Happy New Year!

new-year-2017 I know, I’m kind of late to the party. I mean, really, really late. And I cannot wait to catch up with all of you to see what you’ve been up to, and how your 2016 treated you.

My year had a couple of big events…

This you already know, because I moaned and groaned for weeks way back in the beginning of the year… I started a job an hour away from my house. And I do love the job, I love my boss, and I love the people that I work with. I can’t even complain about the drive, because I get to drive it everyday with my best friend Cindy, and it really goes fast. It honestly feels like a 10 minute drive in an hour’s time. But those two missed hours in the day… that has really taken its toll. It has been a struggle to get my act together at home, and for the blog. All because of two measly hours. I just didn’t realize what a difference that would make.

And in July… Katie married her sweetheart, Ryan. A picture perfect wedding,with every last detail that they had envisioned since they became engaged (and probably long before), was enjoyed by everyone present. I’m loving calling him my son-in-law, and I do admit to over-calling him that at times, but he’s pretty patient with me! Thank goodness.

There are times when it hits me, and I have to stop and gather my senses…that I am old enough to have a son-in-law. I’m not sure where the time went, but summer turned to autumn, autumn turned to winter…and here we are, once again ringing in the new year! Time certainly does fly. Quickly.

So tell me… what have you been up to? How did 2016 treat you? And are you looking forward to 2017?

I’m looking forward to 2017, what it might have in store for me, and spending more time with butter, basil, and breadcrumbs…and you. I’ve missed you.

I hope that your new year is met with good health, and happiness. Let’s add some prosperity to that, because a little bit of milk and honey..success and wealth…would definitely be the cherry on top, now wouldn’t it?

Happy New Year!


Gingerbread Cookies
  • 3 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¾ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 5¼ cups flour
  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves, ground ginger,
  2. Using your stand mixer, add the butter and brown sugar to the mixing bowl, and beat on high until fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated after each one.
  4. Add the molasses and vanilla, and beat until well blended.
  5. Reduce the speed on the mixer to slow, and add the flour mixture one cup at a time, mixing until the flour is mixed in thoroughly after each addition.
  6. Go ahead. It smells so good....take a little taste!
  7. Divide the dough, and wrap in plastic wrap... refrigerate for at least two hours.
  8. To Bake:
  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  11. Roll the chilled dough out to about ¼" thin using plenty of flour on the surface.
  12. Cut the dough using your favorite cookie shape.
  13. Place on prepared baking sheets.
  14. Bake for 9 to 12 minutes depending on your oven's temperature.
  15. Let cool completely on cooling racks.
  16. Decorate with your favorite icing and pattern!
Be prepared to chill the dough for a couple of hours before rolling out and baking. Use plenty of flour while rolling out, and don't worry if they go into the oven flour covered...they will come out just fine, and any remaining flour can be wiped right off!



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