Broiled Honey Peaches and the Reluctant Hockey Mom

Summer is officially over -- school is in full swing (homework has begun!) and the fall sports are keeping us busy after school and on the weekends. Most days you can find me either on the soccer field or the hockey rink. If you had told me a couple years ago I would be a "Hockey Mom", I would have said you were NUTS! However, nothing like being a mom to make you eat your words and prove you don't know as much as you think you did. When we first knew we were having boys, of course the hub immediately started dreaming of throwing around the ball and teaching them all the sports he loves. I immediately said "no hockey, no football!" -- which wasn't a problem for the hub since he was a soccer and baseball guy. Even before I met them, I had preconceived notions of how I would keep them safe in the world.

This picture pretty much says it all -- my crazy man, a little wild, a big personality, and so full of love you could just eat him up. No one on this planet makes me laugh like this kid! --Well, he got a taste of ice skating about 18 months ago and hasn't stopped since. The whole process has been a bit of a whirlwind from Learn to Skate straight to playing on the mid-level Mites Team after skating barely a year. It was clear he really had a talent and love for the sport. We were reluctant to dive feet first into the hockey life -- we knew this meant early morning practices  and a steep learning curve -- the whole hockey life is a bit overwhelming if it isn't something you grew up with from learning all the equipment, wrapping sticks,and tying skates, I was soooo intimidated. Also, not gonna lie, I was worried about head injuries, teeth getting knocked out and all the typical injuries of hockey players. I literally bought him every available piece of protective equipment! Lol! Let me tell you, it took a lot of thought before I agreed to let him play -- why did I say yes? Because he loves it. To see his excitement as we head to practice, the look on his face when he focuses on learning a new skill, and his pride when he masters it-- nothing like it in the world. I watch him on the ice and feel my heart ready to burst as he glides across the ice like he was born to do this.

Being a mom teaches me something every single day, but this kid's love of hockey has taught me more about myself than I would have ever thought possible -- it doesn't matter if I like something or not, supporting my kids and encouraging them when they love something makes me love it, too. So if you see me in the stands smiling with a little tear in my eye, know I may not love this sport, but I love my son and how this sport makes him feel. I am so thankful to be his mom (even if it means freezing my butt off in the stands at 6 in the morning!)

Now, I know you come here for the recipes, so here you go. A super easy and quick healthy dessert for the weeknights when you are busy going from school to activities and finally home. Thank you for reading!

One of my favorite fruits in summertime are the stone fruits. The peaches came in a little late this year due to the never-ending winter and cool summer, but they are so sweet and juicy -- I cannot get enough of them. This dessert is so simple, anyone can do it, the key is keeping a close eye on the peaches while they are under the broiler. It takes less than 5 minutes for the honey to caramelize and they can go quickly from yummy to burnt, if left unwatched. So make sure to take them out as soon as they're perfectly browned.

Broiled Honey Peaches
4 large ripe peaches
2 tablespoons honey (preferably local)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
sour cream, whipped cream, or Greek yogurt (all optional)
1. Preheat your broiler to HIGH.
2. Cut peaches in half and place cut side up on baking sheet.
3. Drizzle with honey then sprinkle with cinnamon and place on top rack immediately below broiler heat source.
4. Watch closely for the tops to brown. Should take 3-5 minutes.
5. Remove from heat, place a dab of desired topping in center.
They will be VERY hot, so make sure they cool sufficiently if you have any kiddos eating them. Reserve any leftovers in the fridge -- they are delicious chopped in salads!
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