Meg’s Ginger Cookies

These are the best ginger cookies I have ever had.  My friend Meg was nice enough to share her recipe with me and I can not hold back sharing it with everyone else.  They are wonderful!

Meg’s Ginger Cookies

¾ c. Butter
2 c. Sugar
2 Eggs, beaten
½ c. Molasses
2 TSP White Vinegar
3 ¾ c. Flour
1 ½ TSP Baking Soda
2-3 TSP Ground Ginger
½ TSP Cinnamon
¼ TSP Ground Cloves

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves.

Cream together butter and sugar

Stir in eggs, molasses and vinegar

Add flour mixture to wet ingredients

Stir until well blended.

Make ¾” balls with dough and place about 2 inches apart on well greased cookie sheet.

Bake for about 12 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. (If you want them softer then 10 minutes seemed to be about perfect)

*I also tried these using Splenda Baking mix.  They still taste great but they will not spread as they bake.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

I hope you love them as much as I do!

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Kisses from God

I remember hearing a sermon years ago about how God will let us feel His presence and how much He loves us in small ways.  The pastor had called them “God kisses.”  I have never been a believer that God can only be found in a church building.  More and more I feel that is the last place He can be found.  More and more I see Him in nature, in other people and in places most people think He’s not.

Last week I was doing some work at the Capital Area Food Bank.  I was in a break room when a girl named Alexis walked in.  She was there volunteering with other kids from her Special Ed class.  She walked into the room full of questions.  “Do you have an alarm clock in your room?” “What color are the numbers?” “Do you have an oven?” “What color are the numbers?” etc….she never stopped moving around the room.  I had to stop and think about what color the numbers on my clock were.  It had never occurred to me that would be interesting to someone else but it was important to Alexis.  Then just as quickly as she came into the room she walked out the door.  I was laughing to myself at how much energy she had when she quickly walked back into the room and right up to me.  She looked at me and asked, “What does your hair smell like?”…I looked at her and said, “I don’t know…like flowers I guess?”  She smiled, picked up some of my hair, took a deep breath and said, “Yup, you smell like flowers.” Then she skipped out of the room.

I know it might seem silly to most people but in that moment, on that day, it was exactly what my heart needed to hear.  I was at the food bank trying to help others, in whatever ways I could, and this little girl spoke just the words I needed to hear.  I needed to hear that someone, even this little girl who many would feel sorry for because she’s not “normal,” would care about something like the smell of my hair.  The small things in life, the overlooked things in life were important to her.  It was a good reminder to me to pay attention to small details, to keep my eyes and ears open for someone who might need to know that someone cares about the little things in their lives too.  You never know when you might be what God uses to give one of His “God kisses” away.

Banana Nut Bread (by special request)

My best-friend made a special request for some of my Banana Nut Bread with Chocolate Chips.  And not being one to disappoint, and because it sounded delicious to me also, I was happy to oblige.
This is such an easy and quick bread to make.  It’s based on an old Amish recipe and is absolutely delicious.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup of butter
1 cup of sugar (you can half this if you don’t want the bread very sweet)
2 eggs
2 ripe bananas (mashed)
2 cups flour
1 TSPbaking powder
1/2 TSP baking soda
1/2 – 1 cup pecans (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional, but wonderful)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients together
3. Cream together sugar & butter
4. Add eggs and blend well
5. Add bananas and blend well
6. Pour into prepared loaf pan
7. Bake for 50-60 minutes or a toothpick comes out of the center clean

*I have also made this bread with Splenda and it works and tastes just as good

 

This is great for breakfast, dessert or a snack.  Enjoy!