So close to Christmas and I have barely begun any Christmas baking I use to make so many things, I would start two months in advance when the kids were small as we would normally drive the two hours to go to my parents house and all my younger siblings would be there – I was the cookie person! I loved to bake and I would fill boxes with cookies to bring and make some candies too. Then over the years the family gradually stopped having all those big get together’s as siblings married and had celebrations of their own and with the spouses family, dad died years ago and mom had moved into a smaller place. It was no longer the same as life always goes. More and more we stayed home at Christmas instead of traveling and I still made cookies but not as many. Now that we are older and it is harder to loose weight I don’t bake near as much or often as I used to do. Now I try to cut recipes in half and I freeze a bit too and we eat it for several months until I finally toss it to get rid of all those calories!!
Last night I wanted to try a new recipe I found on pinterest – Gingerbread. The recipe called for one loaf pan – I think I must have small bread pans as I had enough for one load and 4 large muffins.
Bread was still in the oven while I was writing this so here it is not done yet – but almost!
Holiday Gingerbread ( found on delish.com)
2 2/3 cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 sticks softened butter sticks
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup molasses
1 cup hot water
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl combine the dry ingredients and set aside. using an electric mixer cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy – add the eggs and vanilla and beat until well mixed. Add the dry ingredients and gradually add the molasses and hot water. Pour the mix into a greased bread pan 2/3’s full. Like I said I must have small bread pans as mine would have went over the edges if I had put all the batter in the pan so I also made 4 large muffins. Bake the bread for 55 to 60 minutes – watch your time as mine almost was too brown on the bottom. You may put a frosting glaze over while warm if you wish.
A little progress on the Postage Stamp quilt I am working on the second half of the 3 row of blocks about one third of the way through the row. Linking to Tweety Loves Quilting today.
Folded up again and ready to work on the last side. Binding is getting there on Hopscotch but one more side to go – I’m sure I will finish it this weekend and hopefully get it washed and dried too.
One of the corners.
Thank you to Jeanie in MO for the link to the crochet hats – I think this will be very helpful to me – hopefully I will have something to show for progress on the hat next week. (see yesterdays comments if you are interested in crochet hats – first comment has the links) You might notice off to the side of this photo some quilt labels – I made these labels almost a month ago I bet and I still have 3 to sew on quilts that were finished this year – what is going on with me and labels! I am so slow with them this year.
I have a couple last minute gifts I will be working on this weekend and can’t show them right now as the receivers might look at the blog now and then, I will post a photo later. Are you all ready for the holidays or are you a last minute person and have tons to do still?