Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

I cannot believe Monday is once again upon us.  The weekend went by so fast.  My husband and I cherish our weekends now.  We make the best of every moment. 

Breakfast time…what is on the plate this morning...
Coffee and a granola bar

On today’s to do list...
Canning potatoes

Currently reading...
1 Peter
I've started the Anne of Green Gables series again

On the TV today...
I really enjoy the simple shows.  I often get really tired of shows that are on TV currently.  I love to curl up on the couch and just take in the older shows. So this week I'll be watching...
Road to Avonlea
Little House on the Prairie

The weather outside is...
Getting colder!  Yesterday we were barely out of the 40's.  It was a cozy up with a blanket kind of day.  Today it is supposed to be in the upper 50's.

On the menu this week...
I made a pork roast yesterday so my husband will have dinners for the week. 

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will...
Probably do some baking.  I want to make some mint brownies, cookies and maybe an apple cake.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week...
Apple Fritter Cake I've seen around the internet

Favorite photo from the camera...
Our little Charlie.  We can always tell when the weather is turning colder.  He loves to snuggle!  Which we love because he helps keep us warm.

Homemaking Tip...
Make sure the house is picked up in the evening before going to bed.  For me it really starts my day off on a positive note.  I just love coming down to a clean house in the morning.

Visiting with Blog friends (blog to share)...
The Pitout's @ Number 52 was a blog I came across last week.

Praying for...
A pastor who's wife left him and their children. 
Family and Friends

Bible verse, Devotional speaking to me...
James 1:2-4
"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,   knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing."

Did you read that??!  We are to have joy even in the midst of trials.  Why would God want us to have joy in suffering?  Because the trials He allows us to go through will produce patience.  We need a lot of this to endure what life throws at us.  God will continue to stretch us until we are shaped into the person He wants us to be.  Precious metals go through a lot of fire before they are considered beautiful. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Soft Molasses Cookies

Here is another recipe from the Amish cookbook created by a local Amish community.  I love these recipes.  Most of the recipes have just the ingredients listed.  Just like most grandmothers would cook.  These cookies are a lot different than any other molasses cookie I have ever made.  They taste like a gingersnap cookie but without the snap.  They are so soft and oh so good!

My house smells like grandma's house!  Isn't funny how certain smells transport us back in time.  Honestly, I think that is one reason I just love to cook.  Although certain people are not with me, when I make a recipe given by them I feel their presence.  Now I'm not talking in a spirit sense.  I think you know what I mean.

These are loaded with ginger flavor.  So if you are not fond of ginger you might try reducing it.  But ginger is SO good for you.  Not sure these cookies are good for you with all the sugar.  {Wink}

Soft Molasses Cookies

3 cups brown sugar
2 1/2 cups shortening
3 eggs
1 cup molasses
6 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 teaspoons cinnamon
3 teaspoons ginger
3 teaspoons cloves
1 teaspoon vanilla
6 3/4 cup flour
White sugar

In a large mixing bowl cream the brown sugar and lard together.  Add in the eggs, vanilla and molasses mix well.  In a separate large bowl combine the dry ingredients and mix well.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Mix until all ingredients are well combined.

Form the dough into balls and dip into a bowl of white sugar.  Place these onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Remove them immediately from the cookie sheet onto a wire rack.  They will be extremely soft, but will firm up after they cool.  They will almost seem like they are still raw inside. 

Store in a covered container. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Checking in!

Do you ever struggle with knowing what day it is when there is a holiday?  I certainly do!  I nanny for my sister and she works at a school district.  So with that comes the same days off that school kids get.  I had Monday off.  I really look forward to the weekends and when there is an extra day thrown in I just love it!!  It means I get an extra day with my husband.  So this weekend we worked on our apples.

Making applesauce is the easiest thing to do.  At least I think it is.  I use my food mill on the kitchen aid stand mixer.  It makes the job so much easier. 

We got about 14 quarts of applesauce so far.  This weekend I hope to do up some pumpkin.  When canning pumpkin I cut it into cubes and pressure can.  Then puree when I open the jar.

The other morning we woke up to heavy frost all over the ground.  But yesterday we hit 80 degrees again.  Temperatures are expected to fall into next week. 

I just love being outside when the temperatures are cool.  It really clears out my sinuses.  So refreshing and exhilarating! 

Monday we took Andrew out for his birthday.  We were able to get him something he wanted but had not asked for (IF that makes sense!).  We got him a gun for hunting.  I cannot believe this but I forgot to take the camera along!!  I didn't even get pictures.  But I can tell you this the smile on his face was well worth everything we spent on it.  Now he must repay us in venison!!

I can also say that our daughters are doing great!!  We have attended church as a family for the past month!!  It has been such a blessing and an answer to many prayers.