Misty is almost 2 years old (his birthday is on Monday) I can’t believe it – time is a crazy thing, that’s for sure. Misty has taught me a lot about myself since he has been in my life…. I thought I would share a few morsels with you all:
- By becoming a parent, you realise, in turn how MUCH your parents did for you. I am going to be reminding Misty when he’s 18 about the many years I spent cleaning up his poo, that’s for sure.
- You get used to poo. You learn to hold your breath pretty effectively.
- Getting a puppy is definitely good training for parenthood. You can’t, however, give a new born baby a pig’s ear, and pop it outside all snuggled up in an old beer carton. Not that easy. It also seems that children are a lot more challenging to potty train.
- I don’t like nursery rhymes – a lot of them are really creepy if you listen to them closely. Rock a Bye Baby? A baby falling to it’s death from the top of a tree. Ring a Ring o’Roses? Here – have some Bubonic Plague. Just the thought of a huge egg on legs (Humpty Dumpty) is frightening.
- I have become rather accomplished at “Power-Shopping” – ie – get in, grab your stuff, get out before Misty starts chucking a wobbly. There isn’t any idle window shopping, meandering, leisurely trying on of clothes or chit chatting any more. No-sir-ee. I WOULD however, be an absolute demon at one of those “speed-shopping” competitions – you know the ones where you’re given a time limit and a trolley to fill? Yeah, I would dominate that no worries.
- I’m selfish. I like my own space. I like my “me” time. I like, no, I LOVE sleep. I guess I’m just not programmed to breed – one is more than enough right now.
- I have gained a lot of focus & direction from becoming a Mama – Misty made me realise how precious time is – and now when I get any spare, I really utilise it. Makes me wonder what I used to DO with all that spare time before I had him? Mini tornado of productiveness? Yip, that’s me during Misty’s nap-time.
Quick Chocolate Bites
(Vegan, gluten/wheat/soy/nut/corn/grain/refined sugar free – RAW)
- 1C sunflower seeds
- 1C raisins (or equivalent measure of dates or sultanas)
- 1/4t sea salt
- 2T cacao powder
- 1/2t vanilla extract (optional)
- 1T brown rice syrup (or any liquid sweetener – maple syrup/agave/raw honey)
- 2T coconut oil (melted)
- 2T tahini
- First, process the sunflower seeds into a fine meal in the food processor.
- Add all other ingredients and process until a crumbly soft “dough” has formed.
- Flatten out mix between 2 sheets of baking paper, or simply press into a lined baking dish – place in the freezer to speed up the “setting” process.
- Once fully chilled and firm, slice into bars/bites and enjoy.
- Store in the fridge.
A sweet, filling snack – lots of protein and good fats to fuel busy little bodies – or anyone who needs the energy – I know I do, chasing a toddler all day, yeesh.
** I am submitting this recipe to Healthy Vegan Fridays**