Wednesday, December 12, 2007

You guessed it

It may have occurred to you that my lack of new quilty posts is because I haven't done any quilting this week. Yup, you guessed that one right. I have been attempting to put out our Christmas decorations and do a little baking.
And it is wiping me out. It seems like I have done so little, but I am absolutely exhausted. And I still don't have the tree up or any of the outdoor decorations. Oh well. I have made good progress on the gift shopping, so I guess that's something.

In my travels through blogland, I found a post with a recipe for gingersnap cookies. I'm sorry I don't have a link to her blog, I tried to go back but just couldn't find it (airhead attack!). But, I did copy the recipe. So I put on my favorite (ok,only) Christmas apron and whipped up a batch. Yummy! They are fantastic!!! And I will share the recipe with you.

Grandma's Gingersnaps

3/4 cup butter (softened, not melted)

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup molasses

1 egg

Mix together above ingredients until well blended, then add:

2 cups flour

2 tsp. baking soda

1/4 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. ground ginger

Beat all ingredients well. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator at least an hour. Then roll into small balls (large marble size). Dip balls into a bowl of white sugar, and place on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 preheated oven for 8 minutes (not a minute more, you want the cookies to be crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.)

I want to admit that I was impatient and did not allow my dough to chill. And you can see in the picture that my cookies came out quite flat. So I would recommend that you allow your dough to chill.

I also baked some gingerbread so that I could make this house. Usually I use alot more color on my gingerbread houses, but this year I decided to stick to just red,green, and white.

There is still so much to do before Christmas and I really don't know when I will get another chance to stitch anything. But I will try to post some pictures of some of my other projects soon.


Rose said...

That gingerbread house is just too cute! Love the Christmas apron also!

Kathleen said...

Oh my! What a collection of Christmas decorations! We're having family over for Christmas for the first time ever and looking at your photos, I see that our house is not up to par. I have NOTHING out! But, the thing is, I didn't even think of it. I do have a few things, but it's all in the attic, where it has been for years. Oh wait, I sold our xmas tree at a garage sale a few years ago because it was way too short for our high ceilings. Oops. BUt, i do still have my ornaments.

I guess that must be why mom said she is bringing over the table runner she just quilted to decorate the table while she is here... She said that it is so she can show me and Jenny, but perhaps there is a more subtle hint too... hee hee!!!