Shortbread & Tea

A favorite and simple recipe of my Granny’s is the classic white chocolate shortbread. She indulged with coffee while I always pair with a cup of tea.

Flour, confectioners sugar, butter and a hint of vanilla mixed well makes a tasty treat. Add your favorites ( pecans, peanuts, chocolate or raspberry to Mae a few) and delight your tastebuds! 

Enjoy to the fullest! 



Beauty Beginnings 

I always look for opportunity to seek beauty and create dreamlike settings in my home. Through the winter I can only look at beautiful garden books since my own garden is sleeping. A trip to Costco or a flower vender satisfies my desire for fresh flowers in my home.

My cat Mr. Pickle usually investigates the flowers after they have shared their beauty and fragrance. I squeeze out as much value as possible by sometime drying the flowers, making flower sachets or pressing them in books. 

This past week I opened a gift I received and chilled a bottle of champagne to celebrate a beautiful new year! I’m certain this pink bell will get pressed often. Home, should be our place of magic and calm. I certainly encourage you to continue to bring beauty into your life this year 💞

A Life of Beauty 

2017 is a good time to step in a new and brighter direction for me! 

A quick trip to the local grocer is where I rediscovered a favorite Washington wine and beautiful orange tulips. Naturally I purchased them both and brought them home. While the wine chilled I listened to music and enjoyed the last bit of snow on the ground.

My former Tearoom manager was to pay a visit so I put the fresh flowers in a vase and poured myself a glass of wine before she arrived. I wanted to take in the new year and embrace the beauty of the moment. 

Trish and I shared laughter, pastries, wine and good conversation this afternoon. It was a delight to hear her say this was her year to choose beauty and live a simple and beautiful life. I so agree. Let’s take the time to see a bit of beauty that surrounds us daily and be grateful.