Wednesday, November 5, 2008

listen.

do you hear what i hear??? lol...okay...no i am not going to start typing off lyrics to christmas carols...yet :P!! but what do you hear when you just listen?? when you take 5 minutes to stop...to breathe...to appreciate...what do you hear?? when this word was chosen by gi for word up today...the first thing that came to mind was the movie august rush...beautiful movie. but such a good example of listening...and hearing and taking in what is around you. that opening scene where he is standing in the wheat field...listening...to the music...just think about all that you hear if you just still yourself and listen...to the energy, to the music, to the love that surrounds us everyday.


Listen the most poignant thing i hear, in my life,right now, is my family...our heartbeat...our love...our music...so i created a faux french styled bulletin board to show the love we hear and feel and touch. it was a fun project...not only were we sponsored by the fabulous kenner road kit...but because of how kerry lynn designs her kits...i got to dig into my vintage stash from papier valise!!!


on another note...we have been were enjoying unseasonably beautiful and warm weather...and have been taken full advantage of it as we know it won't last and winter will soon have it's icy claws in us!!!


135 136 113 131 and real quick...just for gillian...a chai shortbread cookie update...i have to say, i love the combination of spices that make for a chai blend...fabulous!!! so while the flavouring of the cookie was awesome...i didn't love them...and that is because i didn't like the shortbread recipe...to me is was just a bad shortbread. so in my efforts to perfect this recipe...i used the spices (doubling the measurements from the recipe link i had given you) in my own whipped shortbread recipe and WOW!!! YUMMY!!!! and i am thinking these will make a great christmas gift or bake/cookie exchange treat. and i am thinking that i will share my discoveries with you, so here is my version and recipe...


chai  whipped shortbread cookies


preheat oven to 300F


1 cup butter


1/2 cup icing sugar


1 1/2 cup flour


1/2 cup cornstarch


1/4 tsp cardamom & cinnamon


a dash ( a double dash) of clove and freshly ground black pepper


method:


beat butter until light and fluffy


beat in icing sugar 2 tbsp's at a time until light and fluffy


sift together in a separate bowl, flour cornstarch and all your spices.


stir into butter mixture one third at a time to make a smooth dough


drop by teaspoonfuls 1 inch apart onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and press with a fork


bake  until firm, about 20 - 25 minutes, do not let tops brown


there you have it...other things to consider...since this is a whipped shortbread using teaspoons to create the cookie keeps it light...you can put it into a cookie press or roll it into a log and make slices from it(make sure to refrigerate to firm up)...but the cookie may loose some of it's lightness...but will still be good (i have done both ways in previous years). i like the teaspoon method as it gives the cookie a different and rustic look. you can also dip the finished cookie, once cooled, into chocolate and nuts. and obviously, if you want just whipped shortbread, don't add the spices. either way...this is one of the yummiest shortbread recipes i have ever come across...and the addition of chai spices is fabulous!!! and a great way to serve this is with a great coffee or tea or do something different...our family favourite is to have these cookies with steamed vanilla milk!!!


so off to knock off a few more items on my christmas craft list and to play some more with my kenner road kit!! hope you have a  fabulous day...snow is in our forcast...so stay  warm!!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for the recipe update! I've never tried shortbread before, but it just sounds too yummy to pass up. I have a cookie exchange to do this year, so maybe I will do up a test batch and see if this is what I want to try :) You're the best!
    Also, just LOVE your frame! Makes me want to crack out my goodies from paper valiase too! Love that place :)

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  2. I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you created with the Kenner Road kits for this word ! Such a great idea! Might have to make one for myself! Thanks for the cookie recipe, will have to try it! Have a great day!
    Lynn

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  3. that is one rocking layout in a frame you made there girl!! LOVE it. and that recipe sounds cool. maybe i try, if i figure it out LOL :D

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