Sunday, July 10, 2011

Hey Girlfriend

Having a great group of friends is the absolute best. I'm so lucky to be surrounded by some of the most wonderful women. Ever.

Here are some things I have learned from my group of gal pals:

Girlfriends are much cheaper than therapists and a whole lot more fun.
They know my secrets and like me anyway.
They are no farther away than the phone, even if it's 4 in the morning.
Good times are even better when they're shared,
because laughter makes the world a happier place.
You can never have too many shoes.
Calories don't count when having dinner with them.

It's important to make time to do "girl things" and we try to do this at least once a month. Living in coastal Virginia, we have the opportunity for fun venues for our girls nights.

This past weekend, we chose The OV Fishing Pier. It's like a little tranquil island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay. Quite literally.

The trek is a sandy hike, but once your feet hit the wooden planks of the fishing pier, you'll feel as though you've stepped into an alternate universe. It's as though you're not even in Virginia anymore. Crossing over the beach and the water, the sides of the pier are lined with fisherman with all levels of expertise with their scattered rods, reels, tackle boxes, traps, and bait.

The restaurant and bar area is situated several yards out over the water. The top deck is open air with trendy swinging table bungalows and picnic style dining with brightly colored umbrellas. The vibe is friendly and fun.

The food leaves a little to be desired, but the bar tender, affectionately named, Twiggy because, well, that's what she looked like, though as the sun went down she did bare a strong resemblance to Kate of Kate plus 8, made a great margarita and beer punch, which is actually neither beer nor punch.

Painted a beautiful orange and pink, the sunset over the water was classic beauty. The 80s music played loudly over the speakers and we rocked out to the sounds of Madonna, U2, and Prince to name a few. And I thought, there is no better company I could have in this beautiful atmosphere than celebrating the summer with my wonderful girlfriends.

Here's a simple beer punch recipe (that's made with Rum) for your next summer party. Enjoy!

1 fifth Rum, light
1 qt. Hawaiian punch
2 Cups Orange Juice
2 Cups Pineapple Juice
1 qt. Lemon Lime Soda

Place Ice in a very large punch bowl. Pour Rum over ice followed by Hawaiian punch.
Then, Orange juice, pineapple juice. Stir to mix.
Add Soda last so no carbonation is lost. Stir well. Serve.

I love you Laura and Erica and Mimsey! You're the peanut butter to my jelly! I'm so glad you're my friends!!

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