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Deliciously simple Mother's Day meal ideas for dad and kids

Published: Monday, July 6 2015 10:52 a.m. MDT

Mother's Day is a day to spoil your wife or mom with a special treat. I have included both sweet and savory options just in case mom has a specific craving (or wants both). (Shutterstock) Mother's Day is a day to spoil your wife or mom with a special treat. I have included both sweet and savory options just in case mom has a specific craving (or wants both). (Shutterstock)

Mother's Day is a day to spoil your wife or mom with a special treat. Here are both sweet and savory options just in case Mom has a specific craving (or wants both).

I love all of these recipes because they are easy to make your own. Don't worry about following everything exactly — just use these ideas as a guideline to make something Mom will love.

Fruit Dip

This dip is super simple and incredibly yummy.

1 8-ounce container of Cool Whip

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese (softened)

1 cup of brown sugar

dash of cinnamon

Mix all of the ingredients together. If Mom likes it sweeter, add more brown sugar. Serve this simple dip with apples, strawberries or pears.

Baked Taquitos

Don't be afraid to make these your own. If there is a specific ingredient you know Mom will love, throw it in.

10 flour tortillas

1 8-ounce package of cream cheese

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

½ small avocado, diced

1/3 cup salsa (any variety)

a handful of cilantro

½ white onion, diced

1/3 cup cooked shredded chicken or cooked ground beef (optional) or 1/3 canned chicken that is pre-cooked.

Mix all of the ingredients in a blender until you have a paste-like mixture. Spread the mixture evenly across 10 flour tortillas. Roll up the tortillas and place them on a cookie sheet. The paste-like mixture will hold the rolled tortillas in place. Bake at 375 F for 10-12 minutes.

Modified Box Cake

My aunt taught me this trick for how to make amazingly delicious cake from a box mix — with a few exceptions. Use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil; add a pudding mix (powder) into the cake mix; and use buttermilk instead of water. It's that easy. My favorite was Butter Pecan Cake with a cheesecake flavored pudding mix.

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