GIRLFRIENDS ARE THE SPICE OF LIFE

GIRLFRIENDS ARE THE SPICE OF LIFE

My birthday was this week. After celebrating a BIG birthday last year I’ve stopped counting the years and really wanted to have a low key celebration this time around.

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Beautiful Birthday Flowers from my Son & Daughter-In-Law

But I was delighted when 2 of my “besties” had a lovely, intimate dinner party for me. I feel so grateful to have a small group of girlfriends that I share similar values and passions with: cooking, entertaining, gardening, travel to name just a few. Girlfriends really are the spice of life and these two sure help to spice up mine.

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Brenda’s beautiful kitchen is the heart of her home. Her dinner parties always begin in this lovely setting, where she is so good at ornamenting the space with pretty little vignettes like this one. Candles flicker, fragrant violets are placed in a pretty vase, the wood fired oven warms the room, copper kettles are on the stove and all is well on our mountain.

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A lovely table is set with gorgeous pink peonies as the centerpiece.

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Dinner begins with a delicious salad of arugula, sun dried tomatoes and shaved parmesan. It’s dressed in fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil and is a wonderful way to start our meal.

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The main course is fresh halibut encrusted with toasted coconut, accompanied by a mouth watering coconut risotto.

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My memorable birthday meal ended with this luscious almond coconut cake.

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Such a beautiful evening shared with cherished friends makes growing older all worth it. And it’s a lovely reminder that my girlfriends are the spice of life.

Here’s a little love song to the girlfriends who are the spice of my life…

So there you have it: GIRLFRIENDS ARE THE SPICE OF LIFE

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Comments

  • What a beautiful birthday celebration and sharing it with friends is simply the best! So happy it was a wonderful day!

  • Thank you so much. Girlfriends make everything better, especially getting another year older!