Today was really the perfect day to make a nutty brittle given that my patience is brittle and I’m feeling pretty nutty.
There were so many things that went south today including a certain two year old who tried to kamikaze himself out of the stroller every 15 seconds during my run, or the baby who wouldn’t take a nap, or the toddler who was hell bent on destroying every plot at the community garden.
But it all pales in comparison to my little Fig, who on our walk home from the community garden, managed to pick up an entire pile of …brown stuff. This was no ordinary excrement mind you. Based on my visual inspection alone, I concluded this was the kind of dung that carries with it such rare afflictions as spongiform encephalopathy or tetanus. This was most certainly death poo.
Gripped with panic, I attempted to collect Fig and get him to soap and a sink asap. But oh no, little Fig did not want to leave and decided to employ his supremely effective and equally infuriating “jello-legs” tactic. This resulted in me pretty much dragging a limp and screaming two year old home by his shirt collar (with a baby one the other hip mind you) while garnering strange looks by onlookers who clearly thought I was some sort of monster.
Upon reaching home I scrubbed his hands for a good 10 minutes and then decided that soap would simply not do. After all, this was death poo. After quickly realizing we had no rubbing alchohol, I decided that the next best thing was pinot grigio. While I’ve seen no studies on the effectiveness of pinot grigio on death poo germs, I’m pretty confident that my cocktail of wine, hand sanitizer and soap should kill everything in it’s wake.
But by the time I had procured and opened my bottle of reserved and aged germ-annihilating Pinot, Fig has managed to escape the bathroom and was outside half naked.
And this is how I found myself outside chasing a naked two year old, waving an open bottle of Pinot while screaming discombobulated sentences that included the words crap and wine and germs at my sweet little two year old.
I can only hope none of our neighbors were home.
Chia Hazelnut and Pumpkin Seed Brittle
This can be sold as a dessert but works well as a snack since it’s not too sweet and loaded with goodness. This recipe serves about 5.
- 1/4 cup of Chia Seed
- 1/3 cup of crushed Hazelnut Seed
- 1 cup of crushed Pumpkin Seed
- 1/4 cup of Sunflower Seed
- 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup
- 1/4 cup of Coconut Oil, melted.
- Pinch of salt
- Heat oven to 350 F.
- Crush the hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds into small pieces. Combine in a large bowl with all other dry ingredients.
- Melt the coconut oil in a pan.
- Combine the coconut oil and maple syrup with the nut/seed mix. Stir well.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spread mixture thinly on the paper and bake until golden brown. Every oven is a bit different so check frequently. It took ours around 18 minutes to be done.
- Let cool and break into pieces.
Toddler Friendly Parts of this Recipe:
- Crushing the seeds in plastic bags
- Mixing the seed mixture
- Spreading out the mixture on the baking sheet