As usual, I am skipping all the Black Friday craziness this year. Sometimes I like to pretend that’s because I’m being virtuous and participating in Buy Nothing Day, but really it’s that shopping when it’s really busy gives me a HUGE headache. I also just don’t buy a lot of stuff for the holidays…we are all about keeping it simple in my family! So today I am doing a little catch-up on schoolwork (bleh), and then spending the afternoon/evening crafting. I cut out fabric for a skirt yesterday, so I’ll probably try to get started sewing that together (brown corduroy!! I’m very excited). I also finished up the second of my beaded gloves, so I’ll be writing the pattern up for that. The yarn I used is sort of an odd weight though–a little lighter than 4-ply/fingering weights, but not laceweight either.  So that people don’t have to go hunting down an obscure yarn, I’ll be writing the pattern in 2 gauges–my weirdo gauge, and then in a gauge more suitable for your typical 4-ply. I need to do a swatch in 4-ply and make sure everything still looks okay though.

And, although I won’t be doing it this evening, I do hope to fit in some baking this weekend. I’m planning to make these great ginger cutout cookies. My mother or I always make these around the holidays and they are delicious! They make great gifts too. Also, if you want, you can use the dough to make knock-off Moravian ginger cookies. To get a really thin cookie, roll out the dough between two pieces of floured cloth (a nice smooth cloth), and reduce the baking time by a few minutes. If you are looking for a new holiday cookie recipe to try, I highly recommend these:

Ginger Cutouts

5 c. flour
2 tsp. Ginger (I usually do two very heaping teaspoons, because I love ginger)
1 ½ tsp. Baking soda
1 tsp. Cinnamon (a heaping teaspoon of cinnamon doesn’t hurt either)
1 tsp. Cloves
1 ½ salt
1 cup butter (or shortening, if you prefer. I come from a family where Crisco is a dirty, dirty word)
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup molasses
2 tbs. Vinegar


Sift together dry ingredients

Beat shortening until creamy

Add sugar and beat till fluffy

Add egg, molasses and; vinegar and beat well

Add dry ingredients and beat till combined

Divide dough into thirds and chill for 3 hours (at least, I usually just go with overnight)

Roll out and cut out dough

Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 4-6 mins.

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