Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime. – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Hello, sweet friend…
This is the time of year…
where most people begin their Christmas decorating…
unless they were like me and couldn’t wait for the sparkle, twinkle & shine to begin.
The lights on a Christmas tree automatically brings a smile to my face.
This year more than ever I want to make the most of this magical time…
before it’s gone.
Over the next few weeks I thought it would be fun to share how I’ve decorated.
But for now what do you say we grab a cute apron…something warm to drink (it’s chilly where I live) and bake!
Last year a friend that I met via Facebook (Jill) told me about the Nordic Ware gingerbread house…I ordered it months ago and had been waiting to use it. I’ve now baked up several gingerbread houses. They turn out so cute…and of course yummy! (of course) If you don’t have a mold I’m sure you can still bake up this recipe. It pairs perfectly with tea or coffee.
1 cup sugar
1 cup molasses
1 ½ teaspoons ginger
1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 tablespoons warm water
1 cup boiling water
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9×13 cake pan or line with parchment paper.
Mix eggs, sugar, molasses, spices, and oil in with a hand mixer until well combined. Sift in flour.
Combine baking soda and 2 tablespoons water.
Add to the batter and mix well. Stir in boiling water until fully combined.
Pour the batter (it will seem thin) into the prepared pan.
Bake 40- 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completel and serve with whipped cream.