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Gather, unwind, laugh and be grateful.
Some of the simplest things remind us of how blessed we are in this great big world. I read an article a few months back about gathering people together to share in the harvest and life’s bounty.
And the idea behind the article has stuck with me so much I wanted to share some of the ideas.
Life is so busy and we barely have time to stop.
But stopping to smell the roses and share a meal together with friends and family is important. Gathering everyone together once a month for a simple meal to break bread and share delicious food is meaningful.
It gives us a chance to unwind, converse, laugh about life’s events, share our joys and our difficulties. To get perspective. A friend once said life is better shared. And he is so right.
Add in a great meal and you have the plans for a great event.
Gathering of friends and food.
Set a regular time once a month or once a week to get together. Maybe it is just over coffee and pastries. Or maybe you gather in the evening over a home cooked meal. It doesn’t have to be big and extravagant.
It could be a simple meal of soup and bread. Nothing satisfies more in the cool winter evenings than a good hearty bowl of soup or stew.
Add in some crusty artisan bread or seeds or crushed bacon and cheese for soup toppers and you have a great meal.
Share the expense.
No one said you have to go it alone. Open your doors for your monthly gathering and ask your guests to partake. Maybe they can bring a bread of choice or a dessert or their favorite drink.
Share in the expense and experience. Make it an open invitation. Include the kids and leave out some paper and crayons for them to draw.
As the host you provide the main course. In this case a good soup or stew. You can make it as simple and easy as the well loved tomato soup variety or you could make a chicken and rice combination. You choose.
No one said it had to be a from scratch creation either. You could purchase a few prepared containers of soup add it to your slow cooker and set it on simmer.
No fussy formal table either.
Who cares if your dishes don’t match or if you are serving up your soup in mugs. It isn’t about the expense. It’s about the frugality and the simple. It’s about the gathering.
Set your table with what you have. If you need the guests to bring some dishes, simply ask. Decorate with what you have some fresh cut flowers from the garden or a candle or two.
Maybe you have some produce from the harvest that you can use for decorations to set the tone. Get the kids involved and maybe they can arts and crafts the table decor.
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This get together doesn’t involve.
Lengthy grocery bills and expensive meals. There is no dress code or invitation requirement or gift upon arrival. No goody bags or expectations.
This gathering is exactly that a gathering of friends, laughter and conversation. Something we should share more of in this busy world we live in.
Relax, unwind, gather and eat. Share in the joys of life.
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