It’s no secret I’ve been a little MIA lately. I think I have fallen into a bit of a winter funk where all I want to do is hibernate at home and cozy up with a blanket while watching my favorite movies and shows. My recipes have been pretty simple and easy to put together after a long day at work, and they have definitely tended to fall under the comfort food theme of soup with buttered fresh-baked baguette, plenty of homemade pizza nights, anything and everything pasta (not of the spaghetti squash variety), and chili with honey-drizzled cornbread.
I remember having these thoughts every year at this time by the beginning of March when I start to dream of the warmer days of spring and long walks in the sunshine. I also can’t wait for the fresh summer produce to finally make its appearance, and I may be getting ahead of myself, but the thought of grilling out chicken and veggie kebabs, or filet with corn on the cob makes me positively giddy with excitement! I am looking forward to experimenting in the kitchen a bit more as well since the longer days with more light will produce better pictures for the blog.
One big thing that has been going on in my life though was a big house renovation! We had a contractor working on our upstairs level for two weeks and I am so excited that everything is just about done. Tim is going to do all the painting to save us a little money, but we got all new baseboards and trim, doors, closets, lighting and a fully-gutted and renovated guest bathroom done.
We were in a hurry Saturday to get everything dusted and swept and vacuumed and scrubbed because I had some of my closest girlfriends over for a girls’ night. As always it was such a blast spending time together! We celebrated a recent engagement, feasted on a cheese and cracker tray with smoked mozzarella, Wisconsin cheddar, and provolone cheese along with lemon-garlic hummus, kalamata olives and roasted red bell pepper. (So, so good! I could literally live off a good cheese tray and be happy!) We also popped champagne and snacked on chocolate cake and cheesecake while staying up to almost 2am chatting the night away. The next morning we started our Sunday with plenty of coffee, hot tea, cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit.
Spending time with just the girls is truly so good for the soul. These are girls I have been friends with for 10+ years and although we don’t see each other as often as we would like, it literally feels just like old times whenever we’re together. We have been through so many life moments together from our time as kids to our first loves, from graduation to college, from first jobs to engagements to celebrating marriage, I couldn’t be more grateful to have these girls by my side. They are truly such amazing and strong women!
This picture was taken at Red, White and Boom in Columbus this past July! My girlfriend Abbie is the only one missing from this pic who was also over Saturday for girls’ night!
My Tuesday morning suggestion for all of you is that if you’re needing a little pick-me-up from the winter blues, have a girls night! Seriously, call up your friends today and pick a night where its too cold to even want to leave the house. I promise that a night-in filled with yummy finger foods, bubbly drinks, contagious laughs and plenty of chatting is just what the doctor ordered for beating that darn seasonal depression. Just make sure to throw that typical bed time out the window!
- When was the last time you had a friends/girls night? Do you prefer to have these get-togethers at someone’s home, or out on the town?
- What tips/advice do you have for beating the winter blues? Is anyone else starting to have that spring fever?