Frivolous Friday! A Christmas Tea Party & Lunch at Liberty Station
It’s Frivolous Friday!
Thought I would share some of the fun I squeezed in this week (in between all my portrait sessions and retouching work.)
Yep, this happened #1:
Did a little baking this week….
The reason I was baking is because I had my little sister over for our annual Christmas Tea Party.
I had fun doing some baking beforehand and I have to share one kind of cookie in particular – these are Spritz Cookies made in a cookie press and get this: I got that cookie press as a Christmas gift when I was 15.
I ASKED SANTA for it if you can believe that (I was big into cooking!)
I literally went through a phase where I wouldn’t make a recipe that didn’t have a ton of steps and was as complicated as possible….
fast forward to now when I look for recipes with few ingredients so I can put food on the table FAST…..lol.
Being a busy photographer and small business owner seems to swallow up all the other parts of my life!
I made two colors and two different shapes of cookies with my ‘antique’ cookie press….
And the results were delicious and beautiful!
Back to my Tea party for my sister….we gathered in the midst of a peppermint forest….
The menu included Cucumber Sandwiches, Ham & Artichoke Pinwheels, Bacon-Ricotta Crostini, about a million cookies and warm gingerbread men in lemon sauce….
I had some homemade fudge and about a million cookies and treats….
And for our Tea Party dessert, I served hot from the oven gingerbread cake dressed in warm lemon sauce!
(Fun fact, this is how my mom always served gingerbread – not with icing or whipped cream but with warm lemon sauce and it’s THE BEST!)
And in case you are interested in some trivia:
gingerbread is one of the most talked about treats with stories about it dating as far back as ancient Greece.
Even William Shakespeare wrote, “And I had but one penny in the world thou should’st have it to buy gingerbread.”
Its origins can be traced back to 2000 BC, when wealthy Greeks would travel to the Isle of Rhodes to buy what they called, “spiced honey cakes.”
Both Greeks and Egyptians used a form of gingerbread for ceremonial purposes and they eventually transformed into a treat you gave to show your love, much like the modern day practice of giving candy on Valentine’s Day.
By the 17th century, gingerbread took many forms; soft, crisp, or as a warm, thick cake served with lemon sauce. The form of gingerbread men likely came about because Queen Elizabeth I gave important visitors gingerbread molded to look like themselves.
Yep, this happened #2:
We also strolled through a new store called Sea Hive – it’s one big building with over 100 crafter’s booths – so fun to admire and shop!
What can I say: I’m Feeling Blessed!
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