Making Gingerbread Men Tonight

Storybook Gingerbread Men


    * 1/2 cup shortening
    * 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    * 3 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    * 1 teaspoon baking soda
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    * 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    * 3/4 cup molasses
    * 1/4 cup water


   1. Cream shortening and sugar. Sift flour with salt, soda and spices. Blend flour mixture into creamed mixture alternately with molasses and water. Chill at least 1 hour.
   2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
   3. Roll dough to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with large 6-8 inch gingerbreadmen cookie cutters. Lift onto lightly greased cookie sheet with broad spatula.
   4. Bake above oven center for about 12 minutes or until cookies spring back lightly in center. Do not overcook, they won’t stay soft. Remove from sheets. Cool on wire racks. Makes 10 men 6-8 inches tall.

The batter seemed too dry so I added water. Might be too much now. They are in the fridge, will see how they look in the morning when I get set to roll them out. I have a cookie cutter for gingerbreadmen and a Xmas tree. I plan to use a knife to cut out a pattern for a couple of gingerbread house cookies too.

Angel in Red

Pretty angel. This is the gift tag on the Xmas bags I bought today. Just finished the shopping for Christmas, I think. Bought what I need for the Secret Santa at work and something for Terry Lynn and something to finish off for Sherry Lynn too. I might still get something for Zack, not sure what I already have as I have been getting a few things here and there.

Droodles for Xmas

I didn’t hear the explosion in downtown Barrie last night though I was working about a block away from the five corners where the taxi driver said it happened. I saw plenty of smoke and flashing lights as we drove along a street north of Dunlop. It smelled good, like a wood burning fireplace, not a lot of chemical smells then and where I was at the time. I left work about 20 minutes after it happened. Then forgot to check for information online about it until now when Lucy mentioned it. I guess I will hear about it at work as I am soon leaving to catch the bus.

I was working on sending out Christmas cards today. Most of them are ready to go, realized I had forgotten one and will see if I still have time to hunt down the address. Still have to hunt for a postal code for a last family card but at least it is in the area so not getting late for sending those out yet.

I made droodles in some of the cards. (Droodles = drawings by a not quite drooling idiot). They aren’t all awful and at least it will give everyone something to laugh about. If certain other people (like Skye) want a card they need to send me their address really soon. The mail box is right at my bus stop today, very convenient at this time of year.

My Xmas Decorating

This is as far as I got with decorating for Christmas this year. You can see my Xmas wreath, resting from all the activity. Also, the Raggedy Ann my Mother made me is guarding the Christmas tree, still safely in it’s box, all taped up with the tape I wrapped around it in the year 2000… something when I moved back to Ontario after the divorce. Maybe it’s a sign, or an omen or something like that. Maybe I’m just not meant to open that box till I have a real home to put a tree up in. Or maybe I will do it next year.

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Festive Maiming from Rainy Pete

A meme from Rainy Pete’s blog. Why not?

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Hot chocolate. Actually, cold chocolate, warm chocolate, spiced chocolate… I’ll take it all.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? Santa doesn’t wrap them, the deers kept snacking on the fancy paper and ribbons. Cost him a fortune in vet bills.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or clear? White or coloured, as long as there are a lot of them.

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No.

5. When do you put your decorations up? In theory, on or after my birthday on December 19th.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding desserts)? The vegetables with fresh butter on them: carrots, potatoes, whatever… butter makes it better. Sometimes we have fresh baked buns and bread, cabbage rolls and those are really good too.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child? My Aunt Sally playing the piano at Christmas with our tree all lit up and mostly everyone there.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
I don’t remember.

9. Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve? Yes! We always had a special present from Santa Claus which my Mom gave us to open on Xmas Eve. Oddly enough it was always new pajamas, took me a long time to really clue in on that one.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree? Lights, ornaments bought and home made and inherited, sometimes tinsel… on top is an angel which my Dad bought for our first Xmas tree a few days after I was born.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? It looks really pretty, especially when you come in from the cold and sit by a window with hot chocolate to warm up your hands.

12. Can you ice skate? I think I still could.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift as a kid? No.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Family and lots of lights and decorations.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? icebox cookies and assorted chocolates.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? The Christmas tree.

17. What tops your tree? An angel bought 42 years ago now.

18. Which do you prefer—giving or receiving? Giving by far. I don’t like shopping but I really life finding just the right thing for someone. I never make lists ahead, I just look around till something just right comes along.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? It used to be Silent Night. Not sure any more.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? I really like them on the Xmas tree.

21. Stockings? Or no Stockings? Stockings are fun. We always fill them with oranges and other snacks to keep kids busy while the adults are still waking up and making coffee on Christmas morning.

22. Do you like sledding? Yes. But I haven’t done it for many years.

23. Farthest you’ve traveled for Christmas day? From Toronto to Vancouver. Just for myself, alone.

24. Do you leave out cookies or carrots for when Santa comes? My sister did this year. I don’t have any kids.

25. What gets you into the holiday spirit? I’ll let you know if I get there again. It’s been a lot of years since I really felt excited about Christmas.

26. Does your wrapping colour coordinate? Never.

27. Favourite gift you’ve ever given? I have no idea.

28. Most fun holiday memory? Sitting under the Xmas tree with my Mom when we still lived in the house I grew up in. I remember we were the last two people awake. Around that time she had begun talking to me more like a friend than a kid and it was really great having conversations with my Mom about important/ real things.

29. Do you wrap your own gifts? Of course. But I don’t really wrap them anymore. The odd time I use those Xmas bags cause they can be carted around easily and don’t require tape and other extras.