Sunday, April 22, 2012


My home base students wrote their bucket lists this week. It was funny to hear some of the things that they wanted to do before they die. Most of the things involved buying an item or getting things. I tried to explain to them that as you get older your list changes, it becomes less about buying things and more about experiences, traveling, keeping faith, supporting your family, and staying a family. It took me awhile to come up with my list. Many things involved my grandmother and wanting to make more memories with her and traveling to different countries with my husband. I can't help but wonder if we'd have a happier world if more people wrote their bucket lists and started doing them. Of course, many items involve having the money and time. However, some are quite attainable. Guess I better start....
Lime Butter Cookies
Oven 325
adapted from

1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
zest of 2 limes
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
pinch salt
1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup cornstarch

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter,  powdered sugar, and lime zest until smooth. Add in lime juice and vanilla.

In another bowl, combine salt, flour, and cornstarch. With the mixer on low, slowly add to the wet ingredients. Scrape down the bowl as necessary, and mix until well combined, but do not over mix.

Place dough in a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe small 1 inch rosettes onto the cookie sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges just barely begin to brown. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.

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