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Baking and babies; always better fresh April 15, 2013

Trying to fit all the categories of my life (wife, mom, friend, employee, runner, baker, cleaner and all the others) hasn’t been exactly a breeze. Did I mention trying to stay chipper through all of this? It all became too much last weekend when Eric and I had a massive blow up that resulted in the kicking of a door and the throwing of bacon. Worst of all? I can’t remember what on Earth we were angry about. 

And isn’t it funny how the things we need always come into our lives at exactly the right time? Last night I found this beautiful poem through another blog:

 

Mother, O’ Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth.
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
 
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She’s up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
 
Oh, I’ve grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue,
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due,
Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek – peekaboo.
 
The shopping’s not done and there’s nothing for stew,
And out in the yard there’s a hullabaloo.
But I’m playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren’t his eyes the most wonderful hue?
Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.
 
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I’ve learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I’m rocking my baby and babies don’t keep.
 
 
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Standing, our little peanut is standing! She surprised me earlier this month with this new standing trick. I put her into her crib, thinking she would be just fine, rolling around and maybe crawling to the other side. I heard coos. So I kept putting away the laundry. More coos. But they’re louder and higher up. That’s when I turned to see her gripping onto the rail and standing proud. Two though simultaneously zipped through my head; “Yay!” and “Crap, we have to drop the mattress!” I think she planned this, seeing as we just put her crib together less than two weeks beforehand. 
 
I also had plans to bake something for Easter. Instead, Ella and I painted eggs and our friend Daniel baked.
 
Daniel’s Gingersnap Cookies
 
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¾ cup shortening

1 c. granulated sugar

1 egg

¼ cup molasses

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tsp. Baking soda

2 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1 tsp. Cloves

extra granulated sugar

 1.     Cream together shortening and sugar. Beat in egg and molasses.

2.     Combine flour, soda, and spices; blend into creamed mixture

3.     Shape into small balls (1 inch in diameter). Roll the tops of balls in sugar.

4.     Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.

5.     Bake at 350 F. for 8-10 minutes or until golden. Don’t overbake.

6.     Cookies can be removed just as tops are starting to crackle. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 40 cookies.

He mentioned something about forgetting the baking soda, so I’m not sure that it’s that necessary to this recipe, the cookies seemed fine without it. 

So hopefully I’ll be getting back onto my blogging horse here and squeezing the most out of every second the day has to offer. As always…

 

ENJOY!