Thursday, December 3, 2009
I am listening to an audio book this week titled Just Courage...it starts with a rebuke of sorts to those of us who are all to often guilty of "going on a journey but missing the adventure." In a recent post, I somewhat disjointedly thought out loud about fighting the good fight and mining for what is valuable, and I am finding this book resonating so far with the same encouragement I've had in my meditations of late to do what God puts into my hand in such a way as to get the value out of it, in contrast to just going through the motions. How's that for a bona fide run on sentence?
With that said, my girls and I had a deliciously delightful time together yesterday making Gingerbread cookies...laughing, talking, singing, nibbling, creating...so fun! Here is the recipe we've been using for years for those of you who may want to dig for some golden times with your kids :-).
Gingerbread Cut-out Cookie Dough
(One batch makes an average of 2-3 dozen cut-out cookies, depending on factors such as the size of your cutters and how much dough you snitch, etc)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup softened margarine
3 tablespoons molasses
2 tablespoons water
3 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cloves
In a large bowl, beat sugar, marg., and molasses until light and fluffy. Add egg and water, blend well. Stir in dry ingredients, mixing to form a smooth dough. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour (or more) for easier handling. Roll out to 1/8 inch thickness, using just enough flour to keep it from sticking to the board and cutters. Bake at 350 for 9 minutes. Remove to cooling racks and cool completely.
Don't "just make cookies";
Dig in to these golden pleasures together!