One of God’s greatest gifts is the gift of friendship!
Today I was honored to spend some quality time with my friends celebrating my upcoming 52nd! We got together at It’s Greek to Me and had a blast!
Thank you ladies! ❤
It was super awesome spending an afternoon out with my friend Linda J., one of my favorite people! (Her boyfriend and my husband are great friends). Linda is vegan and I was dying for her to come to Loving Hut in Matawan, New Jersey (http://lovinghut.us/matawan_01/). The great thing about Loving Hut as opposed to other vegan restaurants is that it’s not just about fake meat, it’s about freshness!
We shared the spring rolls (above). The sauce was peanut mixed with Hoison. These wraps were so fabulous. They had mint leaves inside them!
We both had a kale salad mixed with dried cranberries and sunflower seeds and chickpea soup with straw mushrooms.
I had a raw vegan coconut macaroon for dessert.
After that we went shopping: health food store shopping, fine wine shopping and finally clothes shopping.
Then nothing beats walking into a store and hearing your favorite band HIM doing “The Sacrament”! ❤ With all the garbage you hear when you’re in stores, this was a super refreshing treat! I almost died of happiness overkill!!
I just love spending my Saturdays with girlfriends! It’s such a blessing! ❤
Life is so amazing that in your daily walk, you never know who you may meet and how much meaning they can bring to your life.
Last April I was assigned to interview children’s author, Paulette Szalay who wrote, “Baggy Maggy and Friends Save Stinkville” — a super cool book about saving the environment.
I’ll never forget that day — it was just a 25 minute ride, but I arrived very late due to massive morning traffic. Yet Paulette was such a doll, we still did the interview and she even autographed a book for my nephew who was 11 at the time.
Here is the article I wrote about her for Paterson Press: http://www.northjersey.com/news/education/Saving_Stinkville_Paterson_teacher_writes_childrens_book_about_pollution.html
After the article came out, Paulette hired me to do some promotional work for her book and one day I met her at one of her book signing events. We ended up getting a bite, then, something magical happened — she became more than a client, she became a FRIEND!
We found we had so much in common and truly enjoyed each others company. As life has it, sometimes you never get to see the people you really like enough, but we always seem to make time for each other.
Being self employed I always work so hard during the week, but keep all my Saturdays open to have lunches with friends. I call Saturday my “friend day.” It’s such a pleasure and honor that Paulette is one of these friends I have lunch with on a semi-regular basis.
Ah, life is GOOD!