Do you sometimes feel like you need to have a little party, even if there are only two invitees (your cat and your BFF)? Well, I know I do. In honor of summer (I’m sure waiting for summer vacation), let’s have a party. Here are some recipes for inspiration, all made here at AnEditOfFashion.
Lemon Zest Tea Cookies:
These cookies are a favorite of mine. My friend and I made these from scratch last night and they taste great warm, cold, crispy, or doughy. Basically, everyone will love them. I adapted this recipe from the Joy Of Cooking Master Sugar Cookie Recipe and added my own flair with extra ingredients and little tips along the way.
This recipe will yield about 7 dozen cookies.
First, here are your ingredients:
Half a pound of unsalted butter (2 sticks) at room temperature
1 cup fine grain sugar
Half a teaspoon of salt
1 large egg yolk
1 large egg
2 teaspoons of vanilla
2 and a half cups of all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2 and a half teaspoons of lemon zest
One-fourth cup of dry roasted unsalted almond slices
Half a cup of sweetened coconut shavings
Please read through the instructions before baking so tht you know what’s coming.
First, measure your butter, sugar, salt, and lemon zest and put them in a large mixing bowl. Beat them until fluffy and completely blended. If you absolutely need to use salted butter, remove a pinch of salt from the salt before blending.
Then, separate an egg to get one large egg yolk. You will not need the egg white for this, so throw it away. Beat the yolk with the combined butter, sugar, and salt until well-blended.
Next, add your one large egg and the vanilla until well combined with the other ingredients.
Add your coconut shavings, almond slices, and chia seeds to this mixture until combined throughout.
Lastly, blend in your all-purpose flour until well-mixed on the low speed setting.
Divide your dough in half (this not an exact science, just eyeball it). Roll each half of the dough into little logs of the same width across and wrap in plastic. Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or until firm.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. After the logs are firm, remove them from the fridge and cut them into eighth-of-an-inch slices. Place these on parchment paper-covered cookie sheets and bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until browned.
Remove and enjoy!
This super sweet drink is perfect for cooling off when it’s hot or just relaxing. And added to all that, it looks really pretty in a nice pitcher, tastes great, and is really easy to make!
Here are the ingredients:
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of water
First, pick or buy 5 lemons and wash them with a fruit and vegetable washing soap.
Then, use a serrated knife to cut them horizontally. Juice the lemons and strain them over a bowl to remove the thick pulp and seeds. Put some ice in a pitcher and pour the strained lemon juice over this.
Once you have done this, set a pot on the stovetop and turn on the heat. Place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar into the bowl to create a “simple syrup”. Stir and cook until the sugar is dissolved in the water. Then turn off the heat and put the simple syrup into the pitcher with the lemon juice and ice.
After this, take 10 raspberries and crush them in a bowl. You will have some juice and raspberry pieces. Pour this into the pitcher.
Now you have your base. What I like to do is just pour the base into the glass or cup (usually until about the glass is halfway full) and let the drinker pour and adjust the amount of water themselves depending on their tastes.
And for your floral arrangement, go around the house and outside and find some flowers and plants. Cut them to the same length and use floral tape to bond the plants together. Finish off with a thin ribbon and set in a jar or vase with water to display.