Tuesday, December 23, 2008

We had the most fun over this past weekend. My husband, kids, mother in law, father in law and sister in law all went to to visit the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC. We saw a live nativity scene, a talking cow, Billy Grahams old homestead with tons of old pictures, got some cider at the Dairy Barn, went on a carriage ride drawn by two beautiful Clydesdale horses, and oooooed and awwwed over tons of Christmas lights. It was beautiful! Here are a few pictures to share with you:

I want to share a great recipe with you today, which was passed on to me from my sister n law, Allison (pictured above, back left). For years she has made these scrumptious Ginger Snap cookies because my father in law loves them so much. It has become a holiday tradition in the Miles get togethers!

If you are thinking that you could not possibly consume another sweet bite this time of year (or at least you admit that your hips would probably rather you not), then chin up! These cookies are actually good for you!

According to many health experts, ginger is good for your body. One article I came across stated that ginger is a common spice known for its stimulating effect. You can either cook it in a hot dish, or eat it raw from the root - or even in ginger snaps! It is helpful in promoting gastrointestinal circulation, and has also been seen to help with motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. So now that you more than you ever wished to know about ginger, and knowing that it is actually a healthy snack for you, just whip them up and enjoy! They make you feel good!

Allisons Ginger Snap Cookies

2 cups flour (sifted)
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
4 tbsp molasses
1 egg

Preheat oven at 350 degrees

Sift together flour, baking soda, ginger, cloves and cinnamon. Set aside. Cream shortening. Add sugar, egg and molasses. Beat well. Add flour mixture and beat until smooth. Mixture will be very stiff. Take a teaspoonful of mixture, roll into a ball, then roll ball in sugar. Bake on greased cookie sheet for 10 to 12 minutes.

Merry Christmas!

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A Simple Country Girl said...

I think I will try the recipe today. We have family "stranded" with us in this Pacific Northwest arctic blast and I am sure everyone will enjoy this sweet treat.


Joyful said...

Tracie, IF I'm able to come back to "She Speaks" in 2009, the plan is that my husband and son will come with me and we'll make a holiday out of our time down South. On that 'plan' is a visit to the Billy Graham Library. Oh, how I'd love to go there. My Dad came to know the Lord at a Billy Graham crusade so I feel Dr. Graham is part of my spiritual heritage.

Thanks for another recipe. The other two I tried from your posts here turned out great!!!

The picture of the carriage ride is beautiful!!!

Love & prayers,