Recipe for restoration

Take a ladies weekend, maybe one centered around spiritual growth and seminar topics.

Add in two lovely friends, fresh-faced and wise.

Shari Z + Shaunda S + Alison H
I am apparently terrible at getting close to people while taking selfies.

Take away the seminar and growth part, because we tried but it didn’t turn out. Full disclosure.

Add in a city such as Baltimore, and an urban Airbnb with mighty wood beams and exposed brick walls and huge windows.

Good common areas, too.

Stir in a great dinner, prepared in house: marinated steaks, great bread, a salad with berries and feta.

What can be wanting when you throw in dazzling sunshine, walks along the harbor, endless talks?

Several shops would be nice, colorful both inside and out. Mom’s Organic Market, with its overwhelming array of DIY servings – freshly roasted coffee beans to measure, spices and teas to weigh out, bars of soap to cut, wildflower honey and newly ground nut butter. B. Willow, an adorable plant shop. Ten Thousand Villages. Little coffee houses with only one worker.

Streets and streets full of beautiful row houses, every door a different color, three-step stoops up to the residences, knockers on the doors in every style – a lion’s face, a ship, a crab. Tiny alleyways that lead through the buildings into courtyards and back lots.

Add in a water taxi ride, deep discussions, and sitting on a hill at night with hot drinks, overlooking the lights of the city.

We can’t forget delicious food, that we don’t even have to cook. How about Mediterranean tonight, with naan bread that is on point? Let’s go for crepes in the morning, made fresh and crispy-soft while we watch.

We might enjoy new pieces from White Hill Pottery (I hear there’s a new website coming soon!), and matching mugs custom-made for the three of us, bless her. Coffee sipped from them all weekend.

My old favorite mug on the right, new favorite from this weekend on the left. The bottom says “Baltimore 2020.” Both made by Alison at White Hill Pottery.

I can’t think of anything else that could increase our joy. Except another serving. Laughing until we cry, sharing big questions and small sins and everything in between. Not watching the clock a.t. a.l.l.

Ahhh. It’s a good recipe.

Now we re-enter reality, but stronger and healthier than we used to be, built up with the warmth inside. Mmm. Perfection. ❤

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3 years ago

You are a blessed lady, sharing such good times with two of the best childhood friends a person could wish for! 😉 Just a wee bit green with envy over here 🙂 Rejoicing with you!

3 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Aw sorry! I get that and I feel very blessed. They are truly lovely friends – I promise not to steal them from you. ???? There’s nothing like girlfriends from childhood, is there?

3 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Judy, I miss you. A lot. xoxox

Kim Z
3 years ago

Looks AMAZING!!! Now I want to go to Baltimore, I haven’t been there since I was a kid. That Air BnB looked so pretty & well done. I’m so happy you could enjoy this time with some friends. Good friends are the BEST!!

3 years ago
Reply to  Kim Z

Baltimore was all new for me. Loved it. We should do a SIL outing like this sometime. ????

Larisa Mast
3 years ago

What a wonderful refreshing time!! So glad you were able to do this!

3 years ago

Sounds like a perfect balm for the soul!♥️

Ruth Anna
3 years ago

Hmm…..does Allison have a website? Those mugs look pretty legit.????

3 years ago
Reply to  Ruth Anna

Yes – linked above. 😉 They’re updating it soon, so stay tuned!

Ruth Anna
3 years ago
Reply to  Shari

Great thanks!

3 years ago

These memories are going to make me smile for a LOOOONg time.

You missed the hang out at West Elm. That truly was surreal….why exactly did we sit down and start visiting in a high end department store???!!?

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