. . . is really quite difficult. I posted this package to my boyfriend on Monday, and thought I was exceedingly clever because the UPS lady said it would arrive on Friday, the day before Valentine’s Day, and I thought he’d have a nice surprise in time for the 14th. Except I didn’t count on the fact that he was going to be out of town on Friday. (Insert head-desk moment here). I ended up not only having to reveal that I was sending him a Valentine’s package, but telling him what was in it, as well, so that his roommates could retrieve and open it and start helping him out with eating the baked goods it contained before they all went bad on the doorstep or got waterlogged (it’s rainy season in CA right now). Sigh.
Sweet boy that he is, he apologized like mad (though it wasn’t his fault; it was just a misfortune of planning on my part). Which unfortunately only made me feel minimally less stupid for not checking to see if he’d be able to pick up the package in the first place.
Oh, well. I may be a complete romantic failure, but at least I took some nice pictures of the contents beforehand.
Cocoa-Dusted Lime “Melting Hearts” (a variation on Martha Stewart’s lime meltaways recipe. The rest of the package included normal lime meltaways – also heart shaped, but sans cocoa – and a tried-and-true chocolate yogurt loaf cake that I made using a recipe from Baking Bites).
All the components of the package, together.
The awesome Oxfam card that inspired the maps theme I used with the rest of the packaging. I actually bought it when I was studying abroad in England, but never got the chance to send it to D then, so I thought that now (when I’m far away again) would be an apt occasion.
Closeup of the wrapping on the chocolate loaf cake. You can’t see the cake because I stuffed the space between the top of the cake and the inside of the lid with waxed paper to protect it from getting jostled. The gift tags were all done with prismacolor pencil on cream cardstock. Each one has a snippet of a map that includes a location I’ve called “home.” This one has a map of the Delaware estuary.
The top tag corresponds to the cocoa-dusted cookies in the top layer, and features the California coast. The bottom tag corresponds to the regular lime cookies in the bottom layer, and features the Indiana lakeshore.
I don’t have pictures of the loaf cake and the non-cocoa lime cookies. I was in a hurry that weekend and didn’t have the time. (Besides, they weren’t very photogenic on their own). I was a little disappointed with the lime meltaways recipe. I thought the cookies ended up tasting a bit off – there was a lot of sourness and bitterness from the lime, and those flavors did not meld very well with the buttery sweetness of the cookie. I think perhaps I didn’t roll them in enough sugar. Or, there was something wrong with my limes. Or maybe it was the fact that I didn’t have unsalted butter and had to use salted – maybe the salt threw off the balance of flavors. Of course, it’s also entirely possible that I’m simply too wimpy for the intensity of a very lime-y cookie. Whatever the case, D loves lime – the less sugar the better – so I’m sure he’ll enjoy the cookies better than I did.
Over and out for now.