It's that time of year when the nights are cool and the reality that fall is upon us is setting in. This hearty sandwich qualifies as comfort food with the warm chicken and melting mozzarella. The Sun-dried Tomato Jam provides a little taste of what remains of the warmth of summer.
One of the biggest events of our summer was welcoming a puppy into our family. Since bringing "Buddy" home one of our main missions in life has been helping him learn to love his crate. Our hope is he will come to view the crate as his comfy, safe spot in the world. The books we read recommended using a phrase like "kennel-up" to let the puppy know it's time to get in the crate. We took a family vote and chose "cozy-up" as our signal phrase, it sounded more appealing to all of us. In fact, during the hectic days of parenting I often find myself looking longingly at the crate thinking...wow, I could use a place like that!
Fortunately, Monday Lunch is a place like that for me.
After enjoying our summer into fall sandwiches I suggested to my friends that we move from the table to the "comfy chairs". This is our cue for grabbing tea, blankets and dessert and getting down to the business of getting cozy and comfortable. Monday Lunch is one of my comfortable spots...a place I "cozy-up." It's a safe place to talk about anything knowing it will be held in confidence. There is no pressure to be funny, entertaining or even good company. Our gatherings are a place to let our guards down and just be. What a gift.
Sometimes it's easy to recognize these comfortable spots and other times it takes a while for them to grow on us. Occasionally, out of necessity, we find a cozy spot wherever we can. We take what we can get because we simply need an escape. Perhaps this is what our cat was thinking when he curled up in the dryer.
Wherever your happy place may be I hope you relish the moments of coziness and comfort you find there. If it sounds challenging to find a spot to "cozy-up" and call your own, follow the cat's lead and curl-up in a pile of warm clothes. On a cool fall day it might be just the ticket!
The Simplicity Buff