I love you.
Those words fall freely from me to you, but I don’t typically give them away so easily.
I don’t typically let people get so close. I’ve learnt over the years that my sensitive soul needs protecting. But you have made it in and I won’t be letting you go.
When we met I instantly saw so much of myself in you. You reminded me of a smarter, prettier, much more firmly held together version of me.
I knew you would understand, as best anyone can, my scattered mind, my sensitive soul, my quirky ways.
What I didn’t know is that you would give me so much.
That you would bring order and compassion and love into my home.
That you would bring warmth and laughter and many lessons worth learning.
That you would let us into your already full world. I say us because you give yourself to my babies just as you give to me.
That you would make time for my craziness and that you would embrace it.
That you would see past my faults and flaws.
I didn’t know at that moment you would become one of my closest and dearest friends.
I didn’t know that in the years to come you would grow a precious little being who would steal my heart before I had even held her hand.
I didn’t know that in the years to come we would chat everyday and your wellbeing and happiness would matter so much to me.
I didn’t know how much my world needed the rays of sunshine that you bring.
Thank you, little lady, for all that you are, for all that you have been and for all you continue to be. I hope you enjoy the Malteasers. Xxx
Not Quite Maltesers
- 1 cup dry roasted almonds*
- 1 cup dry roasted cashews*
- 2 tablespoons honey**
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 80 grams dark chocolate, melted
- Place the almonds and cashews into your processor and blend until they have been finely chopped. Add the honey, maple syrup, vanilla and salt and blend until the mixture is combined and resembles a fine, sticky crumb.
- Use your hands to press and shape the mixture into small balls. Place the balls onto a plate lined with baking paper and pop them into the freezer for approximately 30 minutes or until set.
- Once set use a fork and teaspoon to dip each ball into the melted chocolate to coat. Return the balls to the lined plate and place into the fridge to set.
- Serve. Eat. Enjoy.
*dry roasted nuts are readily available from the supermarket and health food stores.
**you can use rice malt syrup if you prefer.