Thursday, December 22, 2011

Happy Dancing and Pie

This is what's known as "The Happy Dance". Currently, I am doing this. While typing.

My talent knows no limits.

Unless I hit my knee on the coffee table again. Ouch.

After another round of needle poking in the neck, I have received the greatest gift for Christmas.

A clean bill of health.

Yes, I still have Hashimoto's thyroiditis, but I do NOT have cancer. Yes, I have a goiter growing in my neck, but it is cancer-free. Yes, I need to follow-up with bloodtests every 2-3 months and an ultrasound in 6, but IT IS NOT CANCER!!! Did you hear me?


Now that this little bump is behind me, it's time to make some pie. Specifically, Hazelnut Mocha Cheesecake. And because I can, I plan on keeping a whole one to myself.

After all, it is gluten-free.☺

~Hazelnut Mocha Cheesecake~

~The Players~
*use organic ingredients, if possible

Crust: 3 cups finely ground hazelnuts
10 Tb. salted butter, melted
4 Tb. sucanat (or Rapadura)

Filling: 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 (8 oz.) cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup baking cocoa
2 t. espresso powder
1 t. vanilla

Crust: Using a fork, mix hazelnuts, butter, and sucanat. Press into 2 pie dishes, making sure to press up the sides too. (It will look rugged, this is okay.) Bake in preheated 350F. oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool before filling.

Mix heavy cream and cream cheese together until smooth. In a separate bowl, sift powdered sugar and cocoa together. Stir in espresso powder. Slowly add sugar mixture into creamed mixture; mix until creamy. Add vanilla.

Spread into prepared crust. Chill at least 2 hours.

This makes 2 pies, but shhhh...don't tell the family.☺



Carolyn Renee said...

So glad to hear that everything is ok....keep up with those appointments though!! :)

And who wouldn't want to celebrate a clean bill of health with a sinfully delecious pie?!

Candy C. said...

YAY!! Happy dancing with ya'!!
You deserve that extra pie!! :)

Grace said...

Great news, Kim. Yay!

I think all good things in life should be celebrated by making a pie.

DoleValleyGirl said...

Happy dancing and praising God along with you, Kim! A clean bill of health...the best type of bill there is. :) Enjoy that pie!! And Merry Christmas to you, ~Lisa :)

Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

Thank you, Lord! Wonderful news, so happy for you! Eat some pie for me, too!

hoosier girl said...

Nothing better than answered prayers! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Audrey said...

we're grateful for the GREAT news!

Kim said...

The pie was I need to get on those dreaded New Year's resolutions...I don't think they'll include pie. *sigh*

AG endostudent said...

I wish I could try the pie you made!
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Kim said...

Thank you for the info~I'll check into the selenium!