Women, friends, and food are an unshakable combination. Make time for friends and food, and you’ll nurture both yourself and your friends. Bon appetit!

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As women, we’re usually responsible for getting dinner on the table; often we don’t take the time to thoroughly enjoy the meals and feasts we create for our families. And, between work and family obligations, it’s hard for us to find time to get together with our girlfriends. Yet, friendships need nurturing and attention in order to thrive and grow. One of the best ways to enjoy good food and good friends is to set aside one day a month for a women-only get together.girls234

 

While it’s fun to go out with your girlfriends, it’s really more relaxing to meet at someone’s house.  And less costly! You can let your hair down, laugh as loudly as you’d like, and not have to worry about splitting the tab. Here, then are five great ideas for “girlfriend time.”

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  1.  An afternoon of pie. As women, baking together is a tradition that goes back for generations. Spend a Saturday afternoon baking a pie with your friends. Each person can lend a hand in making the pie, and then everyone can have a glass of wine and catch up while the pie’s baking. Once it’s out of the oven, you can all share in eating your creation. Perhaps you can try two or three dishes that everyone participates in making.
  2. An evening of bunco. If you’ve never played bunco, you won’t understand the sheer fun and silliness of this dice game. You can look it up online, but all it takes is twelve competitive women, nine dice, scratch paper, and six pencils. You play this hilarious game once a month to ensure the get together each month! One you start playing, it will takes a force of nature to keep you from your monthly game. Take turns hosting the evening and making a pre-game dinner for your friends. Each of my girlfriend’s has a specialty! We look forward to my jerked chicken, Courtney’s vegetables and Erica’s Kale chips! Let’s not forget Charlene’s down home southern cooking to boot! Gail is the resident mixologist and makes a mean martini!  Monique comes with a surprise so we never know what to expect.  We can always count on Deidre to bring something yummy!  Each woman can host one month a year, and the other eleven months we get to enjoy each other’s cooking.  Sounds great right?!!!
  3. An afternoon of tea. Tea parties enjoyed resurgence in popularity a few years ago, and in our over-caffeinated world there are still plenty of reasons to relax over tea and crumpets (or scones, or cucumber sandwiches). An afternoon tea party with friends is all the more fun if everyone dresses the part and you can come up with some lace doilies to add to the decor. Don’t forget the teacakes!
  4.  A dinner club. A dinner club is perfect for girlfriends who are serious foodies. Set aside one night each month and alternate hosting duties, then select a cuisine for each month. The hostess provides the main course, and assigns a recipe to each of the other members, who make the dishes and bring them in this sophisticated potluck. It can work with four friends, but six is the perfect number.
  1.  Brunch with a twist. Almost by definition, brunch is a wonderful, leisurely meal. To keep the stress level down, make it a potluck – with a twist. I call it the Talk Boss twist! The hostess comes up with a unique ingredient and asks each friend to use that ingredient in her dish. If you have adventuresome friends, make the secret ingredient something exotic. You can even have each person assign scores to each dish based on taste, plating, and originality in the use of the secret ingredient. As I have said on Culinary Conversations, “Whose cuisine will reign supreme?” Don’t you just love this?  You are probably planning this right now in your head!

Women, friends, and food are an unshakable combination. Make time for friends and food, and you’ll nurture both yourself and your friends. Bon appetit!

I live my best life by doing what I love and spending time with my girls is one of my favorite pastimes!!!!!  As always,

Live your best life!

Kecia

 

 

 

 

Written by Kecia Clarke