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I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Mimi

Each and every day people touch our lives in ways that sometimes go unnoticed until long after they are gone. They imprint upon us a snapshot of emotion that projects a momentary image that presents itself as memory. These memories sneak up on us at different times and show themselves as a smile, a tear or just a reflective glance back to a special time and place.
Today I bask in the glow of someone dear who imprinted upon me a future rich with memories. Her body left this earth nine years ago but her spirit lingers in the smiles and tears of those she touched while here.
On this day I do not mourn the loss of one so dear, instead I celebrate the spirit that is alive and well and flourishes in every beating heart that loved her.
One of Mimi's absolute favorite things to munch were any kind of nut drenched in chocolate, especially almonds. So in honor of her birthday we are skipping the cake just as she would have and are heading straight for the chocolate covered almonds!
Happy Birthday Mimi!

Chocolate Almond Clusters

1 lb. almonds, toasted (use any nut you prefer, cashews are wonderful)!
1 lb. good milk or dark chocolate

Melt chocolate in double boiler, add almonds and drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let set until hard.

photo/OhNuts/flickr

8 comments:

Judy said...

Those are much better than cake...yummy!!

Julie said...

Thank you, Judy.... I agree!

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

Happy Birthday from one Mimi to another.

What a delicious way to mark the birthday of someone you loved!

Julie said...

Thank you, Mimi

~~louise~~ said...

Oh so decadent! Tributes like this are a reminder of our connections to food.

Thank you so much for sharing, Julie:)

Penny said...

That's so uncanny. I was just thinking of my Mother when I did my last post.

Julie said...

That is uncanny, Penny

Julie said...

Thank you, Louise that is so true.