Every single year for over 30 years I have baked shortbread on or about the 11th of December. Mr. Right’s birthday is the 12th.
I use my shortbread rolling pins. I use the best ingredients I can find. I will say that the shortbread I baked while living in Germany was by far the best ever. I think the flour and the unsalted, organic butter were the secret.
Homeschool lesson for today: Shortbread originated in Scotland. First recipe printed in 1736 by Mrs. McLintock. It is a type of cookie made from one part sugar, 2 parts butter and 3 parts flour.
Each year, I bake the cookies, cool them completely, wash every single bowl and utensil I used. While I am washing, I open every window in the house to air out the delicious cookie smell. I use cookie parchment and wrap the cookies into a tin. Then I wrap them in Birthday paper and tie with a fancy ribbon. Then I have to wait for the next day for him to open his surprise gifts.
Every single year, when he comes to that gift, he feels the weight and says, “Gee, I wonder what this is?” He unwraps, takes off the tin lid and selects the perfect taste tester. He takes a bit, closes his eyes, smiles and says, “this is the best shortbread I have ever tasted”.
Now, I don’t know if it is the best ever shortbread, however I do know, no matter what is going on, weather I was healthy or not, busy or not………….the shortbread gets made. Once, he was out of the country with the Army and I had to mail it early. I have no idea what the heck it looked like when he received it. It may have been just cookie dust in a tin, however he said it was the best he had ever had.
Somehow his Shortbread gift has become a tradition. It reminds him of his grandmother. He savors the taste. He only eats one a day.
EEE GADS , I adore that man. I would do just about anything for him and if baking a batch of shortbread once a year makes him happy…..
Oh sure, I could buy him any number of things. Lord knows I have tried to find the perfect gift to celebrate him.
It always, always comes back to one batch of perfectly made shortbread just for him.
He knows he is loved and adored. His grands tell him. His grown kiddos tell him. The dog reminds him how much he is loved. Baking the perfect shortbread is one way I remind him over and over and over how much I love him.
Oh that and a beautiful, delicious, Blackberry Cobbler for dessert.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Right.