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Making Mom's special day memorable is easy when you remember two rules.

First, let her sleep in and luxuriate in that feeling of not having anything to do. Second, start her Mother's Day with a mouthwatering breakfast treat, such as fresh, delicious Springtime Waffles or cinnamonny Quick Breakfast Rolls.

Children can prepare most of Springtime Waffles without help, using frozen waffles prepared in the toaster and topping them with a brightly flavored melange of sliced bananas and strawberries in strawberry syrup.

Bananas are easy for children to peel. Both fruits can be sliced with a plastic knife.

For maximum effect, children can decorate the breakfast table or tray with their own drawings or cards and some fresh flowers.

Springtime Waffles

Prep: 15 minutes. Makes two servings.

2 small bananas

3/4 cup sliced strawberries

1/3 cup strawberry syrup

1 teaspoon grated lemon peel

4 frozen waffles

Thinly slice bananas. Mix bananas, strawberries, strawberry syrup and lemon peel.

Prepare waffles according to package instructions. Spoon banana strawberry sauce over waffles to serve.

Quick Breakfast Rolls

Prep: 20 minutes. Bake: 20 minutes. Makes 12 servings.

1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

4 tablespoons margarine, divided

1 ripe, large banana, peeled, chopped

1 package (8 ounces) refrigerator crescent rolls

Combine almonds, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a small bowl. Spray muffin pan with vegetable cooking spray.

Place 1 teaspoon margarine and 1 tablespoon sugar mixture in each prepared muffin cup.

Add banana to remaining sugar mixture. Unroll crescent dough from package and pinch seams together. Spread banana mixture over dough. Roll up from long side. Cut into 12 pieces and place each spiral in muffin cup.

Bake at 375 for 20 to 25 minutes. Loosen edges; invert pan onto serving plate. Serve while warm. Serve with fresh orange wedges, grapes and strawberries, if desired.

Updated 6:57 pm, October 10, 2011
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