Today is my birthday. I’m not doing anything special, just enjoying the day with quiet joys.
Every year, I do try to treat myself to one of my favorite things. This year, I take the time out to enjoy petit fours and tea in my “January” china teacup and plate that I bring out in the first month of the year.
Petit four is a small layered cake, usually iced in a pretty, decorative manner. It is said that the name “petit fours” originated in France around the 18th century. The cakes were cooked in a tiny oven, and hence the name petit fours which means small ovens.
Every year, I order them from a catalogue to celebrate festive occasions. Why do I like them? I think it’s because they are very refined and dainty in both workmanship and taste. They harken back to a time or to a way of thinking that values good craftsmanship and skills. The colors are festive , and they make you kind of slow down and smell the roses.
Apart from that, they taste so good that I find it difficult to stop at one!
And so I enjoy my day, counting my blessings and looking forward to plans and projects for this year.
Happy birthday, too, to all you January-born folks out there!