As usual with our family, nothing could run smoothly in celebrating the birthday of someone we love so very much. Of course she had to come down with fevers and vomiting the night before she was to turn 2. I really wasn't expecting her to celebrate her birthday with a 4am spew, followed by a deep and meaningful conversation that involved the words "mine birthday" "mine balloons" "mine party". Followed by fits of giggling, shivering from fever and waking up everyone within a 1km radius with her booming voice. This is something I would expect her to do on her 18th birthday not her 2nd.
Due to her not being at her best I decided to postpone her family cake and lunch till the following day. So when I say I survived her birthday with no sugar, thats because technically we did, because the sugar cake came the day after (sneaky, sneaky)
I ended up going with a Peppa Pig themed ice cream cake from Wendys, but did hold back on covering it with smarties and kinder surprise eggs as requested by the 7 year old.
Of course it was a big hit with everyone but my little fructose free babes ate only a small amount. The 7 year old had maybe 5 spoonfuls and the 2 year old had maybe 10. (we are talking about tiny little teaspoons too).
I won't lie and say I didnt taste it because my one weakness in life is Peppa Pig Cake. I had to be the one to eat Peppas face.. (yes I am that person). I really enjoyed the cake and it wasn't overly sweet. The sugar eaters of the family said it was actually a very creamy cake, more creamy then sweet, which is why I managed to have a small slither of cake and really enjoy it.
I did end up with over half a cake left in the freezer and when the neighbours kids came over to play with the 7 year old, I earned "best mum ever" awards by handing all the neighbours kids a spoon and telling them to dig straight in (no plates in this family). The 7 year old didn't bother joining in and luckily the sugar tank of a 2 year old was having her afternoon nap.
I have also found this week that the saying "failure to prepare means your preparing to fail" (try saying that after a vodka or two) really rings true. All week I have been meaning to make up some biscuits or something a little bit sweet to have at reach for myself and the kids but ALAS I have been a lazy mofo and decided that buying some glucose lollies from the store instead would suffice. I thought this was a perfectly adequate time saving swap… I was WRONG… I had a lunch with friends and decided to take some of these lollies in my bag, so I could have one when everyone hit the Christmas Dessert smorgasbord What I thought was a great choice, just made me look like a d$ck because no one was expecting an adult to whip out a candy watch to nibble on. Who wants to know the time in glucose people!! Everyone just looked at me like 1 - Is she serious and 2 - Surely that has sugar in it. So then I have to enlighten them with my sugar/fructose/glucose speech, which I'm sure none of them actually cared about because in their head I'm eating a bloody lolly watch and lollies are "sugar". At least if I get invited to rave that requires glowsticks and edible jewellery, I will be dam well prepared.
I did have a moment of get up and go last night and decided to make some gingerbread cookies that I saw online. They involved Rice Malt Syrup as their sweetener. The dough needed to sit in the fridge for two hours (which 14 hours later is still there) I tasted the dough before I put it in the fridge and I'm thinking this is not going to sit well with the kids… Its an explosion of spice in your mouth and not much else. In my defence I had every plan to bake them last night and use my cool xmas cookie cutters but the 7 year old and 2 year old decided that they would not cooperate and go to bed easily. Even though they were both tucked up by 8pm, it wasn't until 10pm that they were both asleep. There was drinks needed and as we are currently toilet training the 2 year old, when she says she needs to go to the potty, we aint going to question it. The kids were allowed to sleep in my bed last night as a special treat from ticking off all their chores during the day. So because they were both lying in bed next to each other (which they never are ) there was a lot of laughter, then yelling, then tears until finally they wore themselves out enough, that after 1 more mum cuddle, they could go to sleep.
The 7 year old is having a friend sleep over tonight, so that should give me a bit of time to get in the kitchen and bake with the 2 year old. She even has her own space on the bench that is like her personal throne. NO ONE is allowed to sit there, especially the 7 year old… who is the only other person in the family who would even contemplate sitting on the bench. The 2 year old loves passing me things that I don't actually need whilst cooking, but she is still really good at passing them none the less. She also likes to tell me that everything I put in the jug is "hers"… funny how the end product seems to belong to the bloody cat after she turns her nose up at it. The 7 year old has about a 5min interest in cooking. Unless he is the one doing absolutely everything (smashing eggs on the bench, pouring litres of milk instead of mls, turning teaspoons of ingredients into kgs.. then he isn't interested). He does however require my attention instantly the moment I do start cooking, for things like "looking at him playing a video game" "looking at a beetle that he thinks may be a spy for Santa" "looking at him looking at a book"…. (starved for attention much) He is good at giving positive feedback (unlike his sister) and he also makes sure I feel very loved when cooking by coming in at random intervals and telling me he loves me and loves my apron. So he isn't all that bad to have around.
Speaking of sleepovers, my how things have changed. I would always ensure that the kids had lollies, soft drink, popcorn and chips to make the event that little bit more enjoyable, whereas now instead of spending money of sugary treats I buy the 7 year old and his friend a $6 kid zone magazine each, a bottle of water that comes in the shape of an AFL football and some popcorn. The kids are stoked with their little magazine that they can sit down side by side and read at the same time and nobody even mentions the void of lollies.
I do want to share a recipe with you that is DELICIOUS!! You need to try this. It is David Gillespies Chocolate Mousse. This will be served tonight to the boys for dessert and maybe the 2 year old if she plays her cards right (she is currently screaming the house down from her cot, demanding that her daytime nap contract be negotiated, now she is a big 2 year old)
This mousse is amazing and every single person I have made this for, has taken the recipe from me and made it for themselves. Both of my children would eat this for every meal of the day if I let them. So give it a whirl and the ingredients and method are so simple, that even a 7 year old couldn't stuff them up (I think I just heard the 7 year old whisper "challenge accepted" into my soul.
- 1 teaspoon unflavoured gelatin.
- 1 tablespoon cold water.
- 2 tablespoons boiling water.
- 1/2 cup dextrose.
- 1/4 cup cocoa.
- 1 cup cold whipping cream.
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence.
1. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water allowing to soften (approx 1 min).
2. Add boiling water and stir until dissolved completely. Cool slightly.
3. Stir together dextrose and cocoa, then add whipping cream and vanilla.
4. Beat on medium speed, scraping bottom of the bowl occasionally until mixture is stiff. Pour in gelatine mixture and beat until blended.
5. Spoon into serving dishes.
6. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, but preferably several hours or overnight.
So I finish this entry with the motivation to go and bake those bastard christmas gingerbread cookies that have been waiting for me in the fridge for 14 hours.
Here is the recipe for the cookies just incase your wondering...
150gm wholemeal flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp olive oil
1 arg egg
1tsp vanilla powder
60ml Rice Malt Syrup
1/2 tbsp lemon juice
1. In a bowl combine flour, baking soda, ginger and cinnamon
2. In a separate bowl whisk olive oil, egg, vanilla, honey and lemon juice until well combined
3.Mix dry and wet ingredients together
4. Place cookie dough in cling wrap in fridge for 2 hours
5. Preheat oven to 170 degrees
6. Roll out doug until its 1cm thick and cut into desired shapes
7. Place on tray and put in the oven for 10min
8. To serve dust lightly with dextrose
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Happy Monday xxx