Rich low carb mint chip ice cream with layers of gluten-free chocolate cake and a sugar-free chocolate ganache. Worth the effort for tasty summertime dessert!
I don’t consider myself a particularly indulgent parent. I don’t satisfy my children’s every whim and I try to instill a sense of responsibility and gratitude in them. If anything, I probably err on the side of being too hard on them, too unyielding. Sometimes it feels like I say no more than I say any other word, and it can come as a bit of relief to say yes once in a while. When my husband cooked up a rather indulgent scheme for the three kids a few weeks ago, I hemmed and hawed but I eventually gave in. And so we held a half-birthday party for our three kiddos, replete with cake, balloons and presents. If that’s not parental indulgence, I don’t know what is!
All of my kids are born in the last quarter of the year. My husband and I often feel that from early October through Christmas, we get no break whatsoever. We go from birthday to birthday to Thanksgiving to birthday to Christmas. Wham, Wham, Wham, one event after another with barely any time to breathe. As we are not particular indulgent parents, we don’t fete our children’s natal days with lavish parties and excessive gifts. Oftentimes, they are just small family get togethers, and yet we still find ourselves run ragged in those last three months. My husband, whose birthday is just after Christmas, is sensitive to the fact that the individual attention for each kiddo can get a little lost in the holiday season. And in terms of presents and new toys, it’s feast or famine for my kids. They get all their new goodies in the last few months of the year and then it’s a long dry stretch until “birthday season” rolls around again.
So it was with that in mind that my husband picked up one present for each of the kids and coaxed me into saying yes to a Half-Birthday party. It was only the 5 of us, but it was really a sweet little evening. We hit the buffet at a good Chinese restaurant because the kids had been asking to dine there for ages, and then we surprised them at home with a big bunch of balloons and this delicious low carb ice cream cake. My husband had to employ a great many distraction techniques during the day for me to get the ice cream cake done. I nearly got caught red-handed while taking some photos, but my husband quickly intervened and whisked the curious child back up the stairs to the playroom. They knew something was up, but they really weren’t quite sure what to make of it.
As you might expect, they were absolutely delighted to discover the cause of Mummy and Daddy’s strange behaviour. They really enjoyed the full and being made to feel special on a random day in July when it was no one’s birthday. I loved seeing how happy they were and it was worth it for me to let go a little bit and say yes.
The cake was well worth it too!