Saturday, October 26, 2013

Halloween is Coming

Slowly getting 44 ready for those lil ghosts and goblins

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Molasses Ginger Cookies

Here is my recipe for very delicious, spicy, crispy cookies.
Best eaten with cold milk or hot tea (okay I guess coffee too)

Molasses Ginger Cookies

  • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup fancy molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1-3/4  all-purpose flour
  • 1 TBSP ground ginger
  • tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp  salt
    In large bowl, whisk together 1 cup (250 mL) of the sugar, oil, molasses and egg until smooth.

    In separate bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt ; stir into sugar mixture.

    Shape by rounded tablespoonfuls (15 mL) into balls; roll in remaining sugar to coat. Place 2 inches (5 cm) apart on parchment paper–lined or greased rimless baking sheets.

    Bake in top and bottom thirds of 375°F oven, rotating and switching pans halfway through, until cookies spread out and tops crack, about 12 minutes. Let cool on pans on racks for 10 minutes; transfer to racks and let cool completely.

    You can add 1/3 cup (75 mL) finely chopped crystallized ginger to the dry ingredients.


    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Thursday Sunshine in the KItchen

    Spent the morning listening to music and doing some baking.
    I had a couple cups of pumpkin puree left over
    so made a luscious pumpkin spice loaf and little bundt cakes.
    There was a lot of sunshine in the kitchen today.
    I even had a little helper today.

    Friday, October 11, 2013

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Here in Canada we are celebrating Thanksgiving.
    Its going to be very quiet here at 44.
    Siobhan and Will have decided to have their own Thanksgiving.
    I get it. I really do.
    I have to get my head around not having everyone here for big holiday celebrations.
    It may take this ole girl a wee bit longer.
    So HB and I have planned an excursion to the eastern parts of Ontario to search out some fall colours.
    We will pack up the car with cameras, binoculars, lunch, snacks, and a few sunflower seeds for the wayward birds we may see.
    There is still lots of garden clean up to be done.
     We are expecting a glorious Saturday and Sunday so perhaps an apple martini on the patio?
    Oh and yes I am making us Thanksgiving dinner just a wee bit scaled down.
    I am thankful for so many things but here are a few
    a healthy family
    smiles every day thinking of Miles and Riley
    sitting with HB every morning with a coffee
    ice packs
    greek yogourt
    curling up with Addy and reading
    naps in the afternoon
    hi lites
    Wishing you all a terrific weekend

    Tuesday, October 1, 2013

    Week in a Nutshell

    This past week has been very busy.
    Let's see.
    Monday I spent doing some cleaning and getting the outside ready for autumn.
    Tuesday was hair day.
    I decided about 9 months ago to let my hair go its natural grey way.
    I believe in the past I have regaled about my awesome hairdresser, Vicki.
    She has worked very hard with me to help this process not be too painful.
    Every other appointment has been partial highlights.
    And I am beyond pleased with the outcome.
    Wednesday Yip Yip Yippee back to our 5K walk
    Thursday HB and I went into Ottawa to do a bit of book shopping and a baby shower gift.
    I picked up Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.
    I've read a lot of classics but have never glance at a Jane story.
    I saw a documentary a few weeks ago about her and the Bronte girls (whom I have read) and thought I should give her a go.
    So far it has been a delight to read.
    Friday was peanut butter cookie day
    On Saturday there was a baby shower for dear friends' new grand daughter.
    Just a quick history ---- their son and daughter in law were pregnant a couple of years ago with twins.
    In her 6th month she lost the babies. It was a difficult time for their whole family. So you see this wee baby girl , Olivia, is truly a blessing.
    Our friends' daughter and son in law welcomed a wee baby girl, Lauren, just 2 months ago.
    I am sure they are feeling twice blessed.
    Then it was off to dinner with another friend in Ottawa who has recently split from his wife and is now going through the divorce proceedings.
    He lives on the 10th floor of an apartment building.
    Certainly gives us house dwellers a different perspective of the city.
    Sunday HB and son in law Will spent the day golfing.
    Daughter Siobhan came out in the afternoon.
    I tried a new recipe Chicken Tikka Masala.
    As they say a keeper.
    Then peanut butter cookie (with above cookies) ice cream sandwiches for dessert.
    So there is my week in a nutshell.
    Hello October!!!