Save Room For Dessert!

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the body”
Proverbs 16:24

 The legendary Julia Child said,  “A party without cake is really just a meeting”...and I agree, Julia!  I guess you can say I sort of live by that motto, too!  As many of you know, my Mother was a fabulous cook!  I never remember a meal that wasn’t followed by dessert..homemade cakes, pies, cobblers, and cookies!  When Mother had guests (which was often) she would serve at least three desserts…and yes, I had to “sample” all of them!  Dessert was served on a regular basis at our home, so it was something I grew accustomed to.  With that background, you can understand my love for sweets!

Butch and I have taken four cruises with Oceania.  The cruise line is known for their small and intimate ships with large staterooms, exquisite accommodations, and the most fascinating destinations.  They are renowned for the finest food at sea, and that is, in part, why we continue to sail with them!  Inspired by Master Chef Jacques Pepin, these culinary delights have always been a hallmark that distinguishes the Oceania Cruises experience from any other.  With my love for desserts and new-found hobby in food photography, I thought it would be fun (and mouth-watering) to share some of the delicious sweets from our summer cruise to the British Isles!  The menu changed daily, so we had a plethora of choices every evening!  Butch and I were strategic in ordering two different desserts so that we could share and taste as many as possible! Apple Crumble Pie  Caribbean Coconut and Pineapple Tart  Milk Chocolate Volcano with Passion Fruit Lava  Pistachio Tartlet with Citrus  Caramelized New York Cheesecake  Milk Chocolate Mousse Cake with Caramel Truffle  Banana Torte Flambé  Almond and Rhubarb Cake with Mascarpone Cream  Bavarian Cheesecake with Strawberry Coulis  Grandmother’s Lemon Meringue Tart  Bounty Cake with Coconut, Chocolate Chips, and Vanilla Bean  White Chocolate Mousse Cake with Fruit Jelly and Macaron  Fresh Berry Tartlet with Mascarpone Cream  Semifreddo with Chocolate-Rum Sauce  Warm Milk Chocolate with Passion Fruit Sorbet

As I was preparing this post, I was reminded of the verse I posted above and how the words that come out of our mouths are so important.  God’s words are always relevant and he gives us ways of understanding, even in our everyday living.  It is my prayer that my words will always be gracious, sweet, and a source of healing to the hearers.

  So, now that you are all salivating over these beautiful desserts, I have to know…which one would you choose?
Tell us in the comments!

pam closing

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  1. Karen Skinner says:

    Hard choice since they all look heavenly and the little artistic touches on the plates are beautiful as well! But I would choose the Apple Crumble! What was your favorite?

  2. Kim says:

    It’s a good thing I’m not hungry at the moment, or I’d be eating my laptop! I could sit and look at these deserts for hours! I totally get into interesting presentation with small portions of fine quality. A few pictures into your post, I realized the adornments weren’t part of the plates – they were “drawn” on the plates. How I wish I had a steady had for that, but not to be! So, I appreciate what others can do seemingly so easily. I scrolled up and down several times to decide which one to choose. I can’t! Next time, pack me into your suitcase. I’ll try them all with you. :-) Thank you for your encouragement today, a reminder to guard what comes out of our mouths. How we need this every day! Thanks for the delicious dessert tour. I truly believe your post has satisfied better than any dessert could satisfy my stomach.

  3. Alice says:

    Lemon meringue tart. It’s beautiful. We cruise with Vicking and the food is exquisite also and the menu changes daily. Never the same thing twice. It is French food so very rich, but again in small portions. After 10 days I Was concerned that I had gained weight but I had not. Guest it was all the walking when on tour. Will possibly try Oceania next time.

    • Alice, thanks so much! I loved the lemon meringue tart! What was your favorite Viking trip, I am assuming it is river cruising, which we haven’t done but I want to. I would love your feedback! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  4. Sahana says:

    They all look delicious.It is difficult to choose one. Can I do a taste test and tell you my favorite 😉 ? Just kidding!! Thank you for sharing with us @ #HomeMattersParty .We would love to have you again next week.

  5. Vivian Brossman says:

    Art on a plate, a feast for your eyes and taste buds. I would want to sample all of them. Pam I wanted to encourage you that your words are sweet and gracious and an inspiration to me. I look forward to reading the Word of God that you post among everything else you treat us with. Thank you.

  6. Mimi says:

    Vivian, we recently returned from our first cruise (to the Mediterranean), and we too, are converts. We must look in to Oceania! These desserts are works of art really, aren’t they? I love them all, but have a special place in my heart for Lemon Meringue, and that has to be the prettiest presentation I’ve ever seen, so I’ll choose that one. Gorgeous post. Love, Mimi xxx

    • Vivian Brossman says:

      Hi Mimi,so nice to meet you! How exciting for you to go on a cruise and to the Mediterranean. We have never been on a cruise but have always wanted to. I would love to go to Trikkala, Greece. My grandfather came from there. We would love to find family. Oceania sounds wonderful, we should look into it. We must have a lot in common, I dearly love Lemon Meringue, I had to stare quite lengthy at all the presentations. I really would like to try them all. Love in Christ, Vivian

  7. Stephanie says:

    I have a weakness for sweet treats and seeing these amazing desserts has my mouth watering! Wow, what a stunning presentation with each treat :) Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration, my friend!

  8. Jann Olson says:

    Oh yum, yum! Your mother sounds exactly like mine. I too have a terrible sweet tooth. I often make two desserts and not just one. These all look delicious. We do the same thing on a cruise so that we can try each others. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  9. lelaburris says:

    These are so beautiful and they look delicious! I’ve never been on a cruise but I am crazy about desserts and if this is what you get, I may reconsider taking one soon! Thanks for sharing at Inspiration Thursday.

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