Gingerbread and Quilting

Baking/cooking, Postage Stamp Quilt, scrap quilts

ACHR0832So 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!

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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
2 eggs
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.

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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.

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One of the corners.

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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.

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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?

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18 comments… add one
  • Doreen Dec 17, 2016

    That loaf pan looks like one I have and, no, it isn’t a small one but this recipe is a tad larger than the one I make (I usually put it in a 10″ square pan for easier slicing into 9 larger pcs or 12 smaller). Gingerbread is the quintessential Christmas aroma to me!!!!

  • Kim Webb Dec 17, 2016

    Yum, I haven’t made gingerbread in a long time. I may try that recipe.
    Your little circles are lining up nicely on your binding. Almost whimsical.

    • Karen Dec 17, 2016

      well some have line up and other places are just white – but I’m ok with it.

  • maxine lesline Dec 17, 2016

    Fitness centers are going to be busy after Xmas and all the baked goodies…. Homemade caramels were in my mail yesterday… so I honored the giver by immediately trying them… My conscience is still clear so .. maybe I need to finish them.. Your binding just fits the bouncy spirit of your scrappy quilt.

    • Karen Dec 17, 2016

      I made it to the fitness center 5 days in a row this week! exercise in advance I’m trying to keep the weight steady and not gain 🙂

  • Liz Dec 17, 2016

    The cake in the oven shows you have a convection oven. How do you like it? My husband suggested we get one when the stove bellied up after a electrical what ever. We are plagued with appliances not lasting long. I have started buying five year warranties and they have paid off. Back on topic, I love my oven. I am really spoiled with it.

    Enjoy watching your progress everyday.

    BTW I baked two batches of mini pound cakes yesterday. Oh YUM!
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    • Karen Dec 17, 2016

      My oven is a regular oven and/or a convection oven – you can use one or the other. I don’t use the convection oven for baking bread or cookies/cake you really have to figure out the difference in baking time too much for me to bother – I do use it for baking potatoes and meatloaf – things like that – a baked potato at 400 degrees can be done in 45 minutes or less depending on size –

  • Wanda Dec 17, 2016

    I have never seen gingerbread baked like a loaf of bread. My mother always baked it in a regular square cake pan and then eat it with real whipped cream (I lived on a dairy farm).

  • Dottie bishaw Dec 17, 2016

    I’m all caught up for Christmas, thank goodness. I’ve done some baking but I don’t bake as much as when the kids were little. Hopscotch is such a happy looking quit, looking forward to the pictures when it’s done. Thank you for the recipe, I’m going to make it. I can almost smell it just by looking at your loaf. Lol! Enjoy your day before the cold comes.

    • Karen Dec 17, 2016

      I’m not going to bake as much this year either – I just eat too much of it and not having many around this year to eat it

  • Belarmina Dec 17, 2016

    Karen ese pan parece muy bueno
    me gusta ver tus avances en los edredones
    buen domingo

    • Karen Dec 17, 2016

      thank you ! we ate the ginger bread muffins and they were good – saving the bread for later

  • Sandra B Dec 17, 2016

    Karen, your gingerbread sounds great! My husband and I both love gingerbread, so I will give your recipe a try…thanks so much for sharing!
    I will start my cookie baking on Monday….we have three favorites:
    1. Magic Cookie Bars – got the recipe from the back of an Eagle Brand milk can many years ago. This one is a favorite year round although I make it more this time of year
    2. 6-Way Cookies -this is a recipe we got from my husband’s grandmother….it is a great one….no flour, but it does have peanut butter, Eagle Brand milk, raisins, and pecans. I cannot eat them because of a peanut allergy, but I can tell you, they are delicious. I don’t know why they have this name, but I am thinking at some point there may have been some additional, interchangeable, ingredients…. Granny died many, many years ago, just shy of her 100th birthday and there are not any relatives from her era still around, to ask….
    3. Lemon Cake Mix Cookies -these are really easy, and are so good!
    We should all follow your lead, Karen, with respect to putting in some more exercise time ahead of Christmas….I have gotten plenty of walking in at our two closest malls, so I am hoping that will help….we will see!!
    I cannot believe that we are only a week away from Christmas Eve! Where has this year gone?!

    • Karen Dec 17, 2016

      I managed to get in my 10,000 steps every day this week! I got my dried fruitcake made today (no candied fruit only dried and nuts) cookies will be done off and on all week

  • Alida Dec 19, 2016

    Wow, that bread looks yummy! Isn’t it a great satisfaction when you take a picture of the corner of a quilt, nice and bound, ready to be loved and enjoyed? Great job with your progress, thanks for sharing!!

    • Karen Dec 19, 2016

      thanks! and we are just about done with that bread already – a good recipe

  • Robin Dec 28, 2016

    First, thank you for blogging. I enjoy reading all you write.
    Second, I can empathize with how your Christmas and really all holiday get togethers have changed through the years as we all age. I hate saying age. Both as both my children left the best as well as my brothers families we just do not seem to find a time that fits everyone’s schedule. We try at least once/yr. as our parents are 90. Every yr I seem to put up less decorations each holiday. It’s sad but you make the best and find a new recipe to share with others. 🙂 Thanks for listening.

    • Karen Dec 28, 2016

      yes holidays change as we get older – with Mike and I both at 64 and the girls haven’t been here at home with us for years the holidays change over time. Occasionally we all get together but it isn’t something that happens often. Mike’s family lives no where near by so never see them at holidays and mine are mostly 2 hours away so we do not see them anymore either for holidays

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