Pancakes, a New Home and some Gingerbread Fudge Bites

December 22, 2015

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Just a little post for you before Christmas. There’s pictures of pancakes and sweet baby Joan doing pull-ups, taken one perfect Saturday earlier this month. And to end, a recipe, for any last-minute Christmas gifts you may need. Or simply for yourself. We’re busy moving house at present, so I need all the date balls in every variation, please and thank you, including these festive ones I gifted to friends on the weekend. But let’s get back to those pancakes…

Our family of three had just been to visit our new rental, checking measurements and planning where furniture would go, and dreaming up all the wonderful things we’d do in this new house that already feels like home. It was time to move on and despite the task ahead (moving *ugh*!), we’re excited. I think this will be the fifth or sixth house I’ve lived in since starting this blog. There’s a lot of good that comes with packing up and relocating, a cleansing and reaffirming of possessions and intentions. We are keen to settle in our new place for a good while and to start fresh, with less stuff. A simple, clutter-free life is what we want.

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To celebrate, we went out for pancakes and vegetable juice at Dee’s Kitchen. Joan, never the baby to sit still (like, ever), saw our lunch date as an opportunity to practice sitting, pulling her body weight against my hands (a favourite game of hers). Though she needs my support less and less these days. Bubs is already rolling over from her back to her tummy (I think the brace made her legs super strong) and showing great determination in trying to crawl. We lay her on a quilt in “the ballroom”, as Ben calls it, and she rolls, does push ups and grunts away, having a solid workout. I’ll “spot” from the kitchen, doing dishes or prepping meals as I hand out encouragement and offer refreshments. We’ll be sad to leave the place where we brought our baby home for the first time, to leave our bathroom, where we learnt I was pregnant, and our kitchen, where my waters broke… we’ll miss our present life by the beach. But we’re not going far, and there is a lot to look forward to, with more pancakes and many more milestones.

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So proud of herself.

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Now how about that recipe?

These fudgey gingerbread bites are smooth, sticky and sharp. The ginger hits you after just a moment and lingers rather keenly. Tinker with the flavour and texture as you wish, less molasses and more maple for those who aren’t molasses inclined, and more almond meal for those who prefer a less sticky/sweet bite. Add more ginger if you wish and additional spices too. That’s the beauty of date balls, they are the perfect “taste and adjust as you go” recipe, allowing you to personalise according to your preferences.

Happy Christmas to those who celebrate, from our family to yours. And happy December to us all! 2016, we’re ready for you. Let’s move.

 

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Gingerbread Fudge Bites

Makes 18 small balls/bites

Ingredients
165g pitted Medjool dates (~7 large)
55g walnuts
1 teaspoon blackstrap molasses
2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
2-2.5 tablespoons almond meal
1.5 teaspoons ground ginger
a very small pinch of sea salt

Method
1. Pop all the pitted dates and walnuts in a food processor and blend until very finely chopped.
2. Add the molasses, maple, 2 tablespoons almond meal, ginger and salt, and blend until very smooth. Taste and adjust s necessary. Add more almond meal as you wish (if your dates are very soft and sticky you’ll likely need more, but don’t add too much as it will dull the flavour of the ginger, dates and molasses).
3. Using moist hands, roll the mixture into balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

 

 

Heidi xo

 

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14 Comments

  • Reply Stephanie December 22, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family Heidi!

    • Reply Heidi December 23, 2015 at 8:49 am

      Thank you Stephanie 🙂 x

  • Reply Conor December 22, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Good luck with the move and settling in to your new home over the festive period. I am now in my last 2 weeks of pregnancy with a move also on the horizon within a few weeks of the birth, so I will be keen to hear how it goes – hopefully moving with a newborn is not as difficult as I am dreading it might be 🙂

    • Reply Heidi December 23, 2015 at 8:50 am

      All the best with the birth of your bub, Conor! How exciting. And all the best for your move too!! Hire everyone to do everything!!! x

  • Reply Sian Therese December 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Merry Christmas to your gorgeous family Heidi! Enjoy your first Christmas with Joan! I can’t think of anything more wonderful. Happy moving, I hope it goes smoothly. Moving is a good excuse to declutter but yes, ughhh! I’ve just swapped the beach for the countryside so can sympathise with the moving. Just made these for afternoon tea, delish! I added a touch of cocoa and can only imagine how scrumptious the addition of crystallised ginger would be!

    • Reply Heidi December 23, 2015 at 8:50 am

      Awe thanks lovely Sian. Crystallised ginger, you’re a genius!! Hope you’re enjoying your new place and not missing the beach too much during this silly hot season x

  • Reply Sj Dc December 23, 2015 at 12:14 am

    Those Eyes..Been following and loving your blog for years now and never comment to not sound stalkerish! But I had to write after seeing those eyes! Wish her nothing but happiness, love and the best in life! Merry Christmas to all of you!

    • Reply Heidi December 23, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Oh how sweet, thank you so very much 🙂 xx

  • Reply Jaam December 23, 2015 at 6:05 am

    My gosh you look stunning and so good for someone with a newborn! My sons 14 months now and still a mess 98% of the time!

    And baby Joan is just the cutest!

    • Reply Heidi December 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

      Jaam you’re too lovely! It’s aaaaaall in the coffee 😉 No but truly, being a mess is part of it, no? It’s a given x

  • Reply Mardi Cuthbert December 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Merry Christmas Heide! It’s been such a joy to follow your blog this year! 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful festive season and a safe and happy 2016 x

  • Reply laurasmess December 27, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Just beautiful. Nothing like seeing a mama and her little bub, all radiant with happiness and pancake energy! Joan’s eyes are just mesmerising. I love their inky blackness, so bright and alert, sparkling and lovely.

    Hope that the move goes well! Ah, I wish I lived closer – I’d definitely be your cart-and-unpack girl, complete with flasks of refreshments! Praying that you, Ben and Joan settle beautifully into your next decluttered space. Can’t wait to read about the new adventures to come xxx

  • Reply Ros December 27, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    So beautiful! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas with baby Joan. We just had my daughter’s first Christmas too. I can relate to a lot of what you said as we too moved when she was 3.5 months old and my son had just turned 3. It was hard! I was also a little sad leaving the place we brought her home to and all those other moments that you mentioned that happened in our old place. But we’ve had more milestone moments since and even more to look forward to. Happy new year to you and your lovely family and I look forward to continuing to follow blog in 2016 🙂

  • Reply dixya @ food, pleasure, and health December 28, 2015 at 10:07 am

    moving is such a bittersweet experience…wishing you and your family happy holidays..i will take fudge bites and energy balls with dates any day.

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