During the ICU’s Quiet Time hours yesterday, I figured a good way to utilize my time was to stroll through Target. My mom would have wanted that. Trust me, shopping is her cardio. And since I feel a bit helpless sitting in her room most days (unless I am playing her favorite gospel music and she opens her eyes to listen momentarily), shopping seemed like a great distraction. Little did I know that everything in that store reminded me of my mom. I strolled down the St Patrick’s Day and Easter aisles and found myself saying how my mom would love this, how she would totally have bought that. I even stopped at one point and laughed out loud. It hit me at that moment (though it was really no surprise) that I owe all of my holiday love to my mother. It’s all her fault, really. My mom has a this infectious joy for all celebrations and it must have been passed along in me because I find myself loving just as she had when I was growing up. Had she thought of it, she would have totally made these edible Surprise Leprechaun Hats with me as a kid.
It’s really comforting, actually, to able to continue to create and post during this time. It’s so cathartic and it’s a way that I can honor this beautiful human being who raised me to love and appreciate what she loved and appreciated, and who now lies almost lifeless in a hospital bed. I can hear her voice reacting to these edible Surprise Leprechaun Hats, saying, “Oh Cara, they’re so COOL. So Awesome, honey, so awesome.” (She uses cutesy words and loves using “cool” and “awesome” in every sentence possible). God, I love that woman; she is my ray of sunshine.
- 5 gluten free ice cream cones
- all natural green food coloring
- 5 chocolate cookies (I used Enjoy Life’s cookies)
- 5 mini cookies (I used Home Free cookies)
- nondairy chocolate, melted
- orange-colored jelly beans (I used Surf Sweets)
- goodies of choice to stuff the insides of the hats with
- in a small bowl, pour a couple of drops of green food coloring and add several drops of water to it. Using a clean, unused paint brush, coat the ice cream cones with the food coloring, evenly coating it. Allow 15 minutes to dry.
- Clean your paint brush and use to “paint” the melted chocolate along the cone.
- “Glue” the mini cookies with the melted chocolate to the cone/hat. Place in the freezer to set.
- Add your goodies to stuff inside the ice cream cone. “Glue” the large cookie to close up the hat with more melted chocolate. Allow to set again.
- “Glue” an orange jelly bean to the mini cookie.
- Have fun smashing open for a surprise treat!
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May we all hold our loved ones a little tighter today. Nothing is guaranteed and it’s a truth I am better understanding these past two and a half weeks. Make sure you say your “love you’s” at every moment you can. My mom did and because of that, I will never doubt her utterly flawless love for me.