Wednesday, January 6, 2010



Today was a day for girlfriends. There were five of us. Four from my generation and my daughter. We had a twelfth night potluck party. We five women have been getting together over dinners for 25 years. The three other women my age were the first women I met and came to know when I moved here 25 years ago. My daughter grew up with their children.

Today, daughter and I spent the better part of the day preparing our part of the meal. Daughter had made an incredible butternut squash soup for Thanksgiving two years ago. She made it again. The recipe said it was of "intermediate" difficulty and would take about an hour and a half. Maybe "intermediate" was the correct designation, but it sure took longer than that. She did most of the work and I was cook's assistant. It turned out absolutely delicious and was a total hit.

My contribution was a peanut butter pie. I have never made one and never order it, but it also turned out delicious. At the last minute I bought some Reese's peanut butter cups that I cut up into smaller pieces to decorate the top. It was a huge hit too.

One of the women brought lasagna, another brought salad and garlic bread, and the third made roasted vegetables with beets, sweet potatoes, and onion. Everything was fabulous.

But the most wonderful part of the entire evening was the conversation, caring, love, and friendship that filled the house. My Christmas decorations stayed up till the end of this party. The bayberry and pine/balsam candles were lit for hours before they arrived and the house was full of these smells as well as the aroma of butternut squash soup.

Now it is time to pack things up for another year. The holiday is truly over.

I hope everybody had as blessed a day as I had.

Prayer Girl

P.S. I am meeting my sponsor for breakfast tomorrow morning. I can't wait.

"It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about." -Dale Carnegie


Jennifer said...

I read your comment on Syd's blog today and just wanted to say it was PERFECT...and refreshing. Then reading here just now was delightful.


Kim A. said...

It sounds like a truly delightful dinner with friends that you love. The menu makes me want to go into the kitchen and start cooking something wonderful. :-D


Anonymous said...

cool I wish i had good friends , i use to where i lived

Susan said...

I love that quote by Dale Carnegie. My name is Susan and I am a quote-aholic. It's one of the many things I love about Al Anon!! All the slogans and quotes. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for writing!!

Lou said...

You made me feel all warm and fuzzy, on what was a blah, cold day.
I have friends like that. When my husband and I talk of moving, all I can think of is not wanting to leave my wonderful friends.

Anonymous said...

I might sneak down there and crash that party some year ;)

That sounds like a blast!

Hope said...

I am so glad you are blessed by these women. There is something about long standing friendships that defy words.
Hugs across the miles today PG.

Paula said...

This meeting sounds so warm, cosy in your hearts and authentocally loveing and caring PLUS a blast. Something I never had.

Akannie said... blessed are we??????????????


Brian Miller said...

man its been years since i had a peanut butter pie...mmm..need to call mom on this those conversations as well..smiles.

The Second Road said...

I just made the mistake of reading this before lunch.
Tummy is grrrrrowling now. I am a peanut butter freak. And quite a butternut squash aficionado.
I just discovered these peanut butter cayenne truffles--unfortunately right before my beach trip. Sigh.

Findon said...

Sounds like my kind of time. Food, good friends and time.

Syd said...

It sounds like a wonderful evening. Time spent with friends is precious time.

sarah said...

this is so beautiful. I feel so much peace when I stop in here. You are an inspiration to me. Sarah