Cooking with Friends

I’m exhausted.

A friend asked me yesterday if we could do a bulk-cooking session today. With one thing or another, we hadn’t been able to get together for a while, so this was an unexpected treat. Even better…she offered to do all of the shopping if I could get her the list in an hour.

 Note: I do not put together my bulk cooking sessions in an hour. It took me three. It wasn’t my best menu plan, but it was somewhat varied and looked tasty. Another friend decided to join us who had never had that adventure before.

And at the end of the day — all three of us are tired. We do, however, have at least a week’s worth of food for our families. (I’m betting we can stretch it to two!) And of course, we saved a ton of money.

But the best part of the day was not the delicious scratch-made food or the significant savings, it was the company. We laughed and encouraged each other. We had time to talk over the adventures of our lives and share our joys and our sorrows. It was a time of togetherness like an old quilting bee, and at the end of the day we sat sipping our berry laden lemon sorbet and just basking in the glow of success.

Next time, though, I should remember to make sure the air conditioner is on.

We made: Apricot Chicken, Lemon Chicken, Chicken Cacciatore, Chicken Enchiladas, Sweet and Sour Sauce, Turkey Ham and Dill Casserole, and Teenager Meat.

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