Monday, 28 November 2011

I Vote for 48 Hours in a Day!

Yep, if you haven't guessed from my 10 year long absence from posting, things have been just slightly busy here!  I know everyone is busy getting things ready for the holidays, but I like to think that I've been super-humanly busy (sympathy anyone? No? Really?)...Ok, we're all busy...I get it! As much as I'd like to say that I've been a Lady What Lunches over the last 3 weeks (and I have had my fair share of delicious meals!), the truth of the matter is that I've been packing a lot into a little space. First things first: I made a little parcel for a friend of a friend who just had a precious little baby girl. I sent them a box of Cardamom and White Chocolate Shortbread which looked like this:

I also took a break from R&D of Shortbreading (Webster's, pay is totally and officially a real word!) and decided to make something more seasonal. I came across an amazing blog, Sweetapolita, and her fabulous and decadent looking cinnamon buns caught my eye. Let's be honest, what reeled me in was the nod to Cinnabon. Talk about a junior high throw back! Malls, Claire's accessories, jellies...oh lord. Throw. Back. How could I NOT make these??! And anyway, my leggings haven't really been pushed to the limit in a while. So, I whipped up a batch of heavenly cinnamon and pecan cinnamon buns....mmmmmm

I have officially taken my first step towards starting my business. The amazing folks at Business Gateway hosted, among many things, a business start-up seminar which I attended. It was informative but, above all, it was motivational. I am hoping to get a one-on-one with a business advisor before leaving for the Motherland in a few weeks time. The ball is certainly a'rollin'! After all that serious work, I had a friend from California out to visit...I don't think Edinburgh will ever be the same! We had a great time and were able to head up to Pitlochry for some well deserved relaxation and unwinding.

Can you hear the birds chirping?

Happy baking!!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

All Butter, All Delicious

I've been so busy trying to think up interesting and slightly kooky flavours, that I realised I haven't actually made plain, beautiful, all guilt butter shortbread in a long time. Back to my roots, back to the beginning...this cookie is where it all began for me. Luckily, my local grocer stocks plenty of butter to keep me in business. Speaking of business, I may have a little project to do in the next couple of weeks. It's one of the other reasons I wanted to make these sugary jewels. There is an event happening in a few weeks and shortbread is in demand! Woohoo!!! A little practise never hurt anyone, right?

Call it Spring Training (in November) and I'm the pitcher. Plus, I'm wearing the apron I made a few weeks I know this batch will taste extra yummy :)

Happy baking!