebrates your culinary heritage. Here you can find some Latin inspiration to make an outstanding cookbook with mom!

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3. Salsa Dancing Tutorial: Put on some Latin music and learn the art of salsa dancing together. Whether you’re beginners or seasoned pros, let loose and enjoy the rhythm and movement as you share laughs and create lasting memories.

4. Memory Jar: Decorate a mason jar and fill it with handwritten notes expressing gratitude, memories, and reasons why mamá is loved and appreciated. It’s a heartfelt gift she can cherish and revisit whenever she needs a reminder of the love that surrounds her.

This Mother’s Day, celebrate the remarkable Latin moms in your life with a brunch that delights the senses and DIY activities that warm the heart. From savoring delicious dishes to crafting meaningful keepsakes, let this day be a tribute to the love, strength, and wisdom they embody every day.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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