Sunday, November 24, 2013

Series of Goodbyes: Part 2

Friday night, we had our last church small group meeting. Since it was the last one, we had a potluck dinner and played Catch Phrase (my favorite game ever!)

My new friend Aidalys came with her hubbie and two little girls. Aidalys and I just recently met. I immediately liked her because of her down-to-earth honesty and forthrightness. She's funny too. :) I'm sad we didn't meet sooner!

We made "paleo" Chocolate Pie...

And Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Walnuts.

(Check below for the recipes!)

At the end of the night, everyone gathered around and prayed for Billie and me. For our future, for our travels, and for God's provision and protection as we get settled at Fort Campbell. Doesn't get much better than that. 

Oh! I almost forgot... early Friday morning, Billie and I saw "Catching Fire," the new Hunger Games movie. I had forgotten what happened in the second book, so that was nice!
Everyone has been saying it's better than the first movie. I don't really think so. It was good! But more gruesome than I remember. And the ending definitely leaves ya hanging!

Ok, here are those recipes. :)
"Paleo Chocolate Pie"
Copied from: Fit Paleo Mom

For the crust: (Next time, I will make a little extra crust)
1 cup walnut halves
1/4 cup (about 4) pitted dates
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt

For the filling:
1 cup coconut milk- refrigerate 2 cans of coconut milk, and only use the cream that separates to the top of the can
1/2 cup(about 8) pitted dates
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
3 oz dark chocolate, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract

1. In a food processor purée the walnuts, dates, cinnamon, and salt until very fine. Grease a glass pie plate with coconut oil.
2. Transfer crust mixture to a glass pie dish and press across the bottom and halfway up the sides
3. Rinse food processor.
4. In a small sauce pan heat coconut milk just slightly (or microwave it for 45 seconds).
5. Add heated coconut milk, dates, chocolate, coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the food processor and purée until its completely smooth.
6. Pour over crust and chill to set.

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Walnuts:

Nitrate-free bacon, strips cut in half
Pitted dates
Walnut halves

1. Cook bacon in microwave for 3 minutes (It will take you several batches before you have it all cooked!)
2. Let them cool for a minute, then wrap one date and one walnut half in bacon and stick a toothpick through to hold.
3. Bake on the top rack in a glass baking dish on 450* for about 10 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy.

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