My daughter wrote me this poem couple years ago for Valentine’s Day and it’s been on the wall beside my bed. I thought I would share it here.
“What is love? What is special? It’s Mom No matter what she is, I love her No matter what she looks like, I love her With a balance family, she is the Best Mom Ever! “
This is definitely the sweetest poem I’ve ever read ! My daughter is such a lovely girl. She is creative, funny, outgoing, but also very sensitive. I love her so much ! Of course I love my son too, but I guess it’s unlikely a twelve year-old boy would write his mom a poem….. 😁 To treat my two little sweethearts, I made these heart-shaped meringue cookies. They are light, crunchy and super easy to make.
After indulging myself over Christmas and New Year, I guess it’s time to make something a little healthier! Chia seed pudding has been on my “to make” list for quite a while, but I’ve been pushing it back. Somehow I associate the word “pudding” with something soft and creamy, not seedy and chewy. So I ended up making this overnight oats. It was really yummy, and to my surprise, my daughter loved it ! This is another recipe that can have so many variations. My ratio is roughly, 1 part oats, 2 parts milk and 1/4 part chia seeds, then add sweetener, and toppings. It makes a great breakfast, or for me, a snack after my morning run !
Makes 1 serving
1/2 cup unsweetened milk of choice (I used almond and coconut milk)
1/4 cup rolled oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
toppings of choice, e.g. banana, berries, shredded coconut, almond slices, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds etc
Combine milk, oats, chia seeds and sweetener in a bowl or a mason jar
Can’t believe September is here already ! Kids are back to school, routines are slowly getting back to normal, and I have to start making lunches and snacks. I made these little energy bites as an after school snack. They are like mini granola bars and are super easy to make. Keep them in the fridge and the kids can just grab them when they want. They come in handy before hockey practices too ! There can be many variations to the recipe. I used Nutella, but you can also use peanut butter, cookie butter or sunflower butter. You can also choose other nuts, seeds and dried fruits.
Makes about 25-30
1 cup quick oats
1 cup rice crispy cereal
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup Nutella spread
3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
Mix all dry ingredients together
Add Nutella, coconut oil and honey, mix until blended
With the help of a melon scooper or spoon, roll mixtures into small balls
This is probably the simplest recipe I have ever made. It has just 2 ingredients ! I often make myself a banana smoothie after my morning run. It’s delicious, satisfying and very healthy. The past week has been quite hot, even in the morning. Not that I am complaining about the good weather, but when the temperature is up, I do get more tired after I run and I would be soaking wet. So to quench my thirst and “refuel” myself, I turned my smoothie into an even cooler treat…. a milkshake ! I simply freeze the bananas before blending, how easy is that !
Makes about 2 servings
4 ripe bananas
1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla-flavoured almond milk, you can use unsweetened if preferred)
Peel and cut bananas into small pieces, put in freezer for about 3 hours or overnight
Blend frozen bananas and almond milk together until smooth, serve immediately