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.... with shortbread - more specifically lemon thyme flavoured shortbread - deicious & fragrant.

Coffee is being served from a very large cafetiere - columbian beans, there's hot milk for those who'd like some.

Tea is Sherston Paradise that I bought at a farmers market last year - it won the Best Taste in the West award in 2009 - very nice.

So it's Friday, end of the working week for a lot of us. I get a brief rush of 'hurrah' knowing it's the start of the weekend. This lasts until 8.00pm Sunday!

Gardening is the priority for this weekend - and I'm going to have a lovely tea party on Sunday - the girls have had birthdays with many friends and other activities so now we'll have a family tea.

Doing anything special but not ostentatious this weekend?

Posted at 14th May 2010 - 09:33AM   Posted by Jaynebeth   mmmm Coffee Comments: 9

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Westerwitch's Avatar . . . sigh . . . I just know this will sound ostentatious - giving a brief talk on my ARPS panel at a successful panel day for the RPS . . . HS is also giving a talk on his panel Embarassed Most weekends are cleaning the cottage and pretending to have a rest - usually very lovely for us and very dull to the outsider.

Strong black coffee for me and eight biscuits Very Happy thank you

Guess working from home I work everyday - but I never get that sinking feeling on a Sunday night - the way I used to when I went out to work . . . Very Happy

Posted by: Westerwitch on 14th May 2010 at 10:04AM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Shortbread is my favourite - my only weakness, and your sounds especially delicious. Did you make it? if so, any chance of the recipe, please.
What are we doing at the weekend? Certainly nothing ostentatious. I shall be painting the ceiling of the little bedroom and working on my patchwork quilt when I have had enough of the painting.
Jim will be potching in the vegetable garden and, I hope, turning his attention to the sounds of scuffling in the roof (squirrels, we think). If the weather stays dry we may go a walk and also entertain the French family - Welsh cakes may be required - or even shortbread.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 14th May 2010 at 10:39AM

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Jaynebeth's Avatar I nicked the recipe from another site - works out great as individuals or as one slab
Lemon-Thyme Shortbread Hearts
Adapted from 101 Cookbooks via The Castle Cookbook
Makes 5-6 dozen cookies

4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (preferably lemon thyme)
Zest of two medium lemons
1 lb (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Pulse together the flour, baking powder, salt, thyme, and lemon zest in a food processor a few times. Set aside.

Beat the butter in a mixer with the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Sift in the powdered sugar and beat again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then beat in the vanilla extract.

Add in the flour mixture in two batches, stirring until a thick dough forms. Divide the dough into two halves and pat into two disks, 1 inch thick. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for half an hour.

After the dough is chilled, have ready pans lined with parchment paper or silpat. Roll each disk out with a rolling pin to 1/4″ or 1/2″ thick. Cut into shapes with the cookie cutters and bake 12 minutes, turning the pan around in the middle, until the bottoms are just barely golden.

Posted by: Jaynebeth on 14th May 2010 at 10:47AM

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Jaynebeth's Avatar sorry about the 'american' temps / measurements - adapt as necessary

Posted by: Jaynebeth on 14th May 2010 at 10:49AM

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Preseli Mags's Avatar Brilliant! Thanks for the recipe. I logged on to ask for it ages ago and was then interrupted by a parcel full of two lovely blueberry bushes.

I'm back now from the school nurse: "She's very tall." Me: "Yes, she is." appointment. Rolling Eyes So a cup of coffee and lovely shortbread are more than welcome.

This weekend we have a man coming to fix our roof (hooray!) so when it rains like it did last night it won't drip into my bedroom. While he fixes the roof I'll be planting the blueberries, taking the girls to a party, watching the Monaco grand prix and going for a long r.. er.. thing.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 14th May 2010 at 11:00AM

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Arosebyanyothername's Avatar Thanks, Jaynebeth. I will try that.

Posted by: Arosebyanyothername on 14th May 2010 at 11:01AM

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Salle de Bain's Avatar Love the sound of that recipe...thanks...I have some lemon thyme growing in the garden somewhere...

Gardening this weekend...need to dig up the sorrel because nobody likes it around here. I thought the soup was great, but no-one else didRolling Eyes. Peas, runner beans and more salad going in today too. Must cut some sticks from the hedge this weekend in preparation for my sweet pea planting.

Posted by: Salle de Bain on 14th May 2010 at 12:44PM

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Dancing Dog's Avatar Thank you for the recipe, it sounds really delicious.

I have two classes this weekend. Make a jacket out of a sweatshirt is tomorrow, and Colour for Quilters is Sunday afternoon. The colour class is very, very boring and I've already done 5 x 2-hour classes. Thankfully this will be the last class. Honestly, 12 hours on colour is just too much.

Then we're taking my MIL out for a belated Mother's Day dinner Confused

Posted by: Dancing Dog on 14th May 2010 at 04:28PM

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Frances's Avatar Thank you for posting that recipe even before I got around to asking about it.

I remember my mom always had lemon thyme in her garden.

xo

Posted by: Frances on 14th May 2010 at 11:00PM

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