Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kitchen Friends

Recipe for a Lovely Afternoon:

A couple of girlfriends (They can be new or old, as long as they like to laugh. They must not mind the family dog or the clutter on the desk.)

Food (Homemade, store bought, or some combination of both)

A kitchen table

A pitcher of fresh flowers (Optional but nice to have)

Then add lots of warm conversation and mix in some tips.

We started out planning to meet at a restaurant.  While trying to think of a quiet place where we would be able to hear ourselves, it occurred to me that we could get together at my house. I would have liked to set the patio table, but some serious March wind altered that plan.  So, I went for casual spring kitchen table ambiance.

My second attempt at the Joanna look turned out better than the first.  Who knew putting fern leaves in bottles could be such an epic fail?

You may have noticed that I don't share food or recipes here much.  There is a good reason for that.  I am a short cut meals kind of girl.  I picked up rolls, salad, and lemon and rosemary chicken breasts at Central Market.  I did make a yummy Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad.  I can chop vegetables and squeeze lemons with the best of them.

My friends brought goodies, too.  Best of all, they brought themselves. 

There's nothing wrong with meeting at a restaurant, but I think getting together in a kitchen is even better.  



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  1. I agree about meeting in your kitchen. You could definitely relax a lot more. Your meal sounded delicious. I love your pretty table setting too. I'm a short cut type of cook too.

    1. Thank you, Kelly. Good to know I'm not the only one.

  2. ♥♥♥ So much fun! I was hoping you'd share that salad recipe. :)

  3. Good Morning Sweet Eilis,
    I am still savoring the afternoon and marveling at your many talents-can't wait to get started on the clock...
    It was a joy to be welcomed to your home so graciously.
    Thank you so much for the afternoon and for joining us today at Thoughts of Home on Thursday too:)

  4. How fun! Those are such great moments to savor with your friends:) Glad you got to get together with them and have a great time:) Have a great day, Eilis!

  5. Ellis you are so right! Getting together at one another's homes is always more intimate and you're able to hear yourself think. That doesn't always happen at a restaurant. Your table looks beautiful and I know you and your friends had a lovely visit!

  6. I would much rather host a luncheon than go to one at a one has to feel rushed, it is much quieter...and the food is just as good!
    Your table came out so pretty.
    Happy Easter, Eilis.

  7. What a perfect way to spend the day. Your table is gorgeous.
    May you have a glorious Easter!


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