FRIENDS it’s what life is really all about. Recognizing and celebrating their achievements achievements. Being there to encourage them when things aren’t going so well. Friends give us support, a fresh perspective, a pat on the back or a genuine hug – that’s what friends do.
Girlfriend Guru LINDA STEELE is blessed with great girlfriends (like those she makes time for for their Lunch Club). She knows the ‘recipe’ for great times together is TIME. And using that time to be there through the good and bad
Bounce House, Out to Lunch, & Celebration Cookies
I had to move around plans for Lunch Club for April because the kids have three Friday’s off next month and I usually plan it for a Friday. But I wasn’t willing to forget about it entirely because making time to catch up with friends is so important to me.
One of the most fun things I’ve done with a friend recently was jump in the Pink Princess Castle I had delivered to our house for my Daughter’s last birthday. We jumped and we laughed. It was fun to let go and just have fun for awhile. We waited until all the guests left so we could have it all to ourselves. My daughters did the same thing early the morning of the party before the guests arrived.
Sometimes, life gets so busy, it seems like the fun stuff gets pushed aside first. It’s easy not to leave time for a little fun for ourselves or think we’re too old to do things we once loved to do. But we’re not. We’ve got to make time for our friends. No matter what life sends our way. And it seems like it’s really good for our soul to make time for being silly.
Another friend recently had a collection of her poems published and I attended a Poetry event where she read them at an event. I was proud of her because I knew she struggled with having the courage to get up in front of a crowd and read her work. She’s an excellent poet. But it still took courage for her to do it.
So instead of hosting regular Lunch Club at my house this month I decided to take her out to one of her favorite restaurants for lunch instead. I want to make sure I take the time to celebrate my friend’s accomplishments when I can, and I love it when my friends do the same in return. It’s what friends do for each other. We bear witness to the bad and the good of one another’s lives.
But I’m a big believer in offering food as gift so I also decided to bake a batch of my Celebration Cookies to wrap up and bring to the lunch. I came up with Celebration Cookies a couple of summers ago and published my recipe along with an article I wrote for Cape Cod Magazine. They’re yummy. In fact they’re my daughter Bella’s favorite.
I’m going to leave the recipe here for you in case you happen to have a friend that has something special to celebrate soon. You might want to give them a try and pass them on. (If you do make sure you tell her where you got the recipe from!) They’re a perfect combination of blueberries, cranberries, and white chocolate.
1 2/3 cup flour
¾ tsp flour
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 ½ sticks butter, unsalted, softened
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 large egg
2 cups white chocolate chips
¾ cup dried cranberries
¾ cup dried blueberries
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2) Combine flour, baking powder, soda and salt in small bowl.
3) Beat butter, brown sugar, sugar and vanilla in large mixer until creamy. Beat in egg.
4) Gradually stir in then beat in flour mixture until all combined. Don’t over mix.
5) Stir in chocolate and dried fruit and stir gently. Drop by large tablespoons onto baking sheets. Bake approximately 12 minutes.
LINDA STEELE knows how important maintaining supportive friendships are. She’s an avid baker, Professor, writer, and mom. Her first fun and personalized recipe collection called “Meet Me in My Cape Cod Kitchen” can now be purchased in e-book form. She loves to inspire people to always share fun times with friends while eating good food. You are invited to like her on Facebook at Sweeter by the Beach and become a follower of her blog.
How do you make time in your busy life for your friends?
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