Non-alcoholic Black Cherries Jubilee

One of our all-time favorite desserts is cherries jubilee, which is usually served at some point on any cruise. The traditional recipe calls for alcohol, and the dish is served flaming table side. However, if you don’t mind missing out on the fire power, you can make a luscious dessert that’s alcohol free like this:

Mouth-watering Cherries Jubilee
(serves 4)

1. Pit 2 cups black cherries and set aside  2. Stir together in a cooking pan until completely mixed and fine:
1 tablespoon corn starch
1/4 cup sugar  3. Add:
1 cup grape juice (or cherry juice plus 1/4 cup more sugar)
2 tablespoons butter (optional, but it sure tastes great!)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Sprinkle of salt  4. Cook on medium heat, stirring often, until the sauce thickens and starts to bubble. Immediately add the cherries and continue stirring for another 2-3 minutes until the cherries are heated (but not cooked).  5. This can be made ahead, and actually tastes better if it’s had an hour or so for all the ingredients to blend. If you make it ahead, leave it in the pan with the lid on, but be sure to heat it up again before serving.  6. Serve by spooning a couple of tablespoons into the bottom of your dish,  add a scoop of ice cream,  and then top with more of your cherry compote.  Top with whipping cream and serve immediately, because it will melt fast!

He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God:
many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord
” (Psalm 40:3).

The Birthday Club Strikes Again

Happy Spring to you!! We celebrated spring and Cindi’s birthday yesterday, which was so much fun that I wanted to share right away in case any of you living in the GR area might be interested in going to the Sugarbush Festival at Blandford Nature Center tomorrow (March 24, 2018) where they’ll be making maple syrup, etc! Also, this coming week would be an ideal time to take your kids
to the Critter Barn in Zeeland, MI, during spring break because they have all sorts of babies being birthed,  and if you show up at feeding time,  they may even let you give the baby goats a bottle of warm milk!  (This may depend on how many children come.)  Of course, being our Birthday Club, we stopped at Sandy’s Donut House  for some of their famous donuts,  and we took a lunch break at El Aztecas Mexican Restaurant,  where they spontaneously blessed us with some festive fried ice cream and sang “Happy Birthday” when they found out we were celebrating Cindi’s birthday.  If you go to the Sugarbush Festival tomorrow,  dress warmly, because it’s only supposed to be a high of 39°F,  but there are lots of things to see outside and some lovely nature walks.  Also,  think about stopping at Sandy’s for a donut on your way, or maybe serving pancakes and syrup at home first, because there isn’t a pancake breakfast there. However, they did let us taste the syrup,
and you’ll be able to buy some yummy maple syrup cotton candy or other treats! If you decide to go the Critter House,  I’d recommend going in the next few weeks while the mothers are birthing,  and call ahead to see what time the next feeding will be.  Be sure to wear clothes you don’t mind getting a little warm milk on,
because even kids will be kids…but it’s well worth the spilled milk! I’d never in all my years fed a baby goat before, and it was so much fun!One of the things I love best about our Birthday Club (and about life), is that we’re never too old to try new things, experience new joys and find new beauties. Are you trying new adventures? Keep exploring! The world is full of good things!

The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).

He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord” (Psalm 40:3).