Mother’s Day the IGA Way

by Maureen on May 7, 2014

Recently I told you about my brand new IGA supermarket that recently opened up just around the corner from me.  The kind people at IGA Australia thought it would be a good idea to show you how easy and hassle-free it could be to surprise all the mothers in your family in one quick visit to IGA.

My Local IGA

My IGA is less than 5 minutes from me, I can park at the front door and it’s filled with local and Australian products from one end of the store to the other. They stock the international brands too.  I dashed over to the IGA last night for cranberry sauce for my roast chicken dinner and I was in and out in less than 3 minutes.

I would have been out in a minute and a half but they put the cranberry sauce on the top shelf and I had to ask for help getting it down.  Seriously.  Do tall men ever buy the family’s cranberry sauce?  I think not and it should be on a shelf I can reach.

Ferrero Rocher Chocolates

My mother passed away several years ago so I don’t have one of my own to celebrate Mother’s Day with. I do have a mother-in-law and in her area at the aged care facility, she lives with 15 other women and they ALL love to be spoiled.  I can walk in with a box of Ferrero Rocher chocolates and I’m like the pied piper walking down the hallway.

To show how easy it would be to make any mother happy, I went around the corner to the IGA today with all my new “mothers” in mind and here’s what I ended up with.  Since we can’t bring a proper meal to the nursing home, I went with an indoor picnic theme.  The ladies love it when someone brings in a food surprise.

Sweet Chili Pistachio Nuts

For nibblies, Carolyn loves spicy food and I found these wonderful sweet chili sauce pistachios for her.  Not only will they be a hit to eat, shelling the nuts gives the women something to do with their hands. The nuts are just spicy enough to be interesting but not so hot they’ll need a glass of milk and begin fanning themselves.  We don’t want the oldies to start getting the vapours.

Sweet and White Potato Salad

I had some leftover roast chicken and some leftover rolls and made a chicken salad and bought some cole slaw and this gorgeous white and sweet potato salad.  Can you tell I didn’t make that at home?  I can’t!  Job done.

Sponge Cake from IGA with whipped Cream and Strawberries
For dessert it can’t get easier than tossing a plain layered sponge cake in the shopping cart, plate it up, dollop sweet whipped cream between the layers and top with whipped cream and strawberries.  This lovely cake took under 10 minutes from start to finish.  My mother-in-law loves anything with whipped cream and berries and little Margaret gets excited about fresh strawberries.

This indoor picnic for several women and the three of us took about 35 minutes to prepare and I think you’ll agree that dashing around the corner to your local IGA can make you a hero.  It certainly worked for me on my test-run Mother’s Day.

Frosted Cupcakes
If whipping the cream is too much work on a busy day, these lovely cupcakes with pink icing are perfect for any mother.  My ‘other mother’ Mary loves everything pink so I chose these for her.  I did pinch a hunk off the one on the left after I finished the photos and it was moist and dense, just like you’d want it to be.  Mary will be missing one cupcake.

The IGA also had beautiful white chocolate mud cakes, dark chocolate mud cakes, caramel mud cakes, pies and tarts and sweets of all sorts to choose from.  I was spoiled for choice.

Jelly Bellies
Now onto the real sweets!  Maybe these mothers might not appreciate Jelly Bellies but I certainly do so I picked up a package of cocktail flavours and I think they go really well with the pink cupcakes.  We’ll see how the ladies like them if I don’t eat them all first.

Guylian Chocolates
These are Joan’s favourite chocolates.  We buy her a big box every week and she shares them with her carers when they come in to make her bed or help her get dressed in the morning.  She doesn’t admit it but I suspect she eats a lot of these all by herself.

I could come up with heaps more ideas for surprising your someone special on Mother’s Day but you get the idea that it’s really easy.  Don’t beat yourself up by needing to be super people.  Just because you’re a great cook doesn’t mean you can’t get some help from your own IGA when you’re extra busy. My new found mothers had the best time when I arrived with all these goodies.

This post was sponsored by IGA Australia.

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cquek May 15, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I love to be the there and shop and look around.. Your photos look so succulent

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Emilie@TheCleverCarrot May 16, 2014 at 3:31 am

Even though I’m a million miles away here in NY, we have an IGA too! I wonder if it’s the same one? Who knows… it’s not like that’s a popular name or something ;) You are so very lucky to have a lovely, well laid out store to shop in. So fresh and clean! Thanks for giving us a sneak peek into your world…

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Maureen May 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm

It’s the same one but different country. :)

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Mary Frances May 16, 2014 at 4:18 am

You will be sainted, Maureen!! Great job on making store bought food look homemade.(LOVE the cake!) I grew up near an IGA in Webster Groves, MO and our house upstate isn’t far from an IGA in Pine Plains, NY – they seem to follow me!

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Krista May 16, 2014 at 6:28 am

You are delightful. :-) It is such a wonderful thing to take the pressure off and just get to spoil someone by buying something beautiful and delicious that someone else made. :-)
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mjskit May 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm

What a great daughter-in-law you are!! The IGA looks like a fun store to browse in.
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Sandra - The Foodie Affair May 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm

That store looks soooo clean!! I’m right there with you, take the pressure off and go ahead and buy some pre made foods. YOU made everything look beautiful and that’s the most special part about sharing any dish, the personalized touch you give it!
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Fran May 16, 2014 at 9:52 pm

I’d imagine you’d get such a good deed tingle in your tummy taking that delightful picnic to the old ducks in the nursing home. How very sweet. And to bring such joy to strangers when its needed most, on Mother’s Day, I wish there more people like you :)

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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl May 17, 2014 at 3:57 am

That store looks beautiful, I’d love to take a browse in it! Beautiful pictures in this post… that are making me oh so hungry! ;) Have a good one.

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Adri May 17, 2014 at 4:44 pm

What a nice market, and it looks like you made the very best of it!

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Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens May 17, 2014 at 10:39 pm

So true that you don’t have to constantly be a superwoman … shortcuts can be brilliantly delicious and (as you’ve shown here) … and sometimes you can’t even tell it’s not from scratch! Lots of great ideas (here’s looking at you, strawberry sponge cake!). Who wouldn’t feel totally spoiled?!?!? Hope you had a really lovely Mother’s Day! D
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Monet May 18, 2014 at 1:54 pm

I love love love good markets/grocery stores. This would be an ideal way to spend any afternoon (especially one near Mother’s Day!)

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sherry mackay from sherryspickings May 18, 2014 at 2:51 pm

hi maureen
how wonderful of you to bring in these goodies for the old dears. hubby’s mum is in a home too and it is really sad to see how some of them get no visitors ever by the look of it. i know i am hoping a loved one brings me in lots of contraband goods and whiskey when i am in a home!!:)

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sherry mackay from sherryspickings May 18, 2014 at 2:59 pm

oops not sure my comment went thru but anyway here it is again.
good on you maureen for bringing pleasure into their lives. i want someone to bring me lots of contraband and hard liquor when i am in the home!

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Nami | Just One Cookbook May 19, 2014 at 3:12 pm

You’re such a great daughter-in-law! I was so busy that I fail to send kids’ mother’s day letters to their grandmas in time…. Ahh! This place sounds like a nice store to shop. I love organized store like that. :)

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