Monday, August 9, 2010

Sunday - Unwrapped (on Tuesday)

You know what I love today? I love an unexpected change of venue on a Sunday night that lands me at this table, at this home.

I love a hodge-podge dinner, planned days in advance across cyberspace, Holly insisting on Sarah's rhubarb pie, Sarah countering, "Only if you make your raspberry chicken", and me chiming in, "I need Donna's potato salad in my life!"

If only all hodge-podginess could be this kind of hodge-podginess...

I'm not gonna lie. I love all things birdie. They are captivating. Oh, and I also just so happen to love salt. Double score.

I love, love, Adore these pretty girls. Each has welcomed me into her life at different times, under different circumstances. They listen to my heart, kiss me on the cheek, ask about my babies, feed me so very well.

All too quickly, the sun dipped, the glasses emptied, the skeeters nibbled, the night was over.

This is precisely the way, every now and then, to cross that bluesy expanse between weekend and week.

Shake it up a little.
Spend evening hours listening to those who reflect different parts of yourself - girls who inspire growth.
Fill your soul along with your belly.
Eat pie.

tuesdays unwrapped at cats


32 comments:

  1. wow, you guys are living high on the hog. I think I need more pie in my life. maybe I need to be friends with sarah...maybe pie needs to travel better via mail.

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  2. mmm, sounds like the perfect evening. (i have those s&p shakers and they make me smile every single time i look at the little cuties)

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  3. I love that you had a girls night. I love to have my girlies over once a month for a girls only night. We eat, drink, laugh, cry, and way too much talking. We all bring our current projects and sometimes get something accomplished other than just being in each other's lives. So great!
    Hope you have a happy week. Found myself praying for you and Silas today as I drove home from the weekly store trip. Praying for a peaceful week of communicating! ; )
    xx

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  4. You are blessed to have such great friends!

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  5. What a wonderful evening.
    You've got me intrigued tho'...what's raspberry chicken?
    I'm from the deep south [Australia!] and have never encountered such a combination but would like to give it a try.
    x Felicity

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  6. As usual, love it. Oh, and I am dying for the S+P shakers! Do you know where they can be purchased?

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  7. Beautiful. I do so enjoy reading your words - especially the ones about family and friends. I just want to go have dinner in the backyard now!

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  8. We haven't done nearly enough of this during this summer. And I have missed it. Thank you for sharing these lovely photos and sweet, sweet friends.

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  9. Great photos and how blessed you are to have these special women in your life.

    And I love the bird S&P shakers... so cute!!!

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  10. There ya go, passin' out smiles again.
    Thank you.

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  11. To the Frat Pack + Me: Holly got those at Pier I (I asked), but i have also seen similiar, lovely ones at Target.
    To Shan - I had the thought the next day that there was NO WAY a pic of me reading from the book would work, and I see by the absence of my pic that was the case. I was thinking how my head was bent down reading and yeah, NOT SO FLATTERING!!!!!!!! And one small detail you got backwards: It started with ME telling Holly she had to make the raspberry chicken, then Holly telling you to make the salad and me the pie, and then you saying Donna had to bring the potato salad. Details, details, I know. What a good night! ps. I'm seriously not that famous!

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  12. love it, love it, love it!! even the "skeeters nibbled" part! THIS is summer!!

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  13. beautifully spoken girl...now where's the fork??

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  14. I think I need Donna's potato salad in my life, too. I love potato salad....and salt. Salt will be my downfall.

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  15. i love you my friend. and i love that you always take pictures of gorgeous food and people :)

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  16. what a lovely night. i'm moving away from my "impromptu dinner" girls -- finding new ones will be a top priority when we land, though. invaluable assets, those are.

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  17. That looks heavenly. So relaxing. I love eating outdoors, but hardly ever do it b/c it's so high-maintenance, esp. with little ones. In Heaven, I'll eat outside every day. At a table in a creek, with my feet trailing in the water, like a little restaurant my parents saw in Turkey.

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  18. I just discoved your blog and love it. Would love for you to visit My Dream Canvas. I am hosting a jewelry giveaway so do drop by!

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  19. this looks like something out of a magazine. how wonderful it is that it's your real life. thanks for sharing.

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  20. Those pictures are amazing!!! I think they look completely styled and shot beautifully :)

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  21. Hello Farmgirl, a wonderful lady told me about your blog and she told me that you had adopted 3 children, we are this wonderful journey of adopting a child from Ethiopia, would love any kind of advice you can give, and maybe let us know how your experience was like.....

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  22. Just beautiful and eat pie... ok, I will! You don't need to twist my arm. And birds... Love them. I sometimes think I am a crazy bird lady. And, I am ok with that.

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  23. Wow, what a fun surprise to find our evening documented here!! Hooray!! It did end too soon, didn't it? The only consolation for me was that the next day was a "work day;" otherwise, I would have locked you in for at least another hour! Your salad was wonderful. Your company makes me love life more - a lot more! Can't wait to see you again!

    xoxo
    Holly

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  24. I'm. Starving.

    Drooling, The Lady of the House

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  25. yum! sounds like a great evening with friends and great food :)

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  26. We are long lost soul mates. I am an Indiana girl, grew up in the country and now live in the city. While I love the city, I always miss my country upbringing and the open spaces. I worry about my girl (also 4!) having such a different childhood than mine was. Love your blog!

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  27. Sarah, you should be *that* famous - and where's that recipe, I thought it would be lingering along with all of these sweet comments! Shannan, such a gift, your writing, that surges me such a longing to be there at that table with these lovely ladies. I'm so glad that Holly sent me the link to your blog. It's like a breath of fresh air, straight from your little farm! Next time you're all gathering, eat an extra piece of pie on my behalf, and soak up extra hugs for me, I know there's no shortage!

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  28. uh, yes! love the birdie s+p shakers--$3 from Pier 1! yup $3!!! oh how i love my birdies :)

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  29. We moved to Colorado about 2 years ago and I've been incredibly blessed to find two of those friends that reflect my soul and challenge me. You've reminded me today to thank them for being my friends. Thank you.

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