Hard to believe, but ACFW 2016 is now in the history books. And this time, we have to wait more than a year before we come together again, so savoring the memories is extra important.
Of course, there was one conference highlight that will not be forgotten anytime soon.
I got to hang with Ruthy!!!! Not near as long as I would have liked to, but still. She is so sweet, so cute and definitely related to the Energizer Buddy.
Another highlight was the Love Inspired dinner on Friday evening. Thirty of us eating, talking, laughing, eating...
What a blast.
And the food? Amazing. Absolutely amazing and very Nashville.
Pulled Pork Red Potato Skins.
Shrimp and Grit Cakes.
Smoked Chicken Cheddar Biscuits.
Smoked Trout Salad with Fried Green Tomatoes.
Throw in some Catfish Tacos and we're talking down-home goodness with class.
Even the water was pretty.
And the desserts.
Oh, my stars.
Banana Pudding with Smoked Salted Caramel and Marshmallow Meringue AND Music City Mud Pie with Warm Whisper Cream Caramel.
Of course, no one ever leaves an ACFW Conference hungry and Saturday night's gala is always the high point of our feeding frenzy.
We started with a Green Salad with baby tomato, cucumber, radish, goat cheese, carrot, toasted brioche croutons and an herbed buttermilk dressing.
Followed by an entree of Harissa Spiced Grilled Beef Tenderloin Medallion and Turmeric Roasted Chicken, Cauliflower puree, Baby Squash and Tomato, Toasted Barley Potato Hash and a Black Raisin Shiraz Reduction.
But the dessert?
Be still my heart.
White Chocolate Bombe, Red Velvet Cake, Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream. I'm not sure what sipping cream is, but those crumbles are candied nuts, either pistachio or hazelnut. Regardless, they were delicious. And the combination of everything in one bite?
I mean, just look at the inside.
So smooth and creamy.
Oh, I almost forgot this.
Even the butter took on a Music City flare.
So now it's back to reality. Back to smoothies and tuna. Back to laundry and dishes. But I've returned with a renewed vigor and a quenched spirit. And isn't that what conference is all about?
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Mindy Obenhaus lives in Texas with her husband and kids. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner.
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