Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Starting to think about Christmas decorating!

It is almost that time of year.
Time to drag up all the boxes of decorations and 'Christmassy' the home!
But I have a few things to do first.
Like clean the house.
I mean REALLY clean the house.
Because it IS clean.
But not Christmas worthy clean!
So, I will go through each room and declutter.
Then move the furniture one last time and vacuum.
Some rooms are easier than others.
The sitting room and dining room are almost done already.
As is the family room.
But the room that always overwhelms me is the kitchen.
It isn't that big, really.
But I think, since it is the hub of all things good and happy, it is the most important room for me.
I want the pantry clean and ready for grabbing ingredients to whip up some treat...........cookies, home baked goodies, dinners.
So that is my chore today.... get that kitchen ready!!!

I will let you know how I go.........


  1. Love your "to do" list. It reads like a good recipe.

  2. I was JUST coming here to post this ginger cookie recipe for you!! And so here it is, even though you never email me, despite your promises.

    I am at times overcome by my own magnanimity ...

    Double-Ginger Cookies


    1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    3/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
    1/2 cup applesauce
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Cooking spray


    Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine flours and next 5 ingredients (flours through ground ginger); stir well with a whisk. Make a well in center of mixture. Combine 1 cup sugar, applesauce, and next 4 ingredients (applesauce through vanilla). Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist; cover and chill dough at least 1 hour.

    Preheat oven to 350°.

    Lightly coat hands with flour. Shape dough into 24 balls (about 2 tablespoons each; dough will be sticky). Roll balls in 1/4 cup sugar. Place balls 2 inches apart on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on pan. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire racks.

    Note: These freeze well. Place cooled cookies in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; store in freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw at room temperature.

  3. I cannot do my kitchen as it is a mess from baking! I am rethinking my cleaning strategy... maybe I should deep clean AFTER the holidays!!

  4. I LOVE ginger!!!
    So, thanks Tammy!
    Oh, I just emailed you :)