I’ve been waiting for the right time to say this. In fact, this has been years in the making. YEARS, but I was always waiting for the right time to do so, only to find out that it never was. I would always convince myself to keep doing what I was doing and push off what inevitably needed to be done. But what better day to this than now (because today is all we have!) and what better way to do it than with these Chocolate Banana Moose Pops to celebrate? It’s winter and Christmas season after all. There is much to be happy about!
The thing about winter (like, an actual winter, not the kind of winter Californians call winter…wink), you learn a lot about death and life through the seasons. You visibly see it happen before your own eyes and how winter, which is like death, brings about this desperate longing for spring, the season of birth. Everything turns a bit bleak while the trees have lost all their leaves and everything and everyone goes into hibernation mode. And once spring comes around the corner, it’s amazing to see what has sprung up from its slumber. It’s given me so much to think about and how in our own lives we go through constant death and birth on so many different levels. The disservice we do to ourselves and to others, however, is when we don’t accept that truth and stifle the cycles. There is always something dying and being reborn in us and we get stuck when we don’t allow it to flow the way it needs to. Enter what I need to say:
It’s been 6 years of blogging and I’ve experienced some major deaths and rebirths during that time. The problem is that I’ve been stuck for a few years now because I haven’t accepted the fact that change is good and that we need to let go of certain things in order for new things to grow. I’m not the best at accepting change in my life. I find that sometimes I hold onto to what I know for dear life because I fear change so much. But I’m trying to change that these days. Ever since my mother’s death, I’ve been trying real hard to do things differently…
Chocolate Banana Moose PopsPrint
- 2 banans, cut in half
- 1/2 c. melted chocolate
- 8 mini pretzels
- 8 homemade googly eyes
- 4 mini cookies
- 4 red colored chocolate candies
- 4 popsicle sticks
- Carefully place a popsicles stick into the cut part of each banana slice.
- Dip the bananas into the melted chocolate and place on a baking sheet covered with a piece of parchment paper.
- Add the pretzel antlers, mini cookie, eyes, and nose on the banana.
- Freeze until set.
And because I’ve been trying to face what I fear, here it what I need to tell you:
I will no longer be creating recipes that are gluten free, vegan, or even allergen friendly over here.
They are labels that have stuck with me for a very long time now (whether on purpose or accidental), and at which were relevant at one point, but no longer. What you WILL find over here from now on are:
- Fun kid food (still).
- No dietary limits.
- Me being more personal over here again (like I used to).
- Whatever I damn well want.
I will completely understand if you stop reading about my world over here and no longer want to see my recipes. I just ask that you be respectful when you leave, please.
As time passes along, I will tell you more about how I got here, but until then, I made us Chocolate Banana Moose Pops to celebrate the season and celebrate this new self that is emerging from the depths of me. A self that values authenticity and openness more than anything else. And let me tell you, it feels so damn good.