The day quickly fills up. Some hours are wiled away on errands and chores that had been put off, but others are used for fun - pit stops at the beach, playground time, lunches at a favorite restaurant - to make the most of our time together.
By the time we get home, it is toddler-late, and time to scoop him off to bed. And toddler bed time means Seth and I get to do “our thing.”
“Our thing” has two components:
1. Our television show of the moment
It is our time to watch our shows, or our “stories” as we like to say. We generally have room in our hearts for one dramatic series at a time. But there have been so many wonderful love affairs through the years - The Wire, Deadwood, Battlestar Galactica, West Wing, House of Cards, Damages, Breaking Bad, Mad Men... just to name a few. And in this Netflix era, we can bring up our show of the moment with the click of a Wii remote and binge on back to back episodes.
And while we watch our stories we like a snack. A snack that doesn’t involve expending a lot of energy, as that attribute has been depleted during the day’s activities. A snack that will curb our hunger with some whole grain goodness, but a snack that is still delicious. A snack like Quaker Oat’s Big Chewy Granola Bars.
We love chocolate chips (seriously, we love them), so we get the Chocolate Chip Big Chewy Granola Bars. But the snack doesn’t stop there. We cut the granola bars and put them on a plate with some fruit - bananas (for me, we all know about Seth’s strong aversion to anything banana), strawberries, tangerines. And a dip. A chocolate fondue to be exact - one made with coconut milk and a hint of cardamom.
It has been awhile since we mentioned our love of dipping. So active! So communal! So fun! And can possibly lead to some intense debates about what the precisely most delicious combination of foods is to combine with the dip.
And while we snack on our granola bar bites and our fruit slices and fondue, we can sit side by side, watching our stories, discussing camera angles and character development, analyzing plot twists and turns, and arguing about the morality of actions that characters have taken. And life is good.
And now that you totally need some of these granola bars in your life right now, you need to know where to find them - look here for product locator and here for more information about the bars.
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1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch fleur de sel
In a small pot over low heat, warm the coconut milk. Take off heat and stir in the chocolate chips. Once they are melted, stir in the cardamom and vanilla. Sprinkle fleur de sel on top of the fondue for serving.