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We received a “joy bomb” over the weekend, and at first were completely perplexed by the experience. We couldnt quite make out the message in chalk, and didn’t know who had jumped out of the idling car to hastily draw on the path leading to our front door – but we were soon enlightened to this delightful happening by a passing neighbor who had the same encounter.

joy bomb

These gorgeous little cakes also provided an explosion of flavor and joy, continuing the message of happiness and delight.


pistachio and lime friands

1 cup roasted pistachios

6 egg whites

6 ounces butter, melted

1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

1/2 cup flour

2 teaspoons finely grated lime rind

1 tablespoon lime juice

Heat oven to 400F. Set paper cups onto cookie sheet.

Process nuts until ground finely.

Place egg whites in medium bowl, whisk lightly with fork until combined. Add butter, sifted icing sugar and flour, lime rind, lime juice and nuts. Stir until combined. Divide mixture among paper cups.

Bake friands about 25 minutes. Serve dusted with a little sifted confectioners sugar.