Monday, September 2, 2013

Fathers Day 2013 and Lemon Melting Moments

Normally the weekend would have gone by in the blink of an eye, but this weekend we actually managed to squeeze in a fair bit of rest and relaxation so for once, it's Monday morning and I am feeling refreshed.

That may have something to do with the fact that it's 9:20am and I'm still in bed and not at work but let's not go into that right now.

Yesterday was Fathers Day so Mr B and I were up bright and early because Mum and Dad were coming over for breakfast. Mr B treated Dad to his famous mexican eggs and bacon, complete with lime tomatoes and avocado and Mum and I settled for simple avocado and tomato on buttery toast which I have to say was absolutely delicious!

After breakfast we headed off to visit Dad's Dad, Mum's Dad and Mr B's Dad who are sadly no longer with us, but each Fathers Day we visit them all and leave them some flowers. It makes me especially grateful to still have my Dad with me and reminds me not to take that for granted.

Our next stop was The Court of Petty Sessions Cafe in Franklin for lunch. Mr B and I fell in love with this little cafe on our recent trip down for our anniversary and it is an old favourite of Mum and Dad's so we were all glad go back.

The only problem was that EVERYTHING on the menu sounded amazing, I think each of us had at least 3 or 4 dishes we just couldn't decide between so it looks like we will be heading back sooner rather then later!

After lunch we decided to make the most of the gorgeous day and take our full bellies for a walk along the waterfront. It was the first day of Spring and the weather was really turning it on.

By the time we got home it was close to 4pm so it was down to the business end of the day - presents!!

We were all on a bit of a theme this year as since Mum and Dad have moved into their new home, Dad has his first ever real garage so we were on a mission to deck out his bar!

Dad had several sets of postcards that we have given to him as gifts over the years, one of them was a set of black and white photos of the gargoyles of Notre Dame which Mr B and I brought back from our honeymoon and the other was a set of black and white postcards detailing 100 years of Harley Davidson that Mum found in a bookshop.

Mum took the postcards and had them mounted and framed to hang in Dad's shed and I just think the end result is fantastic - talk about one of a kind!

And what bar would be complete without a bar mat?

Or a jukebox??

We helped Dad set some of his new toys up out in the bar and by then we were all fading fast - it had been a lovely day spent with my favourite people, but it was time to go home, have a cup of tea and go to bed.

Each year for Fathers Day I try and make my Dad something edible whether it's a slice or some of his favourite biscuits and this year was no exception. Mum had been dropping hints about Dad missing his favourite melting moment biscuits and seeing as I had never made them before, I thought it was the perfect time to give them a go.

These little biscuits are so simple to make, full of gorgeous lemon flavour and just down right adorable!! 

Lemon Melting Moments

For the biscuits 
200g butter, room temperature
1/2 cup icing sugar
1.5 cups plain flour
1/2 cup cornflour
1 tspn vanilla extract
zest of one lemon

For the filling 
1.5 cups icing sugar
50g butter, room temperature
juice of one lemon

Preheat oven to 150C

In the bowl of an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

Add the vanilla and lemon zest and beat until combined.

Add the flour and cornflour into the mixture and beat until just combined.

Take small portions of the dough and roll into balls, continue until you have 30-40 (I made mine quite small).

Place them on a greased and lined baking tray and gently press on each piece with a fork until it has left an imprint.

Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool.

For the filling beat the sugar, butter and lemon juice using your electric mixer until smooth. Place small teaspoons of the filling onto the flat side of a cookie and then sandwich together with another cookie that is a similar size and shape. Repeat with remaining filling and cookies. The filling may seem a bit soft but it will set within 15-20 mins of the cookies being sandwiched together.

Only thing that is left to do is put the kettle on, make a cup of tea, sit down and enjoy!!


Mrs B xx

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