It was a quiet morning when she sipped her coffee. Hum, this feels a bit lonely. An idea came from her past. Her mom had women in and out came and went to morning coffees. It may have been for a Bible study or a meeting. Just as often it was for friendship.
It has passed out of vogue with the 21st century lifestyle. The need remains the same. Friendship and community. Differing schedule and life situation offer challenges but they are not insurmountable.
For this first time, she made it special. The next Friday Morning Coffee connection, women contributed.
Women she went to church with every week but never had much time to really engage with were invited. In the coming weeks, the faces changed but the time together was no less sweet.
Any chance to get out her wedding china brought a smile. The purple tablecloth added some polish. In a jiffy the table looked beautiful. Against this back drop, the simple food laid out looked beautiful! What was a friends for coffee became something laid with love.
It was a risk to reach out to connect. Turns out the women wanted a connection too. Why risky? Reaching out to connect can make yourself vulnerable. So many what if’s especially being rejected or ignored. This first step was the first to building some deep relationships. So worth it!
Corn chips and homemade salsa for my gluten free friend. Nothing fancy.
Jelly beans and a heart shaped dish from the Dollar Store are a nice touch.
Homemade cookies in the cut glass jar couldn’t be more inviting. Be inventive for serving!
A touch of fruit is never amiss.
Fresh flowers brought by Mom for this very first Friday Morning Coffee completed the table.
What morning coffee would be complete without a cake? Beautiful and so tasty!Hot Milk Cake Wonderful all purpose cake from scratch from Virginia Hospitality Cookbook, Williamsburg VA
Served here with powdered sugar and blackberry jam
revised post March 11, 20
How have you reached out to women for connecting? Developing friendships?
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Hot Milk Cake
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup milk
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teas vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teas salt
- 1 teas baking powder
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Combine butter and milk in a saucepan, bring to a boil (DO NOT BOIL)
- In a separate bowl, beat eggs gradually adding sugar stirring constantly
- Add vanilla
- Sift flour & salt together in another bowl
- Add to egg mixture
- Beat until smooth
- Gradually add milk and butter mixture beating well.
- Add baking powder beating well again
- Pour into well greased and floured tube cake pan or 2 8 or 9" pans
- Bake 1 hour
- Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan
- Serve warm with fruit, whipped cream or powdered sugar sprinkled on top
- Note: Half the recipe and bake in 8-9 in square pan for 30 minutes
Candy S says
I love the sentiment of your lovely table set for coffee for friends and neighbors. I really miss my morning coffee with Alice my next door neighbor from my first home and her mother. Almost every morning we would get together for coffee or tea and a lovely treat like the beautiful cake that you made. Many evenings were spent on the porch with lemonade and a nice treat too. That was a long time ago. Thank you for reminding me of beautiful days gone by. I still miss Alice.
bushel and a pickle says
I know what you mean. We have had lots of good neighbors and friends over the years and many moves. Have a good day Candy.
Lovely table…your flowers are gorgeous.