I feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful people in my life – family and friends. Blogging has certainly added to those relationships and this weekend strongly reminded me of that fact.
Saturday morning I met up with a good friend, Laura, to drive over to a special brunch.
old picture, but same good friend
Laura and I actually met through the blog a couple years ago when she recognized some places I had posted about visiting. When we realized we lived so close and had a lot in common, we started hanging out more and more. Now I consider her a dear friend and we’re even in the same women’s Bible study group now. Which is exactly the group we were headed to see for our brunch!
I don’t know how to put into words what small groups like these have done for me in my life. They have not only strengthened my walk with Christ and helped me to learn more about Him, but they have provided me with the some of the richest relationships and friendships along the way. I laugh and cry with the friends I have met through small groups and always know I can turn to them for anything. It’s neat to me that one of these meaningful friendships stemmed from this little ole hobby of mine. Back to the brunch, though!
This weekend we celebrated those relationships by gathering together for a laid-back, study-free morning brunch to enjoy true fellowship during our break between studies.
Personally, I’m starting to believe all potlucks should involve breakfast/brunch food. Talk about delicious!
I enjoyed a slice of breakfast casserole, a couple quinoa bites with spinach & egg, a special ham & cheese slider with lemon dijon poppyseed dressing, and a mini muffin. I ended up going back for seconds of the ham & cheese slider instead of eating the chicken salad croissant and also nabbed 2 donut holes that I somehow didn’t see the first go around. Red Velvet & Blueberry from Dunkin Donuts. I forget how tasty those things are!
I also contributed one of my favorite holiday things to bake – Terri’s Pumpkin Gingerbread. I made it two years ago and have pulled that recipe out ever since. It’s a must make. This time, into muffins instead of full loaves. Perfect for brunch.
From there, I had another date with a friend – Amy. She may have started as a personal training client this past January, but over the year we have certainly grown into friends.
It had been too long since our last time meeting up, so we put a lunch date on the menu – to try out a new to us restaurant called four40 kitchen and bar.
The four40 kitchen and bar looked very promising with a menu featuring all sorts of options. Ever since having an ahi tuna salad in Charleston, I had a craving for ahi tuna. The waiter recommended I not get the wonton tacos I was eyeing so I did something different and ordered this ahi tuna with Asian slaw sandwich.
Perhaps ahi tuna should NEVER come in sandwich form, but this was awful. The slaw had zero flavor and the tuna itself didn’t taste very fresh when I tried just eating it by itself. So, I ate the fries and left hungry. Oh well. The couple of hours I had with Amy made the lunch all the worthwhile. I may have to go back and try something different. Although she said her meal wasn’t too stellar either. So maybe not.
We also did a little gift exchange while there. I brought her a Rock N Roll New Orleans shirt (since I know she hopes to do that race someday) and some of my favorite holiday peppermint mocha fudge (another recipe I have to break out of the vault every year). And she so kindly gifted me with these:
Does she know me or what? Justin’s Vanilla is already by far my favorite and I cannot wait to try the Strawberry Lemonade Nuun! Yum!
It just goes to show even more how fabulous blog friends are and that they can become a truly central part of your life. This community adds so much to my life every day. Which is why I simply must give a shout out to a site with wonderful women who work SO HARD to continue building this community even tighter and more supportive than it already is.
Healthy Living Blogs serves as a place to promote all types of healthy living blogs out there. To bring people closer together with their blog list by location – so you can meet, encourage, and support one another in real life. To help readers find new blogs to read and new inspirations within this wonderful group of people. They also share wonderful posts from around the web as well as useful tips and information on everything from health and fitness to blogging and social media.
HLB is currently aiming to reach some new members for the 2013 year and I really think you should become a part of this great site. The membership for the year is $10 and acts to help set off the maintenance of the site and the huge amount of time these women give - a small price to pay to help support such a useful site with a great purpose in mind. Plus, it gives you a chance for greater blog exposure and cool opportunities.
I avidly believe in what HLB offers. They know what this whole blog things is all about. The community. The relationships. The love. The support. It’s become a huge part of my life and I don’t know where I would be without all of you and the friendships I have made through blogging. Thank you for being a part of that.
Your Turn: How have you made some of your closest friendships? Church and blogging for me! Have you heard of HLB? If not, then you have to check it out!