What’s your favourite thing to do?

Using my new sugar bowl is on the list too - makes me smile, every time.

Using my new sugar bowl is on the list too – makes me smile, every time.

“Mum, what’s your favourite thing to do?” asked Miss F the other day.

I was a bit taken aback. Like most 9-year-old girls, usually her chat is based firmly on herself, her own awesomeness, her awesome friends or cute baby animals. But looking at her, I realised that she was genuinely keen to know something about me. Luckily I had a good (and true) answer ready.

“My favourite thing to do is cuddle my children.”

“And your next favourite thing?”
“I like to read books, in bed.”

She smiled and nodded having recently learned the joy of that one.

“And your next favourite thing?”
“Reading a book in bed, while my children are snuggled up around me, also reading books.”

She was thoroughly happy with my answers and me.

“And your next favourite thing?”
Bit of a pause as I quickly calculated whether food or sleep is my next greatest passion.
“I love eating.”

More nodding. Then we ran through sleeping, eating cake and eating cake in bed after just waking up from a nap. In an Oscars-speech-style-faux pas, I realised I’d forgotten daddy, so I casually dropped him in there too, in about 15th position.

Finally we had a long list of thing we both love to do and life was feeling very blessed indeed.

Delicious, with a bit of power-nutrition packed in.

Delicious, with a bit of power-nutrition packed in.

Date & pecan bliss balls

Thanks to the ever-lovely Sonia from Natural NewAge Mum for getting me onto bliss balls. The kids ADORE them.

1 cup dates
1 cup pecans (or walnuts are also great)
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (zap it in the microwave)
¼ cup good-quality cocoa powder
½ cup desiccated (or shredded) coconut (plus ½ cup extra for the coating)
1 tbsp chia seeds (black or white)

Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes to soften. Drain and add to a food processor bowl along with the pecans, oil, cocoa, chia seeds and ¼ cup coconut.

Blitz until smooth, and then use your hands to roll bite-sized balls. Roll in the remaining coconut. Refrigerate for 2 hours until firm.

MAKES 22ISH

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What are your favourite things?

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14 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    your posts make me laugh and laugh… I am so with you on the reading, cuddling and eating!! what a great life we have !!

  2. 3

    Jill Nunan said,

    Do you have a favourite brand of Coconut Oil? I am looking for a mild flavour.

  3. 5

    Michelle said,

    Had a chuckle at the Oscars comment – am sure hubby knows he’s at the top of the list! Or at least equal top with eating cake in bed while reading and cuddling the kids. Maybe if he was feeding you the cake…?

  4. 7

    My son does not like nuts, can i substitute another ingredient if so what can you suggest. Thanks, Leanne

  5. 10

    natalie said,

    How long do they keep for? Also, can they be frozen, for quick lunchbox treats?. 🙂
    Thank you.

  6. 12

    Carla said,

    just wondering if there is a substitute for Coconut Oil? thanks

  7. 14

    Kim said,

    Made these yesterday for the in-laws for afternoon tea. So easy and so yummy!


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