we chat a lot!
The conversation revolves around recipes, cooking, novels that we are reading, have read and want to read, hosting family dinners, lunch places in town and tea rooms when we walk along the seafront.
If you see us we are so absorbed in our conversation that we might not even see you.
We walked right by her husband as he passed us on the other side of Moss Street one afternoon.
Here is a salad that is fresh from the garden and as colourful and appetizing as one could wish for..
Perfectly portable for a picnic or a buffet, particularly nice if you have a bumper crop of zucchini.
Tasty, low calorie, a great compliment to a summertime BBQ dinner.
Ruth's Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Sweet Corn and Avocado
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
2 each medium green and yellow zucchini
2 ears fresh cooked sweet corn
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 red onion diced
2 medium ripe avocados, peeled pitted and sliced
1/2 cup queso fresco (Mexican) cheese or substitute feta cheese
In a large bowl whisk the olive oil and the lime juice together, season with salt and pepper, set aside.
Trim ends off the zucchini and using a vegetable peeler shave lengthwise into long strips.
When you get to the seeds turn and shave other sides until you get to the center again.
Put the zucchini ribbons in a large bowl.
Cut the corn off the cooked and cooled cobs, add cilantro, red onion, and avocado to the ribbons.
Pour dressing over top and toss.
Crumble the cheese on top.
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I've been thinking about friendships...
how important they are and how fragile and fleeting some can be.
Women friends are an important and vital part of my well being.
Nurturing, encouraging, supportive...
spending time together sharing life's ups and downs.
Spending time together
sipping a cup of tea
chatting on the phone
all help to fan the friendship fire
and keep it aglow.
I have had a few friendships fizzle out over the years...
we moved in different directions or to different parts of the country and lost touch.
I wonder, looking back, if we grew apart as our lifestyles were so opposite or if we both just stopped "trying."
I love hosting a ladies afternoon tea...must get organized and plan another soon.
Keeping in contact is often a challenge.
We lead busy lives and we must make our friends a priority if we want to continue to nurture the relationships.
I feel so blessed that my BFF and I have a rich long time friendship
we chat on the phone and text when we cannot visit
and can pick up where we left off if we are busy elsewhere.
In the next few days a few friends will get together
spend some fun girl time on a lovely island
in the waterfront home of a friend
who moved off island years ago who lives on the mainland.
I'm really looking forward to our visit.
I have packed some bubbly
facial and hand masks.
We will laze around in our pj's sipping our morning coffee
we'll walk along the quiet roads
eat simple meals
watch a chick flick
chat about our families
re-charge the bonds of friendship
working to keep the lines of communication going
despite the fact that oceans separate us
we are reconnecting to keep that spark of friendship aglow.
"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
Have a wonderful weekend.