I always find it fascinating how many different interpretations there are of the word ‘fancy’. What seems ‘fancy’ to one person might just be an everyday occurrence to the next. For example, I’ll never forget when I started buying what I think of as the ‘fancy’ napkins. No, they aren’t the ones with the pretty designs on them or the ones that cost $10 for a pack of 5. Those would be the really ‘fancy’ napkins. We don’t want to go too crazy here people!
Nope, the ‘fancy’ napkins to me are simply the ones that aren’t the generic store brand. And I remember that moment when I put that name brand package of napkins in my cart. It felt so indulgent. It felt so rebellious. It felt so ‘fancy’. And I’ll never forget the first time I saw a package of Pepperidge Farm® Milano® cookies. I was about 8 years old and was visiting my Uncle Tom and Aunt Naomi’s home. They pulled out this small white bag and set it on the kitchen counter. It was so simple and yet somehow managed to look chic and fancy. It kind of matched my Aunt and Uncle. 😉 But then, the bag was opened. And when I peeked inside and saw it was lined with silver foil and that the cookies were stacked up in crisp paper trays with a ruffled edge I thought that they surely had to be the most fancy cookies ever created.
And when I took that very first bite, instead of being crunchy like I expected them to be, they were soft and kind of just melted in my mouth. I felt so incredibly fancy. And the funny thing is, when I see those Milano cookies sitting on the shelf in the grocery store, they still look fancy to me. They cost the same as my favorite latte, and yet somehow eating them just feels so much more indulgent. I guess ‘fancy’ is in the eye of the beholder, right? 😉 And while in my mind I envision being served my Milano cookies on a silver platter with a dainty napkin…
…this is closer to reality.
Of course, every once in awhile I feel like upping the ‘fancy’ ante and the other day I wondered what would happen if I combined two of my favorite desserts. And friends, let me just tell you, I had a serious moment of ‘fancy’ when I tasted my Mint Milano Topped Peppermint Crème Brûlée creation. I may have been standing in the kitchen in my sweats, hair in a ponytail, but I felt like I was sitting in a little cafe in Paris while La Vie En Rose was being played on an accordion in the background.
Creating this fancy dessert was my way of enjoying a pleasant moment to myself during a frenzied day. Our everydays aren’t always like dreamy afternoons in Paris cafes, but it’s important to pause every now and then to appreciate the moment and treat yourself. Now, who’s ready for an awesome giveaway?! One lucky winner will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card!
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