Two years ago you roared into our world! Just over an hour before I held you in my arms I was told I had no signs of labour, that we wouldn’t meet our baby boy for a couple of weeks yet. What a crazy night that was!
The year that followed was the most difficult that our family has so far faced.
You had a hard time adjusting to this big, wide world; and we all felt the distance between us and our family and lifelong friends. When you were still very young and very unsettled, your Dad, the bones of our family, our strength and our sanity, was diagnosed with kidney cancer. Outside we all keep standing, inside we fell to pieces. I was run down, overwhelmed, and I too became unwell. As for your sister, she looked after us all.
But the year ended. Amazing friends inundated us with love and support. The four of us pulled together closer than ever before. You sat on my hip through it all. Today you are a little braver. You are still somewhat unsure of the faces and noises that cross your path, but you have found things that you love. You have stepped away from Mum and Dad and realised it isn’t so bad after all, that we aren’t going anywhere and that you can always come back.
You are full of affection. You are quiet, gentle and kind. You make me laugh and give me so much love. You are determined and insistent and clever. You may have been the latest addition to our family but you quickly took on the leading role, and how lost we would be without you!
You’re our crazy, cuddly boy and we love you to pieces. We will never forget the night we met you nor the way you made our family feel complete. We wish you a lifetime of health and happiness. Enjoy your cake baby boy.
Wholefood Simply Ice Cream Cake
2 frozen bananas
1/2 heaped cup of raspberries
2 generous tablespoons macadamias*
1/4 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon goji berries
1 tablespoon cacao nibs – optional
Place first four ingredients into the blender in the order listed above, blend until combined and forming an ice cream consistency. Add goji berries and cacao nibs, mix lightly. Spoon mixture into a 20cm spring form pan, level the top with the back of a spoon and pop into the freezer.
2 large frozen bananas, chopped
2 medjool dates, seeds removed
2 tablespoons cacao, cacoa, or carob
2 tablespoons coconut milk
Blend until well combined. Spoon over the top of the first layer, level the top with the back of a spoon and return to the freezer.
2 frozen bananas, chopped
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 heaped tablespoons of hulled tahini
1 level tablespoon of honey
Pinch of salt
Place the ingredients into food processor or blender, blend until the mixture is an ice cream consistency. Spread over your ice cream cake and return to the freezer to set. Enjoy!
*to make this nut free simply omit the macadamias or sub with sunflower seeds