Good friends tell you the truth, even when it’s hard to hear. Sometimes the truth is that you have broccoli in your teeth (thank you, friends), and sometimes it’s that you look terrible because you’ve been under stress for far too long. You appreciate both truths because they’re real. And because who wants to walk around with broccoli in their teeth? No matter how many times you fumble trying to figure out your dang life, good friends don’t judge your trip-ups (even when you’re quite certain that judgement is in order).
Good friends remind you that no amount of external ‘proof’ of your worth will matter in the least if you don’t believe it yourself. (A lot like #7.)Good friends believe in you so profoundly, that it becomes easier to believe in yourself.
Good friends challenge you to get out of your head and into your heart. They remind you that money is just money and there is always more to earn and spend.Good friends affirm that even when you don’t see them for a long time, simply coming together again erases the distance. And, actually, that there wasn’t any distance in the first place.
Good friends feel like home—the kind you dream of living in one day with big bright windows, a cozy fireplace, and a welcoming back yard.Good friends invite you for brunch and a solid talk; they make you the most delicious asparagus omelettes (with honeyed goat cheese) and overnight muesli that you go home and make them both the very next day. You would have made them that night, but it was your sister’s birthday and you had to get yourself to the party!
In honour of good friends, I made you some blueberry hazelnut muesli to share with yours.The recipe is really versatile, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Swap out the oats or quinoa for other rolled grains, the hazelnuts for almonds, the blueberries for your favourite berry (Ontario strawberries are coming soon!), and add more dates if you like it sweeter. Top with kefir, yogurt, or milk (dairy or non-dairy—coconut milk would be amazing), and some fresh fruit. Share with good friends.
- 2 cups oats (GF, if you prefer) OR 1 cup oats and 1 cup quinoa flakes
- ½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
- ½ cup hazelnuts
- 2 dates, chopped (or more if you like it sweeter)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries (Make sure they're frozen. It prevents them from getting squished.)
- Place the oats/quinoa, coconut, hazelnuts, dates, cinnamon, and salt into food processor and pulse until mixture is lightly chopped. Add blueberries and pulse a few times until the mix comes together in a coarse crumb.
- To serve: Dish up the muesli and stir in your favourite, yogurt, kefir, or milk (dairy or non-dairy). Top with fresh fruit.
- It will keep in the fridge for several days.
P.S. We love you C, S, & little J.