I love celebrating special occasions.
Often I’m ‘too busy’ with day to day stuff that just has to be done right now to take the time to make these occasions extra special.
Well, last week I made the time. It was my dear friend Nicole’s birthday and it deserved to be celebrated with style.
The first thing to decide was the menu. Nicole loves homemade soups and salads so I started there. Potato soup is always welcome on a chilly winter day so out came the carrots, celery and onion, along with garlic, potatoes, chicken stock and seasonings. Lots of chopping , a bit of sauteing, a long simmer, then a quick whiz with the immersion blender and . . . voila! Delicious homemade potato soup!
My plans for a homemade dessert were scrapped when I started to run late, but I found the perfect substitute at the grocery store.
Out came the prettiest table cloth I could find, my china got a quick rinse to get the dust off and the kettle was put on to boil for some fragrant green tea.
A bit more chopping to add veggies to my baby greens, a good oil and balsamic vinegar and I was pretty much ready to go.
We had the loveliest time.
It was such a pleasure to slow down and make a delicious lunch for the two of us. I could have just put the soup pan on the table and grabbed a couple of everyday bowls from the cupboard and we still would have had a lovely time.
Adding in the pretty little details just kicked it up a notch and allowed me to express how much our friendship means to me . . . . Happy Birthday Nicole!