Today Alex and I have our wedding anniversary! 19 years! Most of the time I wonder how it can be possible that 19 years have passed, but when I actually take time to think of all the things we've done, places we've been and the places we've lived then I realise it really is 19 years. The time started flying by even faster after the addition of our son, seven years ago, and our daughter, in 2006.
To celebrate I made this:
I got the idea from the fabulous Bakerella. I made a few little alterations. Some because I wanted to and others because I had no choice. First of all, I made mine into a millionaire's shortbread, adding caramel on top of the cookie base instead of butterscotch chips.
I also had to free style with my M&M design since my tin was a little smaller than the one Bakerella used. Also because in the states you can buy M&Ms by the colour, which we can't do here in Greece. I tried my best by sorting out two enormous packets into colours and then fiddled around with a piece of paper working out a design. Next time I might try and work with those little 'treat size' smarties packages, although I don't know whether I could face sorting out the colours again :)
I didn't manage to achieve the neon sign look that Bakerella did, but, overall, I think it looks OK. To be perfectly honest, millionaire's shortbread certainly doesn't need any extra embellishing with M&Ms but it was a fun way to write a little message.
Just in case anyone would like to try and recreate this giant cookie, I'm giving away one of these heart-shaped tins! I found it worked really well for the cookie and it came out easily. It's also deep enough to make a cake or some other sort of sweet or savoury tart.
If you'd like the opportunity to own this tin, just leave a comment below and tell me what your favourite drink is when you are having cake? Tea, coffee, champagne? You have until Saturday evening to comment and we'll pick the winner on Sunday.
Happy Anniversary to us! Next year it's the big 20! Should I start planning the celebrations from now?