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This Week and Semi-Homemade Grossness

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Happy Friday! I went back to TJ’s for that purse and still couldn’t bring myself to buy it, partly because the straps were round and very uncomfortable on my shoulder. My sister-in-law sent me back in, told me to put the purse on my shoulder and walk around the store. I didn’t even have to walk around, I quickly realized, unless I want to start wearing shoulder pads, that purse was not for me. I tell you this, because even though I can’t spend that kind of money on a purse I had absolutely NO PROBLEM spending $15 on the cup above with the fabulous red and white straw from our Target Starbucks. It’s insulated {no sweating!}, has a screw on lid, the straw makes my day, and it encourages me to drink lots of water… I justified that purchase in about 30 seconds and haven’t looked back. You can see what I’ve been doing behind the cup… Honey Bee packages!!

I have a new header {for Reader readers who may not be on my site}… the rotating images were making me crazy, loading down the page and well… this better suits my taste.

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In an attempt to do something festive & Christmas-y with the kids this week, I made a giant mistake of resorting to “semi-homemade” gingerbread cookies! {Check out that look Morgan is giving Paige… lovely!}. Are you wondering if my kids wear anything but Honey Bee Tees? πŸ™‚ The girls do, but Rover rarely does.

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My mother always made the most DELICIOUS gingerbread cookies every Christmas, I called her for the recipe and when she told me it was in the barn in a box, I knew not to hold my breath and count on making them this year. So, I made a hasty decision to try these and well, ugh.. yuck. Even undercooked, they’re crispy, flat and lack flavor. I like my gingerbread cookies to be soft and spicy. I imagine it has something to do with “add a stick of butter and 1 egg and mix” I should have known you can’t get by with just that, molasses is NECESSARY! With that said, if any of you kind readers have a tried and true gingerbread cookie recipe {for rolled & cut cookies} please pass it on to me. The only redeeming thing about these cookies is that we had a blast making them, the kids thought they were “dewicious” and really that’s all that matters I guess, at least time wasn’t wasted and they like to eat them. But I won’t be leaving these for Santa, he’ll break a tooth and not come back next year!

I guess I could just make these beauties again… maybe add extra cup of flour and see if I can roll and cut!?

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Morgan had her Christmas program this week. I’m not sure how you feel about children singing about Jesus but in my opinion there are few things sweeter.

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Rover sat with me in the front row and was mesmerized the entire time!

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Speaking of Rover, we’re still battling clothes daily, but once the clothes are on he will actually wear a COAT & a HAT! Most kids would wear the clothes and protest the hat… not Rover, he beats to a different drum!

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Earlier this week, after breakfast, I couldn’t find the cap to the milk carton. I looked high and low and then Morgan walked out of the playroom in her “cat” mask… and I found my milk cap!

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And then she made one for Rover, he’s more of a lion than a sweet kitty…

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For dinner last night, I was pulling breast meat off of a roasted chicken. Paige, completely serious, looked at me and asked, “Mommy, is that deer leg?”
“Deer leg? No, Paige this is not deer leg, we’ve never eaten deer leg. This is roasted chicken.”
Then Morgan from the living room adds, “Yes we’ve had deer leg, don’t you know that sausage is deer leg!”
What did I laugh at before I had kids?

I had a chance to run into my favorite thrift store this week, the last few times I’ve been in, I’ve come out empty handed… not this trip.

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A cute button down shirt & corduroy skirt, and a fabulous lamp! All for $8.50.

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And now it’s happy at home on my makeshift desk…

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That’s all for now folks, please let me know if you have a delicious gingerbread cookie recipe! And… be sure to have a wonderful weekend!

MERRY! MERRY!

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  • Jennifer
    December 10, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Consider me immediately running to my local Starbucks to pick up one of those cute cups! Love. I have a great family recipe for gingerbread cookies-I’ll try and dig it out and send it to you (though I know the last thing you need is more emails! πŸ˜‰

  • Dianne
    December 10, 2010 at 10:49 am

    Don’t laugh and forbid me from more comments …but…I love the “Little Debbies” gingerbread men..already individually wrapped and so much goodness for the price. Sprinkled with sugar and delish! Why would anyone bake them…I can’t beat their taste for so little.
    My time is spent mastering Bak Lava!!!! Now that is tricky. πŸ™‚ See how your menu changes when the kids grow up? xoxo

  • Chassity
    December 10, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Aw, I really love the new header!

  • Nelle
    December 10, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Love the new header! Fabulous. Can’t wait for the gingerbread recipe. I have all the ingredients, just need a good recipe! Kids singing about Jesus is about the sweetest thing agreed, and Rover is just a precious little guy! That hat and vest are just the cutest. Happy weekend! xoxo

  • Yevette
    December 10, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I really like the new header, too! Did you change it yourself? I’d love to know how…

  • Meadowlark
    December 10, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Would you be so kind as the share a “soft and chewy” recipe if you get one. I hate crunchy cookies. UGH.

  • Lizabeth
    December 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

    I have two little guys that tend to undress about a million times a day. I think for little guys their clothes just get in the way!

  • Nicole
    December 10, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Love the new header! And love the funny Rover comments. I’ve been following your blog for awhile and rarely comment. Forgive me, I’m learning to be a better blog reader/commenter. I struggle with clothes choices with my 3-y-o. She’s been fighting with me over what she wants to wear since before she could talk. In summer she wants to wear hat and mittens. In winter she pitches a fit if I won’t let her wear flip-flops. God bless the little ones!

  • Christina
    December 10, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I always love looking at your pictures and hope any future children I have are as adorable as yours. And I totally agree on the kids singing about Jesus is so sweet. Their prayer requests also make my heart melt. My recipe recommendation would be the one from The Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook. I’ve used it a couple of times for gingerbread houses and the leftovers are fun and yummy to eat!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! <

  • Julia Wood
    December 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Gingerbread Boys are our family’s Christmas tradition! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!
    The Wood Family

    Gingerbread Boys

    1 cup shortening
    1 cup sugar
    Β½ tsp salt
    1 cup molasses
    2 T white vinegar
    1 egg, beaten
    5 cups flour
    1 Β½ tsp baking soda
    1 T ground ginger
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1 tsp ground cloves

    Cream shortening, sugar and salt. Stir in molasses, vinegar, and egg. Sift together and add the remaining ingredients. Chill mixture overnight. Divide into fourths. Roll one part of dough at a time while refrigerating the remainder. Place on greased cookie sheets and bake at 375 degrees about 5 minutes. Cookies will keep several months in airtight container and indefinitely in freezer. Makes 55-65 boys.

  • HannahJ
    December 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Hilareous as usual! We have the same Starbucks cup and love it by the way! What creative children you have (the cat mask)- I love what a lack of TV will do to little minds!

  • GRACE HAPPENS
    December 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    My son has the same vest as rover in navy:) Your kids are just the cutest Darby!! And thanks for the tip on the ready mix cookies. Hope you have a lovely day and weekend!!! xoxo

  • Cindy
    December 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Love the new header! Fav picture is Rover’s little chubby lefty hand helping with that butter. Too cute.

  • Karlie
    December 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    1. I am going to admit- I had serios FTOW winthdrawals the past two days.
    2. Monday night, we made BC gingerbread cookies- the package made them look so nice.. and my lil buggy wouldn’t eat them- so much for our first gingerbread experience πŸ™‚
    3. Love Love Love your blog πŸ™‚

  • nicky
    December 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    No good gingerbread boy recipe here….BUT, I did finally try your gingersnap recipe and it was DELICIOUS!!! We ate them while trimming the tree….thanks for sharing!

  • kathleen
    December 10, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I shall use my telepathic powers to urge Mrs. M (Mrs. Daddyboy) to go to the barn the barn the barn go to the barn find the recipe for Darby in the barn the barn the gingerbread file is in the barn

  • Marianne
    December 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I just adore your new header! I may need one of those Starbucks cups too. I’ll put it on my Christmas list. Love the ‘deer leg’ comment. Priceless!

  • Alison
    December 10, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Do you read the blog http://picky-palate.com/

    her last post is on yummy gingerbread cupcakes with frosting. i am trying them this weekend!

  • gigi
    December 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    Gingerbread Molasses Cookies given to me by Julie Bishop

    1 & ΒΌ cup molasses (I use a whole 12 oz. bottle of Roddenbery’s molasses. The darker the molasses, the richer the taste.)
    1 & ΒΌ cup sugar
    1 cup Crisco shortening or butter
    2 eggs
    6 cups plain flour (I use heaping cups due to the extra 2 oz. of molasses.)
    Β½ tsp. baking powder
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    Β½ tsp. baking soda
    Β½ tsp. cloves
    1 tsp. ginger
    1 tsp. salt

    Combine the first three ingredients in a large saucepan and heat on low until all is melted. Cool completely and then beat in the eggs. Sift flour with the next six ingredients. Pour the molasses mixture over the dry ingredients. Combine with a stiff spoon. Cover well and refrigerate overnight. (If this step is omitted, it takes too much flour when rolling them out, which changes the taste.) Roll out to a thickness of ΒΌ inch. Allow cookies to touch on the cookie sheet if you want them to be really soft and you’re using a round cutter. They shouldn’t touch if cut as gingerbread men. Bake at 375 for 8-12 minutes. Don’t overcook.

  • Becky
    December 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    That’s awesome about the cookies! Your kids had fun making them and you don’t have to worry about having 2 dozen tempting cookies around! Great story!

  • Tara
    December 10, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    That lamp IS fabulous. I cried a lot last night at my son’s Christmas Program, the song Jesus Precious Jesus so very sweet. And I just added that cup to my list of simple pleasures for Christmas.

  • mbsmem
    December 10, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    I tried the recipe from Jan Brett’s “Gingerbread Friends” book for the first time this year. They are delicious- they bake up nice and soft, yet hold their shape. It is my new go-to gingerbread recipe

    http://www.janbrett.com/gingerbread_baby_recipe.htm

  • Meg
    December 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    i have the same starbucks cup and love love love it! except mine has a green straw and now that i think about it a chipped lid (thanks to my own little rover) but i still use it daily!
    love the “deer leg” description.

  • Dina
    December 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Gingersnaps have been on list of things to make for a long time now…so instead, they are falling into the category of Christmas Cookies to be made next week…I bought the molasses when you posted the recipe way back when!
    Where is Rover’s Santa shirt from as well as his cool vest?
    Thank you!

  • Meredith
    December 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I am so sad. I just purchased the same bag to make gingerbread cookies for my 2 year old son to decorate when he gets up from his nap. If we find them to be as disgusting as you did, I’ll have to try the recipes in the comments. πŸ™‚

  • Snekcip
    December 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    First off that DEER LEG comment was HILARIOUS!! Oh the things kids say!!! Your kids are just too adorably cute!! Second, my three year and I have made the GB cookies from a recipe we found in the back of the GINGERBREAD MAN story from the library!! Since the ingredients are similar to the ones above, I wont’ include them in this comment! ANYWHO…..She has been obsessed w/the GB MAN story and we have read three different versions! We have RENEWED the books several times!! Let’s just say…. and plush GB man with the BOOK will greet her Christmas morning!! Thirdly….I love to hear the singing voices of children…so angelic and pure! My little one program is tonite! I can’t wait to hear them sing “Baby Jesus we love you” tune to “Are you sleeping, Brother John”

  • carrie
    December 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    ha! i almost bought that cookie mix at the store the other day! glad i didn’t πŸ™‚

  • Shan
    December 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    You will have to let us know if you try any of these recipes! πŸ™‚

    1 Cup Sugar
    1 Cup Molasses
    3/4 Cup Oil
    1/2 Cup HOT Water
    Mix together then…
    add 2 eggs
    Mix again then add…
    1 tsp Soda
    1/2 tsp Salt
    2 tsp Cinnamon
    2 tsp ginger
    6 (7 if needed) Cups White Flour
    Refrigerate dough overnight, Roll out and cut
    Bake @ 350′ for 10 minutes
    I freeze my cookies overnight as well. Gives them a soft chewy texture! YUM!
    Happy Holidays!

  • Jessica
    December 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I have a good recipe!! about to go look for it and then I’ll send it your way…I’m making some this weekend with my girls – well, Adriana at least…Soraya would just make a big mess! the deer meat comment made me laugh out loud! I love the things they say πŸ™‚ I’ve had my eye on that cup at starbucks…trying to figure out how to buy it without my husband knowing I spent $15 on a cup πŸ˜‰

  • Elizabeth
    December 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I’ve had great success with Martha Stewart’s gingerbread recipe. You should give it a try. Just the right amount of spices, forms well when cutting with cookie cutters, and most important… they’re delicious!

    Martha’s recipe:
    http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/iced-decorated-and-shaped-cookies

    Here are last year’s gingerbread reindeer photos from my blog:
    http://lalden.blogspot.com/2009/12/holiday-baking.html

  • Jules
    December 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I love the new look! I will have to check out my Starbucks for that cup. πŸ™‚

  • Mandy
    December 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    I have that same cup from Starbucks….I got it last year and I love it too! The kids are so cute and funny! And yes, kids singing about Jesus is precious! I love the lamp; I bought a lamp almost just like that over the summer at a goodwill, same color and shade and it is my favorite in the whole house! Happy Weekend! Mandy

  • avm
    December 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    The new header is so cute… but I miss the quote about the “mission of motherhood”!

  • Caroline
    December 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    I had that cup in hand this morning at Starbucks and would have bought it if I hadn’t already paid. My friend had one at the park last week and I loved it. I love watching the stuff JM does because I have a feeling Mason is going to be a lot like him! Those cute little stinker boys.

  • Catherine
    December 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    We have been having issues with our 2 year old and clothes, too. He doesn’t like to get undressed but once he is naked, he doesn’t like to get dressed. He also likes to pick out his outfits. He does love shoes, hats, coats and gloves and is very picky about which ones he wears. Once those are on, he won’t take them off. Yesterday he wore a cute smocked Christmas outfit with black cowboy boots to Mom’s Day Out. I feel your pain.

  • annek
    December 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Looks like you have plenty of recipes…so I won’t pass mine on…but I will pass this on…you have to read
    The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrop illustrated by Matt Tavares.
    It is soooo cute!

  • Natalie
    December 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I’ll miss those adorable pictures in your old header, but I do love your new one! Too cute that it’s a bee!

  • Melissab74
    December 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Oh how I LOVE that pic of Rover in his hat! Too cute! Will you share where this thrift store is?

  • paula
    December 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Joy of Cooking has great recipes for everything…including gingerbread. My daughter’s made them before & you just can’t go wrong with that cookbook!

  • Lis
    December 10, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    That’s funny, my boys practically wear nothing but their honeybee tee’s either, lol. I really need to get some longsleeve ones… they insist even on the coldest days :).

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    December 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Aw. Look at Rover in his hat. Too cute. I think it’s funny how he keeps THAT on!

    Kelly

  • Tessa
    December 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    It looks like you’ve got a few, but here’s one more. I’ve made these for about the last 8 years. My kids love them and they are simple, simple, simple. We are making them this weekend. Here’s the link http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/gingerbread-people-62218.aspx

    There’s no molasses, but I promise you won’t miss it! Still A LOT of flavor! πŸ™‚

  • natalie @ our old southern house
    December 10, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    hey girlie-
    mom bought those cups at macys (they’re not starbucks, but the same thing). they are absolutely fabulous! she also bought the coffee cups…they look just like a starbucks, even with the little sleeve thing, but they’re reusable. kind of like these: http://www.amazon.com/Orange-Graphic-Silicone-Sleeve-Coffee/dp/B003H12OKS/ref=pd_sim_k_14
    by the way, mary margaret LOVES her tree shirt–she wore it today even–and always makes mimi wear hers too so they match. πŸ™‚

  • wendy
    December 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I love my SBs cup too! Just be really careful about putting in the D/W. It says it D/W safe, but mine did something to it and now the lid won’t go on straight! It’s a bummer when you are walking to the car and realize that it’s tucked nicely in your arm but when you tilted a bit to get the kiddos in the car the coffee you had in it spilled down your front and all over your shoes! LOL (sort of)!

  • Kristi
    December 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    That cup looks awesome. Maybe it will be a Christmas present to me!!
    I love my gingerbread cookie recipe. They turn out soft and are full of flavor. I got the recipe from a blog that unfortunately is no longer up. I do have a copy of the recipe on my blog here:
    http://bowlofcherrys.blogspot.com/2009/11/dare-to-diy-blog-party-with_30.html
    Happy baking!

  • Jessica
    December 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Ok, Darby….I’m back with my recipe!

    1 C. shortening
    1 C. sugar
    1 C. molasses
    1 egg
    2 Tbsp. vinegar
    5 C. all-purpose flour
    2-3 tsp. ground ginger
    1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
    1 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1 tsp. ground cloves
    1/2 tsp. salt

    Cream 1 C. shortening and sugar. Beat in molasses, egg and vinegar. Stir flour with ginger, soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; blend into batter. Chill 3 hrs.

    On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8″ thickness (or whatever thickness you want, I guess!). Cut into desired shapes and place 1″ apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 5-6 mins (or if they’re thicker cookies you might need to add more time to them?). Cool slightly; remove to rack to cool thoroughly.

    ICING:
    1/2 C. shortening
    1 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 lb. sifted powdered sugar (3-4 C.)
    3-4 Tbsp. milk

    Blend 1/2 C. shortening and vanilla with electric mixer. Gradually add powdered sugar; beat just till combined. Stir in milk. Fill pastry bag to pipe on or frost as desired.

    This is the recipe that my mom always used when I was growing up – we love it! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica
    December 10, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    oh, and the recipe makes about 5 dozen cookies!! but they are SO good that they won’t last long πŸ˜‰ you could also freeze some though if you wanted to.

  • kelly
    December 11, 2010 at 6:52 am

    The sthose starbuck cups are AMAZING! I have 6, I know a little crazy here, every year they come out I have snapped them up2 or 3 at a time because one they are gone they are gone! I put mine in the dishwasher with absolutely no problems-cup, lid and straws and all. However, the insulating factor does not completely work on about 2 of my cups because i dropped them and they got slight chips so they sweat a little but not enough to make a difference. The price is a little steep on the cups but they are the best cups ever and if they spill with the lid usually not a drop comes out. I don’t even use regular cups anymore. I found 2 knockoffs at tjmaxx for $3.99 each, I haven’t used them yet but they appear to be virtually the same.

  • Elizabeth
    December 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Martha Stewart’s gingerbread snowflake recipe is excellent. I’m mixing mine today.

  • Kat
    December 11, 2010 at 9:03 am

    I will walk away from the most gorgeous purse if it’s got round straps – I just can’t stand them! Might have to get one of those cups though, I’m terrible about drinking water.

    Good luck with your second round on the cookies. The kids are darling!

  • Kate from Party Resources
    December 11, 2010 at 10:18 am

    You have the most adorable children. I think you need to send some photos to Gap Kids. Merry weekend.

  • Margaret
    December 11, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I got a cup like that for my husband last summer and he LOVES it! I’ve had several unsuccessful attempts at stealing it from him. And I’m glad to see that my two year old son is not the only one boycotting clothes. Sometimes, he doesn’t want to get out of his bed in the morning if he thinks we are going to get him dressed and take him somewhere! He just screams “No pants! No pants!”. And I totally understand about the purse…I couldn’t bring myself to do it, either. Have you ever seen Kavu bags? They are seriously the most comfortable purses out there (with a waterproof linging and lots of little spots for everything). They are pretty casual (I have a khaki one), but they are coming out with cuter patterns now.

  • Helen
    December 11, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Soo…this isn’t a recipe for gingerbread, BUT these Giant Ginger Cookies are amazing and they make me feel like Christmas. Hope you get a chance to try them out! Merry Christmas!!
    ~Helen
    http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/giant_ginger_cookies/

    PS As always…love reading your accounts πŸ™‚

  • liz
    December 11, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Darby – I love Martha’s recipe for GB cookies. The one at this link appears to be the same one from her Christmas Cookbook that I use. http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/gingerbread-cookies. Good luck and happy holidays!

  • Melanie
    December 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I want that glass:) I would have been able to justify that purchase too;-)

  • kathleen
    December 11, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    our taste buds change as we age…. also does everyone stick to the box directions???– applesauce is a viable substitution for oil an extra tablespoon of cinnamon why not?? i add pecan meal to many things there is a popular book called the cake doctor and well it is based on the box of cake mix and ways to tweak the basic mix

  • Tara
    December 11, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    LOVE your new header…
    LOVE your new starbucks cup…
    LOVE the pictures of your kids….

    Merry! Merry!

    I just got LOST in your “My Camera” section…..I have a NIKON and don’t have a CLUE how to use it.

  • Charlene
    December 11, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Darby – I found this recipe from one of my favorite food blogs: 101 Cookbooks
    Gingerbread Cookies using “white whole wheat flour, more assertive spices, and less refined sweeteners” Organic Molasses – check!

    Enjoy!

    http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001536.html

  • Lauryn
    December 11, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    I just had a successful trip to our thrift store as well! We walked out with a spinet piano, a painting, and an empty picture frame. Pretty awesome! Also…I love your lamp…but dont forget to take the tag off! πŸ˜‰

  • Jane
    December 12, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Here’s my gingerbread recipe – enjoy!

    125g butter
    2 table spoon golden syrup
    185g sugar (I usually use caster but white is fine too, just need to mix to make sure it dissolves)
    1 egg, beaten
    315g SR flour
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons ground ginger

    Place butter & golden syrup in a saucepan and melt. Remove from the heat, add the sugar, stir until dissolved. When cooled (this is important so that the egg doesn’t cook in the mixture!) add the egg and mix in quickly.
    Add in the (sifted if you can be bothered) flour, salt & ginger. Mix well.
    * Might be good to have a break here so you can do the next bit child free then they can join in on the fun bit!
    Use flour on the bench to knead it and roll it into required shapes. You can add smarties/ mnm’s at this point or stick on using royal icing (egg white & icing sugar) afterwards.
    Cook 8-12 mins in 180C oven on baking trays. (If you use baking paper they’re much easier to remove, though when hot they’re quite flexible, allow to cool before removing from tray for non-deformed shapes!)

  • Brittany
    December 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

    That’s really funny – I gave into the same Starbuck’s temptation the other day! It was too cute to pass up. I have been looking for a gingerbread recipe, also. Well that was until, I found a mix that works really well – Krusteaz Gingerbread Cake/Cookie mix. It’s really good and fast. I actually found it while plundering through Auburn’s Big Lots for $1.75!

  • Denise
    December 12, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Have I told you lately how much MM and I LOVE our matching shirts…they laundry so well and are so cute! Thanks for making our shirts! We love them!

  • Joy
    December 12, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Darn it!! I just read your blog today after buying the same Gingerbread cookies yesterday.:-p I haven’t made them yet, though. Any possible way to make them better??

  • Chris
    December 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Darby – Here is my mom’s recipe for gingerbread. It makes a smaller amount than some of the others you have, so might be good to try. Plus, it’s super ‘gingerbready’ (i.e. strong gingerbread flavor) which I LOVE. I would highly highly recommend:

    GINGERBREAD COOKIES
    1/2 cup butter
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/2 cup molasses (I use dark)
    1 egg

    3 cups all purpose flour
    1 tsp. baking soda
    2 tsp. cinnamon
    1 tsp. ginger
    1/2 tsp. nutmeg
    1/2 tsp. allspice
    1/4 tsp. cloves

    cream the wet stuff
    whisk together the dry and mix it with the wet

    refrigerate an hour if it’s too soft to work with

    roll out 1/4″ thick

    cut into desired shapes

    bake 8 – 10 min. or more – depending on if you like them soft or crispy………. at 350 degrees

  • kat hertzler
    December 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    My husband works for a molasses company and they make their own cookies. They’re pretty darn good and you can order them through their website. Only $4/doz.

    http://www.goldenbarrel.com/blackstrap-baking-molasses.php

    Love the new header and your new cup! I just bought a travel cup for hot tea and am in love. What can I say, I’m a sucker too.

  • Kristi B.
    December 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I’m now craving Gingerbread cookies after reading your post! MMM… Can you also tell me which color of black granite you have in your kitchen? Is it Black Pearl?

  • Kate
    December 12, 2010 at 4:48 pm

    If you are looking for a good cheater version try http://mybrands.com/product/Krusteaz_Gingerbread_Mix,_Cake_&_Cookie,_14.5_oz._box

    They were really tasty! I am going to try some of the above posted recipes next time though!

  • carol ann
    December 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I agree with everyone that mentioned Martha Stewarts recipe…. it is the one with black pepper in it, best one I have ever used. The pepper seems to make some interesting difference.

  • Paula
    December 12, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    We’ve made these gingerbread men and ladies. They rolled out easily and were delish!

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/gingerbread-boys-and-girls-recipe/index.html

  • Melise
    December 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    Adorable new header! Making cookies with AG is my fav thing at Christmas time, and this time I bought that Gingerbread House kit thingy? Gonna give it a try. Sorry no gingerbread recipe here….I hate gingerbread! πŸ™‚ haha! So un-Merry like i know but I’m more of a sugar cookie kinda gal!

  • Mandy
    December 13, 2010 at 9:35 am

    New header is adorable, although I too miss the mission of motherhood quote and now can’t remember where you cited it from….oops. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season, thanks for sharing your life with us through the blog!

  • jan
    December 13, 2010 at 9:48 am

    I seriously own 4 of these cups. Love the new header πŸ˜‰

  • becky
    December 13, 2010 at 10:36 am

    D-bone,
    I was tempted by the shortcut and now I am glad I didn’t take it:-) I see you have been given lots of good recipes so I won’t give you mine. Hope second time is a charm!I am read for a second go round for our house…our gingerbread house smells so yummy every time I walk by it makes me want to bake some more! Love you!

  • Rikki Mosley
    December 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    This is the best gingerbread recipe! I am not a fan of gingerbread but I could eat these cookies for every meal at Christmas time! Our family always does fun shapes and all the ladies take a day off work before Christmas “Cookie Day” to make and decorate these wonderful cookies!

    Grandmooo’s Gingerbread Cookies:

    1/2 cup sugar
    1/2 cup shortening (melted)
    1/2 cup molasses
    1 egg

    In a large bowl, stir the sugar into the melted shortening, stir in the molasses, then the egg.

    Beat the mixture well after each addition.

    In a separate bowl, mix the following 6 ingredients together with a fork.

    2 cups flour
    1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp ground ginger
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/4 tsp nutmeg

    Beat the flour mixture into the creamed mixture in two batches.

    Wrap ball of dough well in waxed paper or saran wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

    Roll out half the the dough on a very lightly floured surface.
    Roll out about 1/8 inch thick.
    Cut out cookies.

    Bake for about 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

    For softer cookies, take out of the oven shortly after the dough loses its ‘wet’ look.

    Recipe can be doubled.

  • leslie grimmer
    December 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Is your friend Josh on Bama Belles?

  • Jill
    December 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    It looks like you have plenty of recipes to choose from, but if you are still searching…I have NEVER been disappointed with anything that I have tried from this food blog, Annie Eats!
    http://annies-eats.com/2009/12/16/gingerbread-cookies/
    Enjoy! Can’t wait to hear which recipes you tried!

  • Sara @ The Bucket List
    December 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Although I don’t have a gingerbread cookie recipe, I just posted a Pumpkin Roll recipe that I’ve grown up with my entire life. It’s sweet, delicious, and great for kids & adults πŸ™‚ I hope you get a chance to try it out!!

  • Konie
    December 13, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    I LOVE my cup like yours:) I bought one during the summer at McAllister’s Deli:) BUT…the lid broke and I was almost panicking! Found another one quickly somewhere else…maybe Target:))) And now I see them a lot of other places:) Sorry I don’t have a cookie recipe…mine are usually “slice and bake” :))

  • Hannah
    December 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    What I want to know is if that cute single guy Tommy met a girl after your posts a while back?!

  • meredith tichenor
    December 13, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Our Honey Bee Tee arrived in the mail on Friday and we LOVE it! Thanks so much. I blogged about it today: http://sweettfamily.blogspot.com/2010/12/peacelovechristmas.html

    In the most “un-stalker-ish” way, I just adore your blog… think your babies are just precious… and wish that I could be your real life friend! xoxo

  • Julia
    December 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Hello,haven’t visited in a while. Did I miss the post in which you talk about Bama Belles?

  • Colleen
    December 14, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Ugh, I got that same mix and it is horrible! I need a good recipe too.

  • Ashley
    December 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Not gingerbread…but because you like baking, this is an easy one that is semi-homemade and super duper simple–and VERY yummy!
    Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting
    1 box Betty Crocker Super Moist Carrot Cake Mix
    1/2 stick softened butter
    2 tbsp. molasses
    2 eggs

    Preheat oven to 375.
    Mix half dry cake mix with other ingredients until blended. Stir in other half of dry cake mix. Pop in the fridge for 30 minutes or so to chill the dough. Roll dough into 2″ balls, and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes on 375. Let cool completely and frost with Betty Crocker Cream Cheese Frosting.

    So easy–and absolutely divine! πŸ™‚

    Happy Baking!