Busy Friends

The other night we made last minute plans to hang out with one of our other “couple” friends.  They were free, so I threw some dinner together, we played games, and it ended up being a really fun night.CIMG9996As the weeks go by, I realize the importance of having other married couples to hang out with.  I love that we have minimal commitments during this season of life but spending every single night just the two of us can be a little boring at times.  CIMG9984So what I have learned from all this is an appreciation for friends who are free.  We have many friends who have crazy schedules.  Trying to set up any time to get together, we must plan weeks ahead of time.  CIMG9975The problem is, this has become the norm.  People are busy.  And I do not want to be that busy person. 

Brent and I were very busy people before we got married.  But a year or so before we got married, life really slowed down.  We both let go of previous commitments.  And now being married, I am so thankful for this blessing.  To have time…to be with each other…to be with other people…to rest…to have hobbies.CIMG9982So as I strive to live a simpler life, I want to embrace what I have learned from these non-busy friends.  To be available.  To have food in the house for unexpected guests.  To have an open schedule to welcome people into our lives. 

Plus it is a good reason to eat off of my Valentine plates. :)CIMG9992Chocolate Avalanches

-Rice Krispies


-Peanut Butter

-Mini Marshmallows

Melt chocolate and peanut butter.  Stir in rice krispies and marshmallows.  Scoop into cupcake liners in cupcake pan. 

I don’t measure.  Just keep adding until it tastes good.  Cannot go wrong with too much of anything!  I especially love this with white chocolate or vanilla chips sprinkled with mini chocolate chips on top.  To. die. for.  CIMG9990I try to always have chocolate chips, some sort of cereal, marshmallows, brownie mix, and cake mix around the house for spur of the moment treats…and spur of the moment guests. 

How do you make yourself available to others?