Do you feel better today about your life?
About the world?
About almost everything?
I sure hope so! I am not just being nice when I say that.
My friend Jane called me today.
We talked for over two hours about everything.
So, if the world isn’t right, it’s not because we didn’t do our best!
If only women ruled the world, right?
My Friend Jane
Jane and I live 1200 miles apart. We have not seen each other for almost three years.
We have been good friends since 1996.
When we call, we pick up the conversation as if we had spoken yesterday. More likely, our last conversation was months before.
Jane and I are an unlikely pair.
Jane is tall, gorgeous with long, sexy hair.
I am short, OK looking with unruly, curly hair.
I take even simple sewing repairs to the cleaners.
I bake by visiting one of the many fantastic bakeries in Portland.
I cook when it is easy or I’m starving. I do buy cookbooks, dishes, and other fun accessories for my kitchen!
Jane does home repairs.
I call Billy for anything more complicated than changing light bulbs.
Jane decorates. She once rearranged my entire living room while I was sleeping in.
I browze HOUZZ and Pinterest when I am not sleeping in.
Jane runs a business.
My business runs me.
A little Jane for you
First, a recipe that she just “threw together” one night. She wrote it down for me.
Preheat oven to 425.
Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds and fiber from each half.
(I poked small holes in the squash, popped the whole thing in the microwave for four minutes. Then I cut it in half and continued with the recipe. Much easier to cut!)
Coat inside of squash with olive oil and lightly salt.
Turn cut side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake for 30-40 minutes.
In the meantime, caramelize 1/3 white onion.
4 chopped mushrooms
1/2 red bell pepper
6-8 asparagus spears chopped into 1″ pieces
1/2 c artichoke hearts
Or any veggies of your choice.
When limp, but still bright add:
1 cup spinach
1 handful of chopped walnuts
1 small handful of fresh chopped parsley
1/2 tsp Herbs de Provence.
Cook just until spinach is limp, but still bright.
Add cooked squash which has been removed from shell of squash.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Fill squash shells with mixture and sprinkle with finely grated Parmesan cheese.
Put back into oven until cheese is melted. 2 minutes.
Serve. (This is easy and delicious. I have made it twice.)
Tea at Jane’s
Recently, Jane hosted a tea for 62 women. She served tea sandwiches, scones, chocolate truffles…all home made! She does not have a staff like the one at Downton Abbey. The picture below is of the serving pieces that she made. Yes, she made all of these. That girl knows how to use a drill!
I , on the other hand, recently held a luncheon for two women. I bought a quiche and salad from Zupan’s Market and a mini chocolate caramel cake with sea salt from Farina Bakery*. I served Prosecco. Entertaining is exhausting!
Thank you Jane
How lucky I am to have a wonderful friend like you! The distance and the time apart does not dampen our friendship. Every visit, whether in person or on the phone, is cause for a celebration.
Twenty one years and counting!
Much Love, L.
*Farina Bakery, http://www.farinabakery.com. 1852 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR. 97214 Tel. 971.279.5939