Wow! What a crazy six weeks it has been! It is amazing what can happen in such a short period of time. I won’t get into all of it right now. However, having a baby is crazy! But then adjusting to life with a new baby is even more crazy. Throw a three-year old into that mix and you’ve joined the circus.
My life has become a series of naps these days and I am thankful when I can get sleep (if I can get sleep). Hell, I’m happy when I can get a shower in. The pile of laundry has now become a mountain of laundry which literally has no end – well, that is the way it seems. But I forget all about these things when I look into my baby girl’s eyes and she smiles at me. It’s precious.
Today I created for you a whole new recipe that is truly a treat. Although this still has sugar and fat, I’ve used coconut flour and chia seeds to add lots of healthy fiber and omega. Compared to the original magic bars, I think this is a great alternative. Way less guilt while eating this for sure! The gingerbread bottom is like a light cake, sprinkled with chocolate bits, pecans (love that combo) and some unsweetened shredded coconut all topped off with a creamed pumpkin purée – oh my heavens this is a delicious fall treat!
Being a mother is a gift. I recognize that for some women, they never want to receive this gift and for other women it is the only gift they wish they could receive, but physically cannot. After going through 6 rounds of heavy chemotherapy I was told that it would be extremely hard for me to become a mother – to have that gift in my life. And although some days I want to rip my hair out or call it a day – leave my child on the doorstep with a sign that says “Take me – I’ve used my penis like a fire hose all over my mother’s couch and thought it was HI-LARIOUS! …she did not” – most days are full of awesome moments that make my heart smile.
Like the first time Q said “Momma”.
Or watching him figure out how to zip his jacket up without any help.
And when conversations with him went from single word sentences to full on subject, verb, noun, adjective and all the things that make up sentence with some extras thrown in there just for fun
Or watching the wheels turn in his head when we took him to his first symphony. He watched quietly and instinctively clapped at all the silent places in the music – regardless of whether it was the end of the song – because he thought it was awesome to hear something as brilliant as Beethoven.
Or like last night, when I was putting little Q down for bed and he wanted to give me kisses on my cheeks, eyes, lips, my elbow (I knew he was procrastinating at that point) and my belly. Yes, he wanted to give my baby belly a good-night kiss. Another gift, given to me this past winter, which is why I was feeling the way I did – my hormones were all over the place because I’d been blessed with another little one. A baby girl who will join our team in the early fall.
This Mother’s Day I wanted to create a dessert that I absolutely love but have a fresh take on it. There is nothing stopping you from using a crust made from cookie crumbs or a filling made from real cream cheese. I have nothing against that (I could eat half the traditional version of this cake that comes from the bakery it tastes so good). I wanted to try this as a vegan, gluten-free option just for the hell of it. I love the challenge that vegan, gluten-free baking gives me and I am always amazed when the recipes turn out! This tastes luxurious – with a rich chocolate cookie crumble that could be eaten all on its own, a smooth silky filling with a hint of Irish cream and a light topping of whipped cream – these little babies are sure to please any mother on Mother’s Day. To all the moms (or moms-to-be) out there, have a wonderful Mother’s Day!