FAVOURITE THINGS!

‘Tis the season of light in many traditions.

Whatever the occasion that is celebrated, often, there are favoured traditions observed through the years.

Making gingerbread cookies was just such a custom for our family. I can recall my grandmother making these delicious cookies in a very plain and simple style.

Later, my mother would take out the baking board, set it on the kitchen table and proceed to mix together the magic of flour, molasses, cinnamon and, most of all, ginger to make some scrumptious cookies. Again, they were tasty but unadorned, characteristics that mattered little to me and my seven siblings. Knowing our preference for these treats, my mother often froze batches of gingerbread cookies, only to be wryly disappointed when she discovered some half-empty containers in the freezer!

When it came to be my turn to bake gingerbread treats, I bought a few cookie cutters for my children to use. Sometimes we used icing or sparkles to decorate the cookies. Overall, this became an annual tradition to which we looked forward on a snowy December afternoon.

Today as some snowflakes were falling, I was reminded of those cookie making times.

Making gingerbread houses was another favoured tradition. Have to admit that I did buy a boxful of supplies for designing these architectural wonders. My daughter and son had fun constructing their individual houses and decorating them with Smarties, hard candies, icing and greenery. Their handiwork was on display for at least a couple of weeks. Sometimes, the decorations seemed to disappear as the days went by, possibly eaten by little elves.

A recent gingerbread design, seen here in black and white photo, has inspired a poem from me, in response to a prompt at IGWRT. 

FOUND!                                                                                                                        

Photo by David Goldberg
2013 GINGERBREAD HOUSE IN B/W!
Photo by David Goldberg

One gingerbread house.

Stands tall and strong

On a silver platform

Held together with white icing.

Rustic but sturdy, ideal

for a welcoming home.

Decorator’s delight!

 

© 2013 Patricia A. McGoldrick

 

Whenever you celebrate the season, enjoy some favourite things that make those times so special!

 

CINNAMON CRISP DAYS OF FALL!

This week has been a smooth start for our traditionally chilly autumn.

With evening temperatures close to the daytime level,  it has been so pleasant for walking in the neighbourhood after supper.

2013 PINK CLOUDS!
2013 PINK CLOUDS!

The sky has been alternating between light white clouds, blue background and even a bit of pink!

Apples are everywhere!

This is a great time to buy local and to enjoy a healthy snack, grown close to home.

Time to mix a bit of cinnamon with a few of the local varieties. Apple crisp in the slow cooker is a treat for dessert.

Check out this recipe for apple cranberry coconut crisp by Judith Finlayson. I have made this several times, with a few alterations. Not so much of a cranberry fan so I add blueberries. Whatever you choose, the result is delicious, fills the house with a wonderful aroma and is ready to serve in a relatively short time. Keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of days.

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2013 LOCAL ONTARIO APPLES!

Have a great weekend, All ! Maybe check out a local market or apple festival, or two! 🙂

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