“When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad….I simply remember my favorite things and then I don’t feel so bad!” Oscar Hammerstein’s song resonates holiday for me. “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” and “In My Own Little Corner” are amongst his other iconic pieces which conjure emotion. Click to listen ….My Favorite Things – Julie Andrews
With the constant stream of men charged with sexual harassment these days, it’s a breath of fresh air to revisit the lives of beautiful people and read quotes which helped make them famous. My favorite Oscar Hammerstein quote is: “A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it, A song’s not a song ’til you sing it, Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay, Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!” Reading it closely, I now wonder if, in today’s world, someone would misconstrue that as sexual harassment……
In a recent edition of “O The Oprah Magazine, staff and readers were asked to respond to the question of the month; “WHAT’S YOUR ULTIMATE HOLIDAY SONG?” The responses were varied and personal as you might imagine. They ran the gamut of predictability to absurd, but all a fun quick read. My personal favorite with the response from the Senior Web Editor, Ruth Baron, whose ultimate holiday song was, “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” She stated that she grew up Jewish and that song convinced her that all of her “Santa-believing” friends could have anything they wanted.
One of my favorite things at any time of year is cookies. Around the holidays, however, from early November through late December, I’m partial to the gingerbread cookie. The aroma of these delicious little morsels screams, “Welcome home!” to all who enter your kitchen, that is if they aren’t burning :).
Here it is….the Ultimate Gingerbread Cookie. Remember….under-bake, serve warm (reheat in the microwave if you need to before serving) AND they go well with hot spiced apple cider with a splash of rum.
THE ULTIMATE GINGERBREAD COOKIE
- • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- • 1 teaspoon baking soda
- • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- • 1/4 teaspoon salt
- • 3/4 cup butter, softened
- • 1 cup white sugar
- • 1 egg
- • 1 tablespoon water
- • 1/4 cup molasses
- • 4 tablespoons white sugar
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Mix together the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg, then stir in the water and molasses.
- Gradually stir the sifted ingredients into the molasses mixture.
- Shape the dough into walnut sized balls, and roll them in the remaining 4 tablespoons of sugar.
- Place the cookies 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. You don’t need to flatten them.
- Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
- Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Makes approximately 30 cookies. Store in an airtight container.
- Unbaked cookies can be stored in the freezer and popped in the oven!
Wishing you the happiest of Holidays and health in the New year.
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