Updated: Sep 16, 2020
A few weeks ago, my legs had an argument, resulting in me visiting the floor before I could even notice. Long story short, I ended with a sprained ankle and the right foot turned a terrible mix of purple and black. Full of pain, I started to consider getting X rays because the inflammation was so terrible as the pain. But, you know, with the Covid-19 as a threat, I quickly dismissed the thought and went old school. Elevation, ice, compression... You feel me, right?
Fast forward two weeks. I cannot complain, I have been well cared for! I was already starting to like feeling so spoiled. I must say, my kids have given the extra mile.
They will probably say I'm the kind of mom who will never ask for help. Probably never enjoy receiving voluntary help. My kids will surely say I'm tough and strict, and the type of mom who makes sure bad actions see consequences and good deeds get outstanding rewards. They'll say "Mom, she is an overprotective Hispanic mom". "She'll put our electronics in a treasure chest with padlock if we behave wrong". But they will also say "Dang, you are crazy, mom!"
Stuff like that. And I definitely recognize I'm hard on them. I ask so much of them because I give so much. I wish for them a world of opportunities and dreams that can come true. We study together, we invent together. I read books to both of them since they were conceived. I am their biggest cheerleader, motivating them to pursue all of their dreams and even so to dream a little more.
These two nice "little adults" have been by my side in my darkest times. When I cried, they hugged and comforted me. When we lost a newly found business we opened back in Puerto Rico -two hurricanes hit us hard and drained our little money... When we lost hope to find progress in our native island, we decided time has come to explore new horizons.
Without hesitation, my two kids helped me pack and sell everything we could. Just like that we were at the airport with 3 huge and heavy suitcases, 4 backpacks, 1 purse and 1 doll. Sleep deprived for almost 24 hours the three of us made our destiny: Georgia, where we were housed by hubby's awesome aunt and uncle. Bless them forever for opening their house to my kids and me, strangers for them back then!
Fast forward to present time. My ankle is still healing but is doing great. Despite the quick healing, yesterday my son made me a surprise. A delicious Keto brownie. He loves brownies. I love brownies. We love brownies. Who doesn't love brownies?
The fact that I hadn't ask him for the treat only assures me that is good to be a tough mom. Is okay to be hard on them sometimes. As long as I am open and welcoming to them, they will always be considerate kids. People has criticized that I'm hard on my kids. That first goes study, then play. Been a tough mom has given them the sense of responsibility and also showed them to be kind. Been hard sometimes has taught my kids to love and to cherish, to be ever present, to learn the difference between good or bad, to give love, to reject hate, to earn and learn their place in the world.
Super Chocolatey One-Bowl Brownie
1/2 cup melted butter
3/4 cup powdered Swerve
1 tbsp almond extract (or vanilla)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup almond flour (finely ground)
1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 cup (or more!) chocolate chips- We use Lilly's
Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Line one 8x8" baking dish, or an 8" round cake pan with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, combine butter and Swerve. Add the eggs and extract.
Add all the dry ingredients and mix until well combine. We do it with a spatula.
Fold in the chocolate chips and put the mixture in the prepared pan.
Bake for 22-25 minutes, or until sticking a toothpick and it comes out fairly clean. The center will look gooey. This is fine. The brownie will continue to cook a little more while it cools.
If you can keep your hands to yourself, let the brownie rest for at least 20 minutes. Cut into 12 pieces and enjoy.
This is great with ice cream, chocolate swirls like the ones my son made. (For this, he made a Nutella substitution Keto approved). Feel free to add nuts, white chocolate chunks or more chips to this delicious and easy brownie.
As of this moment, my teenager boy of 15 years is a lovely, smart and shy young man with a great heart, and my pre-teen girl of 9 is a sweet emphatic, enthusiastic little woman. If this is what I get for been a tough mamma, then I'll be the toughest. Because who wouldn't want to get homemade brownies made by a teenager boy just because?
Make yourself a little espresso or an almond latte and enjoy the sweet rewards of life.