Husband: Honey, do you mind if _________ spends a few days with us next week?
Self in my head: I like your friend. I like that you have friends. I have friends that I couldn't live without. But we both work full time, very intense jobs during the week and when we get home, we fall into our chairs with very simple fare set between us as "dinner." Even calling it dinner, makes it sound more formal than it usually is.
Self: If your friend needs you, and a place to stay, sure. It won't be that bad.
I have a Wednesday meeting that will go to 5 pm. What can I make ahead for dinner? Ina Garten will provide me with something. I relocate Chicken Bouillabaisse Recipe made a year ago for family. Oh, I really liked the details of the recipe and the depth of Provencal flavors. And since, I 'm cooking, why not invite another couple over as well? And since it is turning into an event, it will need a tablescape. Simple with rustic overtones, but homey and welcoming.
All of a sudden, I transformed from grumpy begrudging wife to party planning glee girl. What started out as a Hmmmm, turned into a Hurrah! As it turns out, it is very nice to plan, prepare and sit down to warm and nourishing simple dinner, light some candles and share a meal with good friends on a week night. I highly recommend this practice, this gift for the soul.
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