Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Grandma's Molasses Crinkle Cookies

Throughout my childhood and teen years grandma's molasses crinkle cookies were always a favorite! I have many fond memories of grandma stopping by for a visit, bringing along a zip-loc bag filled with molasses crinkle cookies. I would have to say this recipe was probably my grandma's signature cookie. She would often triple the batch in order to have enough to share with all of her grandchildren. I can't help but think of grandma whenever I make these cookies! I hope if you try the recipe you will enjoy them as much as we do. : )

Grandma's Molasses Crinkle Cookies 

2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2  tsp. cloves
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
3/4 cup shortening or softened butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/3 molasses

Directions: Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Cream shortening, sugar and egg. Mix in molasses, followed by dry ingredients, mix well. Chill dough for at least 2 hours. Shape dough into walnut size balls, dipping one side of each ball in granulated sugar. Sprinkle each cookie with 2-3 drops of water. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Love of God

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.  

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

 -Fredrick Martin Lehman (1868-1953)

"That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." Ephesians 3:17-19

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Reading, Knitting, and Crocheting

Today I am joining the February Yarn Along. My current knitting project is a pair of socks for myself. I hope to finish the first sock today since I only have a few more rows to knit. I am using the same sock pattern I used to knit Adam's socks, but instead of knitting the wide rib stitch I am knitting the textured stitch used in this pattern.

My crocheting project is Spring Leaves Doily. It is a beautiful pattern; I love the delicate leafy design.
Currently I am reading The Treasure of the Secret Cove by Amy Le Feuvre. The Treasure of the Secret Cove is an exciting story from 1899, taking place in an English fishing community. From the first chapter I was drawn into the setting. It is truly an engaging tale, that has kept me up too late more than once. : )

"So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.  He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding." Ephesians 1:6-8