This is my mom’s old recipe for ginger cookies and it’s really a good one! The best part is that it’s all made in one pan on the stovetop- super easy and super quick. We added candied ginger this time and loved the addition, so I added it to the ingredient list below. I’ve been eating them with a cup of this turmeric amber sun tea and it’s the perfect afternoon treat. Hope you enjoy!
Ingredients: 1 1/2 sticks salted butter 1 cup granulated sugar 1 egg 1/4 cup molasses 2 cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice chopped candied ginger pieces
Directions: In a medium pot on low heat, melt the butter. Turn off the heat and mix in the sugar, molasses, and egg. Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the saucepan. Refrigerate until the dough is firm. Mix into balls and roll in granulated sugar. Bake for about 12 minutes at 350.
Let the gift guides begin! I have lots of fun gift ideas for kiddos, so I thought I’d share a few here. First up and most important for the season…
Christmas pjs! This is my favorite gift to give. Who doesn’t love Christmas pjs? It puts you in the spirit all month long and what is cuter than your kiddos matching in cozy jammies? I love Petite Plume for their classic style. Lake Pajamas is also a favorite for the whole family, and Roller Rabbit has a darling pattern this year.
Time to stock up on swimwear for next season! Minnow is currently 20% off and is one of my go-to brands.
Toy kitchens are one of the best gifts for toddlers. This one is neutral and will look cute in any play room!
Bourbon with lemon juice is one of my favorite cocktails. It’s not at all sweet and very easy to make which is right up my alley! If I ever want it a little sweeter, maple syrup is the perfect addition. During this autumn and holiday season, it’s fun to add candied orange or lemon with herbs and spices. Since I prefer simple cocktails, I lightly use these additions in the form of stirrers and garnish.
You can play around with these proportions depending on your tastes preferences.
3 oz. bourbon 1.5 oz. lemon juice 1 oz. maple syrup (I prefer a little less) ice garnish: orange or lemon slice, rosemary, cinnamon stick
I have been working on this big boy room for H for quite some time now. It all started when I found these antique twin beds– I knew right away that I had to have them! I decided to paint them red, which is a little bold for me but I LOVE how they turned out. (Thank you mom for the push!) The room is slowly coming together which is fine by me since I want the room to feel and be collected. I kept his dresser and a few accessories from his nursery, like this beautiful painted bear from a friend, the anchor hook, and all of his favorite stuffed animals. I love that we were able to transition these pieces into his new room (that was my intent when I started his nursery!)
I’ve been on a kick getting new coffee table books lately. I love flipping through them at night whenever I have the chance to sit down and relax. I also really love them for home inspiration, so whenever I’m working on a project I always like to open them up for ideas. I currently have about 12 stacked on my living room table– not only do I love the books themselves, but I love the look of them all stacked up.
I also recently ordered these new coasters because I wanted some sturdy ones and I love them so much I went back to order a second set. I don’t have a tray on this table, but I recently purchased this beautiful one for another table. I love to use trays to group all of your things.
Having a plant or fresh flowers, and some candles to light in the evening also make such a noticeable difference.
I am a major hydrangea lover and limelight hydrangea are my absolute favorite variety. They hold up well in the sun and can withstand our very hot summers here in California (I’m zone 9). They also change into the most beautiful colors that are neutral enough to win my approval for our landscaping.
Another big plus with hydrangeas is that they dry beautifully for you to use inside for decor (the fall colors would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table!) They are extremely easy to dry– the biggest piece of advice is to get Mother Nature do the work. These blooms will dry perfectly right on the bush in early autumn. Make sure they are no longer fresh white blooms and that they have a paper-like feel before cutting off.
I cut mine from the plant in September, removed all of their leaves, and put them in vases around my home. If you make sure to wait long enough to cut, these will continue drying beautifully right in your home.
I love the look of these blooms placed in a large vintage dough bowl. I found a few fun ones for you here!