I wake up every day and go to bed every night saying a small prayer of gratitude for my full wonderful life. I thank my lucky stars for what fate has allowed me to experience: marriage, motherhood and a job I love. But, just like every other working mom, I miss the ME time…reading a good book, going on walks, taking showers!!!! All of the above I have made peace with and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
However, if a fairy godmother were to grant me one wish, it would be more time with friends. It would be moments to share with old ones and time to cultivate new ones. Since I have yet to experience a fairy godmother’s visit, I decided to grant myself my wish. I put all things on hold for a 12:30 lunch at my house with a newfound friend.
When noon rolled around, I found myself still typing away at my desk. Panic and regret set in. What had I done? I am not a lady who lunches. And I invited her to my house?? Did I even have the proper food in my fridge?
So, I took an deep breath and strolled through my ice box. This is what I found:
Three half-full bags of greens– spinach, arugula and baby romaine, one half-eaten cucumber, some tomatoes that had passed their prime, a few shavings of Parmesan, and some crumblings of feta.
Next, the freezer:
A bag of corn, peas and luckily a box of pre-made potato pancakes (That’s right, this domestic goddess sometimes buys things pre-made).
So I combined the greens and sauteed the tomatoes with lemon, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper to give them a boost of flavor. I sliced my cucumbers, steamed my frozen veggies, tossed it all with a touch of honey, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and sprinkled it with my two cheeses.
Next, I tossed the pancakes in the oven and began to set a fabulous table. At that VERY moment the power went out. I know, I know, you are saying, “Not true,” but alas it was true. No potatoes for us. No worries! I saw a few cubes of pineapple in the fridge, so I placed them in a fabulous wooden bowl with a few tiny festive forks and continued on in the dark. “I can do this,” I said to myself.
My friend Sarah Easley, from the fabulous boutique Kirna Zabete, and I took a tour though my home in the dark (yes, in the dark) and then we dined by candlelight. About midway through lunch, the lights and the music blazed on! We had a great second course of potato pancakes with a dollop of sour cream. We giggled and talked like college girls, and we left each other nourished by friendship and food.
Lesson learned by this fairy godmother: fun is better then fussy; joy is as important as a job; and friends should be fit in forever!!! Make that call, set the table, and cook up whatever you may have in your cupboard so that your soul will be filled with fellowship.