COUNTRY COUNTDOWN #1
Twenty years ago on this very date, Himself left a little note on my truck, letting me know how disappointed he was that I did not show up to group volleyball, and by the way, would I go out with him sometime. I still get a giggle that he wrote the note on his checking account deposit slip, SSN and all! Here we are twenty years, 3 kids (+ one in heaven), 2 careers, 5 houses, 7 cars, and four crockpots later. Our love has grown deeper over the years, but you know, it’s like we are running a business sometimes with trying to coordinate kids’ schedules, shopping, cooking, work, and so on. We have to do things to Remind Us that we are still in love instead of in business. I know, I know another BP song. When I first heard this, I thought, oh my, he has nailed it in this song when two lovers are singing there hearts out begging the other to Remind them how it used to be.
“We didn’t care if people stared
We’d make out in a crowd somewhere
Somebody’d tell us to get a room
It’s hard to believe that was me and you
Now we keep saying that we’re ok
But I don’t want to settle for good not great
I miss the way that it felt back then I wanna feel that way again
Been so long that you’d forget the way I used to KISS YOUR NECK
Remind me, remind me
So on fire so in love. Way back when we couldn’t get enough
Remind me, remind me.” Brad Paisley- (again!)
I have a “Kiss your Neck” story. When we were dating, Himself had to attend a Dining In one night, an officer party where WAGS are not invited. He told me to wait for him at the front bar in the O Club and he would meet me there after the party, then go on a double date with our friends. I got to the bar, ordered a drinky-poo, and while I was minding my own business, this guy sat next to me and offered to buy me a drink.
“No thanks.” I said.
“I’m in the Army Band.” He said. “Horn.”
“Oh that’s cool.”
And he went on and on about himself, trying to pick me up, while I was hoping Himself would hurry it up and rescue me when very gently I felt my long-curly-sprayed-for-height-Jersey-Girl-hair being lifted away from my neck and the warmest most delicate kisses being placed there. Goose Bumps.
“Uh, so sorry sir, I didn’t know…uh bye.” And he was gone, I was mush, and Himself was smirking.
That was my Officer and Gentleman, Top Gun moment.
I created this easy little dessert using three very nice Scottish items- Dundee Marmalade, Walker’s Shortbread Rounds, and Macallan 12 year old Scotch- for Himself, Laird of our Wee Clan and my heart.
Wee Dundee Cakes
2 (5.3 oz) packages Walker’s Shortbread Rounds
2 T. Macallan Scotch or other good whisky
8 tsp. Dundee Orange Marmalade
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 packet Dr. Oetker’s Whip it, in the baking isle top shelf
2 tsp. powdered sugar
Cake Glitter- clear, optional
4 standard paper cupcake liners
Using your stand or hand mixer whip cream, Whip it, and powdered sugar together until cream is stiff. Set aside. On a piece of waxed paper, lay out 12 shortbread rounds. Pour Scotch in a small bowl and brush both sides of each cookie until all the Scotch is used. Form each cupcake liner over the bottom of four champagne flutes. Carefully place one cookie on each paper. If you do not want to present this dessert on flutes, then place on pretty little dishes. Gently spread the bottom cookie with 1 tsp. marmalade and then 1 tsp. whipped cream. Top with the second cookie and spread with the same amount of marmalade and cream. Top with the third cookie and frost entire cake with whipped cream, saving a bit to decorate the border and make the butterfly’s/faery’s bodies. Gently and very carefully cut four cookies in half. I used a gentle sawing motion, with even pressure, using a lightly serrated bread knife to cut the cookies. Place a small dollop of whipped cream on the top of the cake and press the rounded edge of the two cookies on to each cake forming a Faery or butterfly. Using a small ziptop bag, place a little frosting in the bag, cut a small hole, and pipe a strip down between each wing to make a body. Sprinkle cake with cake glitter and chill at least 6 hours so the cookies soften and the flavors marry. If using champagne flutes, place them over a single small flower blossom. Makes 4 Wee Cakes.
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3/2/12 reminding him that i love him.