Seasons of Hospitality and Banana Meringue Cookies
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These Banana Meringue Cookies are delightful to make and serve any time, any season, for any occasion!
We all know that we are to be hospitable, but what do we do when we’re going through a hard time, or we’ve been burned, or experienced some real disappointments with hospitality and people in general? Today I’m sharing some of my tips for “getting back the love of hospitality,” as well as a delicious Banana Meringue Cookies recipe. Perfect for your gluten-free guests, too.
Take a break.
I’ve always believed there are seasons for practicing hospitality. It’s tough to give of yourself when you’re going through a rough patch, or have little kids under your feet, or your marriage is failing, or you’ve lost a love one. Giving to others needs to come in a season of our lives when our spirit is right.
Ebb and flow.
Hospitalithy has an ebb and flow. I took the pressure off of myself when I had my babies, and when we had 3 parents pass away, and in seasons when life was stressful. We can give in simpler ways to others, ie. like meeting at a restaurant, rather than cooking a full dinner in your home. I’ve also found that friends seem to come to ME during hard times. They just know when it’s my turn to be “waited on.”
Mixing up the meringue (egg whites) + almond butter.
Forgiveness & hurts.
Forgiving and moving on from past hurts has one cure: Grace. It’s beautiful and it’s free, refreshing when it overflows to those around us, including our guests. It covers up our pain and it’s something that we can never get enough of. Maybe a damaged relationship will no longer be the same (yes, I’ve experienced those), but neither does it need to be filled with animosity.
Community a goal.
Think of one act of kindness to do for another person. Forge a new relationship, ask a person or two over for dinner, think of others and what you can glean from them, or how your story can encourage them in a small way. Most of the time you will be blessed in reaching out to others. Community is important when we’re going through hard seasons of life.
Cookies by the pool …
Work on relationships.
Relationships don’t just happen. They have to be nurtured and loved and protected. We want to be loved, but we also need to learn how to love. We need healing and grace, and we need to encourage each other at times. Talk through your experiences with others. Sometimes you’ll learn more about life by listening to their wisdom. I feel so blessed, with so many incredible friendships in my life. It’s so important to prioritize and make time for them.
The ultimate gift.
We long for soul connection. When we love and give to others, expecting nothing in return, we are given the ultimate gift of friendship.
(I also think cookies are the ultimate gift:) :)
How have others shown you hospitality in a time of need?
Banana Meringue Cookies
- 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 cup creamy almond butter, at room temperature
- 2 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
- 3 Tbsp. mashed ripe banana
- 1/4 tsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
- Preheat to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Beat the egg whites with 1/8 teaspoon salt at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 3 minutes. Gradually add in 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, a small amount at a time, and beat until thick and glossy, about 2 minutes. Fold in the almond butter until just blended (the meringue will deflate slightly).
- Using a 1-inch scoop, place 16 mounds of the cookie mixture evenly on prepared cookie sheet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
- Using an electric mixer, beat the butter with the remaining 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Gently beat in the banana and the lemon juice. Refrigerate 30 minutes before spreading on the cookies.
- Spread the banana frosting on the cooled cookies and sprinkle the pistachios on top.
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