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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Molasses Ginger Snaps

I tend to get hooked on a flavor for the season and use it like crazy until the next infatuation hits me. In the fall, it was pumpkin and cinnamon. This winter, I've had two--cranberry and orange and ginger and molasses.

Last year, my mom made these molasses ginger snaps, and they looked so cute, you could just tie a bow on them and give them away. :) They are soft, gingery, and sweet. I could eat the whole batch!

I got the recipe from my mom, and had to share!


Molasses Ginger Snaps

2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup sugar (place the 1/2 cup to the side to roll dough in)
1 1/2 sticks of butter- softened
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Be sure to place half a cup of sugar in a small bowl to the side. 

Beat butter and remaining cup of sugar until combined. Beat in egg and molasses until combined. Gradually add in dry ingredients until dough forms. 

Roll dough into balls--about a tablespoon in size. Roll each ball in the sugar you set aside. Place dough balls on a cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes, just until edges of cookies slightly crisp. Give the cookies a minute to firm up before transferring to a cooling rack. 

I will definitely making these again! But, not for a little while, since one of my resolutions was no sweets in January--it's rough! :)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013: As Told by the Rings

I know I'm a little late for my 2013 recap, I took a little time with family this week. :)

2013 was by far the biggest year of changes I've had yet! out of college. living with my family again. teaching. wedding planning. marriage. honeymoon. move across the country. living on our own. Wow, it was awesome! 

Since this was our first year to travel and experience many things together, we snapped picture of our rings at several of these occasions :) 

So, here is our recap of last year--as told by the rings...

Wedding Day
Garner, North Carolina
Photo by: Paige Overturf Photography
Ambergris Caye, Belize

 Utah Wedding Reception
Delta, Utah

Sundance Ski Resort
Orem, Utah

Elk Hunt
Monroe, Utah

Spurs vs. Jazz Game
Salt Lake City, Utah

Desert Hot Springs, California

Taylorsville, Utah

The Lord is so good! Thankful for his blessings and leading over the past year, and so excited for 2014 and the places we, and our little rings will see!

A Little Glitz and Glam Tablescape

I hope you had a wonderful start to 2014! We had a great time New Year's Eve and Day with friends and family! We rang in the new year with cream soda, chocolate cake and tons of games--I think I'm finally getting the hang of Settlers of Catan. ;) 

 Here's our tablescape for New Year's dinner.


Details: Tablecloth. placemats. napkin rings. napkins/ Bed Bath & Beyond. Burlap Table Runner/ JoAnn. Striped straws/ Zurchers. Glitter Globe ornaments/ DIY:Save On Crafts. Vanilla Waxed dipped pine cones/ How to: Here. 2014 straw banners. New Year cake banner/DIY.  Cream Soda/ Walmart. Silver Initials/ Target. Chocolate Chip Molasses Cake/ Recipe: Averie Cooks. Gold Tipped Glitter Candle Holders: Tutorial to come.