Today was the first Saturday in about two and half months that we didn't have a sports activity for one of our children! Amazing! Usually, we are carpooling back and forth for a good part of the day. It was nice to be more around the house and get some long-overdue things done. I love being home! The list of long-overdue-things-to-do is not completed, but I made a little dent today, especially in regards to my office. The weeding will have to wait.
If you've been around here very long, you know that I've spent the better part of this year taking Digital Scrapbooking classes online from Jessica Sprague. She has a uniquely simple approach to teaching Photoshop as a tool to document our life stories. Those classes are so full of information that I constantly refer back to (because my brain is teeny!), but I hadn't organized the info. One of the challenges we were given in the last class was to choose something we had been intending to do, but just hadn't. I chose 'getting these notebooks together'! However, … still hadn't completed it by the end of class. Evidently this is the weekend! I got three of the books put together! The only thing left to do on them is to customize the outside. I'm using the presentation binders with the insertable (I made that word up!) front, back, and spine so I'm sure I can come up with something creative!
I printed the divider pages on cardstock, then used the self-adhesive file tabs to insert the titles. It'll be so much easier to find the information I'm looking for! By the way, I highly recommend those file tabs … you can customize anything with them! Why should YOU, such a unique individual, be limited to dividers made by someone else?!
One more note on Jessica Sprague … the last class she is offering this year starts Monday! You can register through tomorrow … and the best part? IT'S FREE! It's called Stories in Hand and I can't wait till Monday. I was excited about the class anyway, but then my sister-in-law told me she is participating as well!! I'm tickled pink! She is a GOOD storyteller!
On Thursday morning, I set a ½ cup of butter out to soften for cookies. It sat there until this afternoon. Good thing we live in the NW, huh?! Finally today, I made cookies!
Molasses Cookies always says, "Autumn/Winter" to me … they are so cozy. I am so tempted by them at Starbuck's, especially if I'm picking up a coffee around 4 PM on a rainy NW day … I usually am able to pass them up, but sometimes … just sometimes …. well, sometimes, I succumb. Now you know I'm human. I often wish I lived in SoCal so I would always be tempted to buy the fruit cup! My brother and sister-in-law wish I lived there, too, but for different reasons!
I had come across the recipe for Molasses Cookies on one of the blogs that I read. I don't know how I found her, but I love her recipes and her photos … sounds a little familiar. She posted the recipe I tried tonight and I wish it hadn't taken me so long to try them! (I've been too busy making notebooks!)
The recipe is very simple: cream the butter, sugars, and molasses, then add the egg:
The recipe calls for ¾ c. of molasses, but I had a little less than that. My oldest makes Molasses Steamers so I was a little short in the cupboard. (A Steamer is simply steamed milk—you can add any flavor or, in her case, Molasses. Her doctor recommended it because she is short on iron. What a tasty way to get iron, huh?)
Then mix the dry ingredients and add to the wet …
I'm a rebel so I just put all the dry ingredients in the bowl as I measure them … why dirty another bowl?!
I loved the color of the dough …
… so caramel-y and yummy!
Then you roll balls of dough about the size of golf balls and dip them in sugar:
I glanced in the oven while they were baking and couldn't wait until they were done! Just look at those babies!
And when they WERE done … MMMMM ….
I wasn't sure if my kids would go for them or not because they are such chocolate fiends, but if THESE pictures are any indication …
… I'd say they are a hit.
Crackle Top Molasses Cookies
- ½ c. unsalted butter, softened
- 1 c. packed dark brown sugar
- ½ c. white sugar (plus 2 T. for dipping)
- ¾ c. molasses (not blackstrap)
- 1 egg
- 2 ½ c. all-purpose flour
- 2 t. baking soda
- 2 t. ground ginger
- 2 t. ground cloves
- 2 t. cinnamon
- ½ t. salt
Heat oven to 350˚. Cream butter with sugars and molasses. Beat in the egg.
Combine dry ingredients in another bowl. Stir dry ingredients into the creamed butter.
Shape dough into small golf ball portions and dip each top into white sugar.
Bake on lined baking sheet at 350 for 12 minutes. Because of the extra molasses in this recipe, make sure the cookies are not too gooey when you pull them from the oven. You might also experiment with ½ c. molasses and 2 c. of flour. 'My source' says they might be a bit lighter in texture. Enjoy!