Apricot Vanilla Coulis. It’s Simple Kitchen Therapy.

There are foods I know without a doubt will be in Heaven.

Cotton candy.
Biscuits from the Loveless Café.
Potatoes served every way imaginable.
And fruit.

I remember climbing the peach and plum trees in my grandpa’s orchard in Jonesboro, Texas, in search of the perfect snacks for the lazy summer days on the farm. Grandma would make jams and cobblers, and would even pickle the peaches in a sweet-tart concoction full of cloves and cinnamon. They were strange and amazing (and learning to make them is now on my list of things to do).

Fruit is just happy. The colors and flavors smile brightly. And fruit understands the beauty of playing nice. Pineapples, grapes, strawberries, nectarines, blueberries, and plums are just as tasty hanging out together as they are by themselves. Fruit could honestly teach us a thing or two about kindness and friendship.

Just hanging out with fruit is kitchen therapy to me. In honor of its sweetness, I thought I’d share one of my favorite little things – a yummy sauce that’s crazy-simple to make (it takes less than a minute to prepare).  I used it as a tasty glaze on chopped fruit or spoon it lightly over ice cream – and it’s even a great base for smoothies. And while I’m sure canned apricots won’t be used in Heaven, they work exceptionally well here on earth – so don’t be afraid.

APRICOT VANILLA COULIS

 

1 can apricots in syrup, drained (though you can buy the “light” variety, the good old-fashioned “in heavy syrup” ones work best)
¼ cup honey
1 t. vanilla (Mexican vanilla is best)
½ t. cinnamon
Dash of freshly grated nutmeg
Optional 1/4 t. lavender (it really does add extra joy)

 

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree. Yes, that’s it. You’re done. Enjoy!

 

So, now I want to know – what foods do YOU think will be in Heaven?

Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good God is. Blessed are you who run to him. ~Psalm 34:8

 

 

 

 

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About Ronne Rock

Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems." 

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