May your holiday season be merry and bright along with a few peaceful moments in the mix. The last day of school was just this past Friday, yesterday in fact. And tomorrow is Christmas Eve. The air is thick with excitement. And Erik our almost nine year old is calling from the entryway asking me to quote a percentage it might be that he will finish his cleaning job before my brother comes over. Since I’m writing, I hadn’t been checking on his progress and so I just throw our an estimate. 85% chance that he will be finished by the time they come. In fact it was 100%, as he was already finished.
We have been learning a new life. A few weeks ago, our Marian was diagnosed with type one diabetes. It is one of those things that you know something about, perhaps quite a bit in fact, as there are articles about diabetes all over the place. Most of them are about type II, which is in fact a completely different condition. But when it enters your life, you start to learn about all of the little details that no one tells you about in those articles. The fact that you set your alarm clock for 1 am and 4 am to check blood glucose levels, and then if they are low you might give a few sips of juice to help coax it back up. And then you reset your alarm for an hour later to see if the juice helped or if more is needed. Of course there are good nights and no extra carbohydrates are needed and it is enough to check in a couple of times but other times it is like we had a newborn in the house again.
Marian has been the best of the best. She is an absolute trooper and never complains even if we occasionally need to interupt her sleep. Her biggest complaint is that she would like to occasionally be without supervision. It’s quite natural since she is a teenager. Now I’m not able to leave her for very long by herself as we’re still in the process of learning how to count carbs and decide what is the right amount of insulin as it is different everytime depending on how low or high her blood sugar was to begin with. Fortunately the care for diabetes has become simpler as scientists have found more information and the technology involved is so developed. Of course a healthy diet is best, as is for all of us, but there is no recommendation today to attempt to be completely carbohydrate or sugar free. Everything in moderation. Marian of course has never liked sweets. Only perhaps a slice of chocolate cake or a piece of chocolate every once in a while, but nothing else.
But in the midst of all of this, we have been trying to live as normal of a life as possible. We are fortunate to be able to receive such wonderful health care and it fortunately is managable even if the blood sugar graphs are usually all over the place with growing children.
My friend has occasionally made these lovely filled dates. They are very decadent and in the end are not too difficult, quite easy actually if you don’t count the time that goes into covering each individual date with chocolate. And the recipe has only three ingredients.
Chocolate covered filled dates — naturally gluten-free
Fresh dates (about 25)
100 g /3.5 oz orange-flavored cream cheese
200 g/ 7 oz dark chocolate
Gently slit the dates and remove the pit. Using a teaspoon place a bit of orange cream cheese inside and gently press to close.
Melt and temper the chocolate and coat each date one by one. I noticed that two fondue skewers worked best for the job. Allow to set in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Happy holidays my fellow bloggers and dear readers! I appreciate you more than you know ❤