DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca

When I was a child I knew for a fact, magic was 100% real. Nature and my imagination were the largest vessels sharing that with me. Finding bunnies snacking on clover patches, catching crayfish in a stream lined with shimmering stones, or discovering wild blueberries growing alongside a creek. Mother nature has a way of taking your breath away with the simplest things. 

I loved going on adventures in the forest. One of my favourite discoveries was a small teepee made of long branches. Deep in the woods with a brass door knocker fashioned to the front, I wondered,  “Who built this place? Was it another young person? Was it a witch who cast a spell and if you tapped the knocker in a certain way, a door would swing open and inside would reveal a full sized cottage?". One day I returned and there was an empty can of beans beside the teepee. I decided maybe some runaway kids were staying there while on an adventure train hopping around the country.

When I told my aunt about the mysterious bean can she said, “Sounds like a homeless man to me".

What about some kids who've run away and are having a wild adventure?! Like in Stand By Me?! Don't you think that could be it too?!" I suggested with desperation.

Well... I mean, you never f*#king know Megan." She kept the story alive and I appreciated it.

My aunt Kathleen always held space for my dreams and ideas no matter how absurd and I loved her for it. She lived with us for six years and is only 12 years my senior so we were close. She swore like a sailor, taught me how to burp loudly and insert a tampon (not at the same time). She also had a very magical room. Candles of all sizes, a variety of skulls, and drawings of sexy lady-demons and horses she would show me from her sketchbooks. She always had nice smelling soaps from Lush, incense sticks and essential oils which included vanilla and sandalwood. She is and was, a very cool and unique human, but particularly influential during that time in my life. 

We would go for drives in the countryside to a greenhouse that sold herbs and flowers all year round. It had rooms upon rooms of plants and ten varieties of mint. I'd be like, “WHOA PINEAPPLE MINT?!?!". She'd pick a tiny leaf off, rub it through her fingers to release the smell, and eat it like it was no big deal, “Yep. That's pineapple mint". Then I'd do the same, feeling so badass that I just got a whole mint leaf for free and ate it without washing it. During summer thunderstorms we would get in her car and go storm chasing. We would follow rainstorms along country roads with large corn fields on either side. We would scream profanities when a crack of thunder and lightning boomed down from eerie green skies. We would race the car out of the storm, then slow down to witness the sheet of rain begin to pound down from the back of the car to the front, like a wall enveloping us. It felt as though we were friends with the storm. We knew how to play with it. 

I think without her, my sense of magic might have been lost but she was there to unknowingly show me how different we all are and that it's important to be yourself and own it. Because what else is there besides being you in your own life? And what is life without any magic? 

boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, makes you more awake, stimulates lymphatic system, uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca

How do we infuse more magic into our lives? How can we live with a sense of curiosity and lightheartedness? Taking life less seriously, with more fun and excitement. This is different for everyone. These are some things that remind me we are living in a world full of mysteries to unravel. 

  • Exploring in nature – the night sky, a dense forest, a clear lake, rolling hillsides, dirt pathes, fields of dandelions, the swelling ocean, snow capped mountains, a dusty desert, lush swamplands. Mother Nature is the ultimate magic because she is everything and everything has come from her.
  • Creating recipes + herbal concoctions in the kitchen
  • Following moon + planetary phases. 
  • Going on adventures – this can be as simple as taking a walk in the park. But more magic ensues once I've decided that it is now an adventure and I'm open to anything that may happen. There's a surrender with an adventure because it implies there is little human control over it and that life is taking you somewhere unknown. Letting go allows more adventures.
  • Art – fyi, art does not have to be good. I make a lot of bad art. But it feels so good to get your hands moving and dirty. And remember, you can always call it “abstract". Painting, drawing, molding clay, taking photos, random crafts or making a beautiful meal can all be creative and remove you from time and space if you let them. 
  • Listening + talking to plants. They are alive. Everything is alive.
  • Play like a child – climb things, chase each other, make weird movements, dance, go on the swings. Whatever used to be fun often still is. 
  • Connect with others about mystery, synchronicities, the universe or any other juicy thought.
  • Reading – stories are something old and treasured. Fantasy novels, folklore, inspiring biographies, heart breaking fiction, or coming of age tales. It's all so good. 
  • Learning – we are at a time in history where learning is the most accessible it's ever been. We can pick and choose exactly what we want to focus on, learn it well and often for free.          This is a very special thing.
  • Travel – every trip I've been on brings so much magic moment-to-moment and I come back with reflections and spaces in my heart filled with new experiences. 
  • Daydreaming – get up in those clouds ya'll. 
  • Appreciation for things/people/places/myself on a daily basis.
  • Embracing rituals – an evening tea, dream recording, journaling, tarot cards, yoga, a hot bath, lighting a candle, diffusing oils or anything else that appeals to you. Rituals feel sensual  when you choose them solely to be present and honour yourself. You can also track your feelings and body/mind/spiritual changes with rituals.
  • Cannabis – One of my favourite plants of all. A provider of new perspectives, relaxation + sleep aid, pain reliever, mood elevator, and stress reducer among many others. I cannot say enough good things about her. She is a magical plant that has helped me become a more calm, accepting, and loving person.
  • Psilocybin – Humans have been using mushrooms for thousands of years as a spiritual aid. It is now being tested as an effective treatment for depression, ptsd and other conditions. Feeling safe and comfortable in your surroundings is important when using any mind altering plants. Remember to check in with yourself first.

This spray is a soothing and uplifting smell that feels extra special (and pretty!) with the addition of crystals. It doesn't matter if you do or don't believe in the energy of gemstones and essential oils.  Sometimes people can become fixated on the new agey-ness of things like this and they'll be all, “So do you believe in that? Do you think crystals really heal people?". Depending on who I'm talking to my response is usually, “it doesn't matter either way. I just enjoy it and think it's fun." Our culture focuses so heavily on what is “real" and what is “not real", leaving little room for the unseen, the mystical, and the miraculous. Every person is living in their own reality so what is real to one person isn't real to another. It's all subjective and changes with whatever we place our attention on.

If I focus on the things in my life that I am grateful for, then abundance is my reality in that moment. If I then focus on the things that I want and don't yet have, lack is my reality. Two side-by-side moments with two completely opposite realities.                                                                                                     In the end, whatever feels good for you and lights you up is your magic in that moment. 

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, makes you more awake, stimulates lymphatic system, uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin
boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, makes you more awake, stimulates lymphatic system, uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin

Clarity Mood + Body Mist

I find that clarity is often preceded by confusion and disarray. Maybe chaos helps us to become more laser focused on what we want, who we are, or what we're moving towards. I've made this mist to help reawaken your senses and melt into the soft places of your mind where I find clarity emerges from. This mist can be used on your body, face, hair, furniture, blankets, in a ritual or as an air freshener. Uplifting and cleansing essential oils are incorporated to help lift your mood and spirits.

Grapefruit Essential Oil                                                                                                                                        

Benefits: uplifting, relaxing, clears the mind, freshens and cleans skin, boosts immune system, helps prevent infections, promotes hormone balancing, stimulates nervous system, stimulates lymphatic system.                                                                                                                                                                          

Goes well with essential oils of: peppermint, orange, lemon, rosemary, bergamot, frankincense, geranium, rose, lavender, basil, ylang ylang.


Rosemary Essential Oil

Benefits: invigorates hair + dry scalp, tones skin + gives a healthy glow, boosts immune system, reduces headaches, removes bad odours, boosts mental activity, increases concentration, relieves stress, respiratory system aid, good for digestion.                                                                                                                                                                         

Goes well with essential oils of: peppermint, basil, frankincense, sage, thyme, orange, grapefruit, lemon, rose, citronella, chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus. 


Conifer Essential Oil

Benefits: uplifting, stimulates and invigorates the body + mind, regenerates energy, promotes strength, motivation + stamina, hormone balancing, helps release mucus, aids in respiratory colds, grounding, purifying, relaxing, boosts immune system. 

Goes well with essential oils of: lemon, rosemary, eucalyptus, peppermint, lemongrass, thyme, tea tree, marjoram, citronella.


Witch Hazel

Benefits: reduces skin inflammation, natural acne treatment, astringent, removes excess oils from skin, nourishes dry skin, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, reduces puffiness. 


Peridot Stone

Benefits: protective stone for the aura, powerful cleanser, releases + neutralizes toxins, opens and cleanses the heart and solar plexus chakras, clears burdens + guilt, releases negative patterns + old vibrations, promotes psychological clarity and well-being, sharpens the mind and opens new levels of awareness, heals tissues, benefits the skin, helps you identify what is missing in your life and helps manifest it.*


Other healing crystals you can add to your mists:

Quartz (rose, clear, smokey), Black Obsidian, Onyx, Citrine, Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Moonstone. 

*make sure to choose gems that are safe for water use. Some can be toxic (here is a list of toxic crystals unsafe for water/sprays/consumption) or they may dissolve if too soft on the mohs scale. It is suggested that crystals with a mohs hardness level of 5 or less is too soft for water solutions. Search your gem here at gemdat.org for all the info.

DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca
DIY Mood + Body Mist Infused with Crystals || An uplifting + healing DIY body spray that will have you thinking more clearly and calmly. Infused with peridot that cleanses and releases negative energy. || creamandhoney.ca

I'll be in that place where time and space falls away if you need me.

See you there, 

Megan xx


MOOD + BODY MIST INFUSED WITH CRYSTALS

the magic

inspiration:              minerals + gemstones

the feels:                  invigorating, clean, cooling, fresh, uplifting,                                      cleansing, rejuvenating.

use for:                    uplifting your mood, a mental or physical boost,                                 an energy shift, relaxing the mind, a fresh skin                                   glow.

might like if you're into:        opening your third eye, palm reading,                                                 tarot cards, meditation, himalayan                                                   salt lamps, talismans, herbalism,                                                     aromatherapy, chakra balancing.

the science

ingredients:

  • distilled, filtered or spring water
  • handful of crystals of your choice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons witch hazel
  • 8 drops grapefruit oil
  • 3 drops conifer (or pine/cedar) oil
  • 3 drops rosemary oil
  • empty spray bottle

method:

  1. To infuse crystals: rinse them under cool water for a couple minutes. Place gems into glass spray bottle (or glass bowl). Add distilled water until 3/4 full. Place in direct sunlight in the early morning and leave for a few hours or until sunset. Alternatively you can place the crystals in moonlight while you sleep.
  2. Add witch hazel, essential oils, and any other additions you like. Shake vigorously. Add intention or feeling into the mist while mixing if desired. Spray on body, face or hair to invigorate or life your mood. 

*Information on peridot from The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall

Pine Shortbread Cookies

Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca
Black Pine Needles || Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca

Happy Holidays!!! Am I allowed to say that yet? Okay, happy pre-holidays! Is that better? I don't want to be like Wal-Mart playing Christmas music way to early and everyone's like, “It's only November, give it a rest!". But I will say that I'm getting excited for the holidays and for the soon-to-be posts I'm dreaming up. I'm teaming up with the amazing and talented Olaiya from Milly's Kitchen to bring you all a Wacky-Holiday-Fun-Time-Blog-Party-Extravaganza!!!! With balloons! Okay, not with balloons. Or half those words. But we are doing weekly posts leading up to Christmas that are going to be awesome! Olaiya has also got these hazelnut amaretti cookies for you right now over on her blog and let me tell you, they are looking delicious and divine and perfect for the Wacky-Holiday-Fun-Time-Blog-Party-Extravaganza. They keep well, they're easy to make and will impress any guests or loved ones you gift them to. I'm bringing you these festive and aptly seasonal cookies made with pine. Like pine needles straight from the tree. I baked 25 cookies and my partner and I ate them unreasonably fast. In 48 hours which equals six cookies each a day. Is that too many? I think it might be. These cookies make for a perfect gift because of the following reasons:

  1. They're cookies. Duh.
  2. They're easy to make.
  3. They freeze well. Actually I prefer them directly from the freezer, they taste extra decadent. 
  4.  People will be all, “oooo pine?! How rustic and seasonal." and you'll be like, “pine is the new chocolate chip bitch.
  5. You can tell people they're foraged pine cookies. People love that shit, they eat it up. But make sure you're clear that the pine is foraged and not the cookies, like you “foraged" them from the dumpster behind Wal-Mart. (Wow, Wal-Mart's getting a lot of exposure on here today. They should pay me. This is not an ad for Wal-Mart, I don't even shop there. Unless there's a really good deal on something which there always definitely is so then I do.)
  6. You can decorate your cookie tin or box with a sprig of pine to match– tie it on with some twine like all the Pinterest guys and gals do. But yours will be foreshadowing what's to come! Make it a guessing game. They get three guesses and if they're wrong, you get to keep the cookies. “Really Susan, you guessed wreath before pine needle cookies? I guess not everyone is cut out for guessing games. Maybe stick to rock-paper-scissors next time." Jk don't say that, Susan is a nice lady!

A note on foraging evergreens. Foraging pine is best in the Spring when the pine needles are young and flavourful. Summer and Fall are okay as well, but I find pine and spruce trees tend to lose their flavour once winter hits. Use the most fragrant needles you can find of a pine or spruce tree. If you cannot access a nice smelling pine, you can substitute fresh rosemary which has similar clean minty notes.

Do not forage from the tree below. It is a Yew tree and is poisonous. They are usually shorter, more bush like trees and sprout these hallow red berries that definitely look poisonous. All pine, spruce, fir and cedar trees are okay for consumption. Ponderosa pine should be avoided when pregnant. Balsam Fir needles can look similar to yew needles. The difference is Fir needles (and Hemlock) have two white strips on the bottom and Yew needles will be green on both sides. 

Yew Tree || creamandhoney.ca
High Park in Fall , Toronto || Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca
Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca

I'm also going to be giving tips each week on how to have and enjoy your holiday parties. Because there's nothing worse than having a party but not being able to enjoy it. Maybe you overextended yourself or invited certain family members out of obligation. And now all the punch is gone and Uncle Al's wearing your sheepskin rug as a kilt while gyrating his hips to Santa Baby. (There may be no way around this one, Uncle Al is a force of nature). 

Working in hospitality has made me very... what's the word? Hospitable. It can make some people bitter and complainy because serving all kinds of humans isn't an easy job but it is always a surprise. You never know if someone will leave a big tip and make your day or sexually harass you. It's a trip guys! I basically host a party every shift– the mood has to be right, your rapport with guests is key and the food should be delicious. You must also be able to read people's minds or you will get a bad Yelp review but not see it coming because when you asked them “How is everything?" and they said “Everything is great!", you believed that everything was great. Surprise! They hated it all. I don't want your party to get a bad Yelp review. So I'm here to help you avoid uncomfortable situations and give you suggestions on how to create an awesome stress free party and how to attend one and be a good guest. 

Holiday Party Tips (section one)

 

Planning The Party

Planning the party is half the excitement. You get to imagine how much fun it will be, dream up a menu and place bets on who will get the drunkest and who will make out with whom. While planning, we must ask ourselves some pertinent questions that will affect the party like:

What time of day will the party start?

3 pm for old people, 5 pm for families with kids, 6:30 to 8 pm for adults, 12 am for guests from Spain. 

What type of party will this be?

Is it a holiday brunch? Sit down dinner? cocktails and finger foods? Raging kegger?

Who will you invite? 

A guest list is important to get clear on. This will set the tone of the party. You don't want grandpa mixing up his Lipitor with Jake's MDMA so maybe stay away from an all-in-one-party if this is the case. You can always have two parties! If you are hosting elderly people, they tend to like magnums of cheap table wine (they always mention how good the value is). Also make sure to turn the music way down, that's the first thing elderly people ask at a restaurant. So turn it down. Then turn it down some more because it's still too loud. What? You can't tell if it's on anymore? Yep, that's the sweet spot. If you are hosting a larger party with lots of drinkers, this means you'll need to prepare by purchasing lots of booze or making it BYOB. You may consider having a designated puke area (my suggestion is an outside bush so there's no clean up after!).

Before planning the menu, do any of your guests have dietary restrictions?

Be extra careful of peanut allergies (possible death), deadly nightshade (certain death) and dairy allergies. These people poop a lot and it's embarrassing for them and unpleasant for your post-party clean up. How people get poop on the toilet seat will forever be an enigma to me. Do they stand to poop? Or do they have a vendetta and this is their passive aggressive way of telling me? (If you've pooped on a toilet seat, please send me an anonymous email telling me why and I'll be forever grateful. Namaste.)

How much time do you have to prepare for the party?

Think about how much you can get done in the days before the party. Consider what you'll need to do in the hours leading up to the party– final food preparations, cleaning your home and getting ready before guests arrive. I find things take longer than you think, so try and do as much as possible in the days before.

Where will the party take place?

Outside if you live in a warm climate? In the dining room and kitchen? How about the living room? If you live in a 500 sq ft apartment like me, this is all one space so problem solved! You probably don't want the party in the bedroom unless you live in a studio or you're having a swingers party, but a bedroom can make for a good coat room so you don't crowd your guests. (Again unless it's a swingers party, then you want to crowd your guests). Is it on a yacht because you're rich? (but you still plan your own parties and read blogs so you feel connected with the common people.)

Will you be putting up decorations?

What kind of decorations if so? Classy silver or gold and green? A miniature Christmas town with a train running through it? That toy reindeer that poops candies? A santa face toilet seat cover and rug set?

What will you use for serving?

Your regular dishes? The fancy china? Paper/plastic for less clean up? 

What day and time will it be?

When inviting people make it clear and concise with the date, location (apartment or buzzer number if applicable), time the party starts and time the food will be served. There's always that person who consistently shows two hours late so make sure it's clear when you're eating so you don't feel obligated to wait for them.

Eg.

Christmas party at my place on December 23rd!                                                                                                          Arrive at 6:00 pm for cocktails, dinner will be served at 7:30 pm.                                                                          Please RSVP by this Friday.                                                                                                                                          Address: 123 Pie Lane, apt #3.14. Buzzer #666. Secret password is “kosher dill".

If in question, state whether children are welcome. Or, if there will be complementary coke lines laid out on the table (the latter is likely an 80s themed Christmas party).

Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca
High Park in Fall, Toronto || Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca
Conifer/ Evergreen Foraging || Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca
High Park in Fall, Toronto ||Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca
High Park in Fall, Toronto || Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca

Gifts

  • Make something! I love getting a homemade gift especially if it's food. A hand knitted scarf or  holiday wreath is also awesome. 
  • Cards. Make one! Or if you choose to buy a card, write something meaningful or more than “best wishes from stan". That feels like mediocre wishes to me, Stan. It only takes five minutes to write a few sentences and means more to people. 
  • Gift certificates. Great for Secret Santa gifts or if you don't know the person well. You could always make your own gift certificates for people you do know well like: babysit for an evening, take your car for a tune up, massage with (or without) happy ending, hide a dead body no questions asked (this is a good one because barely anybody redeems it. Do not give to someone in the mob or if they've ever mentioned their loan shark.)
  • Wrapping. You can put a gift in just about anything. Bags, boxes, wrapping paper, newspaper, butcher's paper, magazine pages, religious pamphlets, old underwear, etc. Decorate your gift with ribbons, bows, evergreen branches, sprigs of rosemary or thyme, bells, pinecones or holly.
  • For my gift this year, I would like this dad bod belly fanny pack so I can have more free hands at my next party. 
Black Pine Needles || Pine Shortbread Cookies || With only five ingredients, these classic shortbread biscuits with pine are a perfect winter dessert or Christmas gift. Simple to make and can be frozen for a snack when guests drop by over the holidays. || creamandhoney.ca

Happy party planning!

Meg                                                                                                                                                                                            xx


PINE SHORTBREAD COOKIES

the magic

inspiration:               Fall foraging

the feels:                   soft, crumbly, melty, creamy

eat with:                   milk, tea, coffee, other holiday cookies

might like if you're into:       forest walks, The Lion The Witch and                                                The Wardrobe, foraging, indigenous                                                  foods, parties.

the science

makes approximately 25 to 30 cookies depending on size || time: 1 hour 15 mins (prep, rest + baking)

ingredients:

  • 3.5 cups all purpose unbleached flour, sifted
  • 1 cup cane sugar
  • 1 + 1/4  teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped pine needles (can substitute fresh rosemary) 
  • 3/4 pound unsalted butter (3 sticks or 1.5 cups), at room temperature

method: 

  1. In large bowl (of stand mixer if you have one), add butter and sugar. With paddle attachment (or hand beater) mix until just combined. Add pine and salt and mix again until combined.
  2. Add sifted flour and beat on low until just combined and starts to come together. Dust a flat surface lightly with flour. Add dough to surface. Shape dough into two flat disks. Wrap in plastic and place in fridge for 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  4. Place one disk of dough onto lightly floured flat surface. Roll out dough evenly to 1/2 inch think. Cut out cookies with cookie cutter (mine were 3 inch circles). Reform extra dough together, roll out and cut more. Place onto baking sheet (I did 12 cookies per sheet). Place plastic wrap on top and return to fridge. Repeat with second dough disk. Place both baking sheets of cookies in the oven. Bake for 20 - 35 minutes (if baking one sheet at a time, 20 minutes may be enough. If baking both, you may need up to 35 minutes). Check at 20 and go from there. Bake to desired colour, some people love an all white shortbread, I like a hint of golden brown on the edges. Let fully cool. 

Keep in a sealed container on the counter, in the fridge or in the freezer (my favourite). Shortbread are SO good straight from the freezer, I highly recommend trying them frozen if you haven't. 

Adapted from Ina Garten's shortbread recipe.