Hello! Happy New Year!
My goodness it’s been a while, hasn’t it? For that, I apologize! I have just been having way too much fun! Life is good! and it’s just getting better & better! I really meant to post recipes and thoughts throughout the holiday, but I seem to have a difficult time balancing having fun with documenting having that fun when I am around family. So many magical things happened this holiday, I have so much to share with you in the next few posts! There is so much love and passion vibrating through me and around me, and being experienced with my whole family -that it’s quite difficult to just stop and write it down. Luckily, I am such an emotional, sensitive person- that it is all quite solidly documented in my memory.
Today marks the end of the holiday, as I found myself taking the last trip to the airport for a while, to drop my wonderful, beautiful mother off- so that she could return to a house full of Christmas decorations and expired food, back at the ranch in Calgary. It’s such a bittersweet moment, dropping people off at the airport after a holiday. It’s sweet because you get your life back (sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad) but it’s really bitter because the highs of holiday are gone and are sometimes and I’d say oftentimes are accompanied by the low of reality, being alone or getting back to the grind of things. This is my mission though. This time around, I am dedicated to allowing the low to run through me, feel it- but not allow it to control me. After all, there is SO much about this year, 2013, to look forward to, it’s really impossible for me to feel “low” for too long.
I do have to say though. I came to quite the realization this year. I’ve come to understand, more so than before that my journey in life is a journey of love. What I mean by this is that love is what I search for, love is what I yearn for and love is where I come to, again and again. Everyone has that thing that drives them, and for me, it is absolutely, 100%, undeniably, love. This explains why I generally have a hard time saying goodbye to people, most especially family, because when I am around them I am SO amazingly filled with love. Even if it can be, at times, volatile, tumultuous love. It’s still love. So, when I am with my parents and brother- I almost feel like I don’t need to work as hard to get love and don’t need to protect myself as much or give myself too much self-love- because I am constantly receiving it by them. So, when they leave- off on their life path (for my dad that’s in the Middle East and for my mum that is Calgary atm), I have a transition- because there is all of a sudden a bit of a void, an emotional void. And for a moment (or, in the past, a few days to weeks) there is an emptiness, a hole, that I feel. This is changing though. I feel like this time around, when I said goodbye to my parents- I was even more upset, but it’s a different type of upset. It’s laced with joy and love! Anyways, family is amazing, and I love mine so much.
You can expect that quite a flood of recipes will be gracing the pages of Chloe’s Countertop in the next few days! Finally! I am really excited to bring some life back here- it’s been pretty neglected throughout the holiday! This doesn’t mean I haven’t been cooking away and sharing love and happiness through food and drink all throughout the month! Precisely the opposite. The kitchen has been filled with a lot of love, heat and happiness and tasty treats! I was privileged enough to receive a new set of knives for Christmas from my parents, along with some beautiful cast-iron pans from my brother! So, there’s a lot exciting things coming my way and hopefully your way, through Chloe’s Countertop!
To get things started, I think I want to share with you a recipe for something that really made a very popular appearance this holiday. These delicious, decadent treats were introduced to me in various forms since I started being involved in the Holistic Nutrition world- however, this specific recipe was introduced to me by a dear friend of mine, by the name of Amber Baker. These are a great treat to have at a potluck, to surprise a friend with sweet tooth, especially any friends that have started the new year with a raw, vegan diet or a cleanse or detox! That’s right people- I am speaking to the Fabulous Raw Chocolate Truffles!!
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted & soaked
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
- Combine all the ingredients aside from the hemp seeds & cacao nibs in a food processor or large bowl.
- Mix at medium speed or use a hand blender to blend together to a smooth consistency
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or if under time constraint, place bowl in the freezer for at least 2 hours
- Roll into desired size balls with your hands
- Roll in hemp seeds/cacao nib mixture to coat
- Refrigerate and serve the balls cold