The Group sits together in the darkness that evening after Andrea's departure. Rick holds baby Judith as Beth sings softly to them all.
Hershel believes that Andrea is persuasive and may still be able to reason with the Governor. Rick does not share his faith and wants to take Michonne and Carl on a run for weapons; with Daryl in command of the prison. Rick assures Daryl that he is glad for his return; but any trouble with Merle will be Daryl's fault. Daryl does not seem to object and agrees to the plan.
Although their future continues to look uncertain, the Group still has each other. Seeing Andrea again has served to remind them just how far they have come.
Hershel would most certainly have handed out a sweet treat for them to share. A few basic staple ingredients (along with scavenged candy bars from the break-room vending machine or office snack drawers) can be combined into an almost authentic cheesecake. Try this recipe and remind your group that better days will come.
And when the dead rise; a little Tom Waits might make you feel better.
Baby Ruth Cheesecake
3-5 oz jars Pineapple Cream Cheese Spread
1/4 cup almond, soy or evaporated milk
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup packed Brown Sugar
Powdered Eggs to equal 2 fresh eggs
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp Bisquick Heart-Smart Baking Mix
2-3 regular sized candy bars (we used Baby Ruth)
OR 5-6 fun sized candy bars, chopped in small chunks
Preheat oven to 325°F. Alternately, heat campfire coals until red hot. Allow to burn until covered with white ash. Grease or spray a 9-inch baking pan or 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine cream cheese spread and the next five ingredients. Mix very well until the mixture is combined. It will not be entirely smooth because of the pineapple cream cheese spread.
Pour mixture into the prepared baking or pie pan. Sprinkle with candy bar chunks and stir in very gently. Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Only the edges of the pie should be set; the center will still quiver when you gently move the pan. Alternately, wrap baking pan tightly with aluminum foil or rest a baking sheet on top and place the pan over coals. Allow to "bake" over campfire for 20 minutes. Remove from fire and test for doneness. Recover and return to campfire for an additional ten minutes if needed.
Allow to cool to room temperature and cut into slices to serve.