There is nothing like the bond between a mother and daughter, especially during those early years. And when your little mini-me is young, time spent alone with mommy is a treat! Create a day that's just for the two of you with craft projects you both can keep and some delicious recipes that are sure to become family classics. From a unicorn headband that will spark her imagination, a macaroni and cheese casserole she can eat for lunch and an airy canopy where you two can escape together, you can create lasting memories without even leaving home. Mark your calendar, because after this day, you'll want to make it a tradition.
Make Eggs Memorable With Homemade Hollandaise
Start your day together over a comforting breakfast of delicious eggs Benedict layered in this decadent homemade hollandaise sauce. With only a few ingredients and a blender, you and your daughter will have a sauce so tasty that an early-morning start may be lost to seconds and thirds.
Build a Daybed That is Anything but Babyish
Dive into your day with a fun project that combines the past with the future with this DIY daybed. Take that old crib mattress you couldn't bear to part with and transform it into a chic sitting area. Add some fun pillows, and your daughter can have a dedicated space in her room for reading or for when her friends come over to play.
Take a Snack Break With Crunchy Fries
These oven-baked fries are the perfect finger food for when you're busy having a ball. Serve them with some creative dipping sauces, like salt-and-pepper ketchup, or top them with cheese for a twist on nachos. Either way, when your daughter sees these coming out hot from the oven, you'll definitely put a smile on her face.
Paint the Next Masterpiece With Homemade Watercolors
Set up an impromptu art studio session and make some homemade watercolor paints with a few kitchen staples. Whether you work on the same canvas or paint separately, there is no doubt that these colorful paints will be just as fun to create as to use!
Fill Up on Creamy Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Casserole
There is no comfort food that can compare with the goodness of macaroni and cheese, and this adaptable casserole version takes that warm-and-fuzzy feeling up a notch. Throw it together in advance and serve it for lunch — it'll be so good, your daughter will want the leftovers for dinner.
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Work Some Magic in With Unicorn Headbands
Play the ultimate game of pretend with these gorgeous unicorn headbands. All you need is paper, hot glue and fabric scraps, and you will be able to transform into mythical creatures when you gallop around the house.
Build a Better Fort With a Fancy Fabric Canopy
Sometimes, bonding can happen when nothing is said at all. And when you and your daughter construct this fabric canopy for a comfy corner in your house, you two can sit back and snuggle in peace. The best part of this project is it can be made with any fabric she likes, and it can be as decorated as you desire. Fill your new secret spot with some soft blankets and pillows, and get cozy.
End the Night With Milk and Peanut Butter Cookies
Say goodnight with a plate of warm peanut butter cookies fresh from the oven. Mix up a batch before your evening routine so that they are ready to nibble on before you hit the pillow. This classic late-night snack never gets old, and it makes for a great treat to top off a wonderful mother-daughter day.
Make Her Room Glow With Fairy Lanterns
These fairy lanterns will keep her company as you say goodnight for the evening. The fairy scenes are made from a simple silhouette and their accompanying faux flowers have just the right amount of whimsy. Make a couple to glow as night lights, and your daughter will go to sleep after one particularly great day.