Saturday, September 24, 2011

Simple Pleasures

Things have certainly been rather tumultuous here for the last twelve days; what with my retina surgery and Lucy's broken hip. I am glad to report that both Lucille and I are on the mend.

So, today after breakfast at Denny's my hubby and I went out and purchased some beautiful Mums and Kale to put in the planters on the front porch. Sometimes it is the simple things that help keep life in perspective. Between running back and forth to doctors and hospitals things have become quite helter skelter around here of late. I am a person who enjoys order and things have been anything but orderly!

Today I resolve to try and put things back in perspective and take one day at a time. A healthy breakfast, and planting some beautiful flowers is a good start. Do you have things that help you keep your head on straight? Watching a ball game? Playing a piano? Painting? Whatever it is, don't forget to take time to do something for YOU. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in doing things that we fail to take a deep breath and just enjoy a few moments. Laughter is the best medicine and I hope something makes you smile today!
My doggie Buddy, makes me smile every day. He is the sweetest, most loving animal and really doesn't demand anything of me but a little love. What a joy! Studies have shown that petting a dog or cat can lower your blood pressure, and I believe mine goes down when Buddy is around.
My hubby has a great hobby that keeps him in balance. All work and no play makes for a grumpy hubby, so I am most happy that Kevin has taken up carving. He is quite good at it and has done some really beautiful work. He carves gun stocks, plaques and figurines and is now working on carving beautiful leaves on my kitchen cabinet doors. He has a new web site where you can see some of his work. The address is: Have a peek and let us know what you think!

Well fellow bloggers, I need to get moving before I have to go back to the hospital to see Lucy! Hope I will have some travel news to post soon. I have a couple of adventures planned including a trip to Atlanta and a Holiday Pops Concert with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in December. We will also be heading back to beautiful Okaloosa Island for Thanksgiving this year!

Here's a great recipe to start off your Seasonal Baking!


4 1/2 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups shortening
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
3/4 cup coarse sugar

In a medium mixing bowl stir together the flour, ginger, soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt. Set ASIDE

In a large mixing bowl beat shortening with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds to soften, gradually add the 2 cups granulated sugar; beat until fluffy. Add eggs and molasses and beat well. Add half of the flour mixture and beat til combined. Stir in the remaining flour with a wooden spoon (mixture is quite stiff).

SHAPE into 1-2 inch balls, roll in coarse or granulated sugar; place dough balls on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 1/2 inches apart.

BAKE in a 350 degree oven 12-14 minutes or until light brown and puffed. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Let stand 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

These are soft and chewy and keep well in tins or plastic containers. They also freeze very well!


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