When four girls converged on Whitewater Village, we had recipes for cookies - and fun!
The cottages and the community are designed to cater to the needs of owners who want their own slice of the cottage ownership dream but without the year round commitment (and all the maintenance). Given the way the four of us flocked to the fireplace and sunk into the living room couches, I can attest that to the fact that these cottages are absolutely irresistible!
As luck would have it, my kindly roommates offered up the master bedroom to me and, being on the ground floor, I was just steps away from the fireplace and my evenings (and morning baths!) were warm and snug, even though it was the end of November. You would never know winter was approaching and the combination of the fireplace and the geothermal heating kept us perfectly comfortable.
But I kept eyeing that kitchen....
The first layer is fairly straightforward: A mix of butter, flour, sugar comes together in fine crumbs and is patted in the pan and baked into a shortbread base. Combine 2 cups of all purpose flower, 1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, and 2/3 cup of cold butter, cut into cubes. Using two knives, cut the butter into the mixture until it is well mixed and crumbly. Pat into a 9x13 inch (3 liter) baking pan and bake at 325F (160C) for 20 minutes.
I went to Whitewater Village expecting to enjoy some pretty views and a pretty cottage but I got so much more. I was surrounded by such inspiring friends and the cottage was filled with such fantastic conversation that it didn't matter one bit that we were visiting at the beginning of winter when all the usual outdoors activities had wound down for the season. The cottage made for the perfect writing and culinary retreat and we left feeling recharged, reinvigorated - and wearing some stretchy pants!