I have a lot of joy in my life. One of the joys is meeting a group of like minded mothers in our neighbourhood. These lovely women were there for me when I had sleepless nights. We shared our battle wounds, little tips for managing nappy rash, food ideas and even laughs when we make rookie mother mistakes.
Every tuesday we meet. We try to. When our kids naps change, we return to work or other commitments occur, it could get challenging. One thing never change though. When we do meet, we embrace our time together.
My brother in law once asked curiously about what do we do when we meet? Coffee and chit chats?
To the outside world, it can seem like that. A bunch of women, gathering together and enjoying a conversation. To me though, it’s far more. I know that if I have a question, one of these women will be able to assist. If I have a tearful week, they have a kind word and a empathetic hug. If someone’s child is unwell, we send each other messages to keep us uplifted.
Parenthood can be lonely. It’s when parents band together than it somehow seems more bearable.
When it is my turn to host, I get excited. Sometimes I make a treat. Other days it can be just nuts and cheese. This time round, I made a chocolate slice with “caramel frosting”- because mothers always need chocolate.
- Chocolate Slice with Caramel Frosting (Paleo, Gluten Free)
- 2 cups of almond meal
- 1/4 cup of tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup of cacao
- 1.5 tablespoon of honey
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of almond milk
- 1 tsp of vanilla paste
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- 1.5 tablespoon of coconut sugar
- Pre heat oven to 180C. Line a brownie tin. Whisk eggs, vanilla, oil, milk and vanilla together. Fold into dry ingredients. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- In a saucepan, simmer coconut milk and sugar till it thickens. Spread onto cooled slice.