Intention is vital to any relationship, whether it’s a marriage, a friendship, or familial bond. Too many times in our lives, we lose close friendships due to the lack of intention. Sure, we all get busier and busier as we age but if we don’t stop and grab a coffee (or maybe a glass of wine) with the ones we love, we can lose some special bonds. Sometimes, people will fade out of your life for the better and what you lose in that friendship, you gain in your sanity. But if you are at home, waiting for a friend to reach out, grab that smart phone and just send a simple text. That moment of intention can make a person’s day.
I have a group of friends that are in the same place of life as Chris and I. We are all married couples starting families. But we are also all 9-5er’s who have pets, kids, and hobbies that keep us pretty busy day to day. We decided last year to meet on a specific night, every other week and share a meal together. Although we may see each other for a quick drink or birthday hang other times in the week, we are committed to showing up at the home of whoever’s turn it is to host and bring food. This has been some of my favorite memories and I’ve grown closer to these precious people more than I thought I ever would. This time refreshes me, encourages me, and helps me walk away with a support network whenever I am in need. Plus, there are few sweeter things in life than sharing a homemade meal with your dear friends.
This week was our turn to host in our new home. The hostess prepares the main meal and everyone else contributes a side, drink, and dessert. I decided to go with something that wouldn’t be a nightmare to throw together for a group. Surf and turf is always a pleasant summer option, reminding me of days as a kid at my parents’ backyard pool. I served juicy sirloin steak, cut into bite-sized pieces (all fat removed) for easy eating. I seared the meat with butter on high heat for only a minute, just to brown but not cook. The surf aspect is succulent Lemony Garlic Roasted Shrimp. Make sure you have rice or bread for that luscious sauce!
Fresh watermelon, crisp veggies with a yogurt ranch dip, balsamic squash and mushrooms, a refreshing and deceivingly strong red sangria, and a luscious peach cobbler also graced the presence of our dining room table.
I am beyond blessed to have the friends that I do and I hope this inspires you to be intentional with your community of friends. Happy Friday!