A Chocolate and Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake with Crispy Cocoa Cookies and Dark Chocolate Malted Fudge

My oldest turn ten years old this week.  Recalling very clearly those earlier years of being a new mom, I often wondered why the days seemed to crawl along so slowly.  Quite the opposite now, I find myself grasping to hold on to each moment, wanting him to grow up and at the same time not wanting him to grow up.  I’m sure those of you with kids can relate.  He gave me very specific instructions for his birthday cake this year.  An ice cream cake with chocolate and mint chocolate chip ice creams, crushed cookies and fudge sandwiched in the middle, no whipped cream.  Of all the birthday cakes I’ve made, this one was by far the easiest.  And yet, he declared it my best cake ever, reminding me that more time invested does not always mean better.

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Gingered Pear Crisp

Along with learning to say no to more, I’m also learning to allow myself to say yes to more of the little things that spark joy (as Marie Kondo would say) and bring meaning to my days.  Quiet moments in the kitchen always bring joy.  As I made this pear crisp other other day, I worked slowly enough to enjoy everything about it- slicing into those perfectly ripe pears, using my hands to work the crumble, smelling the kitchen as it baked, and then watching my children delight in eating it.  As I tried to snap a few shots before serving it, my daughter grabbed her camera as well and starting taking photos right alongside next to me.  The two of us working together to capture the beauty of a simple fruit crisp– joy.

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Prioritizing time has never been a strength for me.  I tend to categorize more than I should as a “priority” and find myself trying to cram as much into as little time as possible.  I’m working on this.  Yesterday at church, our pastor spoke on cultivating childlike wonder and named speed to be the enemy of wonder.  So true.  I know it’s not realistic to always be unhurried, present, and truly savoring every moment, but I’m trying.  Sometimes this means saying “no” to more than I want to, but I’m learning that this is okay.

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