Blue skies, clear water and a weekend where you walk away with your cheeks hurting from laughing too much. That’s a winner reunion folks.
Each and every year for the past 20 years (yikes!), 15 or so of my best friends from college have spent one weekend out and about in nature (or on a cruise, or at a spa) with just us, getting back to what’s important with the people that we know the best.
It’s funny. We’ve all changed, morphed and certainly improved with each year (just like the wine we like to drink) but man, once you get us back into a room, or on a beach, or in a cornhole tournament, it’s like we haven’t spent much time away from one another at all.
There are five things that are essential in making our reunions a success and making this yearly event one of this week’s Friday Faves.
1. Never invite spouses or kids. Ever.
2. Always rent one house, not a hotel, so that we are all together under one roof. Except for that one time we went on the Mexican Riviera cruise and nearly starved because the food was so terrible, which resulted in our individual bar tabs costing more than the tickets for the cruise. I do not recommend.
When we’re all in one house it makes for spontaneous conversations, easy to join into a game of Heads Up or a wickedly competitive game of Hearts (who has the b*tch?), and to consult in exorcisms of past and present demons when needed. Because after all these years, we all still know what the other should and shouldn’t do and aren’t afraid to say so.
Hey, it’s taken a lot of years (and enduring pain, and heartache and happiness) to EARN the privilege and status of BFF…like, seriously FOREVER.
3. Good food, good drinks (jello shot anyone?) and be sure to spread the chore duties. We always assign one or two people to be responsible for the food shopping. The rest of us are put into teams of four with each team cooking and cleaning up after one breakfast, and one dinner. Or if you’re like me, I just cook extra so I can get out of cleaning. We all have our talents.
4. Have one organized event on the schedule. Float trips, a golf tournament, or a hike to the top of Delicate Arch. One year we even evacuated an entire camp that was in the line of a forest fire. That was a surprise event. Regardless, everyone participates.
5. Leave the pettiness, jealousy and any bad feelings you’ve ever felt, or been harboring, behind. We’ve all made mistakes, and we’ve all hopefully grown up. It’s a new day. We’re not getting any younger. So let’s spend these days loving instead of hating.
Jenae and I made the spicy Chex mix above for the gals. I think I might have to share it on the blog. What do you think?
If you’re thinking about creating a getaway reunion with friends or family, DO IT! There’s not much better than reconnecting, and talking about our kids (we have the first of them getting married this fall! YIKES!) and all of the lame stars in all of the tabloids, which leads me to one of our hot topics of manly conversation…
I cannot WAIT to see this movie. Bradley Cooper and cooking. Sizzle all around.
Because who isn’t a little intimidated when making these beauties? No more! Step by step guide to making French macarons.
The secret to keeping avocados from turning brown? Here’s the truth.
This fresh cocktail will easily coax you into Friday, then Saturday and smoothly into Sunday.
Fried Peach Pies. Seriously, come to mama.
Do you know your GMO? A quick tutorial that sees both sides of the bush.
So while I was in the car for our 4-hour drive to West Yellowstone, cold sores were a topic of discussion. Why? Because it was a 4-hour drive! I don’t use anything prescription because double-doses of this kicks them every time. I proved it yet again, because yesterday I felt the sting coming on so I took 2000 mg and just like magic, POOF! It’s gone. (This is just my personal opinion, because you know, I’m not a doctor but I could play one on TV.)
If I was re-doing a house (again, for the 5th time), I would totally be using the tile in pic #2. For the bathroom, the kitchen…everywhere. They’re gorgeous!
These aprons are so cute. Love the shortie.
Maybe it’s because of the mandatory real! coffee breaks 2 X a day. 9 reasons Europeans have nailed the work/life balance.
At some point over the past year I downloaded this app, that Smudge discovered on my plethora of iPhone apps and then spent the better part of the day making real life makeovers. She made me into the drag-queen-meets-Christina-Aguilera (hey, I’m kinda hot? not?) but you can actually use it for more subtle tries with new hairstyles and makeup. It’s fun either way.
Some great tips on taking Instagram photos, composition and editing.
Are you on Snapchat? I thought it was just for naughty flasher photos the kids these days take, but I was wrong. It’s actually really fun because it’s stripped down, real life. Like Instagram used to be. I’m on Snapchat as FoodieCrush. I had no idea what I was doing until Smudge and my 14 year old niece gave me a lesson. Since you don’t have them at your side, here’s the adult’s guide to Snapchat. Mocked no more.
Did you know you can “tell” Siri to set your morning alarm for you? “Siri, set my alarm for 5:30. Thank you.” Siri replies, “I live to serve.” My tween had to teach me that, too.
I’m a fan of creating new habits. My latest is getting up at 5:30 am (thank you Siri), then fumbling for my glasses, then heading to my computer to work until 8, and then take my poochers for an hour long power walk because she’s a wild child. While I’ve been taking her for walks every morning for months, the early morning work time has helped because I’m not distracted, I’m more focused and I’m not working into the evening.
Want to start your own new habit? Here’s how to stack your habits to make them count.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a type geek like me or not, because if you’re designing or own anything seen on the web, Google’s new font is destined to become the standard.
This might be the coolest calendar I’ve ever seen.
Everyone needs a LBD like this one, to dress up or dress down.
Knock, knock…where’d you go motivation? Summer got you by the tail? I better take in these tips on how to get shit done. #3 is my favorite. See-ya!
Okay, you have to look at this to believe it. It’s like the Jetsons is coming true!
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Recipes I Pinned this Week
It’s always the simple recipes that get me. This time of year, it’s so easy to just toss some pasta in a bowl with a few seasonal eats and go. Here are a few freshies I pinned this week.
Spaghettini with Roasted Tomatoes, Fresh Basil, and Toasted Garlic Breadcrumbs
Toasty garlic crumbs give this super simple pasta a crunchy kick.
Garlic Butter Cauliflower Pasta with Pangrattato
Pangrattato you say? In layman’s terms, its simply toasted bread crumbs!
Goat Cheese and Sweet Corn Pasta
Soft cheeses like goat cheese are the sneaky way to make a cheater creamy sauce.
What’s on your radar this weekend? Have a happy one, and cook something good.
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