The Best Gingerbread Cookies

Posted on December 5th, 2010 by Jean

As far back as I can remember, my family has baked these Winter Gingerland Cookies. Mom found the original recipe in a newspaper during the 1960’s. The clipping is long gone, but her hand-written note remains.
I’m continuing this tradition with my daughters. They’re a great help in the kitchen, and enjoy themselves along the way. The secret is to keep it fun and lend a hand.
The kids can add the ingredients, roll the dough, cut out the cookies, and most importantly, decorate them! We buy Betty Crocker icing in tubes. The plastic, interchangeable tips are less than $3. at your local grocery store.
Press play when you’re ready to see how easy this recipe is, and rock out with Hip Hop Jingle Bells!

Here are some of my favorite photos from the day. Hot cookies cool on the stove while our kitten, Lucy, undecorates the tree.

Family enjoying cookies.

Oldest daughter draws a gingerbread man while youngest daughter continues to play with the dough.

• What traditional treat do you bake during the holidays?
• Do you have kittens in your tree?
• How do you prefer your Jingle Bells?



Blogging Notes 9

Posted on August 10th, 2008 by Jean

Last night, Tom and I attended a fundraiser dinner/auction. Part of the auction was live, and the other was silent. With a silent auction, you put your name and the amount you’re willing to pay on a sheet that is in front of the item. I had bid on a wine rack complete with 1 bottle of white wine plus a prime rib dinner for two at a nearby restaurant. Tom bid on a red-headed duck.
We got a couple of beers, then sat down at our table. A sweet little old lady came up to us and asked how we were doing. I had seen her picture before, but had never met her. (She has advertised in our magazine.) She said she likes to outbid friends for fun. We got a good laugh over that, and then she went on her way. Well, do you know that she outbid not only Tom on the duck, but me on the wine rack combo? So I upped our silent anty, and outbid HER on a couple of items she wanted. ::: snicker, snicker, snicker :::
That little trick taught me a lesson! I almost got stuck with a pot that I didn’t want! Thankfully, at the last minute, 3 ladies walked up and outbid a lot of people. They saved my hiney!

Look what finally arrived! The pantry door!

Yeah! Yippee! Yeah! Yippee!
Bedroom Progress: The new curtain panels haven’t arrived, but we took down the old curtains. Cracks in the wall have been patched, and a fresh coat of cream paint applied to 2 of the walls.

I ordered the bedspread! Thank you to all those who suggested red, to Taina for recommending Bed Bath & Beyond!, and to Sandi for suggesting a duvet!

Now I’m off to watch the Olympics.