This post is going to be a little love-letter to some of my favorite things. Things that are so pretty you can’t help but smile when you see them. Things that are sweet and buttery and lemony. Things that make you feel accomplished and fabulous and put a grin on your face for the rest of the day.
These things all describe today’s first Tasting Tuesdays event at the Milwaukee Anthropologie, which I’ve been looking forward to for months. Until now I have been pawning off my baked goods on unsuspecting friends who–while I think they like it–might be a little sick of being stuffed full of butter, sugar, and flour every weekend.
So I was thrilled when the opportunity to bake for my local Anthropologie once a month popped up. Not to gush too much about how much I like that store, but their aesthetic is beautiful and I love that they wanted to work with a local blogger. Everything in that store really does make me smile (part 1 of this little love-letter).
I was also pumped when I found out Anthropologie carried the beautiful Miette cookbook, from which I’ve been wanting to bake ever since it came out this summer. These simple lemon shortbread cookies, just a little bit fussy but completely worth the extra work, have a kick of lemon zest and are so buttery they melt in your mouth.
But I had to up the cute factor if they were going to be on display in Anthropologie, of course. Sandwich cookies were the perfect choice: a burst of bright, juicy sweetness from meyer lemon buttercream went perfectly with the crumbly shortbread. (Part 2 of my love-letter: the baked goods. Of course.)
It was so wonderful to be able to share these with all the customers, friends, and store staff who came in this morning. (Part 3 of my love-letter: feeling totally flattered and happy for the rest of the day.) Thanks so much to everyone at Anthro, especially Jane, who created the ridiculously lovely display you see in these photographs, and Shannon and Kim too!
If you live in Milwaukee, I hope you come and visit me for the next Tasting Tuesdays, which is October 18. And if you were there today and that’s how you made your way here–welcome to the blog! I hope you loved the cookies this morning, would love to hear your thoughts, and hope you’ll stay and keep reading! Continue reading