I did not discover Anne until I was an adult. How much I missed! A kindred spirit lent me the movies and I was hooked.
I love Anne. I love how she sees the world. It is such a different mindset that what we normally see, isn't it?
Here was a girl who had seen much tragedy in her young life, but chose to find the beauty in each moment and focus on the best. Such a contrast to another character in the stories who lived as a orphan as well, but allowed bitterness to rule in her life.
I would love to visit PEI someday. But realistically, it'll never happen. Besides, I can see so much of it in my imagination, which also allows me to ignore the down parts that a visit might reveal.
I *try* to see life through Anne's lens. Sometimes, I forget and land in the depths of despair. I'm sure it is nothing that a plate of plum puffs could not improve. But as our plums won't be ripe for another month, I will just have to share some other treats.
Won't you join me for a cup of tea and maybe a piece of Lavender Shortbread? (Actually, these are from batches I made for a neighborhood gathering this weekend. I haven't and won't actually be enjoying them myself. See prior post. But I can indulge my neighbors!)
Here's the recipe for the Lavender Shortbread. Do, of course, make sure that your lavender is pesticide-free.
Lavender Shortbread/Scalloped Poppyseed Shortbread
1/2 lb butter, softened
3/4 c powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbl poppyseeds, or lavender buds
Preheat oven to 325* Mix everything until dough just comes together. Pat and roll out gently about 1/4" thick on a lightly floured surface, or parchment paper. (It is so hot in here right now that I had to put the dough in the fridge for a few minutes before I could even roll it out and I tucked the dough back in between batches.) Cut into pretty 2" shapes and bake on parchment for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are just beginning to brown.
And do be sure to stop by and visit Rose Chintz Cottage who has been so gracious in hosting this event.