Friday, November 23, 2012

Planning the cookie tins & wascally wabbits.

Our Santa Claus Parade is tomorrow and starts just down the street from our home. Riley loves it and Bradley, well, he'll love the lights,  I guess. I'm hoping lots of family will join us.

Our weather is about to turn cold so I have stocked up on dry food for the ferals.  I also have some food that was donated by someone and I appreciate that very much. The tough months are just ahead of us now but our seasons have been so different lately that I'm hoping for a warmer winter. I always worry so much about the wild-life and the feral cats.
                           "Let's Bake"
It's time to start thinking about what we want to have in our cookie tins this Christmas. I make a few different cookies and loaf cakes. My sister bakes all the squares and sells them in Christmas tins along with her famous meat pies. She has been baking for other people for years now. She is that good. "Scrumpdillyishus"

Here's one of my cookie recipes you might want to try...
                                         Moravian Cookies
c - cup, tsp - teaspoon 
1/4c butter
1/2c warmed molasses
1/4c brown sugar
1/8 tsp allspice
1/3 tsp baking soda
1 pinch of salt
1 7/8c pastry flour
1 pinch of nutmet
1 pinch of ground cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Mix together the butter and warmed molasses. Add the sugar, allspice, soda and salt.
Sift together the flour, nutmeg, cloves, ginger and cinnamon. Mix well together. Wrap and refrigerate for 10 days.

After wrapping in tin-foil, I then placed this in a plastic bag before putting into the fridge.
Bring to room temperature, roll the dough thinner and then cut each cookie. Bake in a 375F oven for 10 minutes.

These come out looking like your grandma's molasses cookies.

The Wilson box has been replaced already with a white plate of the evergreen branches and a scented candle. It was just a wee bit too big for the table. I have other decorative plans for the box.
You wanted to meet the bunnies and those wascally wabbits have other ideas. They are not easy to photograph and I think I am just used to catching the moment with the feline subject. So, "patience, please" and I will do my best before they have me pulling my hare out. 

Thanks to an afternoon of Audrey snoozing with Aunt Lily,  I managed to get quite a bit done without interruptions.

hugs, Deb


  1. As usual...a lovely post of beautiful pictures and a great chat!

  2. Sure wish we were neighbors, we have so much in common. Your pictures are so delightful......
    Big hugs from Texas to Canada...

  3. Lovely post and photos ! I do like your kitty apron did you make it? Oh your cookies sound YUMMY ! I will have to them a go thanks for sharing ! Looking forward to photos of the bunnies ya got to be quick capturing them little critters ! Have a good evening !

  4. Cookies make the whole house smell good and warms the kitchen, too! Enjoy your weekend!

  5. Isn't Lily a love! I swear, Audrey is their beloved grandchild and they want her close.

  6. The cats were pesty today, I think it's the change in the weather!
    Enjoy the parade!
    Jane x

  7. That recipe makes me feel like baking cookies and I think I might just do that tomorrow! But first I will need to find some molasses! Thank you for sharing your lovely recipe and day.

    the critters in the cottage and LP xo

  8. Those cookies are packed with my favourite spices, I can imagine the smell. I am baking my Christmas cakes today, my kitchen will be filled with similar aromas later. xx

  9. Dad says he'll have to give those cookies a try, but only after his leftover-Thanksgiving-bird soup smells have left the kitchen. Me, I prefer the bird smell...

  10. Too bad we are heading to Montreal today. Iain and I would have loved to have come to the parade with you and your crew!
    I am hoping to get SERIOUS about the decorating and baking and gift wrapping next week.
    BTW Your cabinet looks wonderful.

  11. Just like my mother and I did...start baking right after Thanksgiving for Christmas. I love Moravian cookies, with their spices that just says holiday. Baking on a cold morning is one of my favorites; must get this oven-thing taken care of soon! XOXO

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  13. Moravian cookies are a tradition where I live too. I bake Sand Tarts myself, but that molasses-spice aroma really means Christmas. My fave holiday tea is Stash Chai Spice, it's almost like Christmas in a cup.

  14. Have a good time at the parade tomorrow. I like your apron :-)!

    Madelief x