|I have a few friends that throughout the year we surprise each other with little gifts. This time I'm sending them a box with a few things I'm loving right now.|
|At Christmas, my sister included a box of Tazo Wild Sweet Orange Tea. It's the best tea I've had in a long time. The only place that I can find that has this exact flavor is Whole Foods. And they also happen to have this candy bar....almonds, sea salt and dark chocolate. I try to make the bar last the entire week...or sometimes I just eat the entire bar on my way home from the market...there are those days.|
|I also included a little package of shortbread cookies with a lemon glaze. These are my sons favorite cookies. Here's the recipe:|
Lorna's Shortbread Cookies
3 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
Mix butter, sugar and vanilla until combined. Add flour and mix together. On plastic wrap, form dough into rectangles and square the edges. It makes 3 to 4 rectangle logs. Refrigerate for an hour or over night and slice while still cold about 1/4 inch thick and bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for about 10 minutes in a 350º oven.
For the glaze, add a scoop of confectioner's sugar and a little fresh lemon juice. Whisk together adding a little water if necessary until it is very thin. Spoon the glaze over the cookies on a cooling rack over parchment or wax paper to collect the glaze that runs off.
|I wrapped the chocolate using white paper and twine and then made little tags on card stock. I used a red paper reinforcement and attached it to the knotted twine with a mini clothespin from the Advent Calendar project. Since we are moving in June...I am trying hard not to buy anything.|