D Man is allowed to stay up late tonight and just he and I are heading off to the arrivals gate to see Big Daddy walk through. I think both chaps will get a buzz out of that….and I’m not embarrassed to say I’m looking forward to a pash. I reckon a public pash at the arrivals gate is totally acceptable behaviour.
Mister H left on Valentine’s Day and I didn’t write a Valentine’s post. I read a few spectacularly schmaltzy ones and it made me wonder if I was unsentimental, or perhaps my relationship was lacking….
You are the air I breathe and my sun and moon, just don’t quite describe my feelings for my husband but I’ve done some thinking in the last ten days.
I was 30 when we met.
I had lived a very full life and I’ve always relied on myself. I’m very independent, strong and fiery and I can get by just fine on my own. The majority of the day-to-day ‘kid stuff’ I do anyway because he’s out of the house early and home late, so it wasn’t a biggie.
I haven’t missed not having all of the training clothes to wash, nor have I missed all of the shoes in the lounge.
What I realised was, though, is that Mister H is like the tonic in my gin. Gin is pretty good on it’s own, a complete thing, if a tad harsh, but when you add tonic?
Wow, now that’s a real marriage.
Mister H is the cheese on my pizza, the sugar in my coffee and the bubbles in my bath.
He’s the date and ginger in my oat cookie.
I have missed the kisses goodnight, and my friend coming home and chatting about our day.
I have missed the sound of he and the kid’s laughing, and I’ve missed cuddles in the kitchen…..so I made a batch of these chewy, spicy date numbers to ease us through the final days of his absence!
What you will need :
- 85g softened butter
- 50g castor sugar
- 60g brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1/2 cup wholemeal flour
- 1/2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- A pinch of salt
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 80g chopped dates
What you will need to do :
Preheat oven to 190C
In a large bowl cream together the butter and the sugars until nice and pale. Then add the egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
Stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger and salt and gradually beat into the spread mixture bit by bit.
Finally, stir in the oats and dates.
Pop teaspoon sized balls onto baking paper and stick in the oven for 8-10 minutes until golden and delicious. Leave for a few minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.
Chewy, moist, sticky, spicy, sweet and yummy…..I ate 4 while they were still hot, and felt instantly better.
Ironically, after I had already written this, Mister H gave me a present from his journey……
It goes perfectly with tonic.