I’m going to backtrack a couple of weeks to the beginning of the month. Now let me ask you this: have you ever gone to work in your slippers?
By accident? Spent all 8 hours in the office all too aware of your comfy feet? I’ve never been much of a recipient or plotter of April Fool’s Day jokes, but I may just have played one on myself. Yes, it was one of those days. What began as a rainy morning (just after washing the car, of course) turned into an hour and a half of traffic. I was forty minutes into my drive when I got the call from my mom.
‘You weren’t planning on wearing your black boots to work today, were you?’ …Sith spit. Further choice words and maybe a few tears of piled up commuting frustration ensued. Maybe. It really wasn’t my morning.
So I rushed from the parking lot to my desk, thinking of my shoes sitting oh-so-innocently on the couch at home, forgotten in my haste to get out the door. Headdesk. It wasn’t until after reading a few April Fool’s Day articles that had popped up in my emails that I began to feel better, and by lunch I had decided on a course of action – if anyone asked, I was simply going to give a straight-faced reply of, ‘It’s a longstanding tradition of my people to wear slippers on the first of April.‘
Turns out that no one even noticed – or everyone was too polite to say anything. So take note: a sudden aversion to leaving your desk all day coupled with using lunch to retreat and regroup with a book in your car because you just can’t today does wonders for discreetly managing a fashion faux pas. And, ok, it didn’t hurt that my slippers are moccasins – so no fuzzy pink bunnies to try and explain!
Now all of this might not have been quite so bad if I hadn’t been worried about the possibility that the traffic from my drive which caused me to be late would affect my plans later that evening. The Nerdy Girlie, an awesome fellow Female Geek Blogger, had brought to my attention a free monthly event put on by our local Shakespeare Society, and I was excited to check it out (and not be late)!
Every first Tuesday of the month they host an interactive open reading at a book store in Seaport Village. Appropriately, that night’s reading would be from A Comedy of Errors (me, errors?). We gathered at The Upstart Crow where everyone was welcome to participate. It was a fun change of pace!
As my brother and I drove home, I was also reminded of how two years ago I was celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday in Stratford-upon-Avon while studying abroad. Such a treat and hard to stay gloomy knowing where I’ve been.
Of course, just as much of a long day cure is a new recipe so I thought I’d share my most recent baking adventure with you! While in Hawaii I received a wonderful belated graduation gift from my cousin, who is exceptionally thoughtful.
Melting Moments (Lemon Butter Cream Cookie Sandwich)
– For biscuits, 2 sticks (8 oz) butter, softened; For butter cream, 3 oz butter
– 1 tsp vanilla
– For biscuits, 1/2 cup powdered sugar; For butter cream, 3/4 cup powdered sugar
– 1 1/2 cups flour
– 1/2 cup cornstarch
– 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind
– 1 tsp lemon juice
1. Preheat the oven to 325º F and spray cookie trays or line with parchment paper.
2. Beat butter, vanilla, and sifted powdered sugar together until light and fluffy. Stir in sifted flour and cornstarch, half of each at a time.
3. With floured hands, roll a teaspoon of the dough into a ball and flatten slightly on cookie sheet. Repeat until dough is gone, keeping the size of each ball of dough consistent.
4. Bake the biscuits (cookies) for 10-15 minutes (keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t brown) and let cool.
5. To make the butter cream, beat together remaining butter (3 oz), powdered sugar (3/4 cup), and lemon rind until pale and fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice and sandwich the biscuits with the butter cream.
My mom should get most of the credit for this one, I helped with the cookie (biscuit, I should say!) bit, but she did the butter cream and sandwiched the biscuits together. These were a big hit at her book club where the book she was hosting for was set in Britain, so afternoon tea type foods were on the menu!
Hopefully you haven’t been experiencing any weekday blues, but if you have, I can wholly recommend giving Shakespeare and these Lemon Butter Cream Cookies a try. Thanks for reading, cheers! Until then…