Classic Scottish Shortbread (aka Great Grandpa Taylor’s Shortbread): Buttery. Crunchy. Classic. So good. This shortbread is all that and more! A family recipe, authentically Scottish, and easy to make, you need this shortbread in your life ASAP. :)
Welp, we’re 2 days away. How do you feel?
I must confess to trying ward off the Christmas blues. And our tree is not helping any. You know what the pathetic thing looks like right now? It looks like Christmas was two months ago. Not only is it droopy, but the branches are so dry and bristle that if a spark were to fly out from the fireplace and hit it, the whole tree would probably burst into flames! I don’t know what we did to it, but it’s been the biggest disappointment of this Christmas season. :(
So not only do I have the stores fighting against keeping the Christmas spirit alive – empty shelves, Christmas items condensed into one space, the arrival of Valentine’s and spring stuff – but our tree as well!
If I could go out and buy a new tree right now I would.
Ok, so last post I talked about favorite Christmas movies and then mentioned that in today’s post we would discuss music – you game? Here ya go:
Favorite Christmas Work: Handel’s “Messiah” (this recording is my favorite)
Favorite Christmas Composers (i.e. composers whose music best imparts the spirit of Christmas): John Rutter, Michael W. Smith, and Alan Silvestri (check out these albums here, here, here, & here)
- Yo Yo Ma & Alison Krauss’ rendition of The Wexford Carol
- Josh Groban’s O Holy Night (second favorite, The Three Irish Tenors)
- The album, Angels’ Glory by Christopher Parkening & Kathleen Battle (Battle’s rendition of Mary, Did You Know? is by far my favorite)
- Dean Martin’s renditions of Rudolph, Jingle Bells, A Marshmallow World, & I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
- Michael Buble’s renditions of I’ll Be Home for Christmas & White Christmas (< gasp! Not Bing Crosby??)
- Diana Krall’s rendition of Christmas Time is Here
- Johnny Mathis’ rendition of Silver Bells (I also like his We Need a Little Christmas)
- The Three Tenors’ rendition of Feliz Navidad
- Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (this is a good version – also, I enjoy watching this performance :)
- The Priests’ rendition of In the Bleak Midwinter
- The song Still, Still, Still (this is a lovely version)
- The song All Is Well (this version)
- carols sung by the Choir of King’s College Cambridge (I hear they’re doing a live steam of their 9 Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve – I believe it starts at 10 AM EST)
…and I could go on and on, but I hope you get something from this sampler! What is some of your favorite Christmas music? :)
Since we’re on the subject of favorites, we need to talk about this shortbread. This shortbread is a family favorite and that’s because not only is it a family recipe, but it’s authentically Scottish.
HOW COOL IS THAT??
My mom is part Spanish and part Scottish, so I don’t even need to tell you which side of the family this recipe came from… ;)
I’ve shared this recipe in many forms, but now I’m giving you the original un-altered version. It’s buttery (but not too buttery), easy to make, perfect for gifting, has the perfect amount of crunch, and yum, yummy!
Enjoy, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and Cottura felice!
P.S. I’m going to be a little absent from the blog (or at least not posting as much) for the next few weeks to enjoy some baking, family time, and playing travel agent – I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday!