Family gives you the foundation to who you are but friends, they help you flourish to who you want to be. Not to undermine the importance of family but you’re stuck with them for life no matter how different you may be. Friends are carefully selected and unselected. Thus these are the people that truly are a current reflection of you. This past week has marked my one year anniversary of packing my whole life into four bags and making the leap of faith from the warm and lazy coast to the frigid vibrant other. I came out here with nothing but friends and now I have two clients, a pending culinary teaching job, an apartment with rent that would make you jealous, and a very active social life. None of this would have been possible without the generous support of my friends who allowed me to take over their couch for three months, fed me when I was scraping for pennies, listened to my whoa are me stories, and most of all supported and continue to support my dreams, no matter how far fetched them may seem.
This all being said I love my friends.
(insert group photo that I don’t have here)
It is so easy to get so caught up in your own life and work. Time will escape you with every sun fall and sunrise. This is exactly why my closest friends and I have carved out a ritualistic quality time slot for each other every two weeks. We call it Wine Down Wednesday and though it started simply; meet on Wednesday and drink wine. It has evolved into a beautiful bond of sisterhood where we, of course, still drink wine but also discuss important matters of personal life, try to come up with solutions to the world’s problems, encourage, empathize, and even cook for one another. Here’s how it works:
Wine Down Wednesday Key Points
We take turns hosting at our houses
A simple meal is prepared
We make it look nice
We talk about life, solve world hunger, release negative energy, take pride in accomplishments, etc.
All our WDW have cheese, fruits, and desserts supplied by everyone.
We drink wine! One bottle at a time, making sure we taste the nuances’ and build our palettes.
Here are some more specific ideas:
Stephatronic’s WDW Menu
Tomato Soup-made the day before all had to do was heat up: Basil-Grilled Cheese-made on the spot
(Steph would also like to point out she has made enchiladas,pictured below)
Emac’s WDW Menu
Homemade Chili: Corn bread
Marcelle and Atieris WDW Menu (the creators of this event)
Lentil Soup:Pita Bread
My WDW Menu (Holiday edition, with the addition of a few more people)
Spinach Lasagna: Kale and Parmesan Salad:Goat and Butternut Squash Bites
I hope this post will inspire you to figure out a similar setup that could work for you and your friends. We began going out to different restaurants but we have found the home set up is much more personal and we have grown much closer. (Plus its freezing outside still!) Like I have said before cooking is an expression of yourself and when you share it you share love. It has also given us a chance to explore different recipes in the vegetarian realm thanks to vegetarian Marcelle. Maintaining friendship in this world-wind of life is like cooking, it can be a lot of work. Both take time and effort but the results are so worth it. Combining the two nourishes your body, mind, and soul.