Tasty Tuesday {caramel slice: nailed it!}

I’ll get straight to it this week. Caramel slice. No refined sugar. Gluten free. Use whatever nuts you like. Dairy free. Vegetarian. Vegan. Egg free.

The boys at work asked me to make another batch. Nuff said.

What do I need?
Bottom
1 cup of Medjool dates, soaked for a couple of hours in water first
1 cup of nuts {I used Tamari almonds to give the base a kick of flavour. If using any other nuts, you might want to add a pinch of salt to the base mix.}
Middle
1/2 cup cashew butter {which you can either buy or just pop some raw cashews in the food processor and pulverise them until they are creamy}
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup of Medjool dates, soaked for a couple of hours in water first
Top
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup raw honey
1/3 cup coconut oil

Now what do I do with it?
Zhoosh your almonds in the food processor until they are powdery then add dates and zhoosh again until they stick together. You’ll need to scrape the sides down a couple of times {unless you have a Thermomix then the kitchen angels have already been to visit and you won’t need to!}. Press into a lined baking tray and pop it in the freezer while you make the caramel.

Add middle ingredients together and process until smooth and creamy. I found taste testing here helped. My belly that is. The recipe didn’t really need any help!

Tasty Tuesday {caramel slice: nailed it!}

Warm honey and coconut oil in a double boiler {or in the microwave in short spurts} then stir in raw cacao powder. If you need to, add extra honey or cacao to taste.

Pour this top layer onto your caramel deliciousness and put it in the freezer for an hour or so. Slice it … THEN PUT IT BACK IN THE FREEZER. Consider yourself warned.

Tasty Tuesday {caramel slice: nailed it!}

If you do not put it back in the freezer immediately and just take out a piece each time you feel the need, it will disappear.

Yep, a magical disappearing caramel slice. Amazing huh?

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In defense of flat-bottomed girls everywhere

So many songs are filled with praise for the big round derrière. While this is not new, it seems there are more now than ever before.

Fat bottom girls

Junk in the trunk

Got buns hun

She got a booty like a Cadillac

All the right junk in all the right places

To this day I have never managed to pass The Pencil Test, nor its counterpart – where you place a pencil beneath your butt cheek to test if you can hold the pencil there {I know, right, the things girls do!}. Friends used to laugh at me and say that I don’t have a butt, just an extension of my thighs.

A quick Google search will find you a terrifying plethora of butt enhancing products. None of which I’ll be purchasing any time soon!

I think it needs to be said, so I’m going to say it – in defense of flat-bottomed girls everywhere – that not having a big round butt doesn’t make us any less womanly. Nor do we have any less love to give.

Love comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Just like butts do.

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Sometimes food

Love Bug and I talk about sometimes foods. Things we don’t eat unless it’s a special occasion like a birthday or some other celebration.

Yesterday we had two such celebrations. I was never more convinced of the disastrous combination of sugar and preschoolers than I was at about 6pm.

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Thankfully she had only taken about three slurps of this pink drink when we got sidetracked!

A big bowl of quinoa porridge with almond milk, blueberries and strawberries to start today.

And hopefully a lot more calm…

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A princess and her pals

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L to R: ‘Olaf’, Princess Elsa, ‘Sven’ ;)

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{You’ve gotta} fight for your right

 

… to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! {With apologies to the Beastie Boys.}

Most of you know I’m not a great sleeper. I’m trying all sorts of things, and at the moment I’m tracking my sleep patterns via an app. Aside: seriously, what did we do before there were apps for everything?! Anyhoo, here’s one night earlier this week.

Pretty, huh? Except it should look more like one big valley and less like a mountain range. Little wonder I’m exhaust-piped.

{You've gotta} fight for your right

 

Given the above, I am not overly fond of the 1am muuuuuuuuuuummmmma, I want to get up and watch a movie discussion. I’ll spare you the ridiculous to- and fro-ing that goes with it, but it isn’t fun.

Sleep in my bed. Sleep in your bed. Sleep on the floor for all I care at 1am. No, I am most certainly not making you a snack. In no way, shape or form are you getting up to watch a movie.

Moses on a moped just go the f*ck to sleep!

When my alarm went off and I got up, someone promptly scooted under my pillow. But mumma, I can’t get up, I’m really tired.

No. Shit. Sherlock.

Don’t come any closer or my furry bodyguard will have to step in.

{You've gotta} fight for your right

 

OMFG.

Coffee, anyone?

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How’s you?

Today is R U OK? day in Australia. The R U OK? Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation asks Australia to be even better mates to end suicide. There are almost 2,500 suicides in Australia each year. We have one of the highest rates of youth suicide in the western world, and yet we are often referred to as The Lucky Country.

I have written about my struggle with anxiety a number of times. At a recent visit with my doctor we talked about the asteroid that hit my little world in January and about the fact that the issue has been extended until at least February next year, despite my expectation that we would have some kind of closure by now.  She advised that I stay on my medication. Given my nightmares, sleep issues and general anxiousness around it, I agreed with her that it is a good idea. So for the next five months at least, I’m going to take a little pill each morning and that will help me deal with that anxiety.

Just like if I had a problem with any other part of my body.

How's you?

Got a sore foot? Here, take this treatment for six months. We wouldn’t give it a second thought, would we? So it should be with mental health.

SO, HOW’S YOU MY FRIEND?

If you’re great, that’s fabulous. If you’re not-so-great, please reach out. It’s not always obvious from the outside. Reach out to me, to someone close to you, to your doctor, or to one of the many help lines available.

Someone will be glad you did.

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On this anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, I will take some extra time today to treasure my people, my pets and my freedom. I’m reading a book at the moment about a dog who saved more than her companion that day. Not a search and rescue dog, Roselle is Michael’s Guide Dog. Thunder Dog is a great reminder of the selflessness of animals. The kind of selflessness from which we could all learn a lesson.

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From the back seat

A couple of bubba-isms to brighten your mid week. With a bonus one to make you realise that parenting is all about having no shame, no secrets, and no privacy.

Love Bug has recently been very firm with her love. She’ll hold my face in her hands really tight and make this funny stern face and say grrrrrrrr. Not in a mean, I’m being a monster way. More like I’ve got so much of something here and I don’t know what to do with it way. Then, a couple of days ago, it happened. She was holding my face then quite roughly threw her arms around my neck and squeeeeeeeeeeeezed.

Mumma, I squish you I love you so much.

Sound familiar

Sitting on the couch after dinner discussing lunch at kindy. I a vegarian what are you mumma? I’m a vegetarian too bubba.

You’re my favourite vegarian mumma.

From the back seat

And this clanger from the back seat, seemingly out of nowhere while driving home from kindy: What colour poo do you do in the toilet? 

I almost hit the car in front of me. From who did you play with today to this?

The mind boggles!

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