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Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

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gingerbread cookiesFill your house with the aroma of gingerbread with these super adorable gingerbread cookies!  This recipe is a breeze, and you can fill the cookie jar with homemade love!  The first time I ever had gingerbread was when I got a new job as a server at an Irish restaurant and we served fresh baked gingerbread everyday.  It was soooo delicious and we always served it with a big dollop of fresh whipped cream… the flavor was so good it warmed the soul.

This recipe is rated as EASY ~ perfect for any level cook, and comes to us from the Food Network

What you’ll need for the best ever gingerbread cookie recipe :   flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, ground cloves, salt, pepper, butter, shortening, egg, brown sugar, molasses

For the icing you’ll need : confectioners sugar, water, egg white powder and a piping pastry bag, or use a baggie and cut a small hole at one corner -or….  you can use store bought icing found on the baking aisle

Tips to remember for cookies just the way you like em;
*For thin crisp cookies – roll the dough thin
*For soft moist cookies – roll the dough thick (definitely my preference)

Decorated and put into a nice box or tin, these make a very special gift don’t you think?  I think they would make a nice gift for teacher ~ and your kids would love giving a gift from your kitchen, especially if you let them help.

Here is a bit of fun information about gingerbread cookies I collected for you…

Originally, the term gingerbread comes from Latin zingiber from an Old French word gingebras referred to preserved ginger. It then became a reference to a confection made with honey and spices. Gingerbread translates to the French term pain d’épices (literally “spice bread”) or the German term Lebkuchen or Pfefferkuchen (pepperbread, literally: pepper cake).
The trade of gingerbread biscuits dates to the 17th century where they were sold in monasteries, pharmacies, town squares and farmers markets. In Medieval England gingerbread was thought to have medicinal properties.
Gingerbread Men were first attributed to Queen Elizabeth I, who allegedly served the figurines to foreign dignitaries. Today, however, they are generally served around Christmas.

Now you have the scoop on Gingerbread Cookies

Get the recipe for the 5 star gingerbread cookie recipe here

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

How To Make Infused Olive Oils

How To Make Infused Olive Oils

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infused oilsOh yes you can, and it’s so easy!  I love the charm of these kind of delicacies. So, not only is it possible to flavor your oils, it’s oh so delightful to cook with these oils whether you’re a gourmet chef or not.  It just amps up the flavor of your dishes effortlessly, and whats not to love about that!

Not only can they be used for cooking, you can use them to drizzle flavor over your pasta or your favorite artisan breads with some hummus or warm roasted garlic ~ yeah you get the idea!

Tip: for the best flavor use the highest quality olive oil you can ~  the food network’s test kitchen tried many brands and found that Bertolli and Pompian were the best oils on the market for the money, for taste and thickness etc.

You can also flavor your oils using  thyme, rosemary, sage, basil or oregano.  Just substitute the herbs.  Or, you can come up with your own creative blends of herbs, with chilis, peppers, lemons, garlic, and even smoke flavoring.

Using whole sprigs of dried fresh herbs is what gives the bottle of your infused oils it’s charm and rustic elegance.

Once you do up your oils, it takes about 3 weeks for the flavors to have taken to the oil, and the longer you let it sit, the flavor becomes more intense.

Be sure to follow the specific directions for creating these oils so you make them safely without introducing bacteria into your flavored oils.

 

If you love cooking or know someone who does these are must have’s for your kitchen!   Flavored oils or infused oils as they are sometimes called only take a few minutes to make, once you have everything ready.  If you need empty bottles you can order some online here, no need to buy the bottles in bulk, or you could even put them in empty wine bottles, just adding a new label, hope you enjoy learning How To Make Infused Olive Oils.

Just Putzin shares recipes for Lemon, Chili, Rosemary and Garlic infused oils

Enjoy making Flavored Oils

Easy Apple Tart Recipe

Easy Apple Tart Recipe

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apple tart

Oh I can just smell this filling up our home on Christmas Eve… or any other special occasion, like Saturday night ;).  What I love so much about this recipe is that you use puff pastry instead of pie dough.  Puff pastry is just so light and flaky – melting in your mouth already!

Catalina adapts the Pioneer Woman’s recipe, using Granny Smith apples, I totally agree on this as they have the perfect texture for pies and tarts.  I can’t wait to try this one!

Visit Catalina at “Having Fun in the kitchen” for her recipe and tips

Easy Apple Tart

Christmas Parfait Desserts

Christmas Parfait Desserts – oh my!

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christmas parfait dessertsHow cute are these adorable dessert parfaits?  They are absolutely perfect for your holiday bash.   And… they’re healthy, oh your kids will never ever know!  They’ll be asking for these little dessert treasures all year long.   And the darling holiday party toppers – yeah this is what makes it super fab – guess what they’re *free*, all you have to do is print them up!  I love it when we get free printables!

Emily from 52 mantels generously shares her recipe for these little treasures in a cup

Christmas Parfait Desserts 

 

How To Make No Sew Placemats

How To Make No Sew Placemats

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no sew placematsOkay…. you’re–a–gonna–love–me for this!  Sweet DIY for how to make placemats without pulling out the sewing machine!  I love using fusible bonding web whenever I can, I’ve used it for hemming pants, for creating appliques on jackets and jeans and on and on!   What I love the most about this project is that you can choose your own divine fabrics.  Just make sure that the fabrics that you choose are washable, you don’t want to have to dry clean your placemats and napkins ~ yikes, that’s ‘spensive Lucy!  This tutorial from Instructables also gives you the instructions to create the napkins with the no sew method.   And you know by now that I think that anything made by hand makes the sweetest gifts!

What you’ll need for this DIY No Sew Placemat project:

1.  Fabric – pre washed
2.  Scissors
3.  Fusible Bond
4.  Iron
5.  Measuring Tape or ruler

If you want to make the napkins as well, I suggest a color that is in the placemat fabric for the best overall look – like the one shown in the photo ~ and you know you wanna look good, especially if company’s coming!

You can whip out these no sew babies in a matter of minutes…   If you’re like me, you like to have special things like this for each and every holiday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years, Valentines, St Patties, 4th of July… and then you also want special ones for birthdays, date nights.  Well, it’s just fun isn’t it, and we all wanna have as much fun as we can possibly fit into any day *wink*!

You’re a diva of magnificance, and it shows, oh yes it does darlings, put on your magic slippers and dance!

Check it out, then send me the photos of your finished masterpieces!

No Sew Placemats

Decorative Edible Christmas Gifts

 

Decorative Edible Christmas Gifts

 

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crackers-mld109203_vertThese are a delicious and neat gift for Christmas! They are easy to make, once you have the materials, and very original as gifts. You can stuff them with any kind of delectable snack, treat, or chocolate that you can find to put in them. The idea is a very festive presentation as well. They’re perfect to give to family and friends, and who wouldn’t like one of these tasty snack packages? The materials are just and idea, you can use different colors and decorations if you’d like. You can use reds greens, golds and blues in your designs for the packages. You can tie them with different styles of bows as well!

 

Click here to learn how to make

Decorative Edible Christmas Gifts

 

 

 

 

How to make Cinnamon Cake Muffins

How to make Cinnamon Cake Muffins

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Cinnamon CakeDoes this look good or what! So good you can taste it huh? Yummy. Well here’s a recipe that is just in time for the holidays. We use a lot of cinnamon for the holidays, and apparently cinnamon is suppose to be really good for you too. What a great holiday treat as a gift for friends and family, instead of a fruitcake, although I do love fruitcake too! I saw this picture and I said, I HAVE to make that. So spread some holiday cheer with cinnamon cake muffins!

Here’s the link

Cinnamon Cake Muffins