The ritual of breakfast in bed on Mother's Day is a classic one. In the Norman Rockwell version, Dad and the kids bring in a tray with a couple of pancakes, maybe some sausage, fresh fruit and what looks like a quart jug of mimosas, which Mom will need later when she sees the wreck they've left in the kitchen.

So, our first lesson this Mother's Day will be: Clean up after yourself! Whatever you make for Mom, be sure she doesn't have to clean up after your noble efforts. Nothing makes a meal taste better than knowing you won't have to lift a hand to clean up afterward. Being able to tuck into a tasty meal secure in the knowledge that when your plate reaches the kitchen it will rest upon a clean counter makes pancakes fluffier, bacon crisper and fruit sweeter.

To help you out with your Mother's Day plans, try these recipes:

Open-faced breakfast sandwich:

2 whole-grain English muffins, split horizontally
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Preheat the broiler. Place the English muffins on a baking sheet. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat source for about 2 minutes per side, or until they are lightly toasted. Or toast in a toaster.

Combine the butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Spread half of the butter mixture on the cut side of each of 2 English muffin halves; sprinkle each with half of the almonds.

Broil for about 2 minutes, or until the spread is bubbly and the almonds are lightly browned. Serve hot.

Fruit Smoothie:

Makes 4 servings

This is a satisfying summer cooler and an ideal use for fruit on the verge of overripening, or you can use packaged frozen mixed fruit from the supermarket. Make this for a spur-of-the-moment dessert, snack -- or even breakfast -- that will please both kids and adults alike.

3 cups frozen mixed chopped fruit (cantaloupe, bananas, strawberries, peaches, or others of your choice); do not thaw

1 cup apple juice or orange juice

Kiwi slices, whole strawberries, or raspberries for garnish

Blend the fruit and juice in a food processor or blender until smooth, occasionally pushing down fruit chunks for uniform consistency. Serve immediately; the mixture melts quickly!

Scrambled eggs and beef burrito:

Makes 4 servings

This meaty burrito steps up to the plate for your family or guests as a one-dish meal for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. The orange-cilantro sauce offers a citrusy flavor dimension to complement the burritos spicy filling.

For the meat

16 ounces extra-lean ground beef

1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

½ cup finely chopped onion

2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder or ancho chili powder

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon ground cumin

½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

For the eggs and tortillas

6 eggs

2 tablespoons cold water

¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste