As life gets busier and busier for the Friedly family, one thing remains the same; my desire to open up my home and share my food with friends,family and strangers. A few nights ago, we invited 3 couples into our home for dinner. We gathered outside on our deck, listening to the night-time sounds of the outdoors and watched as the deer ventured through our yard for a quick snack. We sensed that we were all a little nervous at first, but the nerves calmed quickly as soon as someone told a good story or joke. We learned very quickly that we all had a lot in common, even if we were coming from different places and seasons of life. We were the only couple with children, well little guys that is. There was an older couple at the table that just celebrated 25 years of marriage this year and have a son in graduate school. The gap in years at the table provided dialogue and experience you didn’t know you longed for until it was there, right in front of you.
Our little dinner lasted almost 4 hours, and my kids were found in our bed, asleep under our covers. Nothing is better than that. Life goes by so fast, and it’s nice to be reminded that it’s not always about schedules, meal plans, appointments, work, training young children, cleaning, homework, etc. Sometimes life is about laughing and sharing adventures you hadn’t thought about in years. Sometimes life is about slowing down and enjoying a night with perfect strangers, who wind up being your new friends by the end the evening. Sometimes, life is about ignoring bed time, and letting you kids fall asleep watching a movie in your bed. And if I had my way, life would be more spontaneous than scheduled. Life would be more full of laugher and love, and not frustration. I would be able to stop and realize that my life is pretty full, and right there in front of me, ready for me to live it. How are you living your life?
For dessert, I grilled up some peaches (thank you for the idea Food Network) and topped it with a new recipe I just created hours before. And it came out quite tasty, if I may say and received lots of yummy noises at the table (which is what every aspired home cook wants, am I right??). A common topping for grilled peaches is a cinnamon whipped butter, the melty, drippy goodness definitely adds flavor, but I didn’t want to go with the extra calories. So, I came up with a (better) alternative option: coconut whipped cream. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Like butter, once placed upon the warm peach, it melted into a creamy, cinnamony mess and everyone loved it, topping their peaches with 2 or 3 spoonfuls. Oh yeah. I encourage you to make this and top everything you can with-peaches, cupcakes, strawberries, scones. The sky’s the limit with this stuff! And, of course, super easy to make with only 3 ingredients.
Cinnamon Coconut Whipped Cream
Makes about 1 cup
- 2 cans full fat coconut milk
- 1-TBS Maple Syrup
- Cinnamon to taste (quality brand to bring out more flavor)
- Chill your unopened cans of coconut milk overnight (this step is a must for the cream to solidify)
- Open cans and remove the solidified cream into a mixing bowl. DO NOT use the milk.
- Add your maple syrup and beat with a hand mixer or kitchen aid (I use a kitchen add to really get the “peaks”) for 2 minutes, or until peaks begin to form.
- Add your cinnamon 1 tsp at a time until desired taste is achieved.
Until Next Time…