It is the holiday season and the date squares are a welcomed treat. I came across a quick and easy recipe that has a different spin on a date treat.
The ingredients are simple:
chunky peanut butter
This recipe is for 10 treats.
Pit 10 dates by carefully slicing them in half, length wise. You will find a thin seed between the core fibre. Take the tip of your knife and pry it out. The seed should come out easily.
Scoop a teaspoon of chunky peanut butter and place it in the centre of the date. You can also add chopped peanuts to the centre, for extra crunch, too. Tightly fold the date halves together and press like it’s a peanut butter sandwich.
To make the chocolate topping, use a double boiler and melt the semi-sweet chocolate and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Mix together well.
Once the chocolate is smooth coat each peanut butter date with chocolate and place on parchment paper or a cookie sheet. Sprinkle salt (I recommend sea salt) to the top of each treat and let them rest in the freezer for 1 hour.
Serve as a delicious dessert. I have to admit they really do taste like Snickers bars! You can pretty them up a bit more. Mine were a bit rushed with my sons over my shoulder, but either way it is a healthy alternative to a guilty pleasure chocolate bar.
I found this story and it made me really think about the line between morality, society and the definition of love. There were many different sides to whether the donation of a woman’s egg to another woman due the moral and ethical dilemmas each side presents. As a mother is there really an age that determines whether or not woman over 40 years of age should have children. Is there a time that we should not have children? How does this effect the donor long term? Is this selfish and or selfless? What are the potential issues and consequences that can surface in the future?
As a mother, there is nothing more beautiful to hold a wonderful new bundle of joy in my arms. The soft cooing and helpless unscripted movements of the limbs, eyes and smiles so I understand why there is that need, that feeling any woman would when holding a child of their own. However, it made me a little wary knowing that they went to extreme lengths as to put an advertisement in the newspaper and online. Was there a discussion about a monetary exchange and in what amount constitutes “selling a baby”?
There are so many angles with this story and I’d love to hear your opinions.
I’m sure that we are all getting anxious wanting to go outside at the first sign of spring. In my place in the world, I’m still skeptical. That being said, I’ve been finding creative ways to keep my children and myself busy indoors. I received my birthday/Mother’s Day presents early ( a pasta maker and juicer kitchennaid attachments and a Nespresso machine ) so I’ve been enjoying them tremendously. So far I have made linguini, spaghetti on the first round and homemade ramen noodles. I must say that homemade ramen is WAY better than the prepackaged dehydrated kind.
On my other hobbies and pursuits, I’ve been learning lots about ball jointed doll making. I have yet to design and create my own so that is next on the list of things to self teach.
Doll making still has my heart and I have furthered even better ways to get my dolls out to so many more people that use them for therapy and to simply make them smile. My son found all the family photo albums including some scrapbook ideas I had in storage. We had fun looking through them so we decided to work on that project this week. As much as this lockdown has disrupted our lives it has also allowed me to stay in the present. I now know exactly where my scrapbook items are and there is no excuse for me not to complete them. I think it will be fun for my youngest to actually get familiar of what a physical photograph is.
The most challenging thing for me to do lately is to remain inspired. To shake things up I found a couple iBooks to read. It’s nice to read on the socials, texting, messaging.. but it is nice to take a break from the pace of the social media world and read a book that has more focus and direction. lol as much as I love chatting with my online world, having a direction feels a lot more calming on my brain lately. People are getting emotional so I’m trying to remain as positive as I can.
It’s easy to get sucked into the fears and panic of those that surround you but the most important thing is to be there for them. Transition is hard for all of us.
I hope you are all having a peaceful week.
More to come be happy and be grateful always…
P.S. Checkout my Pinterest recipe boards, I’ve tried and will be trying some recipes and activities from some pretty amazingly creative people on there. Also checkout my YouTube Channel where I’ll take you on my adventures too!
Today was an interesting one it is now officially legal to consume cannabis and it marks the beginning of so many more opportunities. I discuss them in my latest podcast episode below. Enjoy and share your thoughts!
You know those corny sayings that seem to clog the internet, you know, the ones where they are supposed to inspire you or uplift you? I read those quotes and I find one common thread between them all and that is the moment I was reading them, I should have been moving on and taking the next step towards my goal. As positive as they are, these are things we should be telling ourselves on a daily basis. I’m a strong believer in self preservation for the sake of the quality of life that you really want.
I was doing research, making appointments, drafting plans… and I stopped myself and smiled. In all my adulthood, 2017 has been the best I have had yet. I used to do things here and there, not out of things I had to do but for things I felt I needed to do. Going with the flow and letting go of this invisible control we all think we have.
Today, I started to notice how all the things I’ve been doing up to this point have come to fruition. I used to get stressed out when I didn’t know what was going to happen after working so hard. Now, I find myself smiling more and knowing that this whole journey was preparing me for something bigger than just what I love to do. I’m on my way to fulfill that mission I gave to myself.
I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 7 years ago and I’ve come to understand my disease more and more each day. It’s much like riding a bike or driving, I remember how to do all those things regardless of how long it’s been since you tried riding each. MS is constantly called the “Monster” for good reason. There is no cure for MS and it leaves permanent damage everywhere it travels.
I’ll be going over the disease in a self-documentation of what my symptoms are and the various treatments that I have been trying over the years. I’m still learning more and more about my disease as well as being aware of how these symptoms have effected myself physically, emotionally and mentally.
I hope you enjoy my MS and Me serious.
I will post the video on my YouTube channel under: StilettoSupermom
This is one of my favourite things to do in my surroundings. We have a fabulous fresh Farmer’s Market close by and I just love it. Fresh fruits and veggies, meats, baked goods and the sound of vendors yelling out their upcoming sales is like music to my ears. I even had a chance to look through all the furniture that I will be decorating my house with.
I stocked up in meats, bought some amazingly fresh butter and raspberry cream tarts and smoked mackerel. OMG I love this so much, it could be my childhood upbringing when my parents other family friends would get together have potluck dinners, there was always BBQd fish somewhere among the sea of Filipino foods. I decided that I want to share that same kind of traditions with my children.
I hope you enjoy the video of the travel to the Farmer’s Market!
It’s weird that over time we all forget to look around and see how lucky we all are to be alive and breathing. Being a Canadian sometimes makes us complacent and numb to what we really have. Our country is rich in resources, kind people and humour. Canadians always get the same old lame jokes on the use of “eh” and “Sorry”; but newsflash… We aren’t really that sorry, eh! It’s funny when other countries have a lot of shit to say about us, yet they have never had the pleasure to visit our country nor really know any of us. We are the constant “joke”, however over the years I have realized one common thing with my fellow Canadians and that is… we really don’t have that much to complain about. Of course, we are not free from crime, violence, etc. but, as I look out my open window and it’s quiet with a few sounds from the neighbourhood kids. I truly appreciate where I am.
I rant about the current government, I won’t go into that in this post lol, but when I stop and think about it we have a lot more say, we have a lot more power than we even know. On that note, my new adventure will include visiting all the towns and cities that surround my little corner of Canada. I will bring you all with me and show you the world through my eyes.
Canada turns 150 years old on July 1st, I will be spending it with my recently reunited childhood best friend and our families. It’s time to celebrate our beautiful Canada and what it has always had to offer! YAY Canada!!
May was the craziest month of 2017, so far. 2 of my sons dislocated their shoulders, I had doctor and physio appointments top that with some rain and you get a beautiful disaster. It seemed that as soon as it was clear blue skies and bright sun, the weather would do a complete switch and it would be pouring rain and humid as hell. It has been a weird time of the year but I am not complaining. I’m too distracted by all the planning I have to do for next year.
The last 3 weeks i’ve been filling doll orders as well as planning for a big event in May of 2018. There’s so much to do and to tell you the truth, it kind of feels like I’m planning a huge elaborate wedding! NO I am NOT getting married lol. I remember when I was part of the Filipino Association as the Treasurer. I had to organize the bills and quotations as well as book the event facility. Mind you, it was a hell of lot easier because I had a large team of 8 people who took over a lot of the mundane work I didn’t have time for. Now, here I am with a team of 4 people trying to organize the whole thing.. from the decorations, entertainment and food.. it’s all me. There are packages to prepare, contests to plan… just as I am writing this I feel my brain throbbing with all the planning I have yet to do. I did manage to lock the date and facility down, but now my creative juices have to start kicking into full swing! I definitely need a bigger team.
As I look at all the upcoming appointments for my sons, follow up appointments for me, etc. The more I see sleepless nights in my horizon. I don’t mind though, with a 4 year old full of energy surrounding me during the day, the only time that works is when all the pterodactyls are snoring away. Does anyone else find more time to focus on detailed things at night? I feel like I’m not alone in this.
They say working from home is way harder than working outside the home, this is so true. It’s not like I can checkout and come back the next day to finish tasks. Every day I wake up and there’s a mountain of things to do; add in the event planning and boom a fulfilled evening is born. I love the quiet of night time working, but there are times where my procrastination takes over for a bit. I’m surprisingly way ahead of deadlines and while on this journey, I have met so many amazing people that have offered a helping hand. The world may be cynical but the balance is surrounding yourself with positive people who are excited to help you succeed. If it wasn’t for all my new found support and newly developing friendships all my preparations and planning wouldn’t be this fun.
Sometimes you get little reminders here and there that you are on the right path, every time I meet a new friend it solidifies that I have the support I need and I am finally on the road to success and true happiness. Summer is going to be fabulous and I can’t wait to share more of my adventures!
I hope you are all having a happy and positive day. I also hope that you choose happiness in whatever you are currently into. Yes you have to work hard, but you also have to play hard.. that’s what happiness is.
Although LUSH products have been around for many years, I have never ventured into the stores because when they first came out the scent from their store was very strong and literally gave me a headache. I watched an episode of Undercover Boss: LUSHand I was more intrigued about the company as a whole. My next visit to the mall, I made a point of going into the LUSH store. The store was packed with customers and I almost didn’t go in because of all the traffic, but braving my fear of someone breathing on me, I braved myself to go in. I was immediately welcomed and I stayed to watch and participate in the live demonstration of a bath bomb (I bought 3 of those).
I asked for kids products and was led to the section and the salesperson explained how to use the soap and if they were hypoallergenic, which they were. I walked away with the Aliens and Monsters soap.
Ultimately, my boys LOVE this product! They had fun making shapes and animals with the soap. When wet, the soap becomes moldable like play dough and each colour had its own scent.
The only gripe I have was with the packaging, it comes wrapped in cellophane that isn’t really easy to open and makes it difficult and messy to store. Other than that, this is the best product I’ve tried with my kids and it was a success.
I recommend anyone who shops there to not be intimidated and go in, there is something for anyone.
Overall, LUSH didn’t not disappoint me, I’m still trying some other products I purchased. I will do reviews on those as well.