This move, as you may have read about in the previous post, is one of unpleasantness for several reasons, though we are looking toward the pleasant family part of it. So, with a month to go, and few free days left, we are trying to "book in" to see friends before we leave. Due to schedule conflicts and our necessary traveling to house-hunt, unfortunately, we will not see all who we desire to.
We were recently invited to friends' home for a 'Farewell Tea and Coffee."
Farewell, because we are moving across the country in a month.
Friends, because we have a mutual bond and affection for Jesus Christ, each other and many other topics. Although we have not been friends a long time, we enjoy each others company, and the time passes too quickly when we are together.
Introducing "Mr. and Mrs. Hostess 2013", well maybe even the 2010-2020 decade. Although they aren't wearing ribbon sashes publicising their great gift of hospitality, they do indeed possess it.
Working well as a team, they make any guest feel at ease and welcome in their home, and personally, we, also feel quite loved. They have many names, but we call them Bezalel and Kea.
Although this is not his given name, we do call Mike "Bezalel." In Exodus 31:1-6 God speaks to Moses about Bezalel, a man in whom God has put "wisdom, understanding, knowledge in all manner of workmanship, for designing artistic works, in metals, in wood and in all manner of workmanship." Yep. That pretty much sums him up. Once, about 6 months ago, we were upstairs in the kids room and all admiring the crafty way Bezalel had expanded the room and laid a cool new pine plank floor, even made this cool ship of paper mache which hung from the ceiling. I said in amazement with big eyes to Kea, "Wow." To which she simply and confidently replied, "Yea, I come up with the ideas, and he makes them. He just knows how." I bring all this up to say that I wish I had photographed a beautiful new kitchen island Bezalel had just made from a $20 piece of marble Kea picked up at the Habitat for Humanity, and said "Make me an island with shelves please." It was amazing! Bob and I were impressed, again.
Now it's time to talk about how special they made us feel JUST when we needed it. Coming over to their house, of course I brought something because, no one really knows what to make me. We brought some pretty Star Fruit. BUT I was floored when Kea told me she has fresh fruit and had made vegan low glycemic chocolate mousse! No one I know who is not a "food extremist" (as Bob calls me), goes to the trouble to make something for me like that. I'm still amazed 4 days later.
What a pretty table was set for us.
Refreshing fruit and great fellowship.
What a nice time we had. We spoke of the goodness of God, and His amazing ways of provision, healing and timing. This is something we needed to hear and the time away from our own moving drama, to focus on the big picture. They had a few really amazing stories they shared with us about God's timing and His perfect ways which strengthened our hearts. Much needed.
There was also a lot of talk about puss. Now for those of you who know me...really know me, you know that was a thrill for me. I love puss. And there were some great stories, really.
So a great time away from our world of stress, decision making, anxiety and work. A respite in the home of friends who refreshed us and cared for us. We loved it. But I feel the most blessed because of what she searched out and made, just for little ole high extremeist me.
Here is Kea's amazing, delicious and bowl licking good vegan low glycemic chocolate mousse recipe. Really, if I had been friends with them just one month longer, I would have picked up that beautiful fancy glass and licked all that mousse out of the cup. It was THAT good.
Vegan Low Glycemic Chocolate Mousse
1 can full fat Coconut Milk (Cream)
8 oz. Organic Dates or Figs
1/3 cup Cacao/Cocoa powder
1/4 tsp vanilla
honey (optional to taste)
pinch of salt
(I think the next time I make this I will put in 1 Tbsp chia seeds also)
Place all in a good blender (Vitamix) and blend away until smooth and creamy. Pour into ramekins, fancy glasses or small jelly jars. (Whatever you want to serve it in).
Garnish with mint (a-la Kea)
Refrigerate 4 hrs or more and serve.
Please invite me over if you make this.