Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sick Baby, Tired Mommy

Sometimes I feel like I have a glimpse of what it will be like once I finally feel like I'm no longer treading water. Two babies. The good days are so fun, and joyful, and messy -- in the best ways. But the hard days? They are rough. This week has been chocked full of the latter.

Our favorite big sister has had a rough go with an ear infection and with it has come tantrums like you wouldn't believe. Today is the second day she has screamed until she fell asleep. I can honestly say for the first time I am at a complete loss. It seems like I'm trying every behavior management tactic in the book and.... no luck.

I feel like I'm entering this new stage of parenting. Up until now with these babies my focus has been making sure they are safe, fed, happy, healthy, and loved. But as this little girl grows I'm quickly learning there is so much more that the Lord needs me to focus on as her mama... and honestly, I'm not quite sure what I'm doing. Parenthood is such a daunting task at times, especially in the midst of weeks with sick toddlers.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Peanut Sea Salt Chocolate [Truffles]

A few weeks ago we had a few friends over for a game night. It was one of those spontaneous last-minute invites so we were running around the house like crazy people trying to quickly pick up the inevitable trail of toys before anyone showed up. I wanted to make a treat for when company arrived but alas... we were on the tail end of our sugar-free adventure so my normal go-to recipes were no longer. After scouring our cupboards for a quick minute we decided on these little babies. Ground nuts, cocoa, dates and a little sea salt = "truffles."

But here's the thing... one of these couples had never been to our house before and for whatever reason, even as much as I love these little chocolate treats, I was a little self conscious about serving up a refined sugar free concoction... "Hi we are sort of weird and we don't eat sugar... welcome to our home." Awkward. That's pretty much how I saw it going down.

But to my surprise everyone embraced the weirdness and were on board for trying something new. By the end of the night we had polished off the last of the sea salt chocolate truffles and the rest is history.

I, self-admittedly, am a little addicted to these. This recipe saved me during our official sugar ban. (Thanks Lindsay!) But even still I find myself whipping up this recipe again and again.

Hope you love them as much as we do.

Peanut Sea Salt Chocolate [Truffles]
Adapted slightly from: Pinch of Yum

20 dates, pitted
1/2 c. peanuts
3/4 c. almond meal
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt
dark chocolate chips or melting chocolate

Directions: Begin by soaking the dates in hot water for a few minutes.

In a food processor combine peanuts, almond meal, and cocoa powder and pulse until mixture is ground. Remove the dates from the water and gently squeeze out any water. Add to the food processor along with the sea salt and vanilla. Pulse until a sticky thick "dough" has formed.

Roll into small balls to create truffles, about 1 to 2 tablespoons for each one. Place on wax paper or silicone mat.

Melt dark chocolate in a double boiler and drizzle over each truffle. Place in the refrigerator to harden and set. Keep in an air-tight container, and try not to eat them all in one day. :)

Shared HERE.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

For Your First Birthday

Dearest Sissy,

On your birthday I kept thinking back on the day we first met. It was a whirlwind of faces and excitement as family buzzed through the recovery room, wanting to see your squishy little cheeks before we headed to bed after a long, emotional day. Finally, it was late that evening and we were alone for the first time in that dimly lit recovery room. I wish I could relive that sweet moment, drink in your newborn smell, look into those dark round eyes and feel again of your spirit fresh from heaven.

Now a year later, I cannot remember life before that moment. You have brought so much joy and so much light into our family.

Today as I chatted with a close friend about life, and motherhood, and the world we live in, I was reminded of my insecurities as a young girl and how there was a day that all of that changed for me. It was the day I realized in my heart that I am truly a daughter of God and that I have a Savior who loves me.

Sweet girl if there is one thing I hope to teach you, it is that you have a Savior and a Heavenly Father who love you more than you know. Your worth will never be determined by others because Father in heaven has already determined your worth, and it is infinite.

I love you my sweet baby. I am forever grateful that I am yours and you are mine. Happy first birthday my love. XOX