Several of my girlfriends have been getting together for a “girl’s night” about monthly for many years. Sometimes a husband or two will show up and lately some of our grown daughters just “happen” to be around as well. It is one of my life’s true blessings. This reconnection with the people that love you best, who have watched your kids grow up and love them almost as much as you do, is the true value of being human. These women have joined together in tough times to clean a house, make meals, watch kids or just be there when one of us needed to cry. These are the same women who have never missed an important celebratory event and have provided more laughter than anyone else I know.
In the early years we use to call these “wine nights” and to be honest there is still wine. The time was more limited when the kids were small so we had to make do with a glass of wine and a few snacks before running off to one activity or another. Life is a little more leisurely now. We have all moved a little farther away from each other so we have now added a light dinner so we can linger longer and talk more.
I found this recipe on Iowa Girl Eats and I think it will be perfect for Girl’s Night. It is a Quinoa Salad with Corn and Blueberries. Of course it is perfect for summer when corn and blueberries are plentiful. But I think it is also perfect for when you need to make something from the pantry because you just NEED a Girl’s Night impromptu and you have to make something with what you have. So, of course, I modified this recipe to use canned Oregon Blueberries and canned corn. Just as delicious, light and healthy. Perfect for the girls.
Tags: Blueberry, Corn, Quinoa