Are you still curious what we drank with our gingerbread men during our most recent Tea Time on Tuesday? Well, the answer is tall glasses of cold milk. My mom and dad and Megan all guessed milk. We had a drawing and Megan won a prize for correctly guessing. Megan will be receiving gingerbread men cupcake papers and an assortment of decorative spinkles any day now. (Megan, be on the look-out! J)
I have to say that those of you who participated know me quite well. I am a traditionalist and theme-ist (if there is such a thing). Last year we did drink hot chocolate, and I agree that apple cider would have been great at enhancing the ginger flavor, but the truth is that I was in a hurry, and milk was quick.
And Megan being very specific with "gingerbread" milk has given me some ideas . . . J
Thank you for participating. Be on the lookout for another mystery soon.
Today was our annual Gingerbread Man Tea. Unlike previous years, we each made a large gingerbread man to eat over the course of the next several days (at least that was my plan) instead of many smaller little men.
We began our time like last year reading my childhood copy of The Gingerbread Man while our men were baking. Then it was time to decorate our men with yummy sweets.
Let me share that there was absolutely no time wasted between decorating the cookies and devouring them. So much for savoring each bite.
Can you guess what we drank with our Gingerbread Men? There might be a giveaway if you guess correctly. J
Do you like gingerbread? If you do, then you are sure to enjoy a recipe I made recently. It is definitely a keeper and will likely become a holiday tradition--much like my pumpkin waffles. Gingerbread is one of my favorite things this time of year, so a gingerbread waffle seemed very appropriate. One night we put on our pajamas early, cranked up the Christmas music, pulled a table in front of the tree, lit some candles, and had ourselves a merry little Christmas time eating waffles for dinner.
I topped our waffles with a generous dollop of maple whipping cream and served them with a side of bacon and hot apple cider. YUM!
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 egg whites and 1 yolk, separated
1 1/8 cup buttermilk (may substitute regular milk if necessary)
1/3 cup molasses
4 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour through salt); blend thoroughly. In another bowl, mix brown sugar and the egg yolk until fluffy; add buttermilk, molasses and butter. Stir into the dry ingredients until just combined - do not over mix.
In a smaller bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into the existing batter.
After spraying your waffle iron well, spoon batter onto a preheated waffle iron. Bake according to manufacturer’s directions, until light golden brown.
You could sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or serve with warm maple syrup, but we really enjoyed them with maple whipping cream.*
Yield: 8 waffles.
*To make maple whipping cream – Briskly whisk whipping cream, after becoming thick add enough cold maple syrup to your liking.
So go on now, light yourself some candles, turn on some Christmas music, make yourself some gingerbread waffles, "and have yourself a merry little Christmas now."J
Every time we go to my mom and dad's we have to make a visit to their local children's Discovery Museum. I am a huge museum enthusiast and when we find a children's museum, it's a homeschool mom's dream. We made two trips because they love exploring so much. J
Here are some highlights of Olivia and Isaac's experiences
Harvesting apples from the orchard, loading them on the truck, and taking them to the market to sell
Testing the physics of motion with balls
Climbing a rock wall
Making our own gears
Testing magnetic pull
My favorite item, "The Slap Organ" - using a flip flop we were able to slap out tunes to "Mary had a Little Lamb" and "Jingle Bells"
EMT Isaac driving Grandma to the hospital for Doctor Olivia to treat
Climbing through the "Beehive"
And finally, the Native American route, Moccasin Trail took us to a long house where Olivia ground corn, cooked over the fires, and Isaac played the drum.
While at my mom and dad's we stayed very busy playing in the backyard and basement, stargazing, going to the Discovery Museum, reading books, having a family movie night, going shopping, and even going into Washington, D.C. In my kids opinon, the most wonderful part of the time spent was soaking up love from Granddad and Grandma regardless of what we were doing. Here are some images of their priceless times with Granddad and Grandma.