Sunday, December 23, 2007

Winter Snapshots

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                The last snowfall, school party, the snowman and tree Aidan made, oatmeal bars, Sean, our tree.



Yesterday the boys met their buddies at Dave's Corner Market to sing carols to the regulars gathering there for coffee. They were all sitting on a bench outside, singing their hearts out to "Here Comes Santa Claus", when a guy pulled up in an old pick-up. He had suspenders, an impressive white beard, and an equally impressive belly. The boys turned silent, and then screamed, "Santa Claus!"  He walked up to them, saying, "I'm always watching, ya know, and I'm so impressed with how good y'all are." Then he gave them all a candy cane. The other moms and I just looked at each other---we couldn't have planned anything more perfect:-) Serendipity and a moment of kindness on his part to stop.



Lots of fun planned for today, but right now I should be getting a shepherd and a wise man dressed. Just wanted to share this recipe for Gingerbread Boys & Girls.



My friend Kris passed it to me a couple years ago. A great dipping-in-tea cookie if you leave them plain. Lots of fun for the kids to decorate. We just fill little baggies with frosting and cut a small corner for the kids to pipe the frosting themselves.



Gingerbread Boys and Girls



1 ½ cups dark molassesGingerbread_man_2_2



1 cup packed brown sugar



2/3 cup cold water



1/3 cup shortening



7 cups flour



2 tsp baking soda



1 tsp salt



2 tsp ground ginger



1 tsp ground allspice



1 tsp ground cloves



1 tsp ground cinnamon







Mix molasses through shortening.  Stir in the remaining ingredients. Cover with plastic wrap and chill two hours. I also divide the dough into two equal parts at this point and make half that day and freeze the remaining portion for another day.





Heat oven to 350. Roll dough ¼ inch thick on floured surface and use desired cookie cutters.  Bake until no indentation remains (approximately 10 to 12 minutes).







Frosting:



2 cups powdered sugar



1 tsp vanilla



1 to 2 tsp milk (I usually experiment here. You can always add more milk, so add slowly)



Stir ingredients together and top on cooled cookies.





Enjoy!








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