I had kids.
Kids…they change everything. They somehow simultaneously speed life up and slow life down. They make everything feel so big and yet, so small. But fast and slow, big and small, they give everything, everything meaning – jumping through puddles and reading stories, building forts and making cookies, all of it is richer and deeper and fuller because of my kids. And holidays that once seemed meaningless are now significant reminders to pause and look around and feel grateful for a life so full.
With Christmas, New Years, and both kids’ birthdays behind me (a whirlwind two months), I am turning towards Valentine’s Day with a heart overwhelmed with love and gratitude.
There was a pivotal moment in my life when everything changed. It was January 23, 2012 – the day I met my daughter. The previous nine months had been filled with anxiety and dread. I had always adamantly not wanted children and while in the recent months leading up to this unplanned pregnancy my mind was opening up a little to the idea, the reality was taking it’s sweet time to sink it.
Over and over I heard, “Don’t worry. You’re maternal instinct will kick in.” But the more I heard it, the worse I felt.
Until I met my daughter. For a brief moment time stood still. The noise stopped. The doctors and nurses faded away. And the memory of her being lifting up and placed on my chest is forever etched into my memory as the day I was forever changed. I became a parent.
It was the best day of my life.
I continue to change and grow into the evolving roles of parent and partner but one thing is for certain – if it wasn’t for our own families, mine and Jason’s, who taught us first about love and how to grow and care and sacrifice, the family that was created on January 23rd would not be thriving as it is today.
My family of origin who gave me life and taught me love, courage, compassion, and independence.
My family by marriage who welcomed me with open arms and taught me hospitality and generosity.
And the family Jason and I created who changed me to the core, taught me sacrifice and selflessness, and redefined the word love by simply existing.
To help me celebrate Valentine’s Day and those I love, I made a little treat because nothing says “I love you” like chocolate (at least, that’s my love language). These Pots de Creme are the creme of the crop (sorry, I had to). I used a combination of raw cashews and Silk®’s new Cashewmilk (amazing!) to create a smooth, silky, and irresistibly creamy texture that got us all licking our bowls.
Vegan Pots de Creme
Author: Sarah McMinn
Makes: 4 (3oz) servings
- Pot de Creme
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 4-6 hours
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons Silk® Original Cashewmilk
- ¼ cup agave nectar
- 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- pinch of salt
Coconut Whipped Cream
- 1 can full fat coconut milk, separated
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Drain and rinse the cashews. Place in a food processor or high-speed blender along with the remaining ingredients. Blend until completely smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
- Pour into 4 small ramekins and refrigerate for 2 hours, until chilled all the way through.
- To make the coconut whipped cream, scrape the white solids from the top of the can. Place in bowl with powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Using a handheld mixer whisk the mixture together until it resembles whipped cream.
- Top each pot de creme with a dollop of whipped cream just before serving.