"My name is Naomi. I reside in the Boston area with my three daughters. My daughters are all involved in sports with the exception of my 7 year old who takes three dance classes a week! My husband is in sales and flies all around the world quite a bit which leaves me to be both Mum and Dad quite often. I don't mind, but I surely miss him when he's gone. Between sporting events, dance classes, and the perils of a young teenager, I rarely take a moment for myself.
One thing I really enjoy is the hour before school lets out. It's the time of the day where I do a little something for me. What do I do? I usually pour myself a cup of tea and enjoy a piece of home baked English shortbread. It's one of my favorite recipes from back home in England and it makes quite a tasty treat.
Now that we live in the United States, I don't get much of a chance to go back home because of the crazy schedules of my three girls. But next summer, we are planning a trip home and will be sure to bring some shortbread back to my parents so my mother knows I haven't forgotten how to make it!"
Here is the recipe for English shortbread
1 cup of Butter
3 cups plain Flour
½ cup Sugar
1 tsp Baking powder
Makes about 45 to 50 shortbread squares - store any excess in an old biscuit tin.
1. Cream together the butter and sugar, with a wooden spoon, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
2. Beat in the egg.
3. Sift together the flour and baking powder and add to the creamed butter along with the remaining ingredients. Still well with your wooden spoon until all are blended together. Again you should end up with a doughy mixture.
4. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until it makes a square about 14" on each side. Cut this into lots of 2" squares.
5. Put the little squares about 2" apart on to a baking sheet and prick each square a number of times with a fork. (The lines of 'fork holes' on top of the completed biscuit is a 'trademark' of real gingerbread). Bake in a preheated oven 325°F (gas mark 3) (160°C) for about 10 - 12 minutes or until lightly browned.
6. Place onto a rack to cool.
Gina K Designs is releasing some brand new stamps this week. These stamps are a new and exciting concept in stamping ... I can hardly wait for you to see them all. This is a special release of three stamp sets that are the first in a new series called "Kindred Spirits."
This first set in this new series celebrate Mothers .... Mother's Day is just around the corner so this is perfect timing for these stamps ...... the image I used on my card here depicts a "Supermom" which I am sure many of you can relate to at times. To get a better idea of what these stamps are all about ... click on the link at the bottom of this post to continue the journey around each of the other Design Team members blogs.
These stamps are sold as single stamps, deeply etched rubber on cling vinyl, ready to be trimmed and used with acrylic blocks. The words are in a set that can be used with all of the Kindred spirits and many other stamps they already have. It is sold separately and comes in a tin
Stamps: Kindred Spirits - Gina K Designs
Paper: White: Real Red & Brocade Blue - SU; DP - Unknown
Other: Black Ink; Circle Nestabilities; Red Grosgrain Ribbon; Red & Blue Flower; Red Brad; Word Window Punch; Swiss Dot Cuttlebug Embossing Folder; Foam Tape
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