Sunday, November 29, 2009

With a Capital "T"

I will be honest with you: I am having a hard time. I try not to show it, but I know it's clear to those who know me well, particularly my parents and husband. I hardly know what to do with myself. Troubles with work persist, and I am home all day every day.

And for all that I whined while I was working that I never had time to keep my house clean, I have certainly squandered my time at home of late. This makes me doubly ashamed because now I know that it isn't my schedule that keeps me from being a good housekeeper. I'm just a slob.

Adding to my worries about my job, I have problems with my teeth. It hardly motivates one to cook when one cannot chew. I've limited myself to soft foods, mostly pasta and potato dishes, cutting out anything that requires the use of ones molars. Every night when dinner comes around I virtually cringe at the thought of yet another meal without fully functioning teeth.

One consolation in all this is that it is now my favorite time of the rolling year - when we lift our thoughts to more important things: faith, love, family. I have loved decorating this year, as it has taken my mind off of all the things that are weighing heavily on my thoughts.

Every year, my mother-in-law's family does a "Pie Night". Each family brings a pie (or other treat) to share, and we gather to eat and enjoy one another's company. That's where we're headed tonight.

Since I haven't had my usual zeal for cooking, I thought I would limit this years contribution to some cookies. I made these for the first time last year, and they are wonderful! I love their spiciness, mingled with that sparkle of sugar on the outside. They stay soft for a few days, if they last that long...

Big Soft Ginger Cookies

2 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. ginger
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. margarine (Yes, margarine. This will probably be the only time I recommend that you not use butter)
1 c. white sugar
1 egg
1 Tbsp. orange juice (or water)
1/4 c. molasses
extra white sugar for rolling

In a medium bowl, mix or sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
In a separate bowl, cream together margarine and sugar. Beat in egg, then orange juice (or water) and molasses. Gradually stir in dry ingredients.
Let mixture refrigerate for at least a couple of hours. (I usually refrigerate overnight.)
When chilled, form into walnut-sized balls (1 - 1 1/2" balls) and roll in extra white sugar to coat. (I use a cookie scoop and drop dough directly into sugar - the dough is very sticky.) Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 8 - 10 minutes.
Let cool on pan for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.


  1. I love you Krittyn Buug, I'm sorry things are so tough right now. It won't always be like this though, promise. If there is anything I can do don't hesitate to call!!

    Bork, love, and of course... porn!

    Cam Bam

  2. Kristyn - Sorry you are having a hard time, love. I had to laugh about your time off still not materializing into a spick and span house, because I exactly the same way.

    You really can call me if you need someone to talk to.

    Love you!

  3. I love the way the blog looks! Sorry things are stinky - especially the teeth! Eating always makes me happy, so I can't imagine that not even going well! What can I do for you? Those cookies sound delish!


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