I need to talk to you about something other than food today. I know, you are here for the food (that is usually my line…), but today, I need your support for something much greater than the tasty treats I try to serve you each visit.
My friend, Lady Bee, has cancer.
I haven’t asked her for permission to talk about her but I have this deep need to do something and the best that I can do right now is get as many people as I can to send her good mojo and prayers for healing and strength to make it through this. I know she can and will, but each day she learns more about how hard this journey will be and I want her to feel the support and love of all of us around her.
Since I haven’t asked her permission and want to protect her privacy, we will call her Lady Bee. I gave her this name for two reasons: 1. She keeps bees in her yard and 2. she is always a ‘perfect’ lady (she is rolling her eyes at me now) and reminds me (sweetly) how to be (even giving me an etiquette book for my bridal shower!).
AND I’m a BIG believer in angels, miracles and the power of prayer. I’m sorry if you don’t, but you must believe in something good, something real, something hopeful? Otherwise, what sweetness is there in life? So, I ask you to join me with whatever you believe in and send her all the positive mojo and prayers you can offer for my Lady Bee. I know we are all going through our own struggles and I had hoped this blog was a place to “vacation” from life and enjoy the good things that make us happy but crap happens and as a community I hope we can be there for each-other and help each-other through our struggles?! Thank you.
Today I bring you one of my new favorite treats. This is SO easy to make and SO yummy! I know it looks fancy (that is half the fun) but it is truly so simple and delicious. I eat this dish a few times a week as a snack, breakfast or dessert!
Greek Yogurt with Roasted Almonds & Berry Sauce
1/2 c Chobani plain or vanilla Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp no sugar added (not sugar free) cherry or strawberry preserves
1/2 tbsp shaved dark chocolate (at least 70% dark)
2 tbsp toasted, sliced almonds
1 tsp chopped mint
Spoon the yogurt into the bottom of a bowl and using a spoon, form a small channel. Microwave the preserves for 20-30 seconds or until thin. Pour into the channel (it will set because of the cold yogurt).
Place the sliced almonds on a cookie sheet and roast at 350 for 5-8 minutes or until lightly toasted (keep an eye on them, they can burn easily). Let the almonds cool for 5 minutes then place on top of the yogurt and preserves.
Top with shaved chocolate and mint and enjoy!