There is something about having children and being a parent that makes adult time near impossible. What I mean by that is this - if you have the kids, generally you're spending time with them. Not spending time with them means I think about them - which makes it hard for me to enjoy not spending time with them, and then I find myself spending time with them. For a vast majority of the day, the kids consume me. They want to talk to me, touch me, interface with me, eat my food, complain about something, or get help from me. It's pretty much non-stop face time with the children. I'm okay with this. I'm used to this, and I know that this is a reality and part of the duality of parenting - both hardship and joy.
It has come to the point that to get away, to not spend time with them costs money - as I have to hire a sitter, or pay someone to be with them. Doing so is a luxury, so as it turns out, I end up having most of my time with the kids. But yesterday, a remarkable opportunity arose. Friends EK and SK were getting married, and it was to be an ADULT ONLY reception. The words like a beacon, sprang out from the page, and I was excited as it meant - well - Children COULD NOT come. They were not invited. Not allowed. It was an adult only space. And this...I'm slightly ashamed to admit, excited me beyond all belief.
I called up Mom-in-law, explaining that we had a wedding and asked if she would watch Children. She readily agreed and last night - let's just say a fun time was had by this momma of three. I danced the night away in shoes that were too high for me, toasted the bride and groom many times, ate midnight snacks on the dance floor, feeding only myself and not any small people under 4 feet, and basically did NOT think of Children once. It was, quite literally, an 8-hour vacation from my life as a mother. And it was FUN.
I know that Children invade my space - and quite honestly, most of the time I welcome it. They make it chaotic, nutty, funny, but they love ME, despite all of that. And it is a wonderful thing. But there are times when just being an adult, without the responsibilities that come with children - is also really something special. And I will not feel guilty, enjoying that adult time.
These Espresso Mocha and Green Tea Rice Krispy Pop are a simple away to make an adult only zone (unless you are not opposed to having massive amounts of caffeine coursing through the bodies of your young ones). I make them, explain to Children that they are not allowed to have it, and have a moment all to myself, enjoying the rush of sugar and caffeine. After the quick hit, of course we're back to reality, but in that single moment - it's adult time.
Green Tea and Espresso Mocha Rice Krispy Pops
adapted from the “Original Rice Krispies” recipe
Makes about 20 golf ball sized pops or 20 squares
3 tablespoons butter
40 regular marshmallows or 4 cups mini marshmallows
2 tablespoons green tea/matcha powder (higher quality more intense green - I could only find a not so great one)
OR 2 tablespoons espresso powder and 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
6 cups rice krispies (I actually prefer the Trader Joe’s Rice Crispies - but the Kellogg’s original are good as well)
20 lollipop sticks
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Add matcha OR espresso and cocoa. Mix quickly. Remove from heat.
Add rice krispies. Stir until well coated.
Working quickly, wearing disposable gloves, shape mixture into balls. Press lollipop sticks into creating a pop.
Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.
A pretty mix, including the Strawberry Krispy Pops.
The lollipop sticks I bought. (You can get them at Michaels with a 40% off coupon if you want to pay less)