My husband, Matthew, is my hero for many reasons. He is an inspiration and whenever times are tough he is always there for me. It isn’t every day your best friend also helps save your life.
This was me back on May 22, 2011. Not the most flattering picture, but this is the picture that appeared in the media. My husband not only stayed by my side, he helped the firefighters get me out of the wreckage. While I was in trauma room 37 at Freeman Hospital he waited for me. The days while I was at Labette Health being treated for my crush injury he helped look for our cat Freya. He went through the wreckage of our completely destroyed apartment. Matthew helped me start walking again after recovering from my crush injury, and does everything he can to make sure I’m safe. He took me to every doctor’s appointment, every OBGYN appointment, and was there by my side when I gave birth to Leo.
Today he is still helping me with things. While I work on my blog he watches Leo. I’ll admit that he even changes the majority of Leo’s dirty diapers for me. He always puts himself last in order for his family to be better off. My husband’s birthday is on February 11th and I wish I could give him the world. So I thought of the next best thing: My husband likes tea. That is the one thing that stands out to me with my husband is his life for tea. Specifically, he loves Bigelow Earl Grey Tea. It’s always in our house. I love Bigelow Tea because it’s a family owned company with high quality tea. I became a Bigelow Tea drinker because of him. Bigelow has been a name in our home since we moved in together. I am a huge believer food can be made out of love. I thought to myself how could I turn Earl Grey Tea into something amazing for him for his birthday. I decided to search for Google recipes. I found a recipe for Earl Grey Short Bread Cookies I wanted to try. I’ve only made cookies from scratch once or twice in my life before. I went to Walmart to buy the items needed and then I followed this recipe step by step with the exception of modifying the amount of tea needed.
Earl Grey Short Bread Cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 9 Bigelow Earl Grey Tea bags (3 tablespoons)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 sticks butter
In a bowl mix together the confectioners sugar, Earl grey tea, salt, and flour. Mix until Earl Grey Tea is speckled. A food processor could be used for this step.
Add your butter, and vanilla extract. You can use a mixer to mix all of these items together. I mixed by hand. Mix until you form a dough.
Place your ball of dough in plastic wrap and roll into a log that’s about 2 and a half inches in diameter. Wrap the log plastic wrap tightly and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes take out dough. Unwrap the dough and cut into into 1/3 inch discs. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lay parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Lay discs on cookie sheet.
Bake until the edges of the Earl Grey Tea shortbread cookies are browned at about 12 minutes. Take out cookie sheet from oven and transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
I was very surprised at how easy these cookies were to make. I never thought tea would taste good in cookies, but these were delicious. When they were cooled off I surprised my husband with a plate full of cookies.
He loved them. A plate of cookies might not seem the best way to honor my husband for everything he does but seeing a smile on his face means the world to me. Our lives could have been dramatically different on May 22, 2011 so to me the little things count.
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