We embraced the "single and without parents" life quickly. Nothing compares to the satisfaction of your very first "home away from home." We stayed out late, threw parties and played the stereo loud. Life was good! Then a month after we moved in, 2 girls moved in next door and we immediately welcomed them to our new found world. Margaret and Karen became a great addition to the party. Margaret especially, since Karen went home frequently. I still remember vividly on summer Saturday mornings getting up at 8:00 to take a towel to reserve a good spot (because the right spot was everything) at the pool, going back to bed and then sashaying back to the pool around 11:00. I realize now that we probably made quite a few people mad using this tactic! A couple of years later Margaret's friend Donna came down from Wisconsin to scope out Atlanta, and like Margaret (also from Wisconsin) they both planted their roots here.
Of course, all good things come to a close...Margaret and Cindy got married and Donna and I set out on new adventures as well. It was a fun three years, we had the best time and I think we were the first to pioneer the phrase...."If it happens at (Treehouse), it stays at (Treehouse)!"
And, you know how life sneaks up on you, you just don't stay in touch as often as you like. Cindy & I see each other often, but Donna & Margaret live about 25 miles away. It doesn't sound like very far, however if you are familar at all with Metro Atlanta you can relate. So I decided it was time for a "Treehouse Reunion." It had been a couple of years since we had all gotten together, and I REALLY wanted an excuse to use my 4th of July tableware! So brunch for 4 using the "4th" plates sounded like a plan!
4th of July plates with "take-home goodie"
Apple jelly in a champagne flute and homemade bread
I decided on a breakfast brunch.
Sunrise Mimosas (orange juice, cranberry juice and champagne)
Tropical Fruit with toasted coconut
Stuffed french Toast -stuffed w/ strawberry rhubarb jam/cream cheese or honey/cream cheese
Pepper, onion and Tomato Tart
The tart was the star in my book! There was no recipe - I simply looked through the fridge and started pulling out ingredients I thought sounded good. I had a bag of yellow, orange and red mini peppers, a red onion and some slow roasted home grown tomatos from a casserole made earlier. Pulled out eggs and cheese and a trip to the backyard for fresh basil. And of course, I had roll-out pie shell on hand, because you know my relationship with dough. It turned out really good, if I don't say so myself!
Stuffed French toast
We talked and laughed and had a great time catching up and reminiscing. Remembering soaking up the rays for hours, our only care in the world was deciding what to wear out that night. There were so many stories to remember (hence the What happens at Treehouse phrase). I am so glad we have stayed in touch.
We may not see each other often, but when its does happen it makes me appreciate the value of friendship.
Ready to eat!
Girlfriends...you just can't have enough!
Ya'll come back!
May the Lord bless his people with peace and happiness and let them celebrate! Psalm 64:10
*Originally posted July 27, 2012