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A good friend of mine, who I mustn’t name, is always banging on about the ‘points system’. You cook dinner – you get points. You stay out too late at the pub and mope around the house all day – you’re in the red. Your wife goes on a girls weekend away and you look after the kids – you get points and so on and so on. I think you get the jist.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I thought I’d throw a life raft to all of you blokes out there that may need a bit of help. Help so that Mother’s Day proves to be a special day for your wives. Gain yourself some points.

Well firstly, dodge the huge crowds at your local cafe and cook breakie in bed instead. Mother’s Day isn’t (or shouldn’t) be about materialistic things. If you have small kids like me, your wife will be lucky enough to be showered with homemade gifts brought home from preschool. Your 4 year old has probably already told her that they’ve got something they made for Mother’s Day in their school bag. They’re not allowed to tell you though because it’s a secret.

The trick to organising a good breakie in bed for your loved one is to make sure that you’ve got everything ready to go before you hit the hay on Saturday night. Whatever you do – DO NOT LEAVE IT UNTIL SUNDAY MORNING TO SHOP FOR BREAKFAST. An absolute necessity is for you to get up when you first hear the kiddies stir, jump right out of bed saying sweetly “have a sleep in darling”. Gosh these 5 little words are the best words any mum can hear. Trust me. It’s like music to our ears.

So it’s time to get cracking, you’ve got a busy morning with loads to get through and if you follow my steps word for word, you’ll be right and sure to be in the good books. Firstly, and importantly, throw some cornflakes/weetbix/gosh even coco pops at the kids to keep them happy. Turn on some ABC Kids. Do whatever it takes.

The next thing you need to do is boil the kettle. A cup of tea is great, a cup of coffee – even better. (Handy if you live right next to a coffee shop) but some instant coffee is fine. Your wife should be able to enjoy a cup of Nescafe Blend 43 made lovingly by you on Mother’s Day (fingers crossed). You’ve got to work with what you’ve got.

Walk the hot drink in to the bedroom with a magazine under your arm (that you’ve bought the day before). Extra points here for organising a yearly magazine subscription as a gift too. Oops – did I say that Mother’s Day wasn’t about materialism? I lied.

Now leave your wife to enjoy her lie in while you get on to cooking some breakie. I’ve got a simple idea for your Mother’s Day breakfast that absolutely anyone can do. Ham and cheese croissants. How good.

Which brings me to your ever important shopping list for Saturday.

check list

  • A magazine or newspaper that you know your wife likes. Think Country Style, Voque, Graziher, Donna Hay, gosh a Women’s Weekly or TV week is better than nothing. It really doesn’t matter.
  • Some flowers. Why don’t you buy some on Saturday and keep them hidden till the big day, or otherwise go and grab a single rose from the garden (if you’re lucky enough to have one). If you don’t have any flowers in your garden – pinch one from next door and place in a little vase. Failing the vase, a cup will do. Failing the neighbours garden – try some gum leaves. It’s the thought that counts. And if you don’t believe me – race to Scooter flowers.
  • Croissants – the Artisan Baker make the most delicious croissants in Wagga.
  • Some shaved ham – the deli counter at Knights Meats has the nicest shaved ham, cut straight from the bone.
  • Sliced swiss cheese – also available at Knights.
  • Nice orange juice (Which is the nice one you may ask? The most expensive bottle you can get your hands on is generally the way to go).
  • A punnet of fresh strawberries. Not only do they taste great, they look pretty on the breakfast tray.

Whack the oven on, slice the croissants in half and throw a couple of slices of ham and cheese in the centre. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until nicely browned and so that the cheese has melted. Place the croissant, orange juice, flowers and strawbs on a tray and Voila! Points!

Obviously, if your culinary skills go above and beyond this simple ham and cheese croissant – then check out my breakie tips on the blog.

I just hope my girlfriends aren’t reading this.

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