Apricot walnut truffles and other acts of love
Here’s what I’ve noticed about these kids lately. How the world conforms to their beliefs instead of the other way around. It’s like that great quote by Erich Heller: Be careful how you interpret the world; it is like that.
Which for Rose means there are flying ponies, which is also the animal she most wants to be. Also, being an individual boils down to what your favorite color is. And there is a sticker for every occasion, every single one: for getting out of the bath and helping your Daddy shave and weekend mornings and saying sorry. For Col, there is always an answer you can scrinch out of your brain if you think hard enough. The world contains no orphan questions floating unanchored to the solid port of answers. For example, where does wind comes from? It’s gravity whooshing up all the snow, which flows really fast, thus: wind. Also, parents and children don’t necessarily separate ever. Last week the kids and I were taking a walk and Col asked shyly, “Mama, do kids ever grow up and live in the same town as their parents?” “They do,” I answered, my heart somersaulting as I reached out for his small hand. Then he wondered, “but, do they ever live in the same house?”
And maybe you couldn’t tell but this post is about Valentines Day. About how easy it is to love these children. How, even though last Wednesday when I exhaustedly and grumpily declared it a nap day and sent the kids to bed with irritation puffing cartoonishly out of my ears, by the time Col woke one hour later I rushed to snuggle him, all the annoyance wiped cleanly away as if by a big, chalkboard eraser.
Because that’s how it is. Love at its best is like this crowbar that keeps prying your heart open wider and wider and you think it could actually burst but really it’s just expanding to contain more than you ever thought possible.
This recipe is easy. You don’t even have to turn on your oven. It took the kids and me about half an hour, start to finish. We kicked Dan out of the house because these are our Valentines Day surprise for him and at one point Rose, picturing the “getting kicked out” rather literally said, “I hope Daddy’s not getting too cold outside in the snow.”
Ingredients: (makes 20 – 25)
1/2 cup walnuts
1 1/2 cup dried apricots
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp vanilla (or 2 tbsp rum)
3-5 oz solid good chocolate
Blend the walnuts in a food processor until crumbly, then add (slowly) apricots, salt, honey, vanilla, cinnamon. Process until well mixed. Roll with your hands into teaspoon-sized balls and place on wax paper lined baking sheet. Melt chocolate on very low heat. Roll apricot balls around in the melted chocolate with a spoon and lift out onto waxed paper. Chill in fridge for 20 minutes. Devour…I mean, save for Valentines Day.
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I love how fancy they look, and how your mix could include anything: peanut butter and honey, walnuts and dates, coconut and rum, or sauerkraut by gum! Store in fridge or freezer.
How do your children see the world?