We live in a very time managed, scheduled world where trying to make plans sometimes seems impossible and everything is about convenience. One of my goals for 2017 is less control, being present in the moment and having more meaningful connections. That’s why last night’s spur of the moment dinner party was so fun and energizing.

My friend and I have been talking about getting together and cooking for months now. This week she texted that she really wanted to eat healthier in the New Year and wanted my help. I immediately texted her back, “let’s get together tomorrow night. I have a recipe from the Wheat Belly Cookbook that I’ve been dying to experiment with using Sunflour! I’m also working on an vegan chocolate chip cookie (also made from Sunflour) that I’d love for you to try!” I went and bought the ingredients we needed (and a big bottle of Kombucha) threw it all in the car and drove across town.

When I arrived, I was delighted to see that she had called another old friend who brought over some brie, crackers and wine. We chatted while we prepared Eggplant Caprese Stacks and a beautiful salad. I hastily made the cookie dough and popped them in the oven for dessert. My friend’s adult daughter also showed up and decided to join us as well. It was so wonderful to sit down and share dinner with friends and spend time discussing life, books, current events and lots of laughter.

Too often we eat on the run and don’t take time to really sit down and enjoy a meal. It’s not really about the food, it’s about the preparation, the companionship and the hospitality. To be honest, I’m not the greatest cook and I’m terrible at following directions. None of that mattered. What mattered was the experience and the heart that went into making the meal. That’s what made it a delicious experience.

We decided that maybe there should be an Impromptu Dinner Movement. Everyone pick a course and buy the necessary ingredients, decide on a meeting place and just be in the moment. No cell phones allowed. It’s cheaper and tastes a lot better than therapy.

caprese-stacks

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