My dear readers, it has been a tough few weeks. My heart has been heavy with grief at the loss of both of my parents only six days apart. We have been surrounded by love overflowing from a community of wonderful people who love my parents. I kept thinking how we were receiving this love as a gift from the love my parents had given out that kept on blessing us even when they were not here. That is just how my parents would have planned it if they could. I find comfort that my parents are together with our Lord, forever and I know one day we will be reunited. What a glorious day that will be!
As believers we believe “in hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began!” (Titus 1:2)
I am thankful for the wonderful gift God gave me of loving parents. Their love for God and family shaped me and I am who I am because of all they taught me. If you met my parents they would have made you feel like family. Their door was always open.
It has been hard to believe. I know our lives have changed in ways that I can not even begin to think about. My childhood youth minister described this time in our life as "wading through the deep waters." Yes, at times I feel just like that. Those deep waters are heavy on my limbs as I press through. I realize my world will never be the same without them. I am told time can ease the pains. I trust God to comfort me through all of this.
In my grief and sorrow I took to the kitchen and used the little energy I could muster to create these bars. I found healing in the midst of this creative moment. I didn't plan these, but just started mixing as the spirit lead me. Out of my grief these delicious bars came to birth.
I share these Heavenly Cherry Cashew Bars in loving memory of my dear and precious Moma and Daddy.
Heavenly Cherry Cashew Bars
Mix all ingredients in a food processor:
1 1/2 cup raw cashews
1- 2.2 oz. bag of Bare Fruit 100% Organic Baked-Dried Cherries (about 1/2 cup) (optional)
1/4 cup dried & unsulphured Made in Nature Apricots
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shredded
1/2 cup coconut creme concentrate
1/4 cup organic coconut oil expeller pressed
1 or 2 Tablespoons raw organic honey
Spread into a 8 x 8-inch square glass dish and refrigerate until ready to eat.