What are you up to this (long) weekend?
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We're hosting our third(!) Spaghetti Saturday
By now we're feeling far more relaxed about the logistics. No more
“Wait, oh no, are we out of candles?”
“How many people are coming?” 20 “How many wine glasses do we own?” 4
Everybody's going to be here in a few minutes, and the pets are doing .. what!?”
When we started, we had a feeling we were on to something, though it's been incredible in so many unexpected ways as well
The initial event was a smaller gathering, with those we knew would love us, no matter what. Since then, a few more invitations have been extended. Not only to people we already know, but some we'd like to know better. It's been a great way to break the ice, especially since it can be tough to make friends as an adult.
Something else unexpected?
The Monday before the event, we send an email to those on our list.
“A friendly reminder about this weekend's Spaghetti Saturday. Please let us know by Thursday if you'll be able to make it. If not, no worries. We'll be sharing spaghetti for many months to come, and you're always welcome at our table.”
Throughout the week the emails everybody responds, “Save us a spot, we'll be there” or “Nope, can't make it this month, but we'll be there next.”
A part of me that gets excited every time someone says they're coming, and feels a twinge of “Ahh .. shoot” when they can't. What a good problem to have; so many cool people that we look forward to seeing and catching up with.
What I also love? There's no more open-endedness, “Yes, let's get together sometime” or “Sure, I'll give you a call” Now we hear “I know we need to catch up. When is the next Spaghetti Saturday?”
So .. much .. fun
As we head into the weekend, a quick and easy breakfast idea.
A substantial smoothie is a nice way to add some variety to your breakfast routine. In the summertime, smoothies so often consist of seasonal berries, or stone fruit, with a good spoonful of yogurt and maybe a dash of honey.
A few years ago, The New York Times wrote about substantial smoothies, which was a departure from berry-heavy breakfasts, and instead something that would keep us going until lunchtime.
I admit this was the first time I'd added oats to a smoothie. Turns out people do it in a few different ways. The most obvious being add the oats into the blender, right along with the other ingredients. The other is giving your oats a good grind in a spice grinder or food processor beforehand, and making them a little less noticeable in the final product.
Me? The latter seems a bit fussy, with a few extra dishes to wash, and I don't mind a smoothie with a bit more texture. If you're a protein powder fan, by all means, go ahead and add it.
~ Adapted from What Should I Have For Breakfast Today
Strawberry Oat Breakfast Shake
- 1 cup strawberries
- ½ cup rolled oats (gluten-free if you’re avoiding gluten)
- 1 Tbsp ground flax
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup (or any liquid sweetener of your choice)
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- zest from ¼ lemon
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes, optional for garnish
- Add everything to your blender and blend until smooth
- Alternately, add the oats to the blender first and grind them fine. Then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.