Mothers Day Brunch Board Ideas

We know shopping for this upcoming Mothers Day holiday is a little challenging this year. It is kind of hard to not be hyper-aware of every shopping trip and item that is arriving in the mail. Still want to plan something special for the mother of your household? How about building her portable platter full of goodies for all of you to share? Don’t have a platter or a tray for this task? Perhaps your should GIFT her one for Mother’s Day? Can’t do that in time? Just use a large cookie sheet. The goal is to cover the whole surface with grab-able goodies. Do you have a great outdoor dining space, a sun room that is extra perfect in the mornings, or how about a backyard picnic? Treat mom to a special brunch, lunch, or plan an snack and game night that you can all enjoy together.

Build a Brunch Board

Pancake breakfast brunch board platter
Breakfast in bed or out on the patio? Make your pancake breakfast feast portable on a tray.

Pile up some pancakes or waffles, surround them with yummy fruits and other toppings and don’t forget the bacon! Brunch boards like this are a great family effort for mom because you can delegate tasks separately to many kids and then get everything prepped and piled as a group. TIP: mom won’t care if this spread has homemade or frozen waffles or pancakes so don’t stress.

Brunch idea with serving items like pitchers or bud vases for syrups
Use fun serving items like pitchers or bud vases for syrups

Get creative by including fun pancake or waffle “toppings” you may have in the pantry like sprinkles or chocolate chips. Another fun idea is to fill up some individual syrup servings using small jars, pitchers, or jars you have.

Let’s Taco ‘Bout How Awesome Mom Is

Taco night grazing board with toppings, shells, and chips
A twist on taco night! Fill a grazing board with toppings, shells, and chips for a build-your-own plate station.

What’s better than Taco Night? How about Taco Day? Start building your taco grazing board by including a dish of your prepared meat. Then spread out your shells and/or tortillas and add toppings in small piles. Leave a corner of your grazing board for dishes or containers for messier toppings like salsa and sour cream and save some space for jars of hot sauces. End up with some empty spaces on this board? Grab some tortilla chips and fill in your gaps because taco and nachos are always a good idea! Want to add a breakfast twist to this idea? How about adding some eggs into the mix and assembling a build-a-breakfast burrito board?

Make your grazing board easy to clean up so you can get back to the party
Prep your boards ahead of time and make perishables easy to cover and clean up so you can get back to the party.

Building a large board packed with yummy food can help make everything portable for setting up and cleaning up. Many of this work can be prepped ahead of time and stored in the fridge until it is taco time! If you bring your board outside to snack on, be sure to cover and clean up your perishable items so they arent left out too long. Trays make great grazing boards because you can pile your messy dishes right on them for easier clean up. Meals like this are meant to be casual and fun so paper plates are fine (and make for even easier cleanup).

Family Game Night Grazing

Mom always up ahead of everyone else in the house? Then she will see that brunch prep coming won’t she? How about instead you invite her to a family game night and prep an amazing grazing board of snacks to share while she picks out some games? Grazing boards and charcuterie plates are meant for snacking and ideal for sharing. These are a great way to clean out some of the almost-finished packages from your pantry or fridge. Plating one up may seem intimidating on your first try. But once you understand that all you are doing is arranging small piles of items together, it’s easier to be successful. Take a look at this example:

Meats, treats, cheeses, crackers, and other snacks all ready for grazing during your next movie or game night.
Meats, treats, cheeses, crackers, and other snacks all ready for grazing during your next movie or game night.

Looks ready for snacking even though it is kind of a mess. As long as you have a fun variety of sweet, salty and savory items you will end up with a successful mix of plenty of interesting colors, shapes, and textures. All I did to dress up the meats in the tray above was change them a little as I unpacked them. One style I shaped into little rolls, and the other is just folded in half once, then again a second time. Meats and cheeses are always great to have on a snack board but don’t forget about some sweets! Here I included some dried pineapple and licorice bites. The truth is, everything looks prettier plated up. You can do this! Have you ever brought home your Big Mac and fries and ditched the drive through packaging for a real plate? Instant upgrade! If you need some added inspiration just check out this board we started on our Pinterest page. Tons of ideas and arrangements to scroll through like S’mores and french fries boards! If you make one be sure to tag us on social media so we can see your creations. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, grandmas, aunties, pet-moms, and female role-models out there!

Recipe: Yummy Street Corn Nachos

Village Home Stores Blog Nachos Recipe

When we heard that November 6th is National Nacho Day we just HAD to use that as an excuse to share a fun nacho recipe with you here on the blog. In all honestly, we have never met a nacho we didn’t love. Pulled Pork nachos seem to be a big local Geneseo favorite and can be ordered at just about every tavern and restaurant here in town. We wanted to do something a little lighter that could easily be improvised with and allow you to add your own meat or extra ingredients. Behold our recipe for yummy street corn nachos:

ingredient flatlay for street corn nachos
Ingredients for make-at-home street corn nachos.

Street Corn Nachos Ingredients:

  • Tortilla Chips
  • 8 oz. Frozen or Fresh Corn
  • 1/3 Red Onion, Chopped
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 5 oz. Cacique Queso Cheese, Grated
  • 8 oz. Monterrey Jack Cheese, Grated
  • Handful of chopped cilantro (garnish)

Prepare Your Ingredients

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and chop vegetables as described in ingredient list. Grate the cheeses into a bowl. In a medium sized pan heat 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil on medium high heat. Add the corn kernels, chopped onions and jalapeno and cook 2-3 minutes (stirring occasionally) until kernels are heated through and show some charred marks. To the pan of corn add the Smoked Paprika, Chili Powder, and butter. Stir until butter is melted and spices are stirred in evenly. Turn off heat.

Saute pan of frozen corn and chopped onions, jalapeno pepper.
Saute pan of frozen corn and chopped onions, jalapeno pepper.

Layer Your Nachos

Spread an even layer of chips out on a shallow roasting pan, baking sheet,* or toaster oven tray. Top with a heavy layer of both cheeses saving a few handfuls of reserve for very top layer. *Have a Maytag Microwave with Crisp Element? Use your Crisp Tray (shown below) to heat these nachos up! Curious about this crisping microwave feature? Check out this video on our YouTube channel that describes it.

Grated nacho cheeses over nachos recipe.
Grated nacho cheeses over nachos.

On top of your layer of cheeses, spread out all of your seasoned street corn evenly. Add a second lighter layer of chips to your nacho pile of yumminess. Want to see how we stacked our nachos up? Press play below to watch this quick video.

NOTE this quick and easy seasoned corn, onion, and pepper mix is also a great thing to add to salsas, omelettes, and even include as a pizza topping! Make some extra and stash it in the fridge for another use. Add the remaining reserve of cheeses topping the newest top layer and any exposed corn mixture.

Grated nacho cheeses over nachos recipe.
Grated nacho cheeses over nachos recipe.

Now you are ready to bake! Be sure to warn anyone within the smelling radius that it’s about to smell amazing. Decide now if you have made enough for sharing and establish boundaries haha! You deserve these nachos and it’s up to you if you want to share them! We had to make so much extra for the hovering staff this day.

Maytag Dual Crisp microwave with nachos on crisp tray.
Maytag Dual Crisp microwave with nachos on crisp tray.

Now it’s time to bake them! We pre-heated our crisp pan and used our Maytag 522 Over The Range Microwave with crisp element to make ours. In a conventional oven, bake at 350 degrees for 10-13 minutes or longer if you want a more crisped snack. Don’t forget that your oven has a window and a light for a reason. Every time you open our oven door the inside of that oven cavity loses a lot of heat. You can always check on your baking progress by just turning on that light and peeking through the glass.

Street corn nachos made at home
Nachos with a variety of cheeses and seasoned street corn topping.

Now they are done and ready to be devoured! Think of how good these would be with some leftover taco meat or as breakfast chilaquiles with an egg on top! This recipe is great on its own but made even greater with your creativity. Having fun and improvising in the kitchen is what snacking is all about!

recipe for street corn nachos with images and text
Ingredients and Recipe For Street Corn Nachos

Want to print off a copy of this recipe? Click here for a printable version. If you make these nachos be sure to post about it and tag #villagehomestores ! You can find us on social media on many sites. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and more! Want to see this crisping microwave in person or learn more about Village Home Stores? Stop by and see us at 105 S State in Downtown Geneseo, Illinois. Want to make an appointment? You can call us at (309) 944-1344 or complete this short online form for an appointment request. Happy snacking!

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