Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Buckingham Palace Cookies

~ buckingham palace shortbread  with flower blossoms ~
fit for a queen…
2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
4 cups pastry flour
1 and 1/3 cups cornstarch
edible flowers
egg whites
superfine sugar
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. In a medium bowl, stir the flour and cornstarch together. Gently stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it forms a soft dough. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Dust the dough lightly with flour. Roll out to a 3/4-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with a cookie cutter. Transfer to a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and paint on a little eggwhite (using a small pastry brush.) Gently press a small, edible flower blossom into the center of each cookie. Paint a little more eggwhite over the blossoms to flatten and smooth them out. Sprinkle a little superfine sugar over the cookies and bake an additional 5 minutes (or until cookies are just slightly golden and firm.) Enjoy with your favorite English brew!
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
Happy TeaTime!

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His light can pierce the darkness
And reach those places where all hope is lost ...

~ Traveler

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child .. our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

~ Thích Nhất Hạnh ~

Happiness is a good location, within everyone's reach: just stop by and pick it up.

"Walk with a big heart. Wear a big smile. Live happy." ~ A.D. Williams

There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live. ~Dalai Lama

As I lean on the kitchen counter, 
looking out the window into the early morning sky...
My thoughts
are in a little kitchen, far across the ocean, where a husband spoke these words to his wife as they watched the sun rise above the darkness of night....

"Isn't it amazing, that each day
the sun comes around so faithfully
and no matter how dark it is,
the darkness can't stop the light."

They are beautiful words that deeply touch my soul ~

I stand in awe
as I watch these words take life...

In the sky ~
mornings first light is breaking the darkness...
And the darkness can't stop it. ~ Neva

The light shines in the darkness
and the darkness can never extinguish it. -John 1:5

Good morning!
Have a beautiful day. ~ Neva

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My Son and his family plan to visit here

Happy Shrove Tuesday
Enjoy the sweets

“When you're young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You're your own speeding car. You think you can get rid of things, and people too—leave them behind. You don't yet know about the habit they have, of coming back.

Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you've been.”

― Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin