Celebrate Your Mom!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and that means there’s just enough time to find her the perfect puzzle! We have an entire subsection under our holiday puzzles for Mother’s Day Gift Ideas but we thought we might add a post of some of our favorites that might help you put together some ideas for Sunday, along with some Mother’s Day ideas or anecdotes.

But to start, did you know that the apostrophe in Mother’s Day is actually pretty important? While usually a collective possessive has an apostrophe after the “S” (as in “the Jones’ cats were orange,” or  “the mothers’ necklaces were all made of pearls”) in this holiday, the official spelling is “Mother’s Day.” That’s so it’s all about your mom specifically, not moms in general. It’s a small way to personalize the holiday and make her feel extra special!

coffee puzzles, espresso, mocha, food and beverage puzzles

Espresso by Ravensburger. 500 pieces.

Lots of moms love coffee. After all, how could they not? To keep up in life, they had to be caffeinated from the start of the day!

As Jennifer Gish says on her blog, “Often when I have my morning cup of coffee, I think of my mom. She’s responsible for my long-time relationship with a fresh-brewed cup (preferably with a little milk). I think I had my first sip out of her mug when I was 5 … It’s become my ritual with my own mom anytime I go home. We sit at the kitchen table talking and drinking coffee.”

Beach Shells by Ravensburger. 500 pieces.

Sea shells always remind me of my mom because the ocean is a special place for her. Whenever she has experienced a lot of stress, it has been common for her to pack up the car and take a trip to the coast. I think it’s because the beach is so beautiful and the waves are calming.

A simple and relatively cheap (besides the cost of gas) idea for Mother’s Day is to pack a picnic, head to a beach if there’s one near you, and hunt for nice shells together (or rocks if the only thing close to you is a lake or river!) After you can get an old mason jar, decorate it, and display your finds!

bluebird puzzles, birdhouses

Bouquet for Bluebirds by SunsOut. 500 pieces.

Want to give your mom a unique and personalized gift? Why not build her a birdhouse? You can learn to build a birdhouse from tutorials on the web, paint it her favorite color or add a nice quotation on there. Then get her some bird seed and wait for the birds’ songs to fill the air and garden around her home!

Cezanne – Blue Vase by Eurographics. 1000 pieces.

Give her the flowers that last all year with a puzzle of her favorite! Flower and garden puzzles are always popular. Or go the regular route, buy her some real flowers to display, and then plan on spending another special day together to create pressed flower art together!

Good Housekeeping – By the Sea by New York Puzzle Co. 1000 pieces.

Gather up some old magazines or books and modge podge something! There are so many things to mod pogde these days, from mason jars to light covers to bowls! Whatever your mom needs, it can be mod podged together to create an experience and a unique gift!

Lucille Ball by White Mountain. 1000 pieces.

If you’re not feeling crafty, rent or buy her some seasons from her favorite television shows from when she was growing up and let her reminisce the old days!

We hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day with your mothers and grandmothers. Have a favorite puzzle you’ve done with mom, either from when you were a kid or an adult? Share it in the comments!

Gift Ideas: For Ages 6+

The holidays may be over, the gifts unwrapped, the Christmas puzzles already built, but the kids in your life still have birthdays and Easters and rewards for good grades that are all great occasions to gift them a puzzle! Today we continue with puzzles appropriate for ages six and up, with dinos, princesses, trains, and teddies!

Real 3D Breakthrough – Princess Heart from MEGA Puzzles. $21.99. 125+ pieces.

Chuggington – Busy Day by Ravensburger. $10.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 14.25″ x 19.25″.


Princess Carriage Ride by Ravensburger. $10.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 14.25″.

Dino Balloon by Cobble Hill. $9.99. 60 pieces. Finished size: 12.5″ x 19″.

tatty teddy puzzles

Me to You – Cottage Visit and Garden Party from Tatty Teddy by Ravensburger. $15.99. 100 and 200 pieces. Finished sizes: 19.25″ x 14.25″.

pirates puzzle

Pirate’s Bounty – Floor Puzzle by Melissa and Doug. $11.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 2′ x 3′.

girly puzzles

Moxie Girlz – Magic Hair by Master Pieces. $7.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 11.5″ x 15″.

 

 

Holiday Gift Ideas: For Ages 8+

We have another collection of gift ideas for the children in your life, this time for ages 8+! Featuring a selection of popular items from Pixar and Disney, these puzzles are sure to be a favorite among the youngsters.

Real 3D Breakthrough Mickey Mouse by MEGA Puzzles. $21.99. 250+ pieces.

Peter Pan by Sunsout. $5.99. 100 pieces. Finished size: 10″ x 16″.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by USAopoly. $14.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 17″ x 24″.


Sonic the Hedgehog Shaped Puzzle by USAopoly. $14.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18.5″.


Mario Shaped by USAopoly. $14.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 11″ x 24″.


Real 3D Breakthrough – A Hug for Mother by MEGA Puzzles. $21.99. 250+ pieces.


Sporting Fun by Ravensburger. $9.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 14.25″.


Animal Planet – Jungle Friends by Ravensburger. $11.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 14.45″ x 10.25″.


Carousel by Ravensburger. $9.99. 200 pieces. Finished size: 19.25″ x 14.25″.


Dragon Voyage by Cobble Hill. $11.99. 180 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 12.5″.

Holiday Gift Ideas: For Ages 10+

Do you have a child in your family or circle that you have to buy a gift for, but you don’t know exactly what to get? It can be difficult to think of a present for someone if they seem to already have everything, but a puzzle can be a unique gift that challenges their brain as well!

We will do a series of some of our top puzzles for several age groups as we get closer to the holiday season. Today we showcase some of our best puzzles for kids aged 10+.

 

Disney Portrait Series – Snow White by MEGA Puzzles. $12.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 13″ x 19″.

Disney Poster Puzzle – Toy Story Tunes by MEGA Puzzles. $6.99. 300 pieces. Finished size: 19″ x 26.75″.

Curious Lila by Sunsout. $9.99. 300 pieces. Finished size 15″ x 29″.

Merlin and Arthur by Cobble Hill. $14.99. 400 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″.

Tea With Grandpa by Cobble Hill. $14.99. 275 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″.

Beatrix Potter – Peter Rabbit Character Vignettes by New York Puzzle Co. $16.99. 500 pieces. Finished size: 24″ x 18″

Puzzle Pyramid: Essence of Egypt by Ravensburger. $23.99. 216 pieces. Compete size is 6.5″ x 6.5″

3D Puzzle – Eiffel Tower by Daron Worldwide Trading. $9.99. 37 pieces. Finished size: 9″ x 6.6″ x 20.5″.

EASY WILD ALASKA BERRY RECIPES

This is a handmade wooden puzzle made my Peaceful Wooden Puzzles. Makes an awesome and memorable gift!

Seeing this beautiful picture of our wooden Alaska Wild Berries puzzle, I was curious: what kinds of delicious foods could I be prevailed on to make with these, as I am in the beginning stages of learning to cook at all? Here are some fun, easy recipes for Alaska Wild Berries, and some interesting information about the berries as well!

Juicy – 1000 piece summer berry puzzle is sure to inspire some tasty treats!

Wild berries that found in Alaska are an excellent source of antioxidants, those helpful substances that fight other substances which roam around and deplete healthy cells of oxygen and contribute to aging, heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. Basically antioxidants counteract other bad things going on in your body, so they’re very good for you.

Some of Alaska’s berries, like lingonberries, have just over eight times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries found in the contiguous U.S.

So you can use that excuse when you treat yourself to these sweeter indulgences offered below.

ESKIMO ICE CREAM
Eskimo ice cream, or Akutaq-Alaskan, is a light and fluffy dessert that can vary quite a bit as to its ingredients. Some recipes call for moose, caribou, or fish fat and oils. The recipe holds quite a bit of history: Native women traditionally made Akutaq after the first polar bear or seal catch, and the dessert was shared with the community members as part of special ceremonies. The modern recipe, which omits the animal fats, is as follows:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup sugar (more is optional)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 4 cups of berries (salmonberries, blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries)

Directions

  • Soak raisins in hot water
  • Whip Crisco and water in a bowl until smooth/creamy
  • Add in 1/2 cup sugar; mix well
  • Add berries and soaked raisins; mix well
  • Chill before serving

NAGOONBERRY SYRUP
Nagoonberry syrup is a delightful recipe to put over the classic waffles and pancakes, but also tastes delicious over ice cream or hot biscuits. After it is prepared, it will keep up to six months in the refrigerator without sugaring.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups nagoonberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  • Extract juice by combining 4 cups of nagoonberries with 1 cup water in a bowl
  • Crush berries
  • On stove, bring mix to a simmer in a covered pot for 10 minutes
  • Place mix in a jellybag OR layers of cheesecloth in a colander
  • Let juice drip into a bowl (do not twist or press jellybag/cheesecloth)
  • Combine nagoonberry and lemon juices and sugar in saucepan
  • Heat to 160 degrees; do not boil

ALASKA WILD BERRIES MUFFINS

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups Wild Alaska berries (1 cup each of blueberries, cranberries preferred)
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar (more is optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter-flavored Crisco
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (more is optional)

Directions:

  • Mix together flour, salt and baking powder in large bowl
  • In SEPARATE bowl mix Crisco, vanilla, sugar, eggs
  • Combine both mixtures together
  • Add milk
  • Fold in wild berries
  • Pour batter into lightly greased muffin tins
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes

WILD BERRY STUFFED FRENCH TOAST

This is a recipe which could be used with any berries of your preference, but would also be great with the syrup you made from the noganberry recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf Italian bread, unsliced
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 cup wild berries (blueberries or raspberries preferred)
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Maple syrup

Directions

  • Slice end off bread (save for another use)
  • Cut next slice part way through so that it has a pocket and is thick, but to your preference
  • Cut next slice all the way through
  • Continue until all bread is sliced (6-7 pieces preferred)
  • Place slices of cream cheese in each pocket
  • Add spoonfulls of berries
  • Place bread on cookie sheets
  • In large/shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup, and melted butter
  • Dip each slice stuffed bread in egg mixture; coat well
  • Place on greased griddle over medium heat
  • Cook until lightly browned (about 3 min. per side, turning once)
  • Remove from griddle, sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional)