5.16.2011

moms inspire creativity

Disclaimer: My Mother's Day gift made it to my mom in a timely fashion. This post only got delayed to preserve the surprise...and then to allow me to pass my finals.

Every year I am a little bit torn about Mother's Day. It's a lot like Valentine's Day. Yes, I know it is a money-making scheme. Yes, I know we should appreciate the person we love every day. Yes, I know an unbalanced amount of pressure gets put on guys to woo their sweethearts. But at the same time, I'm always secretly elated to come home to a bunch of flowers in the middle of February.

The same goes for moms. I know my mom knows how much I love her and doesn't need a cheesy keepsake to be reminded. But there is something grand about taking a day to pause, reflect, and be intentional about communicating our love and appreciation to the important people in our lives. I think that's part of the fun of birthdays too. So to avoid giving in to the false guilt trip of overpriced flower companies and still show my mom how much she means to me, I went home-made this year.

Bet you can't guess my mom's name...

With a nearly empty nest, I thought she could use a couple of little birdies to take care of. I used this pattern for these little guys (and the recommended Valley Yarns Northampton yarn).

And their eggs? Less than a gram of sugar in each egg. Here's how it's done...

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Coconut Robins' Eggs

Ingredients:
For the chocolate...
     2 squares unsweetened Baker's chocolate
     2 scoops* powdered stevia (or, to taste)
For the filling (adapted from here)...
     1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
     1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
     1 tbsp. agave syrup
     raw almonds (optional)

*My stevia came with a teeny tiny scoop. It's definitely less than 1/4 tsp. I'd estimate it at about 1/16 tsp.


Melt the chocolate in a small pan, stirring continuously. Add the stevia, stir well, then turn off the heat. This keeps the chocolate warm, without letting it burn.


Paint the bottoms of egg-shaped molds, then freeze for a few minutes to harden. When solid, check for bare patches and repaint. I usually complete this step a couple of times.

During the last round in the freezer, mix the ingredients for the filling. If you're adding almonds, put an almond in each egg before adding the coconut filling. Fill the eggs. Do not overfill, as chocolates are difficult to seal if overfilled. Freeze again for a few minutes, then paint over the tops of the eggs. Freeze or refrigerate, and when solid, pop the eggs out of the mold.


Wrap in some pretty candy foils, and enjoy!


A closing note about my mom: she's the best. She stayed at home for about the first twelve years of my life, meaning I got to enjoy freshly baked cookies and a good talk after school. She makes beautiful pysanky eggs, so I learned to appreciate creativity and artistry and the satisfaction of making things. She has always given me the best advice without forcing it on me, meaning I usually made the best decision, but learned to make it on my own. She never disregarded my feelings, so I learned my compassion was a strength, not a weakness. And she always gave me something to aspire to: a strong sense of self, kindness, and above all, happiness, no matter what little things might go amiss.

I love you, Mom.

HAPPY (belated) MOTHER'S DAY!

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