Welcome to my blog! I am Nan, the human component of this blog. B.A.G.S. (a.k.a. AINE) is my pug. This blog will notate musings, muses and British inspired goodies with an American twist. I own The Portobello Road Shoppe located at theportobellord.etsy.com. My specialties are: sewing, stitching, paper crafting and felting. Oh, and the occasional nummy brownies.
I have loved butter cookies since I was a kiddie. However, I have never been able to make the bakery style butter cookie and have it taste all buttery and melty in your mouth kind of way. Seriously.never.been.able.to.master.this.type.of.cookie.
The fact that I can't make this type of cookie? Drives me insane and is making me extremely poor because The Cake Box is da bomb when it comes to butter cookies. If there was a butter cookie olympic games? They would win the gold metal. But alas. There isn't one. If there was, I would be their judge.
I have tried EVERY recipe I can find. Xmas cookies that you chill first? Only tastes good if you put lovely confection icing on it. Which -in a way is not a BAD butter cookie -but it is missing the "dab of butter" taste in the mouth. (Btw I know half of you just went ewwwwww and the other half went ohhhhhhhh numm... Admit it. You DID.)
Supposedly, the Cookie Press (or spritz cookies) are the best for these types of cookies. However, this particular gadget is my enemy. I have never been successful with making the PERFECT spritz press butter cookie. Which is quite sad come to think about it. I mean really, how HARD is a cookie spritz press? Two frustrated batches of cookie dough later; it is very hard indeed.
So blog friends - and Martha, Betty and Ina - just in case you are listening - HELP A BUTTERCOOKIEPHILE OUT. Send me your yummiest butter cookie receipes and I will check them out! If it wins, I will needle felt something for ya. :) See here - this is how desperate I am. I did a vlog. *gasp*
Yours in butter cookie luv. Nan and zzzzing Aine.
I was feeling a little domestic this weekend! Since yesterday was so cold, rainy and gray, we busted out a 1979 Betty Crocker recipe book and decided to give these little beauties a try. They were super quick, easy, and quite tasty! Next time, I may have to chocolate them up a bit…
Bonbon cookies recipe taken (and slightly modified) from Betty Crocker: Baking Classics (1979)
3/4 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 tablespoon vanilla 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour* 1/8 teaspoon salt dates, buts, semisweet chocolate chips, candied or maraschino cherries (i used reeses peanut butter cups, hersheys kisses, and rolos) Glaze (see below)
Heat oven to 350degress. Mixed powered sugar, butter, vanilla. Work in flour and salt until the dough holds together. (If dough is dry, mix in 1 to 2 tablespoons milk.)
For each cookie, shape dough by tablespoon around date, nuts, or chosen candy to form a ball. Place each ball about 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake until set, but not brown, 12 to 15 minutes.
Cool; dip tops of cookies into glaze. Decorate with coconut, nuts, colored sugar, chocolate chips, or sprinkles if desired.
yields about two dozen cookies (though the recipe said it was supposed to yield 24 cookies, I made two batches that consistently yielded 19… I suppose batch size may vary depending on the size of the candy you add inside…)
Beat 1 cup powered sugar, 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla until smooth and of desired consistency. Tint with a few drops of food coloring if desired.
*do not use self-rising four in the recipe
These little cookies are so versatile and depending on how you decorate them, would make great gifts!
If you get a chance, try out this recipe and let me know what you think of it!
So yes. I am on PART 4 of the Creative Connection update! And I am just giving you the highlights ya'all!
So we are done with the wonderful and inspiring The Creative Connection Event, ergo, must eat. Where does one go - especially when one is an anglophile? BRITS PUB BABY.
Oh my goodness. I love this place. Want to put it in my pocket and take it home with me. So want to decorate my house this way too - yes complete with flags. *squee*
Lets start the tour shall we? Brits Pub - part the first. Yes.I.took.that.many.pictures.
Exterior You have to love a place when you have this in the window. PUNK QUEEN! YES!
lol love the Corgi!
Oh and not far away was Chicago's Stanley Cup in building format.....
On weekends Brits is packed and of course my schedule wouldn't allow a dinner there - however- luckily for me - they were open for breakfast right before I left. Phew. I thought - no one will be there.... or so I thought! Sorry for the blurryness but I was sneaking in pictures of OBSESSED Man U fans. I have never seen a) so many Americans up at the crack of dawn to see a Footy game and b) so many Man U jerseys and scarfs in one place in my life on American Soil. You would think I was in the grandstands at a Man U game due to the noise level at 7:30 AM. Yes that is AM folks.( The funniest was when the footie game ended, the Vikings invaded the bar. (*HAR HAR* Get the little English History vs. Minn. American Football joke? Okay. I shall stop...)
Anyways, there were so many people in this part of the bar watching the Man U footy game on a 20 foot high screen, that it was hard to take a picture. Also they gave me dirty looks every time I whipped out my D40. If you ever saw Green Street Hooligans...you would have been happy with this blurry picture too.
I was hungry so I sat down for a traditional English Breakfast.
Well not so traditional. Usually an English Breakfast has fried eggs and real toast -served cold. But I was lucky to have baked beans, a banger(sausage) and back bacon. NUM NUM NUM. I decided to do my own taste test - back bacon vs. strikey (our American Bacon) to see what was better. I recalled that when I was in England - I always thought the Back Bacon was just way to salty... (American Bacon on the left, British Back Bacon on the Right)
... folks, I could have just sat there and eaten both bacons all day long... they were SOOOOOO good. oh my goodness. I am drooling now just thinking of it. Which one to you looks better?
Part the Second Tomorrow.... because I got to go felt ya'all!
Please enter my contest from a few days ago -Sunday is the day I pick my winner! Remember to suggest something I should felt!!! HUGS! Nan
Will you look at this cuteness? I am all about Alice in Wonderland for the Etsy Store as well as in my personal life. Since the images from the original book series are now copyright free, I am creating a valentines day tapestry hanging out of Claudine's Amazing Sticky Back Canvas! I love her product! I can't get enough of it -seriously! I am so excited about this that I just couldn't keep it a secret any longer! I hope to have it completed this weekend. *squee*
Super quick must have (belated) Monday - Food!
Best new gadget EVER.J.A. Henkels Mezzaluna mincer! Best chopped salads EVER. Best Vinaigrette EVER. Foodstuffs' Balsamic in Evanston, IL Best Bakery EVER - The Cake Box in Arlington Heights IL. These cookies are like Butta. the fudge icing is devine... and the butter ring is sinful. I need to get back on that SouthBeach diet dang it!
In closing - This is Aine's reaction to... Want to go WALKIES?!! Lol xo Nan