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Monday, December 13, 2010

Snow Day Activities

We had our first snow day of the school year today.  Everyone (well, everyone but Cameron, who had a Calculus final at 8:00 am!) enjoyed sleeping in this morning.

Rachel decided to bake Grandma’s Gingerbread cookies.  At least that’s what we call them around here!

She mixed:

  • 2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. shortening

until smooth and creamy.  Then she added:

  • 1 egg

and blended a bit more. 

We kind of alternated the next few ingredients, adding a little liquid and a little dry ingredients.

  • 1 c. sour milk (1 T. vinegar and then add milk to = 1 cup) with 2 T. baking soda
  • 1 pint dark molasses
  • flour (enough to make a rollable consistency (up to 10 cups)
  • spices
    • 1 1/2 t. anis seed
    • 1/2 t. cardamom
    • 1/2 t. cinnamon
    • 1 1/2 t. cloves

Mix it all well and then…


plop the dough on a well floured surface and then…


roll it, roll it, roll it all out and then…


cut out the various shapes that you like.


and then put the m on the pan and bake them!


Bake them in a 350 oven for 10-12 minutes, just til firm.  We don’t like them crispy!


While they are cooling, make the icing:

  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 2 T. Crisco
  • 1-2 t. lemon juice
  • water to desired concistency

Mix with mixer til it is fairly thick but spreadable.

Then, decorate!  (this is one version of how we decorate.  Next batch we are doing it the old way…with thin powdered sugar and milk icing and painting it on with a paintbrush!)





I LOVE baking with my daughter!  We just have fun and laugh a lot!  And make fun and funky and pretty cookies to share with students at Luther College Bible Study.

While we were working, we listened to Christian music radio station with lots of fun songs we love and Christmas tunes.

While WE worked, others….didn’t.


This was constructed during yesterday’s snowed in period


Cameron played Perfect World on dad’s laptop.


And Ethan played Perfect World on the Desktop computer.

Poor Ronnie was out taking his turn at shoveling snow!

What a nice December day!

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