Get excited kids…it’s story time!
Before I share this simple and deeee-licious recipe for Cinnamon Pears and Maple Vanilla Cashew Cream, I want to tell you all a story. Hopefully you’ll stay until the end to find out why this simple story about a boy, a dog and a frog has a 26 year old so excited.
A little boy sits on a stool in his room. It’s nighttime. Outside it’s dark. The little boy’s head is resting on his hands. He is wearing thin stripped pajamas and slippers. Behind him are some old boots. Beside him is a sock and a thick stripped t-shirt. The boy is looking a glass jar. The boy’s pet frog is squatting inside the glass jar. The frog and the boy look happy. The little boy’s pet dog’s front paws are on the glass jars mouth. The dog wants to eat the frog.
The little boy is sleeping on his bed. The little boy’s dog is also sleeping on the bed. The boy’s pillow is soft and very comfortable. The frog is straddling the mouth of the glass jar. One leg is outside the jar and the other leg is inside the jar.
It’s morning. The little boy wakes up. He lays on his stomach on his bed and looks at the glass jar. It’s empty. The little boy’s dog stands behind his owner. The dog is sad for his owner.
The little boy is looking for the frog. The boy is holding a boot above his head. He is looking inside the boot. The little boy’s shirt is very short, so you can see his belly and belly button. The dog is also looking for the frog. His head is stuck in the glass jar. He wants to use his front paw to help him.
The little boy and his dog are in the window. The boy is yelling loudly for his frog. The dog is an animal so he can yell. The dog is on the window sill. His head is still stuck in the glass jar. Below the window are two bushes. On the wall below the window are lots of bricks.
The little boy and the dog are far from their home. They are looking for the frog outside. In front of them are some woods. In the woods there are lots of trees. The trees have lots of leave and branches. One thick three has a hole. One skinny tree has a bee hive hanging from it’s branch. Many bees are flying in the sky.
The little boy is sitting on the big tree’s tree branch. He is looking inside the hole, but he can’t see anything. The little boy’s dog is being chased by a lot of bees. An owl flies out of the tree hole. The little boy is scared. He falls from the tree branch onto the ground. The Owl’s wings are brown and white. The owl files over the boys head.
The little boy is beside a big rock. One of his hands is pressing on a large rock. The other hand is beside his mouth. He yells loudly for his frog. One foot is stepping on a rock. The other foot is on it’s tiptoes so that the boy can climb to the very top of the big rock. The little boy’s dog is behind the rock. He is looking for the frog. The boy climbs from the bottom of the large rock to the top of the large rock. The boy thinks his hand is holding a tree branch. He is holding a deer’s horn. The other hand is beside his mouth. He yells loudly for his frog.
The little boy straddling a deers head. The deer doesn’t care that the little boy is on his head. The little boy looks scared. The little boy’s dog doesn’t know that his owner is on a deer. The deer runs very fast. The dog also runs fast. The deer runs from the woods to a cliff. On top of the cliff are lots of rock and grass. Below the cliff are lots of tree roots. The boy looks very scared. The deer looks angry. The boy and his dog fall from the cliff into the lake. The boy can’t see because his dog is covering his eyes. They fall very close to a log, but they don’t hit the log. Because the water is shallow the boy can sit in the lake. Because the dog is short, he climbs on his owner’s head.
The little boy and his dog are beside the log. The log is empty. The little boy doesn’t want to make noise. He said to his dog, “Shhhhh!” The little boy and his dog climb onto the log. Behind the log they see a mother frog and a father frog. The boy and the dog look very surprised. The mother frog and the father frog look very happy. The dog lifts his ears and his tail.
The mother frog and the father frog have many children. One of the little frogs in jumping. The little boy takes one of the small frogs in his hand. The mother and father frog don’t care that the little boy takes one of their kids, because they know the little boy is nice. The little boy, his dog, and the frog leave to return home. The dog walks in front of his owner. The boy waves goodbye to the mother and father frog and their little kids.
The little boy and his dog are very happy because they found the little boy’s pet frog.
Okay, so Faith. Why did you tell us such a simple, choppy story that sounds like it was written by a five year old? Well, I thought it would be fun to share this story with you because I can tell this story in Chinese! Two months into Chinese lessons and I can’t believe I can say everything that happened in this story and much more. Yes, I need lots of prompts and help from my teacher, but I’m still so encouraged to see how far Brett and I have come in our language learning in just two months. I owe so much to my Chinese teacher. She is so patient and great at picking up what I’m struggling with and helping me. I would still be unable to talk to anyone around me if it wasn’t for her!
Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with anymore children’s stories. Hopefully, though, I will be able to share new milestones that I reach in this crazy language learning process.
But now let’s talk about dessert! I love simple desserts and this recipe couldn’t be much easier, especially if you already have my Maple Vanilla Cashew Cream (or any dairy-free whipped cream of sorts) on hand. One thing I love about fruity desserts, including this one, is that you don’t need to add much extra sweetener, if any. For this dessert, all I do is sauté some thinly sliced pears (or apples) in some water and cinnamon until soft. Then just transfer the fruit to a bowl and top with something creamy and crunchy and you’re all set!
So if you’re running late, or forgot to plan ahead, this dessert is for you. Let me know if you give it a try! Leave a comment or, even better, take a picture and tag me on Instagram so that I can see your beautiful, delicious creation!
- 4 large pears or apples
- Maple Vanilla Cashew Cream
- Caramelized Buckwheat Groats
- Other alternative toppings: granola, chopped nuts, Homemade Coconut Milk Whipped Cream
- Thinly slice your fruit into even slices. In a sauce pan with a little water, sautee the fruit until soft. Towards the end of sauteeing, add in as much cinnamon as you desire.
- Transfer the warm cinnamon fruit to bowls and top with Maple Vanilla Cashew Cream, Caramelized Buckwheat Groats, or any other desired toppings.
- Serve warm.