Motherly Love


Happy Mother’s Day to all you Mama’s out there!

Ben and I are so fortunate to live close to BOTH of our Moms, so we got to spend part of our day with each of them!


This morning we got up early and headed to brunch at one of my Mom’s (and our!) faaaveorite restaurants, Granite City!


Granite City has a legendary Sunday brunch that Ben and I both agreed would be a special way to kick off M’s big day. With a buffet featuring foods like baked reggiano hash browns, thick hickory smoked bacon, fresh french toast and an eggs benedict bar – you won’t soon forget your meal here!


I filled my plate with alllll my favorites – fresh strawberries, cinnamon scone, french toast, crab cake topped salmon, bacon,  


and…two types of potatoes. Granite City has, hands down, the best hash browns and mashed potatoes anywhere! The hash browns are cheesy and thick, while the mashed potatoes are garlicky and smooth. OMG!


I was…stuffed…when I left. This brunch is a special treat though and we all just LOVED it!


Oh, I cannot forget to mention that you also get FREE CARAMEL ROLLS with your brunch!!!!!


Fresh, warm, gooey and as big as my face…oh yeah!


If you have a Granite City in your area, you’ve GOT to get there for their weekend brunch. You won’t regret it!


We certainly didn’t. :)


After brunch, we headed back to my parent’s house where the men fell into a buffet-induced coma while the women watched New Moon. SWOON! I literally cannot wait for Eclipse to come out. Team Edward!!! 


After getting our vampire fix, we parted ways and Ben and I took his Mom and Dad out for some Mexican! I was still full from brunch, but somehow managed to fit in chips & salsa, Mexican rice and some cheese enchilada. ;) Oofta!

I am parked on the couch getting ready to face the upcoming week. This weekend went FAR too quickly for my liking!

Have a great evening!


What things do you like best about your Mom? Go ahead and brag!

My Mom sees the good in a person when everyone else sees the bad. She’s the one sticking up for the little guy when everyone else is putting him down. She literally does not have a mean bone in her body and is the most generous person I know. She’ll pick you up when you’re down and celebrate with you when you’re up. She is one of God’s angels, I’m sure of it. I LOVE YOU MOM – happy Mother’s Day!

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  1. Evan Thomas 05.09.2010

    free cinnamon rolls?! That’s good business

  2. Jenny 05.09.2010

    I’d go just for the cinnamon rolls!

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  4. Deirdre 05.09.2010

    She has amazing work ethic and can get alone with executives just as well as she gets along with custodians. She has worked in stressful, time consuming jobs my entire life but has still managed to attend every play, sports game, and major event life event that my sister, brother, and I have had. She always tells us how proud she is of us.
    Thanks this was a fun thing to write.
    Looks like you had a great day full of food and family.

  5. My mom put up with me through some rough teen years and is so supportive of every decision now. She loves me unconditionally…and Hunni too :-)

  6. Lauren 05.09.2010

    AWw, how sweet. Sunday brunch on Mothers Day sounds perfect.

    I love my mom to death for many reasons, but I think I love your mom as well for her amazing Sunday cooking! :) LoL, and I’ve never even eaten it, just seeing what she does every Sunday makes me love her to pieces! :)

    Hope you had a great weekend girl.

  7. JennyV 05.09.2010

    We may be switched at birth — I ADORE GC brunch buffet!! (Too bad my mom lives 2.5 hours away!) I never I thought I liked scones, eggs benedict or biscuits/gravy before GC brunch — but now I LOVE all of the above. My favorite is the french toast though… We’ve yet to do the Saturday brunch — you?? Btw, did you know they’ll box the caramel rolls for you? (We have to do that with the way we take trips through a buffet!)

    What I like best about my mom? No idea where to start! She always puts others first and never thinks about what’s it in for her. To me, she’s a pure definition of a servant-leader.

  8. Awww!
    Lovely pics, Kristin!
    I bet you and your Mom had a wonderful time together :)
    Wish you a great week, love!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  9. Oh, Granite City brunch is absolutely amazing! It’s so good…we haven’t been in a long time, but your pics make me want to go again….SOON!

    How wonderful that you got to spend the day with both of your moms!

  10. That brunch sounds absolutely incredible! OH WOW!
    I love my mom for her generosity and willingness to help anyone else, no matter what her circumstances are.

  11. Matt 05.09.2010

    Mmm looks like an awesome brunch!

  12. You look so like your mum!
    My mum…I don’t know where to begin! She’s the kindest, most hard working, understanding and generous person I’ve ever met, and she’s my best friend!

  13. Manya 05.10.2010

    Could I borrow your mom???? I need one desperately since mine has passed away.

  14. Katie 05.10.2010

    Sounds like you and your Mum had a great day. I didn’t get to see my Mum because she lives a way away, but I called her to say hi and happy mother’s day. (Oh and at first glance I thought your french toast was chicken! I was wondering how chicken went with strawberries haha)

  15. We love Granite City – especially the brunch!

  16. K 05.10.2010

    I have three moms – so I’ll cover them all…
    My adopted mom (and my MOM!) – always sees the good and the bright side of life. Is always positive and feels that having fun in life will create more joy in the world and I agree.
    Stepmom – taught me an amazing work ethic and how to ride horses. She took us camping and taught me about how to enjoy the red-neck side of my family :)
    Bio-mome – gave birth to me and has shown me sides of myself that I didn’t know until I met her when I was 20 – almost 12 years ago. She’s lovely and fun and i’m glad I know where I come from.
    I love all my moms :)

  17. free cinnamon rolls beats a bread basket anyday! looks like a wonderful brunch!

  18. Oh my gosh I looooove Granite City brunch! The eggs benedict bar is my fave part…along with the Sticky Rolls!

  19. Machelle 05.11.2010

    Mom….I love my mom but don’t really LIKE her. I know that is terrible to say & terrible to feel that way…but that’s how it is. She never sees the glass as half full…always half empty. Kind of a downer. I just deal with it by limiting my time with her. Works for me.

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