Monday, May 16, 2011

A Little Goodness Amidst the Not So Good

I started to write today's post, and I realized two sentences into it that I just wasn't ready to unload all that was on my heart.  I don't even know if I can even fully grasp all that I am feeling, so I decided the best thing for now is to give you a brief update of what has been taking place in our lives over here the past few days, followed by a delicious treat made with a beautiful friend.  

So, briefly an update on our lives.  On Thursday, I began to have complications and when I went to the doctor on Friday to make sure everything was okay, we learned that we had lost baby.  The ultrasound showed there had been very little growth since the last 10 weeks appointment (I was coming up on 15 weeks) and there was no longer a heartbeat.  

I promise I will go into more details at a later date, but for now I will simply share that while we are certainly hurting and grieving and processing all that happened, we have been completely overwhelmed by the support and encouragement of our family and friends.  And especially the support and encouragement of our friends here in Germany who stepped in when our family couldn't physically be here.  

So often I think we feel isolated being so far away from our family and the people who know us best.  But, after this weekend, the Lord showed me how many amazing and generous people He has put in our lives here who came to be with us in our time of need.  

They brought fruit, flowers, hugs and tears.  

They sent messages of encouragement and shared words of hope.  They loved on us, cared for us, sat with us, talked with us, cried with us.  And we felt incredibly blessed.  

One friend, Amber, came by today while Luis wrapped things up at the Stadium (the team pulled off a win yesterday by the way and will be staying in the second league which means we are employed next year, a huge positive amidst the trials) and took care of errands before we fly out tomorrow.    

Amber drove up from Kaiserslautern to hang out a bit and was so awesome to help me fold clothes and pack and just keep my mind off of things.  And then amidst the chores, as girls will do, we started talking about baking and much more exciting things than packing and laundry and decided baking sounded like a lot more fun.  

Not having much in the house since we are leaving tomorrow, we were pretty limited.  But somehow we got on the topic of Lärabars and decided we were gonna make them. And make them we did.  We scrimped and scraped through almost-empty packages of dried fruits and nuts and ended up with just enough ingredients to whip up our culinary creation. 

The Almond Extract in these bad boys is intoxicating.  Seriously. It makes these smell absolutely amazing.  

Heeeeere's Amber.  Isn't she purrty. 

Now, from these pictures, these don't look so appetizing. 


But remember, I'm not a photographer.  Nor do I have a fancy camera.  So I can't always capture the deliciousness of the food.  But just pretend.

Or check out Ms. Madison Mayberry's version of the Lärabar (which, by the way, inspired this culinary endeavor) over at Espresso and Cream.  Her pics are much more enticing.  

These are packed full of goodness for your body and your taste buds.  And the great part about them is, you can use almost any fruit and nut combination you want, or in our case, have stuffed in the back of your kitchen drawers.

So here you have it, a sweet treat to brighten the day.  I'm looking forward to taking these with me on the plane tomorrow for a healthy and delicious snack.  

Guten Appetit!

Homemade Lärabars
Adapted from Espresso and Cream

10 ounces mixed dried fruit (we used a combo of dates and raisins)
1 cup prunes
1 cup slivered almonds
1 cup walnuts
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
5 ounces dried mixed fruits (we used a combination of dried berries and raisins)

Combine all ingredients in a food process and process until finely chopped.  We let ours go a couple minutes.  

Pour ingredients into an 8x8 pan (line it with foil for easy clean up) and press firmly into the pan.  Let sit in refrigerator overnight or freeze for 30 minutes (see note below) and then cut into desired size bars.  

Note: In our case, we let them sit in the fridge for 30 minutes because 1. they didn't fit in my freezer 2. we were too impatient to wait a whole day to try them.  They held together fine, but I'm curious to see the difference in the morning after they have been in the fridge.


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Cara and Luis
Have a great trip/camp! The bars look great! Soak up lots of sun and hugs.

Jaci Moseman said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm sorry about the baby. The Lord has a plan and has reasons. I will keep you all my my thoughts and prayers!
Save Travels back to the states! Best of luck with the Soccer Camp, i'm sure it will be a hit.

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Awww, I'm so sorry Cara and Luis...I'm thankful so many people are taking good care of you. (((hugs)))
Heather Erlandson

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Cara Bear, I really like Lara bars. We took several with us to Israel so have as a back up on the days when we were out on the trails. I'm sure yours are better than the real thing. I'm glad you are able to share your loss with others. Just posting what you did was probably good therapy. Sending hugs and blessings for a safe journey to home and a successful soccer camp. Yea team - Yea job

Madison Mayberry said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh Cara, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart breaks for you and know that you and your hubby will be in my thoughts and payers. Hopefully healing comes quickly for your heart.

Glad you found the Larabar recipe to your liking. I love them, too. :)

Morgan and Tyler said... Best Blogger Tips

My sweet Cara, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. I can only imagine the hurt you are feeling. Know that I'm thinking and praying for you and Luis. Lots of love!

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So sorry to hear the news. You guys are in mine and Kimberlys prayers

Amber Hum said... Best Blogger Tips


I had such a wonderful day with you on Monday, you spoiled me! I came home with more food than I took! Those Larabars are delicious and I already can't wait for them to run out so I can make more. HAHA. I love you my dear friend and we are constantly praying for you and your family.


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Cara, I am so sorry for your loss. I know that your and Luis' faith will get you through this difficult time. Sending my prayers and love. Ashley

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