I am sick of winter – Sick. Of. It.
I am tired of the cold, the snow, and the pervasiveness of winter germs.
I try not to complain about the ever-looming winter because I live in the frozen tundra of the Midwest. But being cooped up in -25 degree weather along with taking care of sick children has made this winter way too intense. My mental health is suffering.
So I decided I needed to do little things to brighten up these long days of winter.
I indulged in a $3 bouquet of daffodils at Trader Joe's. When I am feeling overwhelmed, I don't usually get excited about bringing something else in my life that needs care and attention, but I could not resist how springy and friendly they looked.
|Ray of sunshine|
I also did something that I had been waiting to do for a long time: I ordered pies and cookies from Sister Pie, a Detroit-based company. I learned about them when we crossed path at Live in the D. They totally had me at buckwheat chocolate chips cookies.
For months, I have been drooling over their baked goods photos on Facebook, waiting for a special occasion so I could order them. I decided doing something nice for myself was special occasion enough.
How can you say no to that?!
So here’s a breakdown of what came in the February sampler:
|Rose Pistachio and Grapefruit Lavender Shortbread Cookies|
The Rose Pistachio is a buttery cookie that has just the right amount of sweetness with a nice crunch from the pistachio bits. There is also this fragrant, sweet rose flavor that is highlighted with by a slightly salty flavor at the end. And the rose glaze is delicious! This is quite possibly the most unique cookie I have ever tasted.
The Grapefruit Lavender cookie also has the buttery shortbread and has a bright citrus flavor paired against the subtle lavender that is just lovely.
|Honey Lemon Meringue Pie|
I don't like lemon meringue pie. When I was a little girl obsessed with her Strawberry Shortcake dolls, I could never say “meringue” in Lemon Meringue’s name. My mom said if I practiced and said it right, she would make me a lemon meringue pie. I practiced and practiced and finally said it correctly.
It was the most vile dessert ever - who would want to eat this bitter pie with meringue that looked like whipped cream, but clearly was not as delicious as whipped cream?! I accepted my destiny as a person who would never understand lemon meringue pie’s appeal.
Until I tried Sister Pie's Honey Lemon Meringue Pie. The luscious, creamy filling was the perfect balance of tart and sweet. The meringue was delectable. Thank you, Sister Pie, for showing me just how wonderful lemon meringue pie can be.
|Salted Maple Pie|
Imagine taking the maple syrup part of a pancake breakfast and turning it into it's own creamy dessert housed in the perfect piecrust (which by the way, are made with high-fat French butter. I’m sure it is not a coincidence that they are the most rich, flakey pie crusts I’ve ever had). That is what this pie tastes like. It is flecked with these delicate salt flakes that totally brings out the maple-y sweetness.
|Red Hot Chocolate Pie|
When I was in college, my friend lived in Mexico for a semester. When she came back, she brought me these squares of chocolate with cinnamon and spices to melt into hot chocolate. It was the most complex flavored hot chocolate I'd ever had - a far cry from the artificially flavored Swiss Miss I'd been drinking for years in the dorm cafeteria.
Red Hot Chocolate pie reminds me of that Mexican hot chocolate. It's chocolaty and rich, but not super sweet with a hint of cinnamon. Then there is this cayenne spicy heat at the end that just makes this the best chocolate pie ever.
Are you ready for this winter to be over? What’s your favorite way to treat yourself?
**I was not compensated by Sister Pie or Trader Joe's. I bought these delicious baked goods and beautiful flowers with my own money and opinions are mine.