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DSCN8157Sunday.

Mother’s Day.

One of those mellow days of love and recognition that seemed to flow slowly and deliberately into a forever memory.

After Sunday worship, we went to Jennifer and Jason’s for brunch. Egg strata, bacon, salad and Mimosa’s. As I sipped and savored, I remembered another Mother’s Day, more than three decades past, where a toddling Jennifer brought me breakfast in bed. On that long ago morning,  I opened my eyes to a wee darling saying “happy Mother’s Day Mommy” as she slowly settled a plate of breakfast in front of me.

I remember it vividly.

A dollop of strawberry yogurt with Cheerios on top, toast, and a few slices of hard salami on the side.

This year; mimosas, egg strata, salad, coffee and Kringles.

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On our way home, Tom and I stopped at Lilacia Park in Lombard, where it is lilac time. Though the skies were gray and it was cool, the lilacs and tulips were resplendent.

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I took too many photos. Everywhere I looked was color and contrast, statements of nature painted on every stem, beads of moisture clinging to petals and leaves, a concert of color singing all-the-more brightly in the absence of sun. You can imagine my bliss as I tiptoed among the tulips, my indulgent and supportive  husband at my side.

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My girls seem to know just the right places to take their mom to eat. Places where the food is excellent, the service charming, the choices different, and the ambiance something worth writing home (or on my blog) about. From delis in Minneapolis where much of the food is grown in the garden outside, to pastry shops with mouth watering morsels served with Greek attitude, my girls know where to go to fill their mama up with food and with pride.

La France Cafe and Crepes

Toasted French bread with apricot jam. We savored such a simple appetizer with steaming hot coffee as we waited for our entrees. I can’t begin to tell you what pleasure this simple treat brought about as we chatted. I can’t wait to bring this out as a small snack or sweet indulgence some day soon.

Then, our crepes . . .

Thank you, Jennifer, for a most savory encounter!

La France Cafe and Crepes is tucked into a little corner of a small strip mall on a busy street in Lombard, just a few blocks from Lilacia Park, home to the Lilac Festival I told you about here. A very small restaurant, it is painted with bright red walls and French paintings. Most of the Cafe is taken up by the cooking area, which adds to the charm of the restaurant. The menu is short and I know I will have to go there often and try every single item.

I feel another viewing of Julie and Julia coming on.

The food was superb, but it was the delightful few hours that I had with Jennifer that made the time all the sweeter.

How about you? Is there a sweet cafe or deli or restaurant that you’ve just discoverd?

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On a misty Saturday morning, fresh from an errand in Lombard and  just steps from Lilacia Park, I decided to stroll its several paths and see what was blooming. Lilacia Park holds several acres of trees and flowers and, like its name,  lilacs. The park’s beauty is celebrated each May as more than one thousand lilacs bloom with such extravagance as to claim a yearly event known as the Lilac Festival, with a parade and a Lilac Queen and the most intoxicating scents that beckon all who pass by to stop by and enjoy the show.

The unseasonably cold and sun-starved spring we have been experiencing has stalled most of the lilac blooms, but, a few hardy ones were showing off and this one posed for me. Rather accommodating, don’t you agree?

Most of he tulips were also shy on Saturday, but the flowering crabapples, ah, they were like walking into a hazy dream and took my breath away. Click on the picture to get a better idea of their beauty.  

There were a few tulips that had opened. I couldn’t resist these.

Or these two caught in an embrace.

Pine needles and grape hyacinths and still some daffodils showing off.

I’ll stop here and save a few, for the next several weeks promise to be distracting, starting with two weeks of jury duty. I think I’ll be a little tied up with civic duties and a few personal ones to follow, but, y’all come back. I’ll post when I can, if only to show you the rest of Lilacia Park.

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