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Old 12-16-2015, 10:07 PM   #1387
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Old 12-17-2015, 08:48 AM   #1388
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It looks like a Shirley Valentine-ish gathering on the West Coast next year could still happen, as I am foregoing Alumalina in October for Alumalina in March, so getting all the way to the West Coast could be done.

Coordinating with Gail-of-Oregon, she is suggesting Fort Stevens SP near Astoria.....when exactly, still to be determined, but likely September sometime, after the WY RD adventure.

The original plan was a women's gathering , tho any who must have spouses in tow would not be tarred and feathered.

Men might find a plethora of women-talk more than they could abide, tho, and need to find other things to occupy their time.

Stay tuned.....specifics still to be worked out.


Doing gingerbread cookies for my grands today, who will be looking for Christmas cookies when they are here Saturday afternoon to help me put up my tree. I have used this recipe for years, the cookies keep very well and their flavor develops with the keeping.

This may be the only cookie I make this year. We used to do lots of cookies, when I had families on my caseload and lots of kids in residential placement.

If you grew up in a family that made Christmas cookies, as I did, you would be astonished at how many people struggling with life have never had a homemade one.

You can make a frosting to do buttons, bows, hair, pants, skirts, boots, etc., to decorate, but the Wilton tubes are just so handy.

I usually double this recipe, wrap portions and freeze in freezer Ziploc bags, so I can pull dough out as needed.

Gingerbread Cut-Outs

1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup molasses

Cream together and add one egg.

Mix and add;

2 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon ginger
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon cloves

Chill at least 4 hours. Roll out, cut, bake @ 350 degrees.

Yum!


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Old 12-18-2015, 07:40 AM   #1389
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I love reading your stories and fun your having. This is one of the topic I always read in my day. I wanted to say I'm sorry for your loss of your husband and I love to read the recipes for the goodies you make. I have made some myself. Very yummy! How long to you cook the cookies for? I'm making cake cookies and suger airstream cookies! I hope to meet you someday in my travels. I will be going to international rally this year maybe I'll see you there or at another rally. The lady retreat sounds good but can't go because of my work. I drive a school bus so can't get off at that time.
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Old 12-18-2015, 07:48 AM   #1390
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Thank you.

My recipe doesn't have a time on it, so I would say.....til done.

10-12 minutes or so, til the edges start to brown.


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Thank you that will help. Making this weekend!


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Old 12-18-2015, 09:50 AM   #1392
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Hope you enjoy them, Rachel.

Deciding these were the only ones I was going to bake...tho a double batch ...I pulled out all of my cutters, so have trees, stockings, holly leaves, etc., as well as boys/girls. Why not.

I roll these and sugar cookies out these days between wax paper. I despise the mess that floured surfaces make, plus you have the problem of working a lot of flour into dough that must be re-worked.

My first Christmas cookie baking since Doug died....I did nothing last year, but gifts for the kiddies. Besides leave, and take care of myself.

He always helped me decorate them.....I would get them baked, we would sit at the kitchen table, tunes on the stereo, and just get it done. He was one of those husbands and partners in life, who pitched in and helped with whatever needed to be done. The way a good hubbie should be.

Always looked for on Christmas Day here, plus another gathering with Doug's kids/theirs, so there were plenty of helpers to eat them up. I'm letting my son handle holiday meals these days, and she does cookies there.

Only me, here...don't need too many cookies, tho these will keep a long time in a cool place.


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Maggie, the more I learn about Doug, the more I wish I had met him! Please do keep telling his story!


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Old 12-18-2015, 05:36 PM   #1394
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He was a good man.

Not a perfect man....but if he were a perfect man, he likely would not have wanted imperfect me.

We balanced each other out pretty well.


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A good man, and a good woman is an ideal combination, IMHO.


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Tree things pulled out, waiting on my grands to arrive. Still so odd to touch things Doug touched last. Sigh.

Had a call last evening from Doug's Gunsite buddy of many years, and who bought Doug's Browning from the youngest daughter to whom it was willed....and who does not shoot nor ever intend to. Doug would be pleased that Bill had this gun.

Bill told me the first thing he did when he received it was to take it apart, lay it all out, and clean it thoroughly..... knowing that's what Doug would have wanted. Doug took very meticulous care of his weapons...also his shoes, his knives.

He doesn't ever intend to shoot the Browning, just to keep it, cherish it and care for it, as a memento of their friendship. He likes knowing that Doug shot it last, and is going to will it to his son with instructions that it is to stay that way. Sweet.

Bill is glad I am still traveling in the Interstate, says that is something Doug would have wanted. I think so, too.

Yep, doin' my best.


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This falcon image is the official logo for Gunsite, and I had this made by a metal sculpture-er in SC for Doug's gravesite.

Gunsite was such an important part of his life, it seemed fitting.

I have had this since last spring, imbedded in the ground by the house, and am going to move it to his gravesite this next spring.

I thought it should stay here for awhile.


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The grands came, helped me with my trees, consumed cookies and headed to a family do on her side.

Sweet babies, and at least Emma thinks helping me do this every year is a great idea. She is an especially tuned-in child....always very aware of and sensitive to how Grandma "must be feeling" with Grandpa gone, and wanting to care for me and provide some extra nurturing. Sweet, and I'll take it.

One of the things that naturally occurs as we get older is that role-reversal....the caregiver and primary doer of all things becomes the one who is cared for a bit and done for. I guess part of what we teach our kids over the years is how to do these things, so eventually they can take them on with or without us and carry on traditions.

There are already lots of "I remember...", from my kids and the grands, and I like that.

We did puzzles, too....the new purchases were well received.

Have had my Sunday-Skype with my baby girl....we have a couple of cups of coffee together....gotten my papers, and intend to mostly hang out today and not feel a need to be too productive.

I've had a busy week, indoor choring is done and there is lots of wood in, so.....


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