Molasses Cookies

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A few years back I was rereading through The Little House Series and read about molasses cookies. For some reason or another I had bought a jar of molasses(this was the years where I was learning to really cook and learning about real foods). Anyway, on the back of the jar was a molasses cookie recipe. I thought I  gotta try that! I was reading the book, and in the book it was winter, I believe, and in real life it was winter. So I tried the cookie recipe out, and they were yum! Actually, I made them a bunch, because, well when I find a recipe that turns out so well I kind of run with it. My close friend came over for a visit and had some. She loved them, in fact, so much so, the following  fall of the year she was getting married, and asked if I would make the cookies for her wedding reception. Did I? Why I sure did, and yep, they were a hit. Anyway something about these molasses cookies just bring out the holidays for me. I think of harvest time, Thanksgiving, Christmas, snow and long winter evenings, all warm and cozy by the fire, drinking coffe, and eating molasses cookies.

Servings: 4 dozen cookies
Cook Time: 40 Min

Ingredients:

4 cups enriched flour (sifted)( I use unbleached flour,not enriched )
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 cup shortening(I use coconut oil, lard, or butter here)
1 1/2 cups Grandma’s® Original Molasses
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg

Directions:
Heat oven to 350F. Sift together first six ingredients. Melt shortening in saucepan large enough for mixing cookies. Stir in molasses and sugar. Cool. Beat in egg. Gradually add flour mixture. Beat about 20 strokes. Shape into balls (golf-ball size). Place on greased baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes or until cookies have lightly browned. Store in covered stone jar.

Recipe Credit :
http://www.grandmasmolasses.com/recipes/old-fashioned-soft-molasses-cookies/

No great loss without gain

And just like that my baby turns 1.
November 25, 2008 could probably be counted as one of, if not the most difficult day I had ever experienced. This day in 2008 I lost my younger brother. In fact the week of Thanksgiving has been a really sad week since 2005. I lost my grandpa to cancer November 27, 2004. 10 months later I lost my grandmother, so Thanksgiving 2005 both grandparents were gone. My grandparents were my grandparents biologically, but they raised me and my brothers. They adopted us even. They were really my parents, too.
Anyway, last year, I wasn’t thrilled to be having a baby on the day I lost my brother,  or thanksgiving week for that matter. Truthfully I dreaded it, and was a little afraid something would go wrong.
Well I did have my baby girl and everything was completely fine. And today, although I do miss my brother, and yes there is a sadness there that will remain during this life, I celebrate a happy day today. My baby turns 1!

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