It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas
when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.
One Christmastime tradition in our home
is that each member of the family chooses a Christmas treat for baking in December.
And every single year, someone chooses
It just wouldn't be Christmas without it!
So yesterday we pulled out the rolling pin,
7 cups of flour,
lots of decorations,
and turned up some Christmas music to set the mood.
When the temperature is already 90 degrees in your kitchen
before you turn the oven on,
the atmosphere isn't exactly Christmas-y,
but the music helped tremendously!
(There's just NO music like the music of Christmas, is there?)
I'm not going to show you the silly cookies these crazy bakers created;
like the ones that involved smashed red hots and silver bullets.
Are these really our children?!?!?
I had to wake Michael from a 2-hour Cold-induced nap to join us.
He wasn't feeling very energetic, so we let him decorate sitting down.
I reasoned that his germs would get burned off in the baking process.
This is one tradition no one wants to miss, even if they're sick!
The smell of baking Gingerbread filled the air,
as pan after pan came out of the oven.
7 cups of flour bakes a lot of cookies.
We wish we could share a little of this Christmas joy with you!
Stop on in, and have a cookie, friends!
For more artistic photos of our gingerbread,
you can check out Elise's latest blog post.
Earthen Vessel's Favorite Gingerbread Recipe:
1 c. packed brown sugar
1/3 c. shortening
1/3 c. shortening
1 ½ c. dark molasses
2/3 c. cold water
7 c. flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ground ginger
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
Mix brown sugar, shortening, molasses and water. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Heat oven to 350. Grease cookie sheet lightly. Roll out about ¼ of the dough ¼ “ thick on floured board. Cut with floured gingerbread cutter or other favorite cutter. Decorate, and place about 2” apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 10-12 minutes or until no indention remains when touched. Cool and enjoy!