Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lazy Day

It was a busy week last week, so much going on.  We had some fun houseguests from years past. We tried to show them the variety of things to do in our fair city. Of course, this included taking them to a bull riding contest.  I think they were suitably shocked to see that right in the middle of Scottsdale! (Well, actually, it was Cave Creek, but who's splitting hairs?)

Foxtrot Freddie had a busy week of work related travel. He enjoyed a few moments of an afternoon siesta.

And for me...a welcome afternoon of making some homemade soup.  I made ham and bean soup this time.  Do you see my secret ingredient?  Yup, a couple of slices of jalapeno pepper.  I wonder if anyone will notice! 

I also made some of my Grandma Ida's ginger snaps.  Do you know how to tell a good recipe?  It is stained, almost beyond recognition and has tattered edges.

These little babies are so yummy though, the perfect topper for our dinner to complete a fun, relaxing Sunday.

I'll share the goodness with you. Baking these with all of the ginger and cloves will make your house smell heavenly.

Grandma Ida's Ginger Snaps
3/4 cup margarine
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
4 Tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups of flour

Cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg. Add remaining ingredients and mix with hand mixer until blended.  Roll into balls and dip into white sugar. Place on cookie sheet, sugar side up.  Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375 (or until lightly brown.)

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