Mother Daughter Bucket List

mother daughter bucket list

Last week, I visited Emily at Samford University.  She is loving being a senior there and has big plans for this year.  To make those plans, she and her room mates made a “Senior Bucket List” and pinned it to the fridge.

The list was fun to read and, at the same time, a kick in the gut.  Time just skips away from us.  I need to make moments happen with my girls, but it takes really careful planning because they are in college and living in different cities. I realized that I needed a bucket list to make sure I captured some moments with my kids.  So I took a stab at this one and a Mother-Son Bucket List.

These days, the mother-daughter moments require a little more planning for every mom–we are so much busier.  So, I am on it.  Here is my mother-daughter bucket list.  It’s a list with no age limit and no deadline.  Personalize it to fit your own interests and your girls’ ages.  Just remember: It’s not about how many items you cross off, but rather that you complete them together.  So get to it!

Mother-Daughter Bucket List

  1. Develop a signature family recipe.
  2. See a Broadway play.
  3. Get in the car and spontaneously drive somewhere.
  4. Take a mother-daughter trip abroad.
  5. Have a mother-daughter photo shoot.
  6. Bury a time capsule.
  7. Complete a physical challenge: climb a mountain, hike a trail, run/walk a marathon, etc.
  8. Write a list of qualities that your daughter should look for in a man.
  9. Serve at a local shelter.
  10. Plan an outing for every holiday: pumpkin patch, Christmas tea, etc.
  11. Get a free makeover at a department store.
  12. Do a Bible study together.
  13. Plant a garden with your favorite flowers.
  14. Go to a weekend arts/crafts class.
  15. Make homemade ice cream.
  16. See your favorite sports team play live.
  17. Have a classic movie marathon.
  18. Go on a special shopping spree.
  19. Play in the rain.
  20. Redecorate your daughters room.
  21. Learn how to change a tire. (Hopefully not because you have a flat!)
  22. Explore the local places you’ve never been.
  23. Get up early and watch the sunrise.
  24. See each of your favorite bands together.
  25. Go shopping and try on outfits you would never think of purchasing.
  26. Have karaoke night.
  27. Update and paint a room in your house.
  28. Visit every local museum.
  29. Have a spa weekend: at-home or out and about.
  30. Visit a big city for a weekend.
  31. Do something only your daughter has always wanted to do.
  32. Do something only your mom has always wanted to do.
  33. Give Grandma a surprise. Take her out spontaneously. Double Mother-Daughter Day! (from Elaine Wu see below)
  34. Look at baby photos of both of you and reminisce together; share ancestor stories/favorite memories. (from Anita see below)
  35. Lay in the grass in the summer together and making pictures out of the clouds. (from Stephanie B)
  36. Journal: From when they’re little, keep track of it in a journal so they can have later. Add pics to it if you want :). (from Keechlet Momma)
  37. My daughter and I did pottery together. She loved it and now wants to start a collection (from Patricia)
  38. Test drive or rent your dream car (that you have no intention of buying) together. (from Ashli)
  39. How about dancing? Just turn on music at-home and dance until you drop. Or play old songs and show her how to do the moves :). (from Stephanie Fuller)
  40. Dress up: Do each other’s hair and makeup. Dress in fancy dresses and have a nice dinner party. Make sure to take pictures together. (This can be done at any and all ages and is a great reminder that beauty is external AND internal!) (from Kaynaydian)

Add to this list…Tell me what’s on your mother/daughter bucket list?

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Posted On: October 23, 2013     cat-folder Love This, Parenting 48 Comments


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Healthy Lasagna Dinner

healthy lasagna

Mmm… Lasagna. But wait, it’s healthy too! A little zucchini is included. And, of course, my favorite part: three kinds of cheese. Add a tossed salad on the side and you are good to go! A Healthy Lasagna Dinner – Mangiare!

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Main Dish

Healthy Lasagna
  1. 1 small onion (chopped)
  2. 1 tbsp. oil
  3. 1 lb. ground beef
  4. 1 garlic clove (minced)
  5. ½ tsp. basil
  6. ½ tsp. oregano
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 2 cups (16 ounces) tomatoes
  9. 6 ounces tomato paste
  10. 1 cup beef bouillon in water
  11. 3-4 medium-large zucchini
  12. 8 sheets lasagna noodles
  13. ¼ cup dry bread crumbs
  14. ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  15. 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  16. 1 cup ricotta cheese
  1. Cook onion in oil; add meat and brown.
  2. Mix in all seasonings, tomatoes, paste and stock. Simmer until thick (about 1 hour).
  3. Boil lasagna noodles until al dente.
  4. Steam unpeeled zucchini in small amount of water (5-7 minutes); rinse in cold water. Slice thinly lengthwise.
  5. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. crumbs into shallow, well-oiled baking pan. Arrange ½ of zucchini in pan. Add 4 lasagna noodles on top of the zucchini. Top with ½ sauce, ½ mozzarella and all ricotta. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs, then layer remaining zucchini, noodles, sauce and mozzarella. Top with Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
  7. Let stand for a few minutes to thicken.
Susan Merrill
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Posted On: January 15, 2015     cat-folder Sunday Suppers Leave a comment


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Kid-Friendly Chicken Fingers Dinner

Chicken Fingers

Does your outdoor thermometer have icicles hanging on it? Or are you just ready for a little taste of the tropics in January? Either way, we have a recipe with that island feel for the whole family. Try our coconut-coated, Kid-Friendly Chicken Fingers Dinner served with Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Vegetables. The kids will also love the finger lickin’, Garlic Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce. And it’s gluten free! But you can use regular breadcrumbs, if you prefer.

1. Why is it important to help each other as a family?

2. When was the last time you helped someone without being asked?

3. Who is the most helpful person you know?

Main Dish

Chicken Fingers with Garlic Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
  1. For the Chicken Fingers
  2. 2 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts (1-1/4 pound)
  3. 1 cup finely ground coconut flour
  4. ¼ cup tapioca flour
  5. 1 tsp garlic powder
  6. 1 tsp dried mustard
  7. ½ tsp sweet paprika
  8. ½ tsp Himalayan salt
  9. ½ tsp ground black pepper
  10. ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  11. 2 whole eggs, beaten
  12. ¼ cup of coconut oil
  13. For the Dipping Sauce
  14. 1/3 cup mayo
  15. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  16. 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  17. 2 tbsp honey
  1. Cut each chicken breast into 6 relatively even strips.
  2. In a shallow bowl, add coconut flour, tapioca starch, garlic powder, dried mustard, paprika, salt, black pepper and cayenne and stir until evenly combined.
  3. Beat the eggs in a separate shallow bowl.
  4. Dip each chicken strip in eggs then roll in coconut flour mixture until nice and evenly coated on all sides;
  5. Heat coconut oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick pan and add ½ of the chicken to the pan once the oil is hot. Cook chicken approx. two minutes on either side. Chicken strips should be golden brown and cooked through. Add more oil if necessary and repeat with the remaining strips.
  6. Prepare the dipping sauce by combining mayonnaise, garlic, honey and mustard in a small bowl.
  7. When the strips are fully cooked, allow them to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet and then serve with the dipping sauce.
  1. This is a gluten free recipe. If you would prefer to use regular breadcrumbs to coat your chicken fingers, you can!
Adapted from The Healthy Foodie
Susan Merrill

Side Dishes

Mashed Potatoes
  1. 5 medium baking potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped
  2. 2 teaspoon salt
  3. 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  4. 1/4 cup sour cream, at room temperature
  5. 1 tablespoon coconut milk or whole milk, plus extra, at room temperature or warmed
  1. In a medium saucepan, cook the potatoes in salted water until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and return them to the saucepan.
  2. Add the butter and sour cream. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or the back of a fork until the ingredients are blended. Add the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the potatoes are the desired consistency. Taste and add salt and pepper, if needed.
Susan Merrill
Roasted Vegetables
  1. 2 medium zucchini, chopped into half moons
  2. 2 medium squash, chopped into half moons
  3. ½ bundle of asparagus, chopped into 1in pieces.
  4. ½ red onion, roughly chopped into large pieces
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In a large bowl, toss all vegetables together with olive oil, sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  3. Place vegetables on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Roast vegetables for 25 minutes, removing vegetables from the oven at around 15 minutes to stir around.
Susan Merrill

Posted On: January 08, 2015     cat-folder Sunday Suppers Leave a comment


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Quick Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti Dinner


So you are ready for dinner, but you are feeling a little Italian…and a little Mexican? No need to worry. Jackie Brown, from Mom on a Mission, joins the best of both worlds — Quick Chicken Enchilada Spaghetti. Spinach bites provide a yummy and different side dish. And the Peppermint Cookies add a refreshing after-dinner touch of mint.

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 Main Dish

Chicken Enchilada Pasta
  1. 16 oz. thin spaghetti, cooked (reserve 1/2 cup of cooked pasta water)
  2. 2 cups enchilada sauce
  3. 2 cups shredded cooked chicken
  4. 2 cup Mexican or sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Chopped cilantro, chopped avocado or sour cream, optional
  1. Combine pasta, sauce, chicken and 1 1/2 cups cheese, salt and pepper. Add 1/2 cup pasta water to loosen consistency if needed. Water may not be needed if store-bought sauce is used.
  2. Mix lightly with tongs.
  3. Serve with additional cheese and garnish if desired
Susan Merrill

Side Dish


Spinach Bites
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 cup milk
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry*
  7. 2 cups (8 oz) Monterey Jack cheese, sharp cheddar or any shredded cheese of choice
  8. 1/2 cup French’s dried onions
  1. Heat oven to 350. Coat an 8×8 pan with cooking spray. Whisk flour, baking powder, salt. Stir in milk, eggs, spinach and cheese until just combined. Pour batter into prepared baking pans and bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool on rack for 15 minutes. Cut into squares, then cut into triangles. Serve immediately**
  1. *Frozen spinach can be thawed under hot running water in a mini colander. Break apart and run cool water over it while it’s draining. Grasp spinach in your hand and squeeze as much water out as possible. Break dry spinach a part into your recipe. Frozen spinach can also be thawed ahead of time in the refrigerator
Susan Merrill



Peppermint Cookies
  1. 1 1/2 cup sugar
  2. 1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  5. 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  6. 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  8. 2 teaspoons baking soda
  9. 1 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/4 cup crushed mini candy canes or peppermint candies
  11. 1/2 cup sugar
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, egg, vanilla and peppermint extract in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Beat until well mixed. Stir 1/4 cup crushed candy into dough. I used my Pampered Chef food chopper, but a rolling pin crushes just as well in a freezer bag.
  3. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, place 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. (DO NOT OVER BAKE.) Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire cooling rack. Cool completely. Freeze baked cookies or dough balls if desired. Bake 12 minutes if frozen.
Susan Merrill
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Posted On: January 01, 2015     cat-folder Sunday Suppers Leave a comment


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